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LEXINGTON, KY--Flawless Country flew up the inside as Insta Glam veered off the cones and strode to a 1:53 harness racing victory in the first of four divisions for the $304,000 International Moni International Stallion Stake Two-Year-Old Filly Trot, sponsored by the International Moni Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms, on Saturday (Oct. 10) at The Red Mile. Trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt sent Flawless Country for the front from post 7 while Gimme Shelter pushed for the pocket from the pylon post and Hello I Love You floated into third. Insta Glam raced headstrong from fourth and soon launched for the lead as the field marched to a :56.3 half. Insta Glam held command around the final turn, taking the group by three-quarters in 1:25.2. But when spinning off the turn, Insta Glam swung off the cones and began to falter while Flawless Country dashed through the seam to take the lead. Hello I Love You lunged wide to contest for the lead late but settled for second with Rose Run Whitney rallying for third and Ineffable finishing fourth. "I pulled the earplugs--it was the first time she had the earplugs--and then she picked up the speed and got a little scared and drifted in," Svanstedt said after the race. "She's a very good horse. The only thing is that she doesn't like to sleep over in other places--she wants to go home. I think that was the reason she raced bad last week [she finished second in a Bluegrass division]. She felt better here after being here for two weeks." A Southwind Frank filly bred by Christian Stoltzfus, Flawless Country won her fifth race from eight starts, earning $323,121 for owners Ake Svanstedt Inc., Wolfgang A Stable Inc. and Borje Nasstrom. She paid $4.80 to win. With 7-5 favorite May Karp going on a gallop heading to the half, 9-5 second choice Beautiful Game picked up the pieces to win the second split of the International Moni. May Karp cleared control to a :28 opening quarter but began to gallop into the backstretch, leaving Piper Hanover on the front with Hot As Hill in the pocket and Beltassima in third. Past a :56.4 half, Beltassima pulled first over with Aunt Irene positioned second over and Beautiful Game third over. Beltassima applied pressure to Piper Hanover by three-quarters in 1:26.1 and continued to dig into the stubborn leader as the backfield fanned out for the stretch drive. Beltassima eventually ground past Piper Hanover to take a narrow lead, but Beautiful Game gathered momentum down the center of the course and powered by rivals in the final strides to win. Piper Hanover held third with Hot As Hill finishing fourth. Winning her second race from 10 starts, Beautiful Game has earned $179,425 for owners Melvin Hartman, David Mc Duffee and Enzed Racing Stable Inc. Richard "Nifty" Norman trains the Muscle Hill filly bred by Brittany Farms LLC, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld while David Miller drove the $5.60 winner. Beautiful Game Anoka Hanover hustled to the lead heading to the half and held firm to the finish, winning the third division of the International Moni in 1:53.2. Splash Blue Chip grabbed the lead moving to a :29.1 first quarter but faced a shuffle up the backstretch as Gotta Believe popped pocket as Material Girl mounted a bid for the lead. Gotta Believe settled for the pocket as Material Girl cleared before a :57.1 half, but Anoka Hanover ranged uncovered towards the top and became the new leader heading into the final turn. Adirondack angled first over and made slight gains on Anoka Hanover to three-quarters in 1:25 but began spinning her wheels into the stretch. Once-leader Splash Blue Chip, finding a spot third over, swung to the center of the track and dashed towards Anoka Hanover into the final eighth, but could only manage second. Gotta Believe finished third with Sweeping Rainbow taking fourth. Off the 4-5 favorite, Anoka Hanover scored her sixth win from 10 starts, earning $215,091 for trainer Noel Daley and co-owners L A Express Table LLC and Caviart Farms. Todd McCarthy drove the Hanover Shoe Farms-bred Donato Hanover filly who paid $3.60 to win. Anoka Hanover Iteration rolled down the center of the track late to nail her competition at the finish and win the final division of the International Moni in 1:53.3. Presto pushed for the lead but yielded control to 9-5 favorite You Ato Dream by a :29.1 opening quarter. You Ato Dream then accelerated up the backstretch as Mazzarati floated first over from fourth with Iteration in tow past a :56.4 half. The favorite kept the tempo hot while Mazzarati stalled to three quarters in 1:24.4, forcing the backfield to tip wide heading for the finish. Into the stretch Presto popped pocket to challenge You Ato Dream, who kept