Million Dollar Kiss Wins Markel Invitational Bonus Challenge

The 4-year-old mare earns her second stakes victory.

Q-Racing Journal

Jerry Chapman's Million Dollar Kiss, a homebred daughter of Jess Louisiana Blue, wins Saturday's $75,000 Markel Invitational Bonus Challenge.

A sharp break from her rail post helped Jerry D. Chapman's Million Dollar Kiss score her first stakes win in more than two years in Saturday's 350-yard, $75,000 Markel Invitational Bonus Challenge Stakes at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Jesus Rios Ayala for trainer Bret Vickery and sent to post at odds of 9-2, Million Dollar Kiss defeated 18-1 longshot CC Tres by a half of a length in :17.557. The 4-year-old mare was winning for the fifth time in 19 starts, and the $36,750 winner's share of the purse from her second lifetime stakes victory pushed her bankroll to $119,745.

Million Dollar Kiss was bred in Texas by her owner, and she is a daughter of champion Jess Louisiana Blue and Stoli Kiss, a winning 13-year-old daughter of champion Stoli. Her resume includes a neck victory in the 2014 John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge at Sam Houston Race Park.

Million Dollar Kiss returned an $11.60 win mutuel and teamed with CC Tres for a $2 exacta payoff of $122.80. Design Tobe A Winner, a 13-1 longshot, ran third to complete a $425.10 ($1) trifecta.

First Prize Chicks, the 3-5 favorite, ran fourth and was followed by Time For Jesse Lee, Chicks R Gone, and Dk The Nacho Lady.

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