Friday, September 16, 2022
The big question surrounding Gone Astray Kiss is, "Are you losing money for the year when your horse has run 10 times through Sept. 15 while earning $6,468?"
Only Anthony Foglia knows for sure.
Foglia is the owner and trainer of the 8-year-old New Jersey-bred gelding by Gone Astray. He's been both since mid-2020 - before that he was only the trainer. When Gone Astray Kiss closed out the 2019 campaign at Mahoning Valley on Dec. 2, 2019 he was owned by Jeff Zook and trained by Foglia. When he made his return at Monmouth Park on July 7 of 2020, Foglia was listed as both. It is not known if Foglia forked over any money for the gelding or if Zook gave him away to make room for a horse who might bring in some cash.
After his last start this month, Gone Astray Kiss sports a lifetime record of 2-2-12 in 80 tries. He's earned $125,434. But, in his 10 starts of 2022, he has a pair of fifths, three sixths, four sevenths and an eighth. Foglia is lucky that his Monmouth races include paydays for those also-ran finishes.
GAK hasn't won a race since May 13 of 2017, which comes to five years and four months ago. That was his best year of seven - two victories, a second and two thirds in 17 starts, earnings of $38,065.
Does Foglia just love this horse and doesn't want to see him retire? Does he think GAK can still win a race? Or even finish in the money? Time will tell - GAK should be ready to go again, he hasn't run since Sept. 4.
One last question! Who are the people who keep betting on him?
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