the challenger at bay into the eighth pole. Pub Crawl, sitting third the whole mile, swung wide and surged towards the front with Iteration moving to the center of the track with the most momentum. With four horses in a line at the finish, Iteration won the photo over You Ato Dream, with Pub Crawl third and Presto fourth. Trained by Marcus Melander for owner Courant Inc., Iteration won her fifth race from eight starts, earning $307,009. Order By Stable bred the Chapter Seven filly while Brian Sears sat in the sulky. She paid $15.60 to win. Iteration Grand Circuit action concludes at The Red Mile on Sunday (Oct. 11) with a 12-race card headlined by the $444,000 125th Kentucky Futurity and the $255,000 55th Kentucky Filly Futurity. First-race post time is slated for 1:00 p.m. (EDT).   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

LEXINGTON, KY -- Shifting tactics to race off the speed, Perfect Sting culled an anxious moment at headstretch with a powerful stretch rally to keep his perfect record while winning the second of three harness racing divisions for the $299,100 Betting Line International Stallion Stake Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace--sponsored by the Betting Line Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farm--on Saturday (Oct. 10) at The Red Mile. Summa Cum Laude left for the lead but yielded command to Literl Lad Hanover by a :27.2 opening quarter. Summa Cum Laude soon popped pocket into the backstretch and retook the lead by a :55 half. Meanwhile driver David Miller had Perfect Sting positioned sixth, and angled the Always B Miki-Shebestingin colt first over into the far turn. He grabbed cover from Bayfield Beach to three-quarters in 1:22.4 but Summa Cum Laude had scooted away to a near-three-length lead. Taking to the center of the track, Miller uncorked Perfect Sting straightening for the finish. The Joe Holloway trainee accelerated towards Summa Cum Laude with an eighth to go and reeled the leader in within the final strides, scoring the head decision at the beam of a 1:49.4 mile. Caviart Lotus closed for third with early breaker Abuckabett Hanover rallying for fourth. "He makes me work," David Miller said of his colt after the race. "He wanted it today--I was real proud of him; he wanted to put his head in front. When I got him off Dexter's back [driving Bayfield Beach] and got him going it looked like Yannick had about four [lengths] on me--and I know how good that horse raced last week. I wasn't sure I was going to track him down. So far he's been racing really hard and getting the job done." Undefeated in eight starts, Perfect Sting has banked $304,300 for owner-breeders Brittany Farms LLC and Val D'Or Farms. He paid $3.40 to win. Highlandbeachsbest grabbed the front early and never looked back in progress to a 1:50.2 score in the opening division of the Betting Line. Pirate Hanover pushed for the lead to a :28.1 opening quarter with Highlandbeachsbest positioned second, but driver Tim Tetrick promptly vacated pocket with the Nancy Takter trainee to take the helm heading up the backstretch. By the half in :56.1, Highlandbeachsbest faced mild first-over pressure from Almanac circling the final turn and clipped three-quarters in 1:24. Almanac began to falter into the stretch while Pirate Hanover gave pursuit out of the pocket, making only a slight gain on Highlandbeachsbest to secure second well ahead of Emblaze Hanover in third. Beach Party took fourth. A homebred for Highland Thoroughbred Farm, Highlandbeachsbest won his third race from 11 starts, earning $124,002. The Somebeachsomewhere colt paid $3.40 to win. Highlandbeachsbest Odds-on choice Southwind Gendry stormed uncovered for the lead and kept all late challengers at bay to take the final division of the Betting Line in a 1:50 mile. Positioned fifth to a :27.2 opening quarter, Southwind Gendry stayed put in midpack while Commanding Officer overtook early leader Always A Miki heading to a :54.4 half. Driver Yannick Gingras gave Southwind Gendry his cue moving into the far turn and rolled by a tiring leader after three-quarters in 1:22.3. Southwind Petyr, tracking the favorite's cover, swung off a helmet into the stretch and dug into Southwind Gendry while Always A Miki rallied off a pocket trip up the pylons late. Southwind Gendry kept a neck in front of Southwind Petyr to the finish while Always A Miki settled for third and Lou's Pearlman leapt from last for fourth. "You can do whatever you want with the horse--he's perfect to drive," Gingras said after the race. "I was hoping to get a covered trip for sure, it's always tough coming first up a long, long way. But he's a game horse; when they come to him, that's when he goes." Collecting his eighth victory from 10 starts, Southwind Gendry has banked $409,269 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Phil Collura, Knox Services and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby. Ron Burke trains the Southwind Farms-bred Always B Miki gelding who paid $2.60 to win. Southwind Gendry Grand Circuit action concludes at The Red Mile on Sunday (Oct. 11) with a 12-race card headlined by the $444,000 125th Kentucky Futurity and the $255,000 55th Kentucky Filly Futurity. First-race post time is slated for 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

