After racing on the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit last year, Latest Kiss earned her first pari-mutuel win this season Thursday, April 28 at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. Driven by Atlee Bender, the sophomore filly stopped the timer in 1:56.2.
Starting from post three, Latest Kiss was directed straight to the lead, picking up an easy lead before the quarter in :28.1. From there, she held steady through fractions of :58.1 before feeling some pressure on the outside by Filthy McNasty and Jared Finn.
In the stretch, Latest Kiss dug in gamely and held off Filthy McNasty for the win by a neck. JKs Lifesaver rallied up late for Brandon Bates to finish third.
Latest Kiss paid $17.60 for the win. The JK Endofanera filly is trained by Keith Roth and owned by Roth with Anthony Roth. Lavon Miller bred the filly, who is now three for 11 with her first pari-mutuel win.
Latest Kiss is from the second crop of JK Endofanera and was purchased for $10,000 from the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale. The filly is the 13th foal out of the Western Hanover mare Latest Design, who is an accomplished brood mare. She has produced two with marks under the 1:50 time barrier, including Ahead of the Curve with a mark of 1:49.4 and Latest Desire with a mark of 1:49.2 and is still racing. In all, she has five with earnings over the $100,000 mark. Latest Kiss has a full brother named Lets Go Jude who is a two-year-old this season.
Another longshot winner on the Thursday card was Lt Columbo, driven by Travis Seekman. The Always a Virgin three-year-old rallied up first over at the three-quarters and never gave in, grabbing the win by a half-length over Frequent Image and Robert Taylor in 1:54.3. Need to Breathe and Charlie Conrad closed well for third.
Lt. Columbo paid $31.00 for the win. The gelding is trained and owned by Perry Smith and was bred by Lavon Miller and John McGill. Lt Columbo is now two for four in 2022 and the race was a new lifetime mark for the lightly raced pacer.