KY Futurity heads second week of Grand Circuit

04:44 AM 03 Oct 2013 NZDT
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Designed To Be trotted the fastest mile ever by a 2-year-old on a one-mile oval when she won her Bluegrass division in 1:52.2.
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Schedule of events: The second week of Grand Circuit action at The Red Mile kicks off on Thursday (Oct. 3) with three divisions in the $266,500 International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old filly trotters.

The Friday (Oct. 4) card features three divisions in the $260,500 International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old colt trotters and three divisions in the $223,900 International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers.

On Saturday (Oct. 5), The Red Mile will offer the $600,000 (est.) Tattersalls Pace for 3-year-old colt pacers, the $400,000 (est.) International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old colt pacers and the $350,000 (est.) Glen Garnsey Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers.

The week concludes on Sunday (Oct. 6) with the $600,000 (est.) Kentucky Futurity, the third and final leg of Trotting's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds, the companion $350,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity for 3-year-old filly trotters, a pair of $180,000 (est.) Allerage finals for both open pacers and open trotters, and $75,000 (est.) Allerage races for older pacing mares and older trotting mares.

Complete entries for the races are available at this link.

Last time: The opening week of Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile featured many memorable moments, including a trio of world records.

Designed To Be trotted the fastest mile ever by a 2-year-old on a one-mile oval when she won her Bluegrass division in 1:52.2.

Designed To Be was the star of the opening night last Thursday as she won the $96,200 final Bluegrass division in a world record clocking of 1:52.2, breaking the previous mark of 1:52.4 for a freshman trotting filly on a mile track set by Snow White in 2007 at The Red Mile. Bred and owned by Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz, the daughter of Donato Hanover-Sheer Soul is trained by Julie Miller and was driven to victory by Andy Miller. The win was the fourth in seven lifetime starts for Designed To Be, who has now earned $286,186.

On Friday night in the $90,100 third and final Bluegrass division for the freshman trotting males, Outburst (Ron Pierce) nailed Southwind Spirit (Yannick Gingras) at the wire in 1:53.1, the fastest race mile ever for a freshman trotting gelding on a mile track. Owned by Adam Victor & Son Stable, Mirva Bogucki, and trainer Noel Daley, the son of Explosive Matter-Exquisite Lady posted his fourth win in seven lifetime efforts, lifting his career earnings to $89,154.

Arch Madness equaled his own world record for an older trotting gelding on a mile track by posting a 1:50.2 score in the $10,000 elimination for the Allerage Farms Open Trot on Sunday afternoon. Owned by Marc Goldberg and Willow Pond LLC, the 9-year-old Balanced Image-Armbro Archer gelding won for just the second time in 14 starts this year, while increasing his 2013 bankroll to $214,827. Trainer Trond Smedshammer was in the bike as Arch Madness won for the 33rd time in his brilliant career. He has earned just shy of $4 million lifetime.

The defending Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous went past the $1.5 million plateau in 2013 earnings when he captured his $95,500 division of the Bluegrass Stakes for 3-year-old pacing males on Saturday night. Tim Tetrick was in the bike for trainer Tony Algana and owner Captaintreacherous Racing as the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Worldy Treasure posted his ninth win in 10 season's starts with a lifetime best 1:47.1 mile. He is now 17 for 20 lifetime with a career bankroll at $2,422,276.

Grand Circuit Standings: In 2013, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Hanover Shoe Farms is the sponsor for the 2013 Grand Circuit awards.

Here are the leaders following the past weekend:

Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,226; 2. Tim Tetrick - 1,119; 3. David Miller - 792; 4. Brian Sears - 563.5; and 5. Andy Miller - 555.

Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,215.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 832.5; 3. Linda Toscano - 438.5; 4. Julie Miller - 314; and 5. Tony Alagna - 299.

Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 264.3; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 246.6; 3. Frank Bellino - 198.5; 4. Brittany Farms - 187.6; and 5. WJ Donovan - 159.5.

Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and Balmoral Park. Pocono will host 12 sets of Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds and older horses of both sexes and gaits. Balmoral will offer Hanover Stakes for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters.

by Paul Ramlow for the Grand Circuit

 

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