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LEXINGTON, KY-- Drafting in the pocket, Filibuster Hanover angled off the rail into the stretch, outsprinting pacesetter Huntsville to take the second of three harness racing divisions of the $220,200 Somebeachsomewhere Bluegrass Three-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace, presented by the Somebeachsomewhere Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms, by a neck in 1:48.4 on Sunday, October 1 at The Red Mile. Sitting while Huntsville put up uncontested fractions of :27.2, :54.3, and 1:22, Filibuster Hanover had room to move off the rail as Ocean Colony, two lengths off the leader in third, faded from a far-turn bid first over. Drawing alongside the odds-on favorite into the eighth pole, Filibuster Hanover took over command in the final strides, narrowly beating Huntsville as the second favorite while Ocean Colony finished three-lengths back in third. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Jerry and Theresa Silva Stable, and Weaver Bruscemi, Filibuster Hanover, by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Western Hanover mare Fashion Ecstasy, won his sixth race in 28 starts, earning $669,958. Trained by Ron Burke and driven by Yannick Gingras, he paid $4.80 to win. Mike's Z Tam upset in the first division of the Bluegrass colt and gelding pace, tipping off cover to win by a head in 1:49.2 at 12-1. Boogie Shuffle circled to take the front after Maroma Beach posted a :26.4 opening quarter. Pacing a half in :54.2, Boogie Shuffle was soon challenged by Miso Fast, moving first over from fifth moving into the far turn. Miso Fast came within a length of the leader passing three-quarters in 1:22.3, eventually taking control in the stretch. Mike's Z Tam, positioned second over, angled wide to pursue Miso Fast, drawing alongside within the eighth pole and rallying to win narrowly, with Boogie Shuffle a length back in third. Paying $27.60 to win, Mike's Z Tam, a gelding by Bettor's Delight from the Western Ideal mare Ideal Observation, races for the interests of Pat Lachance, Z Tam Stables, M and M Harness Racing LLC, and Royal Flush Stable LLC. Trained and driven by Pat Lachance, the gelding won his eighth race in 28 starts, earning $153,656 in the process. Sent off the 3-5 favorite, Art Scene won the final Bluegrass colt and gelding pace division going wire to wire in 1:49.4. Grabbing the front, Art Scene set splits of :27.3 and :55.2 before being challenged by Last Gunfighter around the far turn. Applying minor pressure, Last Gunfighter soon faltered past three-quarters in 1:23.1 leaving Art Scene unchallenged on the lead. Blood Line, sitting the pocket, rallied into contention, while Mac's Jackpot, sitting third, attempted to close in as well. Art Scene held a three-quarter lengths lead on the line, with Blood Line finishing second and Mac's Jackpot third. Art Scene, by American Ideal from the Artsplace mare Lover Of Art, won his fourth race in 16 starts, earning $291,327 for owners Brittany Farms, Alagna Racing, In The Gym Partners, and American Art Stable. Trained by Tony Alagna and driven by Scott Zeron, he paid $3.20 to win. Grand Circuit racing continues at The Red Mile on Thursday, October 5 with the International Stallion Stakes for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First race post is 1:00 p.m. EDT.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

LEXINGTON, KY-- Brushing to the lead moving into the turn, Caviart Ally won the second of two harness racing divisions of the $177,500 Galleria Bluegrass Three-Year-Old Filly Pace, presented by Fashion Farms at The Red Mile, by three-and-a-half lengths in 1:51. Awash went for the front, setting a :27.1 quarter before undergoing pressure from Caviart Ally through a :55.2 half. Inverse Hanover, sitting fourth, angled first over moving into the far turn, advancing towards new-leader Caviart Ally at three-quarters in 1:24 before Caviart Ally kicked away by three lengths into the stretch. V String, from second over, fanned wide, rallying down the center of the course to finish second, while Magic Forces, shooting up the inside, took third. Owned by Caviart Farms, Caviart Ally, by Bettor's Delight from the No Nukes mare Allamerican Cool, won her ninth race in 30 starts, earning $629,625. Trained by Noel Daley and driven by Andrew McCarthy, she paid $2.20 to win. Tequila Monday took control before the half to take the first division of the Bluegrass filly pace in 1:51.1. Sitting third, Tequila Monday circled to overtake tempo-setter Ella Christina following a :28.2 opening quarter, going on to lead at the half in :56.3. Challenged by Rosemary Rose, pulling first over from fourth, around the turn, Tequila Monday held control at three-quarters in 1:24 before Rosemary Rose faltered, leaving room for Ella Christina to rally. Tequila Monday held on by a neck at the line, holding off pocket-popper Ella Christina, with Rosemary Rose finishing third. By American Ideal from the Ponder mare Margarita Monday, Tequila Monday, winning her eighth race in 18 starts this season and her 12th race in 23 starts overall, has earned $530,023 for owners Northfork Racing Stable and Chuck Pompey. Conditioned by Chris Oakes and driven by David Miller, she paid $3.40 to win. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile      

LEXINGTON, KY-- Sophomore Filly Trotting giant Ariana G continued her reign over the harness racing division, taking the second of three divisions of the $183,900 Cantab Hall Bluegrass Three-Year-Old Filly Trot at The Red Mile, sponsored by Hanover Shoe Farms and Brittany Farms, by four-and-a-quarter lengths in 1:52.2. Going as the 1-9 favorite, Yannick Gingras floated Ariana G towards the top, wide before clearing the lead past a :28.4 opening quarter. She remained in front on an uncontested lead, going a half in :57.1 and three-quarters in 1:26 before drawing away from pocket-sitter Fine Tuned Lady, finishing second, and Dream Together, chasing in third. Winning her 19th race in 23 starts, Ariana G, by Muscle Hill out of the Cantab Hall mare Cantab It All, is a homebred for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, earning them over $1.5-million in her career. Trained by Jimmy Takter, she returned $2.10 to win. Thats All Moni, also trained by Jimmy Takter, took the first division of the Bluegrass filly trot in 1:52.2. Evelyn set the pace, going fractions of :28 and :56.1 unchallenged on the lead. Highland Top Hill, sitting third, edged first over moving into the turn, marching toward the pacesetter at three-quarters in 1:24.3 while carrying Thats All Moni into contention from second over. Circumventing stalled cover, Thats All Moni rallied wide in the stretch, overtaking Evelyn and striding to a two-length lead over Overdraft Volo, pulling out of the pocket to take second, with Evelyn fading to third. By Cantab Hall from the Pine Chip mare Mom's Millionaire, Thats All Moni, winning her ninth race in 21 starts, has earned $455,914 for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld. Driven by Tim Tetrick, she paid $4.80 to win. Sweeping first over around the final turn, Ice Attraction held off 8-5 favorite Dream Baby Dream to win the final Bluegrass filly trot at 10-1 by a nose in 1:52.4. Trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt positioned Ice Attraction fourth off a :28.2 quarter set by Feed Your Head. After a :57 half, Ice Attraction committed first over, drawing alongside Feed Your Head after a 1:25.1 third-quarter and took a narrow lead into the stretch. As Feed Your Head dropped out of contention, Dream Baby Dream rallied from third over, overtaking pocket-sitter Treviso in third and rushing toward Ice Attraction trotting to the line, with Ice Attraction holding a slight advantage on the line while Treviso chased two lengths back in third. Returning $22.20 to win, Ice Attraction, by Muscle Hill out of the Conway Hall mare The Ice Queen, won her seventh race in 23 starts, earning $213,772 for owners Ake Svanstedt Inc., Douglas Sipple, Mal and Janet Burroughs LLC, and Little E LLC.