02/23/2008 12:00AM

Looks like Tarrant has another good one


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – The versatile Kiss the Kid is the big horse in trainer Amy Tarrant’s stable. But maybe not for long.

Tarrant surprised just about everybody when she sent out Kiss the Kid to a third-place finish at odds of 46-1 in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap earlier in the meet, and she pulled off another shocker on Friday when her newest acquisition B B Frank blew away a solid field of entry-level allowance horses to the tune of an $85 mutuel. The victory came in the 3-year-old’s first start since being claimed 20 days earlier by Tarrant for the Hardacre Farm LLC for $62,500.

“That was devastating,” a delighted Tarrant said in the winner’s circle following B B Frank’s convincing 2 3/4-length victory. “We really loved this horse and he proved it today. He’s not a huge horse but he’s got a great big engine and I just had a feeling about what he’d been doing when we claimed him.”

Tarrant said she’ll wait a bit before deciding what to do next with B B Frank, a son of Came Home, who received a career-best 85 Beyer Speed Figure for his win Friday, his second straight.

“I’m going to enjoy the moment for now, then sit back and see how he comes out of this race before looking for something else,” said Tarrant.

Meanwhile, Kiss the Kid completed his final preparations for the 1 3/16-mile Gulfstream Park Handicap next Saturday by working a bullet half-mile in 47.40 seconds at Palm Meadows on Saturday.

In the Donn, Kiss the Kid contested the early pace with the odds-on Daaher before succumbing to the late runs of Spring at Last and A.P. Arrow. Kiss the Kid had finished fourth in the Grade 3 Canadian Turf Handicap and third in the Grade 2 W.L. McKnight on grass in his previous two starts.

“He ran so well on the dirt last time I owe it to him to go back there and give him another chance,” said Tarrant, who also owns the 5-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid. “He came out of the Donn great and he’s feeling like a monster right now.”

Trujillo injures arm in spill

Jockey Elvis Trujillo suffered an apparent fractured arm after being tossed from his mount in Saturday’s seventh race, Dinner Guest, who broke down near the sixteenth pole.

Trujillo was taken to Hollywood Memorial Regional Hospital following the mishap. Jockey Eibar Coa, whose mount, Amwaal, narrowly missed the fallen rider, spoke to Trujillo after the race.

“He was conscious and said he was doing okay, although he was certain he had broken his arm,” said Coa.

Dinner Guest was euthanized on the track.

Fast trio put up works

A trio of top sprinters, all of whom have registered impressive victories here this meet, were on the Palm Meadow work tab Saturday.

Commentator, who set a one-mile course record winning an allowance race here Jan. 17, went a half-mile in 47.80, while Chatain, hero of the Grade 3 Hal’s Hope Handicap, covered the same distance in 47.60. Benny the Bull, easy winner of the Sunshine Millions Sprint, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.

Commentator and Chatain could square off in the Grade 2 Richter Scale Handicap on March 9, while Benny the Bull is preparing for a trip to Dubai for the Golden Shaheen on March 29.

Longshots light up the board

It was bombs away during the early stages of Saturday’s card, with longshots prevailing in the first three races.

Call Tiger started the parade of boxcar payoffs, paying $40.80 after winning the opener. He was followed in turn by Send the Chief ($57.60) and Limonada ($53.60) in the second and third events. The early daily double of Call Tiger and Send the Chief returned $736.40, the second daily double paid $2,569.80, and the early pick three lit up the tote board to the tune of $13,823.

Junior Alvarado rode Limonada, Jose Lezcano was on Call Tiger, and Ray Fuentes was aboard Send the Chief.