10/10/2008 11:00PM

Kiss the Kid holds on in three-horse photo


Kiss the Kid ($14.20) snapped an eight-race losing streak and gave trainer Amy Tarrant her first graded stakes victory when he prevailed in a three-horse photo in the Grade 3, $150,000 Cliff Hanger at the Meadowlands on Friday night.

Ridden for only the second time by Rajiv Maragh, the 5-year-old Kiss the Kid rallied from third to take a half-length lead at the eighth pole, then held off Wheels Up At Noon by a neck, with Nergal another neck back in third.

Icy Atlantic finished fifth as the 9-5 favorite.

Kiss the Kid, whose last win came nearly one year ago over a sloppy track in the Cozzene, covered 1 1/16 miles over a turf course labeled good in 1:43.60.

Kiss the Kid has now won 6 of 24 starts and $474,767 for Tarrant, his owner/trainer. She said he may run next in the Grade 3 Fayette at Keeneland on Oct. 25.