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- Commandeering the field after the half, 2-1 favorite Dover Dan blew away his competition in the second of three harness racing divisions for the $216,300 Explosive Matter Bluegrass Three-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot at The Red Mile, presented by the Explosive Matter Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farrms, romping by eight-and-three-quarter lengths in 1:51.3. Getting away fourth, Dover Dan made his move for the top following a :28.1 quarter set by Shake It Off Lindy. Tracking the backside brush by New Jersey Viking prior to a :55.2 half, Dover Dan progressed uncovered to take the lead into the final turn, gaining a wide lead while New Jersey Viking faltered at the rail in second. Past three-quarters in 1:23.1, Dover Dan continued to grow his lead in the stretch, finishing clear of Snowstorm Hanover, rallying from the center of the track, in second and Rubio, sneaking up the inside, in third. Owned by William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick, Dover Dan, by Andover Hall from the Royal Troubador mare Cr Kay Suzie, won his ninth race in 27 starts, earning $510,695. Trained by John Butenschoen and driven by Corey Callahan, he paid $6.60 to win. Trainer Frank Antonacci took the other Bluegrass divisions, winning the first with Lindy The Great in 1:52.1. Going the quarter in :27.3 and a half in :55.3, Lindy The Great expanded his lead over pocket-sitter Jake moving around the far turn, holding a four-length advantage over Jake and Moonshiner Hanover, first over in third, at three-quarters in 1:23.4. Cruising in the stretch, Lindy The Great's lead diminished as Guardian Angel As weaved into contention off a rail trip, reeling in the leader coming to the line while Bill's Man followed suit, rallying from second over into third. Guardian Angel As, marching to try and overtake Lindy The Great in the final strides, was a neck shy of victory, while Bill's Man, the even-money favorite, finished a length behind in third. Winning his fourth race in 11 starts, Lindy The Great, by Crazed out of the Muscles Yankee mare Highscore Kemp, has amassed $127,033 in earnings for owners K R Breeding LLC and Robert Rudolph. Trained by Frank Antonacci and driven by Scott Zeron, he paid $25.80 to win. Antonacci's other win came with International Moni, gaining control in the stretch and besting 7-5 favorite What The Hill in 1:51.4. What The Hill, Long Tom, and Devious Man vied for the early lead, with Long Tom and Devious Man yielding to What The Hill through a :27 quarter. Unchallenged on the front, What The Hill hit the half in :54 seconds while International Moni, trotting fifth, moved first over, soon matching strides with the tempo setter at three-quarters in 1:23.1 before overtaking him into the stretch. International Moni trotted clear from a wall of horses, with King On The Hill closing towards the center of the track to take second, while Devious Man weaved off the rail and through horses to take third. Owned by the Moni Maker Stable, International Moni, by Love You out of the Speedy Crown mare Moni Maker, won his seventh race in 22 starts, earning $482,442. Driven by Scott Zeron, he paid $10.60 to win. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- Nutcracker Sweet sat the pocket as Closing Statement moved for the top, besting the 4-5 harness racing favorite in the stretch to win the second of four divisions of the $302,000 Western Ideal Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace, presented by Hanover Shoe Farms and Brittany Farms, at The Red Mile on Saturday, September 30 in 1:50.3. Taking the front after a :28.3 quarter, Nutcracker Sweet later yielded to Closing Statement, stretching him out through the backstretch before eventually letting him clear at the half in :55.3. Tim Tetrick tipped the 8-5 second choice off the rail midway around the final turn, drawing alongside Closing Statement following a 1:23.2 third-quarter before putting him away into the final eighth of a mile. Keystone Tenacious, tracking the contested lead from the rail, took third. Competing for the interests of Howard Taylor, Order By Stable, and Richard Lombardo, Nutcracker Sweet, by Bettor's Delight from the Falcons Future mare Sweet Future, won his third race in 8 starts, amassing $85,116 in earnings. Trained by Jimmy Takter, he paid $5.20 to win. I'm A Big Deal swept to the front off a fast setup, cruising to a 1:51.4 victory in the opening division of the Bluegrass colt and gelding pace. Positioned fourth as Larry Karr rushed to control in a :25.4 quarter, David Miller tipped I'm A Big Deal wide, gaining the lead after a :55 half. Somebaddude, tracking his cover, was left first over around the final turn, applying pressure to I'm A Big Deal through a 1:22.3 third-quarter before giving way into the stretch. Scooting away from the field, I'm A Big Deal was unchallenged through the stretch, holding a clear lead as Shadow Cat rallied from second over to take second, while Bounding Dragon, from third over, took third. Owned by Craig Henderson, Robert Mondillo, and trainer Chris Ryder, I'm A Big Deal, by Somebeachsomewhere from the McArdle mare Big Mcdeal, won his third race in eight starts, earning $55,010. Driven by David Miller, he paid $5.40 to win. Points North popped from the pocket to the lead passing the quarter, proceeding to a 1:52.4 win in the third Bluegrass colt and gelding pace split. Settling for second as Grand Teton swept to control through a :28.4 quarter, Points North angled outside to retake the lead before the half, hitting that station in :56.1. Manverick moved first over into the far turn, challenging Points North at three-quarters in 1:25.1 before faltering into the stretch. Room opened for Grand Teton to rally off the rail, rushing alongside Points North into the eighth pole but finishing a neck shy of the winner while Rockin Away closed from third over to finish third. Scoring his fifth-consecutive and overall win in nine starts this season, Points North, a gelding by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Western Hanover mare Northwest Hanover, returned $7.00 to win. Owned by Pinske Stables, trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman, and driven by Andrew McCarthy, Points North pushed his career earnings to $75,030. Tim Tetrick, driving 4-5 favorite This Is The Plan, plotted a first-over trip to take the fourth Bluegrass colt and gelding pace in 1:52.4. Getting away fifth, This Is The Plan sat off a :29 opening quarter set by Pro Beach entering the backstretch. Twin B Tuffenuff moved wide from third, brushing to the front before a :57.1 half to lead into the far turn while This Is The Plan began his move uncovered. Drawing alongside Twin B Tuffenuff past three-quarters in 1:26, This Is The Plan fought through the stretch to take the lead from Twin B Tuffenuff, edging by in the closing strides to win while Twin B Tuffenuff finished second in a dead heat with pocket-sitter Pro Beach splitting horses late. A gelding by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Western Ideal mare That's The Plan, This Is The Plan, winning his second race in nine starts this season, has earned $149,149 for owner-trainer Chris Ryder and co-owner Robert Mondillo. He paid $3.60 to win. Kissin In The Sand Sharp in Bluegrass Filly Pace Making a slingshot move in the stretch, Kissin In The Sand bested odds-on favorite Rainbow Room to take the first of three divisions of the $262,700 Artspeak Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Filly Pace, presented by the Artspeak Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms, in 1:51. Kissin In The Sand, sitting second to Double A Mint around the turn, circled to the front through a :28.2 opening quarter, soon opting for the pocket as Rainbow Room brushed to the lead from third before a :55.4 half. Coming to three-quarters, Yannick Gingras gradually edged Kissin In The Sand off the rail, readying for a challenge past the third-quarter in 1:23.4, drawing alongside Rainbow Room into the final eighth and edging by in the final strides with Majorsspeciallady chasing in third. By Somebeachsomewhere from the Real Artist mare Kiss Me Kate, Kissin In The Sand, returning $9.00, won her fourth race in nine starts, compiling $121,748 in earnings. She competes for owners Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables and is conditioned by Nancy Johansson. Sansovina Hanover fanned off cover into the stretch, sliding to a 1:53.1 win in the second division of the Bluegrass filly pace. Cuts Like A Knife took the lead from Yankee Will Dance, blasting to the rail off the gate, before a :29.1 opening quarter. Kj's Bekah, sitting third, moved off the rail for the front, taking it prior to a :56.2 half. Sansovina Hanover, flushed first over by Ana Hanover, advanced uncovered around the far turn, picking up cover from Cuts Like A Knife edging off the rail to match strides with leader Kj's Bekah at three-quarters in 1:25.2. Kj's Bekah remained in front turning for home. Sansovina Hanover moved toward the center of the track, taking the lead inside the eighth pole while Kj's Bekah held second from Betterthangraduate, rallying from a rail trip to take third. Winning her second race in nine starts, Sansovina Hanover, by