LEXINGTON, KY --Ake Svanstedt trainee Southwind Tyrion strolled to the front from the pylon post and sped to a 1:51.1 victory, setting a world and stakes record in beating Walner's mark of 1:51.4 in the first of three divisions for the $258,800 Six Pack International Stallion Stake Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot--sponsored by the Six Pack Syndicate and Deo Volente Farms--on Friday (Oct. 9) at The Red Mile. Svanstedt sent the Muscle Hill colt to the top while In Range secured the pocket and 4-5 favorite Venerate floated off the car into third. By the quarter in :27.4, Southwind Tyrion continued unchallenged to a :55.1 but faced pressure into the far turn as Venerate marched first over from third. But Venerate broke stride by three-quarters in 1:23.2, leaving Southwind Tyrion to his own devices through the stretch. In Range kept in contention but gave pursuit from second with Cricket Fashion finishing third. "My plan was to sit behind Venerate," said Svanstedt after the race, "but I pushed [Southwind Tyrion] a little when Tetrick [driving In Range] was coming and then he was a little grabby, so he was too fast for Venerate to come. He felt good the whole mile." Owned by S R F Stable, Knutsson Trotting, Brittany Farms & Riverview Racing, Southwind Tyrion won his fifth race from seven starts, earning $280,797. Southwind Farms LLC bred the $4.40 winner. Jean Pierre Dubois' grandson Louis Badron landed the drive on local startup Cuatro De Julio and kept all challengers at bay, taking the second division of the Six Pack in 1:51.3. Badron blasted Cuatro De Julio for the lead from post 5 and took the field by the quarter in :27.4 with Johan Palema sitting second and Delayed Hanover third. The field continued single file by a :55 half but began to tighten into the final turn as Cuatro De Julio trotted to three-quarters in 1:23.4. Delayed Hanover ranged first over towards the tempo setter heading for the stretch drive and dug into the Trixton colt's lead while drifting through the stretch. Cuatro De Julio responded to the challenge and held strong on the lead to the finish, nabbing his ninth win from 13 starts. Delayed Hanover settled for second with Jack Fire closing for third and Swingforthefences finishing fourth. "I got off a plane to drive this horse today," Badron said after the race. "[Marie Otolan Bar] just told me to 'do your best' and she did great work with the horse. He's so fast... he's so fast." Bred by Dream With Me Stable and owned by D Farm LLC, Cuatro De Julio has accrued $129,275 in earnings. Marie Ortolan Bar trains the $6.20 winner. With three horses going on a gallop early in the mile, Zenith Stride inherited a pocket trip and popped to a 1:53.2 victory in the final division of the Six Pack. Unwritten Chapter broke at the start as Locatelli left for the lead along with Moonstone S to the pylons, but Fly Light landed in the pocket after Moonstone S went on a gallop circling the first turn. Locatelli led to the quarter in :27.3 and broke loose on the lead before breaking stride moving up the backstretch. Fly Light overtook control to a :55.3 half with Zenith Stride positioned second. By three-quarters in 1:25, Fly Light held a diminishing lead into the stretch. Zenith Stride angled from the pocket and took aim at the leader, going by into the eighth pole chased by Sevenshadesofgrey splitting horses late but managing only to give chase for second. Magical Muscle Man took third while Fly Light faltered to fourth. "I think [he's just had] practice," said trainer Mark Harder, talking about the colt's improvement through the season. "Even training down as a young horse in the winter he'd do goofy things. On his day he'd do things great and trot nice--he'd always trot nice. We did some bloodwork [after last week] and we did find something that we could do to help him health wise. I don't know if he was 100 percent today, but he was better." Collecting his second win from eight starts, Zenith Stride has banked $204,825 for owners Emilio & Maria Rosati. Brian Sears drove the Fair Winds Farm Inc.-bred Muscle Hill colt who paid $12.40 to win. Grand Circuit action resumes at The Red Mile on Saturday (Oct. 10) with a total seven divisions of International Stallion Stakes--three for the $299,100 Betting Line Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace and four for the $304,000 International Moni Two-Year-Old Filly Trot. Racing gets underway at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

