Kissedbyanangel continued her ascendant form at Laurel Park on Saturday, Dec. 2, as she took the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship by two lengths for her second consecutive victory.

The daughter of Northview Stallion Station’s Golden Lad, searching for her first stakes win, went off as the 3-2 favorite among the eight 2-year-old fillies on the strength of a daylight victory in a first-level optional claimer at Laurel when risked for a $62,500 tag on Nov. 17. 

She broke well under Angel Cruz and made her way to the lead from the seven post, but could not clear to the rail as Determined Sail moved up her inside and provided pace pressure. Through a modest opening quarter of :24.26, the favorite shook off Determined Sail’s challenge as they moved around the far turn. Entering the stretch second choice Sheilahs Warcloud, who had been rating off the pace, moved alongside the leader and was asked for run. However, Kissedbyanangel held sway, maintaining the advantage in the stretch before pulling clear in the last sixteenth. She covered seven furlongs over a fast main track in 1:24.94. Sheilahs Warcloud, runner-up in the Maryland Million Lassie, was second again, with Big Earn, making her stakes debut, four and a half lengths back in third.

Kissedbyanangel improved her career record to 3-1-1 from six starts, for earnings of $136,930. She was bred by Super C Racing Inc., and made her debut for her breeder in a $12,500 maiden claiming race at Pimlico on Sept. 10. She won that race by six and three-quarters lengths and was claimed that day by her current owner/trainer Joanne Shankle. After an unplaced finish in the Selima Stakes on grass next out, Kissedbyanangel rebounded with a third-place finish in the Oct. 14 Maryland Million Lassie at 29-1. She followed with a second in a first-level allowance on Oct. 28 before winning two straight. 

Kissedbyanangel is out of the winning Street Sense mare Angelinthemorning, who was purchased by Chris Melton for Super C Racing for $8,000 at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky February Mixed Sale. Campaigned by Super C with trainers Anthony Farrior and Claudio Gonzalez, Angelinthemorning raced 12 times that year, winning four before making her last start in November and retiring with a career record of 4-0-3 from 13 starts and earnings of $53,408. 

From two foals of racing age, Angelinthemorning has produced two winners. Her first foal is Kissedbyanangel’s year-older full brother Fartlek, with two wins this year. The mare has a yearling filly named Buckin’ Right (Friesan Fire) and a weanling colt by Long River, foaled on April 9 of this year. She was bred to Engage for 2024, but did not get pregnant.

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