Somebeachsomewhere from the Western Terror mare Shacked Up, has earned $73,520 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Silva, Purnel and Libby, Michel Yanek and Weaver Bruscemi. Trained by Ron Burke and driven by Yannick Gingras, she paid $6.40. Bye Hanover hurried through openings at the rail, winning the third Bluegrass filly pace in 1:52.2. Strong Opinion set a mostly uncontested pace, going fractions of :28.1, :56.2, and 1:24.4 while enduring mild pressure from 3-5 favorite Come See The Show first over. Drifting off the rail in the stretch, Strong Opinion and Alexa's Power, tipping wide off a pocket trip, left a seam for Bye Hanover to slide into contention through the stretch, with Bye Hanover emerging on top within the final sixteenth, besting Strong Opinion in second and Alexa's Power finishing third. Trained by Brian Brown and driven by David Miller, Bye Hanover, by Well Said out of the Somebeachsomewhere mare Beachbunny Hanover, races for owners Richard Lombardo, RBH Ventures, Joe Sbrocco, and Hutchison Harness. Winning her second race in nine starts, she has earned $107,248, and paid $11.60 to win. Grand Circuit Racing at The Red Mile resumes Sunday, October 1 for the first matinee program of the meet. The Sunday card is highlighted by two divisions of the $177,500 Galleria Bluegrass Three-Year-Old Filly Pace, presented by Fashion Farms, three divisions of the $183,900 Cantab Hall Bluegrass Three-Year-Old Filly Trot, sponsored by Hanover Shoe Farms and Brittany Farms, three divisions of the $220,200 Somebeachcomewhere Bluegrass Three-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace, sponsored by the Somebeachsomewhere Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms, and three divisions of the $216,300 Explosive Matter Bluegrass Three-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot, presented by the Explosive Matter Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms. First-race post for the Sunday card is 1:00 p.m. EDT. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

LEXINGTON, KY -- Manchego won her ninth start in a row, taking the fifth of five harness racing divisions of the $330,000 Norman Woolworth Memorial Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Filly Trot, sponsored by Arden Homestead Stable, E.T. Gerry & Peter Gerry, Margareta Wallenius, Kleberg, Stoner Manor Inc., Menhammer Stuteri Ab, Continental Stables, Jorgen Jahre Jr., and LST Stables, on Friday, September 29 at The Red Mile. Sent off the 1-9 favorite, Manchego sat third through a :30.1 opening quarter before brushing to the top approaching the half, timed in :59.3. Pressured to three quarters by Ciao Dolce, who pulled first over moving around the turn, Manchego soon drew away from the field off a 1:29.2 clip to win by seven lengths in 1:56.1 over Ciao Dolce and Southwind Angelica. Amassing $534,948 in earnings, Manchego, by Muscle Hill from the Cantab Hall mare Secret Magic, competes for the interests of Black Horse Racing, John Fielding, and Herb Liverman. Trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras, she paid $2.10 to win. Sevenbuyeleven moved first over around the final turn to take the first division of the Bluegrass in 1:55.1. Getting away third, Sevenbuyeleven sat off a :28.3 quarter set by White Cheetah, who yielded for the pocket as odds-on favorite Front Circle challenged for the front by the half in :58. Corey Callahan tipped Sevenbuyeleven wide moving into the turn, matching strides with Front Circle at three-quarters in 1:27.3 before taking the lead into the stretch, advancing two-and-a-half lengths clear of White Cheetah finishing second, with Front Circle back in third. By Chapter Seven out of the Muscles Yankee mare Muscleini, Sevenbuyeleven won her second race in seven starts, earning $59,267 for owner Kenneth Jacobs. Trained by Linda Toscano, she paid $12.80 to win in a lifetime-best effort. Seven Karats remained on stride, reclaiming control approaching the wire to take the second Bluegrass division in 1:56.3. Driver Scott Zeron positioned Seven Karats in the pocket behind pacesetter Nixie Volo, who put up fractions of :28.4 and :58.2 on an uncontested lead. Mooshka Stride, the 6-5 favorite, sat third as Dashanay moved first over, supplying cover to Sherrys Lady. Nixie Volo lost stride midway around the turn, with Dashanay soon going on a gallop, forcing Sherrys Lady three wide around the turn. Seven Karats inherited the lead at three-quarters in 1:28.4 with Sherrys Lady alongside in second. Sherrys Lady took a narrow advantage in the stretch as Seven Karats, rough-gaited, dropped back to the inside. Into the sixteenth pole, Seven Karats retook the lead, finishing a neck in front of Sherrys Lady, with Mooshka Stride chasing in third. Owned by Kenneth Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano, Seven Karats, by Chapter Seven from the Deweycheatumnhowe mare Blue Diamonds, won his second race in nine starts, earning $59,905. She paid $14.60 to win. Top Expectations won the third division of the Bluegrass in a near wire-to-wire performance, winning in 1:56.1. Unchallenged through fractions of :29.3 and :59.3, Top Expectations was soon challenged by Lily Stride, moving wide from third around the turn, taking a narrow lead at three-quarters in 1:28.2. Top Expectations emerged on top in the stretch, kicking clear to a length-and-a-quarter victory with Lily Stride second, and Asa Ready To Glide, off a second-over trip, closing for third. By Cantab Hall from the Kadabra mare Exceed Expectation, Top Expectations, paying $6.80 to win, won her third race in nine starts this season, collecting $201,378 for owner Daniel Plouffe. She is trained by Erv Miller and was driven by Marcus Miller. Going off the 3-5 favorite, Seviyorum swept to a four-and-a-half length victory, taking her Bluegrass split in 1:56.2. Sitting fourth as Wish I Was There parked to take the front through a :29.4 opening quarter, Seviyorum sat at the rail as Swing It Cathy contested for the front, leading at the half in 1:00.1. Andy Miller tipped the Julie Miller trainee first over entering the turn, rushing up to match strides with Swing It Cathy at three-quarters in 1:29.3 before sliding two lengths clear into the stretch and expanding her lead to the line. Swing It Cathy finished second, with Sarabi As, from second over, taking third. Paying $3.20 to win, Seviyorum, by Donato Hanover from the Self Possessed mare Armbro Domino, won her third race in seven starts, earning $101,509 for owners Stroy Inc. and Andy Miller Stables Inc. Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile continues Saturday, September 30 with three divisions of the $262,700 Artspeak Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Filly Pace, presented by the Artspeak Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms, and four divisions of the $302,000 Western Ideal Bluegrass Stakes, sponsored by Hanover Shoe Farms and Brittany Farms. First-race post for the Saturday program is 7:00 p.m. EDT.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Columbus, OH --- She may not be a meteorological phenomenon created by an array of unusual circumstances due to light and temperature, but Rainbow Room could very well be classified as a phenom. After an already stout start to her harness racing career, this royally-pedigreed young lady seeks to add another Grand Circuit triumph to her resume in her Red Mile debut on Saturday (Sept. 30) in an $87,400 division of the Bluegrass Stakes. “She began to separate herself training down in late winter and early spring,” said Joe Holloway, the filly’s conditioner. “That is when we knew she could be something special.” Owned by Crawford Farms Racing, Val D’Or Farms and Ted Gewertz, Rainbow Room is a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere and 2012 Hall of Fame inductee Rainbow Blue. The filly, a 100,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, is a full sister to world champion Somwherovrarainbow and with that kind of family tree, all eyes were upon her when she was unveiled at the Meadowlands for two contests solely for 2-year-olds.  