Union Jackson’s 1st-Crop Kisses for Emily Wins Parx’s $100K Society Hill S. for Open 3YO Fillies

By Rab Hagin

KISSES FOR EMILY overcame early bumping to charge from last to first in Parx Racing’s $100,000 Society Hill Stakes for open 3-year-old fillies going six furlongs on Tuesday, March 8, as the eighth first-crop UNION JACKSON winner established her sire as the leading Northeastern sire of 2019-foaled winners. Owned by Bran Jam Stable and David W. Clark and bred by Sequel Stallions NY, LLC and Lakland Farm, Kisses for Emily trailed the field by multiple lengths after the opening quarter mile following her hindered start. In the fifth furlong, she ran down a daughter of a 2021 top-5 second-crop sire coming off a 6½-length debut win at Parx. She angled outside in the final furlong, overtaking the odds-on favorite, who already had won a $200,000 six-furlong stakes by 5¾ lengths, and then blew by a daughter Sequel’s 2020 co-leading North American first-crop sire of stakes and graded winners, LAOBAN, to score going away under a hand ride. The runner-up had won twice in six-furlong contests at Parx, breaking her maiden by 12¾ lengths and coming off an 11½-length tally 20 days prior to the Society Hill. Winning jockey Dylan Davis, riding Kisses for Emily for the third time, never appeared to touch her with his whip.

Sold for $125,000 at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic’s May 2021 sale of 2-year-olds despite no black type in her first or second dams, Kisses for Emily is the second starter and second winner produced from her unraced dam, whose own dam was unplaced. She has a 5-year-old half-brother from the first crop of a Grade 1 winner who has won twice but not above the maiden or claiming level. The value of her 10-year-old dam has now obviously increased. Kisses for Emily has not been tried beyond sprint distances, but her steadily accelerating running style suggests she might excel stretching out.