Adequan Indianapolis Derby Challenge

Adequan Indianapolis Derby Challenge

Prize Kiss gets his third career stakes victory.

Prize Kiss. PHOTO: Coady Photography

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Prize Kiss, a son of Kiss My Hocks campaigned by Pamela Brickley Hann and Craig Zeneberg, earned his third lifetime stakes win in Thursday's $32,735 Adequan Indianapolis Derby Challenge Stakes at Horseshoe Indianapolis.

Ridden by L.D. "Daniel" Martinez and aided by a reported 12-mph tail wind, Prize Kiss covered 400 yards in :19.836, and his margin of victory was a nose from A Seperatist V. Tony Cunningham prepped the sorrel colt, who earned the $20,005 winner's share of the purse and a berth in the October 22, $150,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G3) at Horseshoe Indianapolis.

Prize Kiss was bred in Oklahoma by Flag Ranch LLC, and he was coming off of a sixth-place finish on a sloppy and sealed track in a 400-yard, $25,000 allowance race at Horseshoe Indianapolis on September 3.

“He is a horse that loves to run,” said Martinez through an interpreter. “Sometimes he just has bad luck. He had a small injury early in the year that didn’t let him run (until August), but he’s good now. He’s a real professional to ride.”

Prize Kiss was purchased by Hann for $38,000 at the 2020 Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City. Hann gives a lot of the credit for the colt's success on the track to Cunningham and the trainer's crew, including his assistant Salvador Villalobos.

“He is now good to work around, thanks to Salvador and the rest of Tony’s team,” said Hann of Prize Kiss. “He wasn’t at first, but they put a lot of work into him. Craig and I went to Heritage Place to buy him. In fact, we are headed out right after this race to Heritage Place to meet up with Tony. We will try to get another one of these (referring to Prize Kiss).

“He actually won the Juvenile (John Deere Regional Challenge) here last year, but we didn’t make the trip to Albuquerque for the final,” she added. “But we are very excited to win this one today and to have the Finals right here.”

Prize Kiss was winning for the fourth time in 11 outs and pushing his bankroll to $171,743. The colt won two stakes during his 2-year-old season, including the 300-yard, $132,240 Heartland Futurity.

Screenshot and Resurrection Man completed the order of finish.

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