Since those initial forays on the track, Rainbow Room has compiled a record of 7-6-1-0, has collected $311,199 in earnings and has a record of 1:51.2f. The filly will leave from post six on Saturday with regular reinsman David Miller guiding her journey. She is 8-5 on the morning line, but has some serious competition in the field from rivals Kissin In The Sand (post three, Yannick Gingras, Nancy Johansson, 3-1), Double A Mint (post five, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 4-1) and Majorsspeciallady (Tim Tetrick, Ron Burke, 6-1). Rainbow Room enters this event after defeating Majorsspeciallady by a hard-fought three-quarters of a length at Hoosier Park on Friday (Sept. 22) in the $200,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes. The Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion was third in mid-stretch and raced first-over to catch Double A Mint, then fend off Majorsspeciallady and Strong Opinion to reach the wire. After she displayed antics in the winner’s circle similar to those of 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit, Holloway was succinct. “She’s really something special,” he told Emily Gaskin, Race Marketing Manager, Commentator and Publicist at Hoosier Park, in a post-race interview. “She’s the nicest filly I’ve had the opportunity to train.” Holloway, who has been responsible for the careers of the fastest female Standardbred ever in Shebestingin, world champion She’s A Great Lady and 2015 Dan Patch Award winner Divine Caroline, is one of the most humble individuals in regards to the ability of his horses. Holloway also trained triple Breeders Crown victor Jenna's Beach Boy, so his assessment of Rainbow Room should not be taken lightly. In addition, he and his employees were graciously accommodating when prying eyes wanted to witness this filly up close and personal at Hoosier Park. “She can be tough, but she knows she is a diva,” her caretaker explained. “We just work around that with her.” Holloway echoed those words and added his own insight. “She did not get over the track very well at Hoosier,” he said. “But that was my fault because I already had her shod for Lexington and we had that rain before the race. We did bring her there (Hoosier) in preparation for the Breeders Crown, but we are really looking forward to Lexington with her. “She does have her own mind about her, but who doesn’t? We just let her be herself and appreciate the opportunity to be around her. We also know this is a tough division with other talented fillies out there too. We are just thankful to have her.” To view the Saturday Red Mile card, which includes six other divisions of the Bluegrass Stakes for freshman pacing colts and fillies, please click here.   by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

LEXINGTON, KY-- The 14-raceharness racing program at The Red Mile on Sunday, October 1 features harness racing stars such as Hambletonian Oaks-winner Ariana G, Meadowlands Pace-champion Huntsville, and Canadian Trotting Classic-winner What The Hill, all of which highlight a total of 11 Bluegrass divisions on the first afternoon card of the Grand Circuit fortnight. Ariana G starts from post two in the second of three divisions of the $183,900 Cantab Hall Bluegrass Three-Year-Old Filly Trot, sponsored by Hanover Shoe Farms and Brittany Farms. The winner of 18 races over 22 starts matches up with Dream Together, who finished second to the Jimmy Takter-trained daughter of Muscle Hill, from the Cantab Hall mare Cantab It All, in the $315,700 Elegantimage Stakes. Owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, Yannick Gingras will drive the earner of over $1.5-million. Jimmy Takter also sends Thats All Moni, a Cantab Hall filly out of the Pine Chip mare Mom's Millionaire, in the first filly-trot split. A winner of eight races over 20 starts, she exits a fourth-place finish as the even-money favorite in the $160,000 Moni Maker stakes, and will start from post five for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld. Tim Tetrick drives the earner of $425,264. The final filly-trot division attracts Dream Baby Dream, co-owned-trained and driven by Rod Allen. By Muscle Hill from the Andover Hall mare I Believe, the winner of three races in 18 starts is co-owned with Joe Palermo III. Earning $142,281, Dream Baby Dream will start from post four following a fourth-place finish in the Elegantimage Stakes. Off a 1:49.1 victory in the Jenna's Beach Boy at Hoosier Park, Huntsville, a Somebeachsomewhere colt from the Western Hanover mare Wild West Show, starts from post five in the second of three divisions of the $220,200 Somebeachcomewhere Bluegrass Three-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace, sponsored by the Somebeachsomewhere Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms. Owned by trainer Ray Schnittker along with partners Ted Gewertz, Steven Arnold, and Crawford Farms Racing, he has won 15 races over 24 starts in his career, earning over $1.6-million. Tim Tetrick will drive the 2016 freshman-pacing champion. In against Huntsville is Filibuster Hanover, who won the Little Brown Jug in a mild upset, starting from post one. Ron Burke conditions the Somebeachsomewhere gelding, from the Western Hanover mare Fashion Ecstasy, for owners Burke Racing Stable, Joe Di Scala Jr., Jerry & Theresa Silva Stables, and Weaver Bruscemi. A winner of five races in 27 starts, Yannick Gingras steers the earner of $633,258. Miso Fast leads the opening division of the colt pace. A son of Roll With Joe out of the Artsplace mare Sakura Hanover, the Ron Burke-trainee has won seven races in 30 starts, collecting $520,618 for owners Burke Racing Stables, Our Horse Cents Stables, Jerry & Theresa Silva Stables, and Weaver Bruscemi. Matt Kakaley will start with him from post five off a third-place finish in the final of the Little Brown Jug. The final colt-pace split features Blood Line, a stand-out two-year-old during last year's Grand Circuit season. Winning only one race this season, the Jimmy Takter-trained son of Somebeachsomewhere, from the Western Ideal mare Blood Diamond, has a total of three to his credit over 25 starts, compiling $240,039 in earnings for owner Diamond Creek Racing. Mark MacDonald will drive from post two. Art Scene, runner-up to Downbytheseaside in the Messengers Stakes elimination and final, goes from post six against Blood Line. Following his Messenger efforts, the American Ideal colt, from the Artsplace mare Lover Of Art, blazed around Mohawk Racetrack, taking the $133,527 Simcoe Stakes in a lifetime-best 1:49.4, winning by five lengths. Winning three races over 15 starts, the Tony Alagna-trainee exits a fourth-place finish to Huntsville in the Jenna's Beach Boy. Scott Zeron will drive the earner of $254,627 for owners Brittany Farms, Alagna Racing, In The Gym Partners, and American Art Stables. Exiting a 1:51.4 victory in the $560,880 Canadian Trotting Classic, Ron Burke-trainee What The Hill headlines the third of three divisions of the $216,300 Explosive Matter Bluegrass Three-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot, presented by the Explosive Matter Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms, facing off against fellow Hambletonian finalists Devious Man, from post five, and International Moni, from post seven. Positioned between, David Miller will start from post six with the Muscle Hill colt from the Angus Hall mare K T Cha Cha. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stable, Jerry & Theresa Silva, and Deo Volente Farms, What The Hill has won eight races in 24 starts, earning $719,612. John Butenschoen sends a pair in the opening split of the colt trot, with Bill's Mans starting from post three and Giveitgasandgo from post nine. Bill's Man, a colt by Credit Winner out of the Yankee Glide mare Silver Springs, has won five races in 27 starts, earning $356,210 for owners William Wiswell and M&L of Delaware Inc. Off a fourth-place finish in the Canadian Trotting Classic after winning his elimination in 1:53.2, Corey Callahan is in the bike. Giveitgasandgo, a ridgling by Yankee Glide from the Andover Hall mare Mazda Hanover, has won 12 races in 25 starts, collecting $420,089 for owners Harmony Oaks Racing Stables, David Miller, Lawrence Means, and Vip Internet Stable. Andrew McCarthy will drive. Butenschoen's other glamour boy trotter, Dover Dan, starts from post eight in the second Bluegrass colt-trot split. The colt by Andover Hall, from the Royal Troubador mare Cr Kay Suzie, enters off a second-place finish in the Canadian Trotting Classic, and has eight wins in total to his credit over 26 starts. Owned by William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick, he has earned $474,645, and will be driven by Corey Callahan. Sweeping the Jugette, Caviart Ally headlines the second of two divisions for the $177,500 Galleria Bluegrass Three-Year-Old Filly Pace, presented by Fashion Farms. The Noel Daley-trained daughter of Bettor's Delight, from the No Nukes mare Allamerican Cool, has won eight races in 29 starts, including the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship, earning $585,000 for owner Caviart Farms. Andrew McCarthy will be in the bike from post one. Racing sharply in the New York Sires Stakes all season, Tequila Monday highlights the opening split, starting from post three. Owned by Northfork Racing Stable and Chuck Pompey, the Chris Oakes-trained daughter of American Ideal, from the Ponder mare Margarita Monday, enters off a fourth-place finish in the Jugette final, following a second-place effort in the elimination. Winning 11 races in 22 starts and earning $485,898 in the process, David Miller will drive. Sunday's program at The Red Mile is the first matinee of the Grand Circuit meet, with races kicking off at 1:00 p.m. EDT, which will be the first-race post for the remainder of the meeting. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile    

