10/05/2014 8:20AM

Kiss Moon wires field in Ta Wee Stakes

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Jamie Linscott
Kiss Moon, ridden by Rodney Prescott, earns her second career stakes victory in the Ta Wee.

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. – Dave Vance trained the graded turf stakes-winning mare Kiss the Devil, so he knows what to expect of her daughter, Kiss Moon. The family is particular. If they encounter a situation not to their liking, there will not be much running happening.

That was what befell Kiss Moon last month at Arlington, when she caught a soft turf course she disliked in the Pucker Up Stakes, but Kiss Moon got things the way she wanted them Saturday night and went wire to wire in the $100,000 Ta Wee Stakes. Kiss to Remember tracked her the entire trip but could not push past, with Kiss Moon registering a neck victory under Rodney Prescott.

Kiss Moon had been racing from a stalking position in most of her recent starts, but she had post 1 Saturday night, and when she made the lead, Prescott was not going to wrangle his mount off the pace.

“I just didn’t want him taking a hold and getting into her mouth,” said Vance, who also trained Kiss Moon’s multiple stakes-winning sister, Kiss Mine, for owner-breeder Carl Pollard. “Her mother was the same way to race and to train. If you took too much of a hold of her, she just wouldn’t try at all.”

Kiss Moon, by Malibu Moon, won for the fourth time in 11 starts and captured her second stakes. She ran one mile on firm turf in 1:35.92 and paid $8.40 to win as the second choice. The favored Kiss to Remember finished 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Pretty Fancy for second.

Abraham scores by a nose in Schaefer Memorial

Abraham, who appeared beaten in mid-stretch, stayed on well enough to win the $102,100 Michael Schaefer Memorial Stakes by a nose over Ground Transport.

Another head back in a three-horse photo came Fordubai, who appeared to be on his way to victory at the eighth-pole before wilting in deep stretch.

Abraham, a 4-year-old gelding trained by Bill Mott and ridden to victory by Joel Rosario, won for the fifth time in 13 starts and for the first time in stakes competition. Todd Pletcher trained him last year at 3, and Abraham now has won three of his five races since joining Mott’s stable.

He did not appear destined for success here Saturday night. Two speed horses were scratched from the Schaefer, and Ground Transport crossed over from an outside post to set a mild pace, 48.37 seconds for the first half-mile, with Abraham tracking in second. Both horses, however, appeared to be at the mercy of Fordubai, who came with a marauding run around the far turn and sustained it into the stretch, opening a clear lead with less than a furlong to run. But Fordubai either lost focus or ran out of steam, his lead evaporating in the final yards as Abraham, racing between horses, and Ground Transport along the rail passed him just before the finish.

The race favorite, Abraham paid $4.40 to win. He ran one mile and 70 yards in 1:40.64.

Quiet Success wires field in Mari Hulman George

Tom Amoss-trained horses at Indiana Grand have won races this meet at a remarkable 37-percent clip, and they have been favored a much higher percentage of the time than that. But the betting public overlooked Quiet Success in the $102,700 Mari Hulman George, and the filly paid a generous $27.40 after wiring the 1 1/16-mile dirt race under Malcolm Franklin.

Hustled from the gate from an outside draw, Quiet Success made the lead by the first turn and stayed clear down the backstretch while going a half-mile in a moderate 48.70. Anahauc raced closest to the leader, made a bid into the homestretch, and reached Quiet Success’s flank, but was turned away in the last half-furlong. Quiet Success, game under Franklin, a strong finisher, prevailed by one length, with My Option up for last to nab third. The winner was timed in 1:43.23 over a fast track, and scored her fifth victory from 21 starts.

Quiet Success, by Successful Appeal, is owned by Rob Auerbach and Marc Winston.

In Indiana-bred stakes action Saturday night:

** Cavalleria ($56) won the fillies division of the Hoosier Breeders’ Sophomore Stakes.

** I Emma Boogy Queen ($67.80) scored a major upset in the Richmond Stakes.

** Mister Pollard ($6.80) ran out a convincing winner of the open division of the Hoosier Breeders’ Sophomore Stakes.

** Clyde Park ($17) gave trainer Robert Gorham his second stakes win on the card, taking the Gus Grissom Stakes.