Three-year-old trotting colts and geldings were the only sex and gait requiring multiple races, as 13 dropped in the box and were split into two $15,000 divisions.
The first division went according to plan, as 1-2 favourite Kibbutz Dream (driven by Jean Dubois) used a pocket trip to dart by down the lane and easily hold off its rivals with a two-length score in 1:57.1, a lifetime best. The gelded son of Like A Prayer--Fill Josselyn is trained by Marie Ortolan Bar for the Reve Avec Moi Dreamwithme Stables. Kibbutz Dream now has a first, second, and third in the opening legs of the KYSS, heading into next week’s $300,000 final. Like A Hush (Rick Farrington) was able to secure second, while Alliance Hall (Peter Wrenn) was third.
The second $15,000 KYSS division looked like it could go much the same, as Up Front Prayer (Dan Noble) was looking for a three-leg sweep as the prohibitive 1-5 favourite. However, it turned into a wide open affair down the stretch after King Solomon (Dan Shetler) set the opening fractions and faltered in the stretch, setting up a scintillating stretch drive as four horses finished within a length and a half on the wire. Touchdown Franco (Brad Hanners) emerged victorious on the outside, as it unleashed a furious four-wide rally, ripping off a 28-second final quarter to nail Civil Cause (Trace Tetrick) by a short nose. Up Front Prayer was only three-quarters of a length back in third. Touchdown Franco, a son of Like A Prayer--Atouchtomuch, is trained by Jeff Smith for Terry and Cynthia Kinsley. Touchdown Franco added the win to its resume after back-to-back second-place efforts in the opening legs of the KYSS.