LEXINGTON, KY-- Brushing to the lead after the half, Jimmy Takter-trainee You Know You Do cruised to a two-and-three-quarter length harness racing victory to take the first of five divisions of the $366,000 Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot, named "The Uncle Peter" sponsored by Hickory Lane Horse Farm, at The Red Mile on Thursday, September 28. Driver Yannick Gingras positioned You Know You Do in third moving around the first turn, stalking a :29.3 opening quarter set by Dawson Springs, who eventually yielded to You Know You Do when he advanced uncovered through a :59.2 half to take the lead. In front through three-quarters in 1:27.4, You Know You Do strode clear of Dawson Springs chasing in second, with Don, off a rail trip, finishing third, in a mile timed in 1:54.4. Winning his fifth race in nine starts, You Know You Do, by Muscle Hill out of the Credit Winner mare You Want Me, earning $362,574 for owners Howard Taylor, Order By Stables, Bud Hatfield, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and Sam Goldband. He returned $2.20 to win. Seven Iron pulled off a 12-1 upset off a second over trip, taking the second Bluegrass split in 1:55.3. Toast Of Lindy led through a :29.3 opening quarter, with Johnny Victory getting away second and U Need Stones third. Heading to the half, U Need Stones circled to the lead, trotting a half in :58 while 6-5 favorite Patent Leather was flushed first over by Seven Iron approaching the turn. With U Need Stones breaking on the lead heading to three-quarters, Patent Leather drifted wide to take the lead in 1:27.4 while Toast Of Lindy slid up the inside and Seven Iron rallied wide. Patent Leather maintained control in the stretch as Seven Iron veered in and out attempting to surpass the leader, managing to get a nose in front at the line while Johnny Victory checked in third. By Chapter Seven from the Cantab Hall mare Beyond Blue, Seven Iron, returning $26.80 to win, won his second race in nine starts this season, compiling $84,765 in earnings for owner Kenneth Jacobs. Linda Toscano trains and Tim Tetrick was in the bike. Commandeering the pace, Fashionwoodchopper held control through the line, progressing to a 1:53.1 victory in the third Bluegrass split. Met's Hall set the pace with a :27.4 first quarter, with For A Dreamer sitting the pocket. Fashionwoodchopper, fourth around the turn, edged first over, swooping to the lead following a :57.1 half, leaving Fourth Dimension uncovered around the turn, eventually to apply pressure to the new leader at three-quarters in 1:25. Fashionwoodchopper remained in front of Fourth Dimension as he struggled to pass in the stretch, settling for second while Met's Hall chased the pair in third. Competing for Fashion Farms LLC, Fashionwoodchopper, by Donato Hanover out of the Muscles Yankee mare Woodshopper, won his fourth race in seven starts, earning $204,618. Trained by Jim Campbell and driven by David Miller, he paid $10.60 to win. Rushing off cover in the stretch, Crystal Fashion, also conditioned by Jim Campbell, emerged victorious by a nose in 1:53.2 to take the fourth Bluegrass division. Sent the 7-5 favorite, Crystal Fashion floated away fifth as Can't Afford It dictated an uncontested pace, going splits of :28.1, :57.2, and 1:25.4 with Farsetti Hanover drafting in the pocket. Tito, supplying cover to Crystal Fashion before the half, stalled turning for home as Crystal Fashion tipped three wide. Handily in front in the eighth pole, Can't Afford It was soon challenged by Crystal Fashion flying alongside into the sixteenth pole, finishing second at the line while Farsetti Hanover chased in third. A gelding by Cantab Hall from the Tagliabue mare Window Willow, Crystal Fashion won his third race in nine starts, earning $130,442 for owner Fashion Farms LLC. Driven by Tim Tetrick, he paid $4.80 to win. Jimmy Takter took another Bluegrass split with Maxus, a Muscle Hill colt from the Enjoy Lavec mare Gerri's Joy, in 1:54 as the even-money favorite. Getting away third, Maxus sat off a :28.2 quarter set by Haveitalltogether. Moving into the backstretch, Tim Tetrick tipped Maxus wide to brush to the front, hitting the half in :56.4 and maintaining an uncontested lead through a 1:26 third-quarter. Through the stretch, Maxus lead under a hand drive while room opened at the rail for Moosonee to trot into contention, taking second, and Sweet Talkin Hall trotted down the center of the track off cover to take third. Owned by Christina Takter and Brixton Medical Inc., Maxus won his third race in 10 starts, earning $162,836. He paid $4.00 to win. Grand Circuit racing resumes at The Red Mile on Friday, September 29 with the $330,000 Norman Woolworth Memorial Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Filly Trot, presented by Arden Homestead Stable, E.T. Gerry & Peter Gerry, Margareta Wallenius, Kleberg, Stoner Manor Inc., Menhammer Stuteri Ab, Continental Stables, Jorgen Jahre Jr., and LST Stables. First-race post is set for 7:00 p.m. EDT. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile      

Harness racing driver Yannick Gingras is no stranger to driving successful filly trotters. In the past six years alone, the list of such horses includes Maven, Mission Brief, Lifetime Pursuit, All The Time and Ariana G. And now there is Manchego. Manchego is a perfect 8-for-8 this year for Gingras and trainer Jimmy Takter. Her next start is Friday in the fifth of five $66,000 Bluegrass Stakes divisions for 2-year-old female trotters at Lexington's Red Mile and she is 3-5 on the morning line. Her wins this season include the Jim Doherty Memorial, Peaceful Way, and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. She has earned $501,948 for owners Black Horse Racing, John Fielding, and Herb Liverman. She was purchased under the name Whispering Hills for $120,000 at last fall's Lexington Selected Sale. "She's a very special filly," Gingras said. "She's not the biggest thing, but she's got a long, long gait to her. She doesn't trot like a little filly. She's very efficient in her gait." Manchego's best win time is 1:52.4, which is tied for seventh fastest by a 2-year-old filly trotter in history. Among the horses ahead of her: Mission Brief -- whose record of 1:50.3 is one full second faster than the next best time by a 2-year-old -- Ariana G and Lifetime Pursuit. "All of them had one thing in common - speed," Gingras said about the aforementioned filly trotters he has driven. "They all have really high speed and all of them could carry it a long way. "After that, they're different. Mission Brief had the most pure speed of the six of them, but she was hard on herself. The rest of them were all pretty handy, you could do whatever you wanted with them. They had more speed than anyone else they competed against, but you could race them any way you wanted, which made it easier on them and made them the fillies that they are." Gingras worked with Manchego in May and was impressed with the filly from the beginning. "I trained her in May and I really liked her then," Gingras said, adding with a laugh, "Jimmy qualified her the first time, and I was hoping he didn't decide to drive her himself. But I got her the following (qualifier). "Right from the beginning she showed that she had this kind of talent. Obviously, they have to keep improving, and some of them do and some of them don't. But she's got the pedigree and the attitude. You could tell from the beginning that she had that desire, that extra little push that great horses have." Manchego is a daughter of stallion Muscle Hill, the 2009 Horse of the Year, out of the stakes-winning mare Secret Magic. Her family includes multiple-stakes-winner and world champion Possess The Magic. Gingras has worked to teach Manchego not to get too revved up in races, and with the exception of her elimination of the Peaceful Way, the filly has been a good student. In her Peaceful Way elim, Manchego trotted away from the field to lead by as many as 10 lengths, but a bridle change had her back to herself for the final. "She was perfect," Gingras said. "She had never been like (she was in the elimination) before. Credit goes to Jimmy, he does a great job. "She's getting better and better, no doubt." In the first division of the Bluegrass, Ron Burke-trained Front Circle, a two-time winner on the Pennsylvania circuit, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite. Mooshka Stride, from the stable of trainer Mark Harder, is the 2-1 choice in the second division. She has a win and a second from three starts in the Kindergarten Series. The favorite in the third division, at 2-1, is Harder's Lily Stride, who has won four of seven races and never finished off the board. She finished second by a neck to Top Expectations in the Kentucky Sire Stakes championship. Top Expectations, trained by Erv Miller, is 3-1 in the same division. Julie Miller-trained Seviyorum, a two-time Pennsylvania Sire Stakes winner, is the 8-5 favorite in the fourth division. Click here for Friday's complete Red Mile card. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

