The Saturday night (Oct. 1) harness racing card at The Red Mile featured four divisions in the $386,000 Bluegrass Series for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Kentucky Sire Stakes champion Bolt The Duer (Ponder-Wonderolt) took advantage of a pocket trip to nip favored Sweet Lou at the wire in a time of 1:52.2 to win the $96,500 opening division.
Owned by All Star Racing Inc., trained by Pete Foley and driven by Mike Lachance, Bolt The Duer won for the sixth time in seven lifetime starts. He has earned $207,350 in his brief career.
Bettor's Edge and Jody Jamieson took the field past the opening quarter in :28, before yielding to Sweet Lou and Dave Palone, who set middle splits of :56.1 and 1:25.4. But Lachance took aim at the leader in the stretch and Bolt The Duer ($9.60) got up in the final strides for the 1:52.2 win. Bettor's Edge hung on for the show dough.
"I know he's just a good horse that keeps putting out," said Foley. "Mike gave him a great drive and he got soft fractions -- a quarter in :28 and a half in :56. It was easy and I thought he could pick him (Sweet Lou) back easy. He just keeps giving.
"We don't want to be too hard on him -- he was a June foal. We'll race him next week and then give the Breeders Crown a shot."
The remaining three divisions will be contested later tonight.
by Paul Ramlow, USTA Internet News Manager