04/17/2012 3:48PM

Parx: Agave Kiss improves record to a perfect 5 for 5

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Agave Kiss, Ryan Curatolo up, holds off Dance to Bristol to win the $75,000 Trevose Stakes.

Agave Kiss retained her unbeaten record with a front-running victory in the $75,000 Trevose Stakes on Tuesday at Parx Racing near Philadelphia.

Winning for the fifth time in as many starts, Agave Kiss raced head and head with Honey Wondergirl for the race’s first few strides, but by the turn of the six-furlong race she had established a clear advantage. Setting splits of 22.10 seconds for her opening quarter-mile and 45.21 for her first half, Agave Kiss and jockey Ryan Curatolo raced well off the rail turning into the homestretch, leaving room for second-choice Dance to Bristol to mount an inside rally. Dance to Bristol briefly dented Agave Kiss’s advantage before the eighth pole, but the heavy favorite held her at bay to win by 1 1/2 lengths, with Mikey Likes it a distant fourth.

Time for the three-quarters of a mile on a fast track was 1:09.66, and Agave Kiss paid $3 to win. Agave Kiss carried 124 pounds, gave four pounds to Dance to Bristol, and up to eight pounds to her other rivals.

Agave Kiss, a 3-year-old daughter of Lion Heart, won her first four races – including the Grade 3 Cicada – by a 20 combined lengths, and Rudy Rodriguez, who trains the filly for Flying Zee Racing Stables, said he was pleased Agave Kiss had to work a little harder Tuesday.

“She made us very proud,” Rodriguez said. “It wasn’t that easy, but she did it right. That was what we were hoping for, to have a good experience her first time out of town.”

Rodriguez said there were no immediate plans for Agave Kiss. “Right now we’re just going to enjoy this,” he said. “I’ll talk to the owner and hope she keeps improving.”