There were four divisions of the International Stallion Stakes at Lexington’s Red Mile on Saturday and speed was very apparent in the very first $67,750 division as Somestarsomewhere and driver Yannick Gingras won in a lifetime best 1:49.2, just two fifths of a second off of the world record.
Somestartsomewhere took the lead away from a headstrong Somewhere In LA (John Campbell) after the opening quarter mile in :27.1 and then led the field the rest of mile, cutting fractions of :54.1 and 1:22.4 as Somewhere Fancy (Dave Miller) tried coming first-over to no avail. Somestartssomewhere won by two open lengths over Journeyman (Mike Lachance) with Idealbeach Hanover (Jody Jamieson) third.
“I talked with Ronnie (Burke) and he told me the colt would step up,” Gringras said. “He was good but not great last week but came through today.”
Sired by Somebeachsomewhere, it was the third win this season for Somestarsomewhere, who is trained by Ron Burke and is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, M Yanek and L. Karr. He paid $4.40 to win as the betting favorite.
The $68,720 second division it was Ideal Magic and driver Tim Tetrick taking the lead after a :27.3 first quarter from On Golden Ponder (John Campbell) and then after a half in :55.2, saw Ari Allstar and driver Jody Jamieson come first-over and they led a calvarey charge of horses as Parnu Hanover (Yannick Gingrass) tried sweeping three-wide but after the three-quarters in 1:23 he spit out the bit and began to fade.
Coming down the stretch it looked as if Ari Allstar was going to collar Ideal Magic but Ideal Magic dug in and held him off to the wire to win by a head in a lifetime best 1:51.2. Ari Allstar was second with Smack Talk (Ron Pierce) third.
“He’s a big powerful colt,” Tetrick said. “that has a good gait on him and once he gets moving he is very good. My horse fought him (Ari Allstar) when he popped out from the top of the lane and was good.”
Sired by American Ideal, it was the third win in eight career starts for Ideal Magic. He is trained by Tony Alagna and is owned by the Cheap Speed Stable, J. Sbrocco, the Eagles Soar Partnership and L Willinger. Ideal Magic paid $8.60 to win.
The $67,750 third division was captured another son of Somebeachsomewhere as Ray Schnittker’s So Surreal scored a lifetime best 1:49.4 in a close half length triumph over pacesetter Carracci Hanover.
Driven by Tim Tetrick, So Surreal came first-over in the backstretch after Carracci Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras took command at the opening quarter mile in :27.3 and led to the half in :55. But by the three-quarters in 1:22.4, Tetrick and So Surreal had gained ground and they were closing in.
Down the stretch it first seemed that Carracci Hanover may be able to hold them off but So Surreal was the strong horse. He’s Got It (Dave Miller) was third.
Trained and co-owned by Ray Schnittker with Ted Gewertz, JD Kurnit and S. Arnold, it was the third win this year for So Surreal, who paid $2.40 to show.
Despite a driving rainstorm and being parked first-over from the backstretch in the $68,750 final division of the International Stallion Stakes for two-year-old pacers, Limelight Beach and driver Dave Miller were able to grind it out and just get up over 67-1 long shot and pacesetter Stevensville (Ray Schnittker) by a neck in 1:57.1. Doo Wop Hanover (Ron Pierce) was third.
It was tough going and poor visibility as the starting gate pulled away. Stevensville went right to the front with Ideal Fashion (John Campbell) sitting on their back to the opening quarter mile in :29.1. Once past the half mile marker in :59.3, Miller came first-up with Limelight Beach but they could not clear by Stevensville so those two played hardball past the three-quarters in 1:30.1.
Then it the stretch it looked as if Schnittker may be able to pull off the upset but Limelight Beach kept grinding it out to the finish. It was the sixth win in ten starts for the son of Somebeachsomewhere.
Trained by Brian Brown and owned by James Stambaugh, Milton Leeman and Charles Wingfield, all of Ohio, Limelight Beach paid $3.20 to win.
By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com