Too Many Kisses’ late punch proved enough in the Conniver Stakes at Laurel Park on Saturday, March 16, as she rallied from last to win by one and a quarter lengths and capping a big day for breeders Charles and Cynthia McGinnes.

Stepping up to stakes company for the first time, she went off as the 9-2 second choice in the eight-horse, seven-furlong contest. The 4-year-old filly came in off an off-the-pace Maryland-restricted allowance win at the same distance on Feb. 17, her first start of the year 

To no one’s surprise, Forest Boyce was unhurried with Too Many Kisses early on. She rated back in last, nearly a dozen lengths behind Royal Whisper, who took control and set solid early fractions of :23.13 and :46.04.

As they hit the top of the stretch, Too Many Kisses was gathering momentum, but Royal Whisper had built up a three-length lead and looked tough to catch. The pacesetter passed the eighth pole still clear, but her strides were shortening as Too Many Kisses continued to cut into the margin. Too Many Kisses rolled past her rival with ease and won going away, covering the distance over a fast main track in 1:25.76.

The victory improved Too Many Kisses’s record to 3-2-0 from seven starts, for earnings of $135,460. 

Too Many Kisses was bred by the McGinneses and her trainer, Tim Keefe. The McGinneses also bred Take a Hint, the winner of the Not For Love earlier on the Saturday card. Cynthia co-owns the filly with Francis Clemens.

A daughter of Arrogate, Too Many Kisses is out of the unraced McGinnes-bred Casual Kiss (by Dehere), the 2018 Maryland Broodmare of the Year. It’s a family with generations of history for the McGinneses and their Thornmar Farm in Chestertown, going back to the couple’s long association with the horses owned by the late Dr. Philip J. Torsney. 

Casual Kiss is a granddaugher of sensational broodmare Foolish Kisses, a stakes-winning daughter of Cannonade bred by the McGinneses and raced by Torsney. From 13 foals, Foolish Kisses produced 10 winners, including graded stakes-winning $479,645-earner Gotaghostofachance (Silver Ghost) and additional stakes winners I’mtoogoodtobetrue (Good and Tough), Anofficerandalady (Officer) and Folly May Pay (Twining).  

Another of her foals, the unraced Bushel and a Peck, produced two winners from seven foals. Casual Kiss, her first, was sold as a yearling to owner Arnold Heft for $20,000. In training with Keefe, the filly was showing tremendous promise, noted Cynthia McGinnes, but was injured in a starting gate accident before she ever started. Attempts to bring her back after lengthy layoffs were unsuccessful, and Heft, in his 90s and in failing health, sought to find a home for his unraced filly, who had an uncertain future as a broodmare due to the initial pelvic injury. The McGinneses stepped up. “We told Tim we’d make him a co-breeder on her foals, and split the breeder bonuses,” said McGinnes.  

The mare has since produced nine foals, her first six all winners. Her second foal is graded stakes winner and two-time Maryland-bred champion Still Having Fun, winner of the 2018 Woody Stephens-G2 and an earner of $641,137.

Casual Kiss’s most recent foal is a Midshipman yearling named Make It Quick, foaled last April 7. She is due to foal in late March to the cover of Great Notion.

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