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Fantasy Stakes Contender Spotlight: Kansas Kis
Kansas Kis (2) just misses to Water White in the Busher (Credit: NYRA/Joe Labozzetta)

Fantasy Stakes Contender Spotlight: Kansas Kis

HOT SPRINGS, AR – Perrine Time Thoroughbreds’ Kansas Kis will hope that stretching out in distance will help her overcome a pair of near-defeats when she enters Friday’s $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park.

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Kansas Kis struggled to find the winner’s circle early in her career, finally breaking through in her fifth start while running 6 furlongs at Aqueduct. She returned to the same course and distance for her subsequent appearance, closing to finish second within 3/4 of a length against allowance/optional claiming foes, then got nailed at the wire in the one-turn, mile-long Busher Stakes, losing by just a nose.

Trainer Ray Handal has continued working Kansas Kis at Belmont Park leading up to the Fantasy as he tries to win his first graded stakes event. Jockey Florent Geroux will ride the daughter of Constitution when she tries running 1 1/16 miles and two turns for the first time Friday.

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The Fantasy is a Kentucky Oaks (G1) prep race awarding a total of 170 points to the top four finishers. The winner will receive 100 points, with 40 going to second, 20 to third, and 10 to fourth.

Here is the full field for the Fantasy (click on each horse’s name to read an exclusive preview):

PostHorseJockeyTrainerMorning Line Odds
1Ice PrincessKendrick CarmoucheDanny Gargan20/1
2Venetian HarborFlavien PratRichard Baltas2/1
3Swiss SkydiverBrian Hernandez, Jr.Kenny McPeek6/1
4Lake AvenueJohn VelazquezBill Mott15/1
5Harvey's Lil GoilMartin GarciaBill Mott12/1
6Kansas KisFlorent GerouxRay Handal30/1
7ShedaresthedevilJoel RosarioBrad Cox12/1
8Ring LeaderJoe TalamoMcLean Robertson30/1
9Lady GlamourJulie BurkeKenny Smith50/1
10British IdiomJavier CastellanoBrad Cox5/2
11Fire CoralTyler BazeSteve Asmussen15/1
12New York GrooveStewart ElliottMike Trombetta20/1
13Lazy DaisyDavid CohenDoug O'Neill20/1
14Alta's AwardRicardo Santana, Jr.Steve Asmussen12/1

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