The Biggest Question Pertaining to Gone Astray Kiss Is: Why Isn't He Gone?
Sunday, May 29, 2022

    One of the most bizarre stories in racing takes another step forward today in the first race at Monmouth Park.

    The culprit is Gone Astray Kiss, an 8-year-old New Jersey-bred gelding by Pleasant Acres' stallion Gone Astray. What makes him so intriguing is that Gone Astray Kiss has raced 71 times, compiling an oh-no record of 2-2-12, with earnings of $119,716. His two victories came in the same season - at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 8 of 2017 and May 13 of 2017 at Monmouth Park. He paid $6.80 in the Tampa race competing for $16,000, and $20.20 at Monmouth competing for $7,500. 

    Gone Astray Kiss is now owned and trained by Anthony Foglia, who may just be having a good time with him. The last time Gone Astray Kiss finished in the top 3 was a third-place finish on July 3 of last year at Monmouth - he was 38-1 that day. It's possible there are bettors who want to own a souvenir ticket in case the gelding becomes a record-holder of some kind somewhere down the line.

    GAK took a six-month vacation, returning at Monmouth on May 8 - amazingly - in a $75,000 allowance race. He finished eighth by 17 1/2 lengths at odds of 53-1. It appeared Foglia was just trying to get a race in him, thus the class he faced. However, he's in another $75,000 allowance today, and is 30-1 in the morning line. If the souvenir hunters don't show up to bet a few bucks, GAK could go off at 100-1. 




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