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Phoenix Takes Majority Stake in Splashy Kisses - Daughter of Blame will stay in California with trainer Doug O'Neill

By Mark Scully/Racing Post

Phoenix Thoroughbred completed a deal that sees it take a majority stake in Splashy Kisses, a 2-year-old daughter of Blame who got off the mark at the second time of asking in a Del Mar maiden special weight in August.

The filly, who is out of the winning Cherokee Run mare Indian Valley and bred by Kentucky's Winchester Farm, will remain in training with the California-based Doug O'Neill.

Phoenix will take a 51% stake in Splashy Kisses, with her original part-owner ERJ Racing, fronted by NHL star Erik Johnson, retaining the remainder.

Connections harbor high hopes for the filly, who was first purchased for $30,000 from Fasig-Tipton's The Turf Showcase last year before realizing $100,000 at the same sale company's The Gulfstream Sale when bought by Dennis O'Neill and ERJ Racing.

There was plenty to like about her victory. The filly led almost all the way in the six-furlong contest under Joel Rosario before stretching away under only modest urgings from the rider to score by 5 3/4 lengths.

According to reports in the U.S., she could take a sharp step up in grade soon, with the Chandelier Stakes (G1) over 8 1/2 furlongs Sept. 29 at Santa Anita Park on the radar.

Should she carry the Phoenix colors to victory, she would not be the first filly bought into by the operation to enjoy success. Signora Cabello bagged a pair of group 2 contests since a deal was struck with her original owners, Zen Racing.


BLAME Filly SPLASHY KISSES Wires Del Mar Field to Break Maiden by 5 3/4 Lengths!!

1st-Del Mar, $60,690, Msw, 8-18, 2yo, f, 6f, 1:11.21, ft. SPLASHY KISSES (f, 2, Blame--Indian Valley, by Cherokee Run) drew the fence for her July 17 debut and looked beaten when steadying into the stretch before finishing a distant eighth to ‘TDN Rising Star’ Brill (Medaglia d’Oro) and subsequent GSP Del Mar May (Jimmy Creed).

Backed into 7-1 from a morning line of 10-1 with a significant upgrade in the saddle to the visiting Joel Rosario, Splashy Kisses broke alertly and had to do some work, but led after a furlong as favored True Validity (Yes It’s True) prompted from the outside. More or less on even terms entering the stretch, Splashy Kisses found more as the chalk backed out of it abruptly and charged home a 5 3/4-length winner. First-starter Madame Vestal (Into Mischief) split horses late to be second at 20-1.

Out of a half-sister to Chhaya Dance (A.P. Indy)--the SW full-brother to GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Tempera--Splashy Kisses is kin to a colt foal by Street Boss. Indian Valley was most recently covered by Point of Entry.

Sales history: $30,000 Ylg '17 FTKTUR; $100,000 2yo '18 FTFMAR. Lifetime Record: 2-1-0-0, $36,345. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton. O-ERJ Racing LLC & Dave Kenney; B-Winchester Farm (KY); T-Doug F O'Neill.






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