LEXINGTON, KY-- Harness racing trainer Joe Holloway sends two of the top freshmen pacers this season, Closing Statement and Rainbow Room, to compete in the $302,000 Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace and $262,700 Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Filly Pace respectively on Saturday, September 30 at The Red Mile. Rainbow Room, by Somebeachsomewhere from the Artiscape mare Rainbow Blue, goes in the first division of the Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Filly Pace, named "The Artspeak" and presented by Hanover Shoe Farms and the Artspeak Syndicate. A winner of six races in seven starts this season, Rainbow Room has amassed $311,199 in earnings for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Val D'Or Farms, and Ted Gewertz. The $100,000 Lexington-Select purchase exits a 1:52.2 win in the $240,000 Kentuckiana and will start from post six with David Miller driving. Closing Statement competes in the second of four divisions of the Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace, named "The Western Ideal" and presented by Hanover Shoe Farms and Brittany Farms. Owned by Val D'Or Farms, Rojan Stables, and Ted Gewertz, the colt by Somebeachsomewhere from the Western Ideal mare Ideal Newton enters off three consecutive victories, having five total to his credit this season, earning $138,264 in the process. Purchased for $125,000 at the Harrisburg Yearling Sale last fall, Closing Statement will start from post four with David Miller driving. The second division of the Artspeak features Betterthangraduate, a Ron Burke-trained daughter of Betterthancheddar from the Western Hanover mare Western Graduate. A winner of two races in nine starts this season, the $52,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale purchase has banked $87,845 this season for owners Burke Racing Stable, Silva, Purnell, and Libby, Phillip Collura and Weaver Bruscemi. Matt Kakaley will drive. Come See The Show, by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Rocknroll Hanover mare Put On A Show, faces undefeated Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS)-champion Band Stand in the final division of the Artspeak. Off a 1:51.1 third-place finish in the $405,000 She's A Great Lady, Come See The Show, a winner of two races in six starts this season, will start from post one for trainer Linda Toscano and driver Tim Tetrick. The earner of $118,182 this season competes for the interests of Richard and Joanne Young. Band Stand, winning all five of her outings, starts from post seven off a 1:52.4 win in the $250,000 KYSS final. A $40,000 Lexington-Select purchase, the filly by A Rocknroll Dance from the Artsplace mare Al's Girl has earned $171,550 for owner Brad Grant. Tony Alagna trains and Joe Bongiorno will drive. The opening division of the Western Ideal features I'm A Big Deal, a Somebeachsomewhere colt from the McArdle mare Big Mcdeal, who exits a fifth-place finish in the Metro Pace eliminations. A $300,000 Lexington-Select purchase, co-owner Chris Ryder conditions the winner of two races in seven starts for owners Craig Henderson and Robert Mondillo. Earning $17,260 this season, David Miller will drive from post two. Locally-based Larry Karr races in the same division, going from post nine for owner-trainer C. Kevin Thomas and partner Jason Thompson. By A Rocknroll Dance from the Art Major mare Emily Car, the winner of three races in six starts this season exits a career-best 1:52.2 victory, winning by eight-and-a-quarter lengths in a two-year-old condition. Purchased for $35,000 at the Lexington-Select sale last fall, he has earned $6,000 this season. Tim Tetrick will drive. Manverick, an undefeated New York-based colt by American Ideal from the Real Desire mare Desirable Cindy, battles KYSS runner-up Grand Teton in the third division of the Western Ideal. Starting from post one, the Jessica Okusko trainee enters off a 1:54.1 qualifier at Lexington, following his fifth-straight win, a 1:52.2 lifetime-best mile in a division of the Excelsior Series. Compiling $26,400 in earnings for owners M&L of Delaware, the $15,000 Lexington-Select purchase will be driven by Brian Sears. Sent the 3-5 favorite in the KYSS Final, Grand Teton enters off a second-place effort from post 10 and will start from post seven for owner and breeder Diamond Creek Racing and trainer Jimmy Takter. A winner of five races in seven starts, the colt by A Rocknroll Dance from the Western Hanover mare Western Montana has amassed $125,000 in earnings this season. Mark MacDonald will drive. The final division of the Western Ideal attracts Twin B Tuffenuff, the fourth-place finisher in the $660,960 Metro Pace. By Rock N Roll Heaven out of the Dragon Again mare In The Pink, he broke his maiden in the $32,800 Metro Pace eliminations, pacing in 1:51.1. Earning $77,764 for owner Marvin Rounick, the Steve Elliot trainee starts from post six with Brett Miller in the bike. Post time for the final evening program of the Grand Circuit meet is set for 7:00 p.m. EDT. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- Jimmy Takter-trainee Manchego goes for her ninth-consecutive win in the fifth of five harness racing divisions of the $330,000 Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Filly Trot on Friday, September 29 at The Red Mile. Starting from post three, the Muscle Hill filly out of the Cantab Hall mare Secret Magic has amassed $501,948 in earnings this season, including from wins in the $330,800 Jim Doherty Memorial, $252,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) Championship, and $307,500 Peaceful Way Stakes. Purchased for $120,000 from Lexington Select, Yannick Gingras will drive for owners Black Horse Racing, John Fielding, and Herb Liverman. Megadolce, winless in eight starts, tries for a maiden-breaking performance in the opening division of the Bluegrass. By Cantab Hall out of the Kadabra mare Bella Dolce, the Richard "Nifty" Norman trainee has earned $43,971 with seven on-the-board finishes this season. Andrew McCarthy drives for owner David Mc Duffee. Front Circle, a Muscle Hill filly from Conway Hall mare Sheena Hall, is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the first division. A winner of two races in nine starts this season, the rough-gaited Ron Burke trainee has collected $72,232 in earnings for owners Burke Racing Stable, Silva, Purnell, and Libby, Michelle Yanek, and Weaver Bruscemi. Yannick Gingras drives the $110,000 Lexington-Select purchase from post two. Charlie Norris-trained and driven Sherrys Lady moves from the Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) into Grand Circuit competition, starting from post six in the second Bluegrass split. A Muscle Hill filly from the Andover Hall mare Fraction, Sherrys Lady has won twice in four starts this season, including a third-place finish in a preliminary of the KYSS prior to a 1:56.3 lifetime-best performance at The Red Mile. An $80,000 Lexington Select Purchase, Sherrys Lady races for interest Coyote Wind Farms. Nixie Volo, another KYSS starter, looks to redeem a break in the $250,000 KYSS Final, matching up against Sherrys Lady, from post four. Winning two races in six starts this season, the John Butenschoen daughter of Yankee Glide from the Windsong's Legacy mare No I'm Not has earned $39,000 this season for owners Kentuckiana Racing Stables, VIP Internet Stable, 83 Racing, and Eddie Gran. Corey Callahan drives the $22,000 Lexington-Select purchase. The two KYSS starters will face 2-1 morning-line favorite Mooshka Stride, a Credit Winner filly from the Donato Hanover mare Check Me Out. A $260,000 Lexington-Select purchase by Emilio and Maria Rosati, Mark Harder trains the winner