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Kickinitwithkohler saves her best for last

Trainer Kennedy Lindsey compares his 5-year-old trotting mare Kickinitwithkohler to a locomotive when saying, ”She doesn’t have any gate speed, but she just keeps on building and building up as the races goes on and then comes at the end.”

The Illinois-bred daughter of Southwind Breeze races for Tonight’s The Night and has been under Lindsey’s care since he purchased her two years ago. She’s earned over $40,000 in the interim and will be doing her work for the second straight time in the Open ranks on Friday while racing against a familiar rival in . Silverlode.

“She’s got a big heart,” Lindsey related. “Let’s just say her heart is bigger than her talent at this point. But don’t get me wrong, if she ever learned to trot straight, she’d really be something.”

With James Kennedy at the controls, Kickinitwithkohler recorded back-to-back conditioned scores in February, on both occasions coming from well back to win going away.

She is coming off a pair of thirds at the head of the class versus the aforementioned Silverlode and in between those two miles was the runner-up behind Lodi Dorian Blues in a solid March 3 contest.

“If they go quick early, you know she’s going to be pretty far back,” her mentor noted. “But you also know she’s going to be coming at the end.”