Day At The Track

Celebrity Eventsy coasts in Grand Circuit action

12:00 PM 08 Oct 2015 NZDT
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Celebrity Eventsy Haughty Dancing In Thehall Ultimate Shopper
Celebrity Eventsy was uncontested in her wire-to-wire effort
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Haughty, a filly by Donato Hanover out of the Self Possessed mare Letsjustalkaboutme
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Dancing In Thehall with ease to a 1:55 win
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The Anette Lorentzon-trained Ultimate Shopper
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LEXINGTON, KY -- The Red Mile hosted four divisions of the $268,000 International Stallion Stakes (ISS) for harness racing 2-year-old filly trotters on Wednesday, Oct. 7.
 
Celebrity Eventsy was uncontested in her wire-to-wire effort of 1:54 in the first division of the ISS. Sent off the 1-9 favorite, the filly by Manofmanymissions, out of the American Winner mare Little Ms Queenie, held off a late challenge by first-over rallier Lookin Sharp after setting fractions of :28.2, :57, and 1:25. Finishing third was Silvia, with Encore Gold claiming fourth.
 
Owned by Celebrity Farms and trained by Staffan Lind, Celebrity Eventsy obtained her fourth win in nine starts this year, returning $2.20 to win. She was driven by Brett Miller.
 

"She really is [talented]," Staffan Lind said. "Alot of times, it looks like she's going really hard fractions, but she does them easily."

When asked about the Breeders Crown as her next step, Staffan Lind said that's what he's aiming towards.

With a patient drive from Dave Palone, Haughty made her victory-worthy move in the final turn to take the second ISS split in 1:55. Stalking tempo setter Hot Curry and pocket-sitter Franniegetyourgun, Haughty waited through fractions of :28.2 and :57.1 before edging off the pylons. She approached Hot Curry in a 1:26.4 third-quarter before advancing to the lead. Franniegetyourgun tipped off the pylons and attempted to pursue Haughty, but settled for second, while Hot Curry faded to third.

Also sent off a 1-9 favorite, Haughty, a filly by Donato Hanover out of the Self Possessed mare Letsjustalkaboutme, paid $2.20 to win. She's owned by Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and Sam Goldband, trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Dave Palone. She maintained her undefeated record, extending it to six wins in six starts.

"She's just a pleasure to drive," Dave Palone said. "I didn't have to pull the plugs out. It's nice to prove the kind of horse she is."

"We have confidence in Jimmy Takter," Marvin Katz said. "He was careful bringing her along, and once she started racing, he really liked her."

"If she comes out of the race well, I think so [going to the Breeders Crown], but it's up to Jimmy [Takter]," Katz also said.

Favorite Sunset Glider battled with Sweet Ashley T for control and faltered, allowing Dancing In Thehall to slide by with ease to a 1:55 win. In their conflict, Sunset Glider and Sweet Ashley T put up the first quarter in :29 and the half in :56.1 before Sweet Ashley T began to retreat. Hollywood Hill began to rally first-over around the far turn towards a 1:25.3 third-quarter, and Dancing In Thehall was winding up his move, which granted him the lead by the eighth pole. He slid clear of Hollywood Hill, closer Lindy's On Fire, and Sunset Glider.

Paying $19.40 to win, the daughter of Cantab Hall from the Donerail mare Doin' The Town racked the second win of her season. She competes for the interests of Vanersol Inc. and trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt.

"She raced very good last week, and it helped that they raced very fast to the half. She has the Goldsmith Maid. She's getting better with every start.

The Anette Lorentzon-trained Ultimate Shopper sat off a mile pace established by Womans Will before pulling towards the center of the course and pursuing the lead en route to a 1:54 victory. Making her move after stalking a pace of :29, :58, and 1:26.2, Ultimate Shopper fanned wide of pocket-sitter and even-money favorite Kathy Parker. She was stride for stride with Womans Will about midway through the stretch until she edged by and advanced to a length and a half victory.

Womans Will held on for second, Kathy Parker finished third, and Wildflower finished fourth.

Owned by Acl Stuteri Ab, Anette Lorentzon, and Kjell Johansson and driven by Tim Tetrick, the filly by Yankee Glide out of the Conway Hall mare Adelaide Hall scored her first win in seven starts this season.

"I mean, she almost beat Broadway Donna last week, so I knew she'd give me a good run if I could just get out," Tim Tetrick said. "The slow fractions didn't really hurt her because she's not really big and really likes to sprint fast on the end, so it actually worked out perfect for her."

"She was sick [in the Peaceful Way] elimination and they [Lorentzon and owners] decided that they really like the filly and want to try to protect her and get her ready for Lexington and the Breeders Crown," Tetrick also said.

Live racing resumes tomorrow, Thurs., Oct. 8, with the highlighted event being five divisions of the $264,000 ISS for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First-race post is at 1:00pm.

By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

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