In her first 17 career starts, Sealed With a Kiss had competed just once on the grass - unsuccessfully - more than a year ago at Tampa Bay Downs. In those 17 races, the 4-year-old filly by Two Step Salsa had won five times, and added a pair of seconds.
Yesterday, Sealed With a Kiss made her second grass try, racing for the first time at Fort Erie for long-time Canadian owner Bruno Schickedanz and her brand new trainer, Robert Johnson. The filly bred by Lee Anne Robbins made Johnson look smart as she captured a starter allowance test at "about" seven furlongs over the turf course, leading every step of the way under Krista Carignan. She scored by two lengths, completed the course in 1:24.70 and raised her earnings to $62,221. Getting better with age, Sealed With a Kiss has posted three victories and a second in her last four starts.
Two Step Salsa's streak of getting winners everywhere continued last week, in, of all places, Jamaica. Sure Step, a Jamaican-bred 5-year-old, scored in an allowance race at Caymanas Park as Two Step Salsa approached the $800,000 mark in earnings for the year.