Grand Circuit harness racing resumes at The Red Mile on Thursday, October 4th with a matinee post time of 1:00pm. Week two features the International Stallion Stakes (INSS) for all divisions of two year olds, beginning with the freshman filly trotters returning to kick off the week's events in three splits worth a total of $293,300.
The INSS races begin with race two where Let It Ride Stables and Robert Cooper Stable LLC’s Time To Kill looks to win right back after a pylon skimming win in last week’s Bluegrass. Thefilly took a record of 1:55.1 with John Campbell calling the shots for trainer Ross Croghan. Shared Past was second in the same division last week and starts again from the rail on Thursday.
The second division (race 5) features the remarkablefilly To Dream On. She has won six of seven in her freshman season, earning over $378,000 for high profile owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Her trainer Jimmy Takter has developed some very fine trotting fillies throughout his Hall of Fame career and ranks her right up there with his best. Yannick Gingras had the good fortune to pick up the drive last week and made the best of it resulting in the easiest kind of win. Handover Bell stormed home in 26.4 to grab runner up honors to the favorite last week, is improving with every start and will have another go at the top choice.
The third and final division is carded as the ninth and offers three returning division winners led by PASS champ Frau Blucher. Hauser Brothers and Matt Tudisco’sfilly has won seven of ten for trainer Chris Oakes and was a safe winner in 1:55- for Dave Palone last week. This division also offers up a rematch between Aspidistra Hanover and Upfrontluckycarol who shared a victory in last Thursday’s stake. At the conclusion of a stretch-long duel the finish camera could not separate the Hanover bred fillies and they dead-heated in 1:56.2.
Racing this week is an all matinee affair from Thursday through Sunday. The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale starts on Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm and sells each night through Saturday at that time.