of one race in three starts, with her maiden-breaking score coming in a 1:55 mile in the Kindergarten Series at the Meadowlands. Andy Miller drives the earner of $8,000 this season from post two. KYSS winner Top Expectations and runner-up Lily Stride battle in the third Bluegrass division. Top Expectations, by Cantab Hall from the Kadabra mare Exceed Expectations, has won twice in eight starts, most recently upsetting at 10-1 in the $250,000 KYSS final in a career-best performance of 1:54.1. Owned by Daniel Plouffe, the Erv Miller trainee has banked $168,378 this season, and will start from post six with Marcus Miller in the bike. Lily Stride, sent off the 1-5 favorite in the KYSS final, was a neck shy of sweeping the series for owners Emilio and Maria Rosati and trainer Mark Harder. The Muscle Hill filly from the Donato Hanover mare Sterling Volo has won four races in seven starts this season, earning $167,152, and was also third to Manchego in the Jim Doherty Memorial. Purchased for $220,000 from Lexington Select, Andy Miller picks up the drive. Full sister to Shake It Cerry, Swing It Cathy, attempts for her first win of the season in the fourth Bluegrass division, facing PASS competitor Seviyorum. By Donato Hanover out of the Yankee Glide mare Solveig, Swing It Cathy has earned $19,456 this season for owners Christina Takter and Solveig's Racing Partners. The Jimmy Takter trainee will start from post six following a sixth-place finish in the $240,000 Kentuckiana and will be driven by Yannick Gingras. Seviyorum, a winner of two races in six starts, starts from post one for owners Stroy Inc. and Andy Miller Stable Inc. Earning $68,509 this season, the Julie Miller-trained daughter of Donato Hanover from Self Possessed mare Armbro Domino enters off a second-place finish in a Kindergarten prelim at the Meadowlands. The hombred from Stroy Inc. will be driven by Andy Miller. Post time for the second evening of the Grand Circuit fortnight is slated for 7 p.m. EDT. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- Peter Haughton-winner You Know You Do will start from post one in the first of five divisions of the $366,000 Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot, presented by Hickory Lane Horse Farm and named for their stallion Uncle Peter, on the first day of the harness racing Grand Circuit fortnight at The Red Mile Thursday, September 28. By Muscle Hill out of the Credit Winner mare You Want Me, You Know You Do enters off a second-place finish in both the elimination and the $328,000 final of the William Wellwood Memorial. The $350,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale purchase has earned $326,074 with four wins over eight starts this season, and competes for owners Howard Taylor, Order By Stable, Bud Hatfield, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and Sam Goldband. Jimmy Takter trains and Yannick Gingras will drive.   Julie Miller sends Toast Of Lindy, a Cantab Hall colt from the Credit Winner mare Bellini Lindy, in the second division of the Bluegrass. An $80,000 Lexington-Select purchase by owners Andy Miller Stable, Lindy Racing Stable, and Gaitway Stable, Toast Of Lindy starts from post four and will have Andy Miller in the sulky. He has won three races in seven starts this season, most recently winning a $26,275 split of the Keystone Classic, and has earned $104,693.   New York Sires Stakes (NYSS)-phenom Fourth Dimension matches up with Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) consolation champ Met's Hall and PASS champion Fashionwoodchopper in the third Bluegrass split. Fourth Dimension, a Chapter Seven colt out of Muscle Hill mare Corazon Blue Chip purchased for $200,000 at the Lexington-Select sale by Courant Inc., was undefeated in four starts before breaking in a $78,800 NYSS division at Yonkers Raceway, finishing sixth as the 1-5 favorite. Earning $81,750, Marcus Melander conditions Fourth Dimension, who will start from post three, and Brian Sears drives.   Met's Hall, off two wins since finishing fifth in the Peter Haughton Memorial, won the PASS Consolation by seven-and-a-quarter lengths, and followed that with a lifetime-best effort of 1:54.2 in a Kindergarten prelim at the Meadowlands. A winner of four races in six starts, the Cantab Hall colt from the Mutineer mare Met's Inn has earned $88,175 for owners Stroy Inc. and Andy Millers Stables Inc. Julie Miller trains the $132,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale purchase and Andy Miller will drive from post seven.   A winner of three races in six starts, Fashionwoodchopper, by Donato Hanover out of the Muscles Yankee mare Woodshopper, will try for his fourth win in a row when he goes from post eight Thursday. Off a lifetime-best 1:56.1 in a Kindergarten prelim following his 38-1 upset in the $252,000 PASS Championship, the Jim Campbell-trained $100,000 Harrisburg Yearling purchase competes for owner Fashion Farms LLC and will be driven by David Miller.   Jim Campbell also sends Crystal Fashion, a Cantab Hall gelding out of the Tagliabue mare Window Willow, for Fashion Farms LLC in the fourth division of the Bluegrass. A winner of two races in eight starts, the $100,000 Harrisburg Yearling purchase has banked $93,942 this season mainly through the PASS program, finishing fourth in the $252,000 final. Tim Tetrick will drive.   Crystal Fashion will be faced by Farsetti Hanover, runner-up to You Know You Do in the $360,650 Peter Haughton Memorial. A colt by Donato Hanover from the Cantab Hall mare Finesse Hanover, Farsetti Hanover, purchased for $27,000 at the Harrisburg Yearling Sale by Ervin Miller Stables, George Golemes, and David Prushnok, has won two races in nine starts this season, amassing $75,139 in earnings. He'll start from post two with Marcus Miller in the bike.   From post position nine, trainer Jimmy Takter sends Maxus, a Muscle Hill colt out of the Enjoy Lavec mare Gerri's Joy, in the final Bluegrass split. Racing for the interests of Christina Takter and Brixton Medical Inc., Maxus, a winner of two races in nine starts, enters off a third-place effort in the William Wellwood Memorial following a 1:56.2 lifetime-best performance in winning the elimination. Earning $125,836 so far this season, Tim Tetrick will drive.   Also out of the William Wellwood is Night Rhythm, a lightly-raced son of Muscle Hill out of the Andover Hall mare Tail Of Night. A winner of one race in four starts this season, the Frank Antonacci-trained colt for owners Lindy Farms Of Connecticut and Robert Rudolph will start from post two after finishing seventh in his William Wellwood elimination, having won a $75,104 Champlain division in 1:57.2 the week prior. Scott Zeron will drive the earner of $44,152 this season.   First race post for the kickoff to the Grand Circuit fortnight is 7:00pm EDT. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY -- Check Six made his move first over heading into the far turn, eventually passing tempo-setter American Passport to win the first of three divisions for the $173,900 Bluegrass Stakes for harness racing three-year-old pacing colts and geldings in 1:50 on Sunday, October 2 at The Red Mile. American Passport took the lead, pacing the first quarter in :27.4 and the half in :55.4. Sitting third, Check Six moved to the outside and advanced towards American Passport heading to three quarters. Timed in 1:23, American Passport sprinted to a three-length lead at the head of the stretch. As American Passport approached the line, Check Six narrowed into his lead to his outside, soon drawing alongside and passing him to win. Katies Rocker, riding the pocket for the mile, finished third. Winning his 12th race in 26 starts, Check Six, by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Artsplace mare Southwind Vanna, has now earned $903,804 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscmi, William Switala and James Martin. He is trained by Ron Burke and was driven by Yannick Gingras. He paid $4.20 to win. "I wasn't sure if American Passport was going to keep going, but I knew I had some pace still," Yannick Gingras said. "I was just waiting to straighten up and try and let him go." "He'll be here next Sunday," Gingras also said. Sprinting to the front, Western Fame set a fast pace and battled off challengers Jj Flynn and Fine Diamond to win his division of the Bluegrass in 1:50.3. Going the first quarter in :26.3 and the half in :54.3, Western Fame's first challenge came from Fine Diamond, pulling first over out of third, around the far turn. The two were stride for stride after a 1:24 third quarter before Western Fame battled him off towards the rail. Jj Flynn fanned wide of Fine Diamond in the stretch to pursuit Western