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Apprentice jockey wins first stakes in Hastings Park Handicap

May 15, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Michael Costanzo

Auburn, WA (May 14) -Apprentice Kate Repp gave her mom a great Mother's Day gift on Sunday when she scored her first career stakes victory with Kissntheboysgoodby in the Hastings Park Handicap.

Repp was sizzling hot on Sunday winning three races on the 10-race card. The 24-year-old Auburn High School graduate got the call aboard Kissntheboysgoodby after winning aboard the 4-year-old filly on April 22 in a 5 -furlong $40,000 optional claiming allowance against many of her Hastings Park Handicap rivals.

The Washington-bred Kissntheboysgoodby, conditioned by Charlie Essex and bred by his dad, owner Dean Essex, broke alertly and stalked last year's winner Marva Jean, as that one set fractions of :22 seconds and :44 4/5 in the 6-furlong test.

"I was little concerned I was too close to Marva Jean," Repp said. "But the track was closing and we stayed right with her."

The daughter of Tropic Lightning took the lead from Marva Jean at the top of the stretch under Repp's urging, and held off a driving Karis Makaw in the final yards.

"I had a ton of horse," Karis Makaw's jockey Kevin Radke said. "All I was trying to do was bide my time and find a spot. A little further distance and we're going to be tough"

Bob Meeking, trainer of Karis Makaw, echoed his rider's sentiments. "She needs to go further to be more effective, but I think this was a wonderful race for her," Meeking said. "The winner is a good horse, but we're ready for the next one."

Kissntheboysgoodby stopped the clock in 1:09 for the 6-furlong trip, improving her record to 5-0-2 from nine lifetime starts, with earnings of $58,712.

Kissntheboysgoodby paid $13.40, $6 and $3.40. Karis Makaw returned $10.40 and $5 for second with Roanaway Bride paying $3.40 for show. Rounding out the field was Queenledo, Gins Majesty, Marva Jean, Swingin' Notes and Queen Sarabi.

The next stop in the Belle Roberts Series is the $40,000 Washington State Legislators Stakes on June 11 at the distance of 6 furlongs. Marva Jean won the race last year.