Harness racing's 120th Kentucky Futurity caps off the Red Mile Grand Circuit meet for 2012 on Sunday, October 7. Thirteen three year old trotting colts were declared for the stake, resulting in two divisions carded as races five and six on the bill.
The top finishers will return for the second heat in race nine and if there is not a repeat winner from heat one, the three winners will compete in a 'winner take all' race-off.
Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding and Brittany Farms' Little Brown Fox is the likely favorite in the fifth race. Racing out of the Jimmy Takter barn, he will be driven by his regular pilot, Yannick Gingras.
Such is not the case for the very accomplished, who will be keeping company with Tim Tetrick in this race. Owner Alan Hainsworth has been quoted as 'looking for a change' for himself along with partners Clare Semer and owner/trainer Pete Arrigenna. Tetrick drove the colt to a Vernon Downs win last summer, so they have history.
Divison two of heat one features all three winner of last week's Transylvania Bluegrass Stakes. Appomattox was razor sharp last week for driver Scott Zeron and picked up a shiny new speed badge of 1:52.2 in the race. Frank Antonacci conditions the beautifully bred son offor owners Lindy Racing Stable, A. Victor & Son, John Fielding & Brittany Farms.
Money On My Mind is the pride of owner Barry Guariglia's Black Horse Racing and reduced his record to 1:52.2 as well last week. The Millers, Julie and Andy, train and drive respectively.
Guccio has been solid since trotting hopples were added a few starts ago by trainer/driver Jimmy Takter and this son ofsprinted home in 26.1 on the end of his 1:52.1 win in the Bluegrass. Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding and Falkbolagen are the proud owners of this fella.
The Kentucky Filly Futurity follows the same format and split into two divisions as well. The first division (race 3) is the easier of the two, if only because Check Me Out is not in it.
Chilitodayhotamale was great last week, winning in 1:52- for trainer Trond Smedshammer and owner Michael Andrew. Jimmy Morrill gets the call for this one on Sunday.
Division two has the wonderful Check Me Out, who trainer Ray Schnittker insists will not reurn for heat two. Tetrick drives the championfor owners Charles Iannazzo and the trainer.
The wickedly fast pair of Win Missy B and Bluff both drew this division, along with Hambo Oaks winner Personal Style and the improving Valdonna. Something special may happen here if the pace sets up like it could.
The undercard primarily consists of the Allerage Farms Openy Closers, so the best older horses around are on the program.
The Allerage Open Trot has just six but they are the right six., Arch Madness, Hot Shot Blue Chip, Mister Herbie and Haulin Laser are joined by expatriate and 2010 Ky Futurity winner Wishing Stone upon his return from Sweden.
The richest pacer ever, Foiled Again, headlines the '' Open Pace. Just when it looks like he's lost a step, 'Foiled' reclaims his territory at the top of the heap.
The pacing mares are few as well, just five in the opener, but there is just no telling how much these gals might go with some pace to chage at. Drop The Ball is really fast and should relish the clay surface.
Trotting mares offer a strong field in the Walnut Hall Stock Farm event. Recent Miss Versatility final winner Frenchfrysnvinegar might be the one to beat in this slugfest while last year's Filly Futurity winner Cedar Dove looks to regain her winning edge.
Post time for the Grande Finale is one o'clock Sunday afternoon...then we must wait another year for the magical Red Mile experience. Don't miss it.
by Nick SALVI