Fame, accelerating into second but running out of ground, failing to overtake Western Fame in the final strides. Western Fame, by Western Ideal out of the Artiscape mare Shyaway, won his fifth race in 22 starts, earning $316,156 for owner Brittany Farms. The Jimmy Takter trainee was driven by Mark MacDonald and paid $2.80 to win. "He's a really tough horse and can actually race anyway," Mark MacDonald said. "He races good from behind too, but I was the heavy favorite today so I took a shot and left with him. It's a tiring track, but he raced super. First quarter in :26.3 and last quarter in :26.3... can't ask for much more than that." "Myron Bell had the confidence [in Western Fame]," George Segal said. "He didn't race many times last year, but he was always a good individual with a good attitude... he just wasn't in a good place last year. But this year, everything has worked out." Lindy Beach won his fourth race in a row in the final Bluegrass split, storming down the center of the track to win in 1:50.3. Fresh Cut took the lead from the rail, pacing in front of Manny and Jk Will Power through a :27.4 first quarter. Jk Will Power pulled first over and brushed to the lead before the half, timed in :55.4. Entering the far turn, Manny edged first over from third and rushed by Jk Will Power to nearly clear command heading to three quarters. He remained off the pylons but in front by a length at three-quarters in 1:23.4. Jk Will Power flew up the rail to challenge for the lead in the stretch. Manhattan Beach, tracking Manny from second over, fanned towards the center of the track, as did Lindy Beach, who had been racing from third over. Once Manhattan Beach took the lead, Lindy Beach soon swept alongside and right by Manhattan Beach to win. Fresh Cut managed to slide into contention for second while Manhattan Beach finished third. A winner of four races in 13 starts, Lindy Beach, by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Real Desire mare Real Appealing, has now compiled $64,912 in earnings for owners Lindy Farms of Connecticut and Frank Baldassare. Trained by Frank Antonacci and driven by Tim Tetrick, he paid $11.40 to win. "The plugs were in and Timmy [Tetrick] looked comfortable," Frank Antonacci said, "but the trip worked out perfect as well. When you're looking at these horses that can just flat fly, you need the trips." "He was coming back good this winter, and he had a little injury right before we were getting ready to qualify him, so we just gave him plenty of time. We knew he was a good gelding and we wanted to give him a chance to come around this time of year." "I think Jimmy [Takter] said it when he was out here; that this is a form game and when you have a horse that's coming into form, they tend to stay that way for awhile. He has got a lot of confidence, and didn't realize he was racing about six classes up today." Live racing resumes at The Red Mile on Thursday, October 6 with the International Stallion Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. First race post is slated for 1:00pm. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- Darlinonthebeach led her season-long competitor and the 4-5 favorite Pure Country to win the first of two divisions of the $147,000 Bluegrass Stakes for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies as the 2-1 second choice in 1:50.2 on Sunday, October 2 at The Red Mile. Unchallenged through a quarter in :28 and a half in :56, Darlinonthebeach set the pace. Pure Country, sitting in the pocket, didn't pull to the outside until three-quarters, timed in 1:24.1. She struggled to pass Darlinonthebeach racing to the pylons while Lindwood Beachgirl chased the two in third and Penpal towards the center of the track in fourth. Pure Country settled for second as Darlinonthebeach finished in front. Penpal edged by Lindwood Beachgirl to take third. Darlinonthebeach, by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Bettor's Delight mare Darlin's Delight, won her 11th race in 27 starts, compiling $776,823 in earnings for owner White Birch Farm. She is trained by Nancy Johansson and driven by David Miller. She paid $6.00 to win. "These two fillies have been going at it all summer," David Miller said. "It's been a good season for her." "[Darlinonthebeach's connections] told me that she tied up that day," Miller said of Darlinonthebeach's scratch from the second heat of the Jugette. "They added Lasix today and she couldn't have been any better." Clearing command into the first turn, Blue Moon Stride held the front to win the other Bluegrass split in 1:50.1 over Rock Me Baby and Kiss Me Onthebeach. Leading through a quarter of :26.4, Blue Moon Stride tried to slow the pace, but Call Me Queen Be, sitting the pocket, pulled to the outside to try and take the lead. Blue Moon Stride accelerated and Call Me Queen Be ducked behind her through a :55.2 half. Kiss Me Onthebeach edged first over from third into the far turn with Rock Me Baby on her back. Call Me Queen Be was locked in the pocket through a 1:23 third quarter. Driver Andrew McCarthy kept Blue Moon Stride towards the pylons, leaving Call Me Queen Be with nowhere to pace. Rock Me Baby fanned off her cover and attempted to sweep to the lead, but Blue Moon Stride maintained the lead through the wire. Owned by Emilio & Maria Rosati, Blue Moon Stride, by Rocknroll Hanover out of the Cam's Card Shark mare Classic Star, won her tenth race in 26 starts, earning $658,886. The Mark Harder trainee paid $7.40 to win. "She's a very nice filly; we're very proud of her," Emilio Rosati said. "We came here especially to see her race. This is a lovely place to come and it's a dream to have a horse like this." "We'll be back next week [for the Glen Garnsey Memorial]," Mark Harder said. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

LEXINGTON, KY -- Taking the lead after the quarter, Sutton gradually gained separation from his rivals to win by open lengths in the first of two divisions for the $163,500 Bluegrass Stakes for harness racing three-year-old trotting colts in 1:52 at The Red Mile.   Celebrity Express led the field around the first turn before Sutton tipped out of the pocket to brush to the lead through a :28.2 quarter. Leading through a :56 half, Sutton began to kick away from Celebrity Express trotting in the pocket and Mavens Way, who fanned first over before diving back to the pylons.   In front by three lengths through a 1:24 third-quarter, Sutton coasted towards the finish while Waitlifter K fanned off cover to get second and Kanthaka, recovering from a break before the start, closed to finish third.   Sutton, by Donato Hanover out of the Muscles Yankee mare I Wanted Wings, paid $2.60 for his sixth win in 21 starts, earning $369,931 for owners Andy Miller Stable Inc. and Jason and Douglas Allen. He is trained by Julie Miller and was driven by Andy Miller.   "He likes to follow horses, but I thought he was the one to beat in here," Andy Miller said. "He was pretty sharp coming into this race, so I thought it was alright to put him on the front."   "He has been a little up and down. With a couple of steps he might have won the Hambletonian, but he still raced really good there. He has been a bit of a challenge, but when he's on his game, he is tough to beat."   "The track was a little dead from all the rain [Saturday]; it was a little punchy, but a good horse could overcome it."   Grinding to the lead around the final turn, Bar Hopping edged past tempo-setter Blenheim to win the other Bluegrass split in 1:52.3.   Leading through fractions of :28.3 and :57, Blenheim was soon challenged by Bar Hopping, pulling first over from fourth, into the far turn. The two were on equal terms through a 1:25.4 third quarter before Bar Hopping took a narrow lead. Blenheim tried to retake control at the pylons in a stretch-long battle until Bar Hopping extended his lead slightly to win. Love Matters, sitting the pocket for the mile, angled off the rail and chased the duelers to get third.   Winning his seventh race in 23 starts, Bar Hopping, by Muscle Hill out of the Credit Winner mare Cocktail Hour, has earned $848,813 for owners Christina Takter, Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld. He is trained by Jimmy Takter and was driven by Tim Tetrick. He paid $2.40.   "He fought [Blenheim] well," Jimmy Takter said. "The pace wasn't that hot and he came first up against a good horse, so I was very happy with him."   "He was one of those horses that actually filled out during the season. His game is a form game, and he's in great form. We look forward to next Sunday [for the Kentucky Futurity]."   By Ray Cotolo ,for The Red Mile  

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