05/14/2006 11:00PM

Kissntheboysgoodby takes Hastings Park Handicap

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AUBURN, Wash. ? Kissntheboysgoodby surged to the front in the upper stretch and held steady to post a three-quarter length victory over the fast-finishing Karis Makaw in Sunday?s $40,000 Hastings Park Handicap for fillies and mares at Emerald Downs.

Kissntheboysgoodby, a 4-year-old daughter of Tropic Lightning who races for her breeder, Dr. Dean Essex, got the six furlongs in 1:09 under apprentice Katie Repp. Kissntheboysgoddby, who is trained by Charles Essex, paid $13.40 to win as the fourth choice in a field of eight. She earned $22,000 for her fifth win in nine career starts, bringing her career bankroll to $48,712.