LEXINGTON, KY -- New York star Test Of Faith rolled to her seventh-straight victory when winning the opening division of the $262,000 Arlene Siegel Memorial International Stallion Stake Two-Year-Old Filly Pace, sponsored by Jules Siegel and Fashion Farms at The Red Mile. Sent the 1-5 favorite, driver David Miller moved Test Of Faith for the front from post 7, clearing command from Marsala Hanover past a :27.2 opening quarter. The Art Major filly maintained her speed up the backstretch, clipping the half in :54.1 as Lady Midnight committed first over moving to the final turn. Caviart Audrey tracked cover to three-quarters in 1:22.2 and fanned three wide into the stretch, but Test Of Faith already got a jump on the field. Spinning for the finish, Miller kept Test Of Faith straight and sped to a 1:48.4 victory chased by Notorious Pink, who shook loose from a shuffled trip to take second. Marsala Hanover snagged third while Caviart Audrey settled for fourth. "She's always been perfect--if you had 20 horses like her you wouldn't have much of a job to do," Pelling said after the race. "She's surprised me. We've always really liked her, but that's going to another level, what she's done the last three weeks. Jimmy Marohn [Jr.] did a great job with her and he always came back and said 'Man, I can't wait to pop those plugs and ask her to step.'" Just a tick off the world record, Test Of Faith now has eight victories from nine starts and $500,000 earned for owners Melvin Segal, Kentuckiana Racing Stable and Eddie Gran. The Fred Hertrich III-bred filly paid $2.40 to win. The second division of the Arlene Siegel Memorial saw Fire Start Hanover move forward early and front the field to the finish for her fifth-straight victory. Leaving from post 2, driver Dexter Dunn cleared command with Fire Start Hanover to a :28.1 opening quarter and increased the speed slightly to a :55.4 half. Continualou angled first over from fourth moving to the far turn, locking 2-1 second choice Blue Diamond Eyes at the pylons. With a breather to three-quarters in 1:24, Fire Start Hanover straightened for a sprint to the finish. The Richard "Nifty" Norman-trained daughter of Somebeachsomewhere held firm to the finish of a 1:50.3 mile with Blue Diamond Eyes shaking loose and splitting horses late to take second. JK Alwaysbalady rallied for third with Thebeachiscalling finishing fourth. "I was very nervous [watching her race], but we really have fun coming down here," co-owner David Hoese said after the race. "This [filly is the best I've owned] by far." Winning six races from nine starts, Fire Start Hanover has earned $211,336 for owners Pinske Stables, David Hoese and Lawrence Means. She paid $3.60 to win. Grand Circuit action resumes at The Red Mile on Saturday (Oct. 10) with a total seven divisions of International Stallion Stakes--three for the $299,100 Betting Line Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace and four for the $304,000 International Moni Two-Year-Old Filly Trot. Racing gets underway at 1:00 p.m. (EDT).   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY--Grand Circuit action on Friday (Oct. 9) at The Red Mile will start with a bang as New York Sires Stakes champ Test Of Faith puts a six-race harness racing win streak on the table in a matchup against two fillies returning stateside. Test Of Faith starts from post 7 as the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the first of two divisions of the Arlene Siegel Memorial International Stallion Stake Two-Year-Old Filly Pace--sponsored by Jules Siegel and Fashion Farms. The Brett Pelling-trained Art Major filly will contend against Cavairt Audrey--the Nancy Takter-trained Somebeachsomewhere filly exiting a 1:52.2 win in the $341,250 Shes A Great Lady Stakes--as well as Notorious Pink--the Shes A Great Lady runner-up conditioned by Tony Alagna. David Miller will have the reins on Test Of Faith while Yannick Gingras drives Caviart Audrey from post 5 and Tim Tetrick steers Notorious Pink from post 2. Kentucky Sires Stakes champ Blue Diamond Eyes will try to rebound off a second-place finish in the Bluegrass last week when she starts from post 5 in the second division of the Arlene Siegel Memorial. David Miller again has the assignment behind the Ron Burke-trained Captaintreacherous filly who suffered defeat last week to Fire Start Hanover, who starts from post 2 for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman and driver Dexter Dunn. The Friday card also features three divisions for the $258,800 Six Pack International Stallion Stake Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot, sponsored by the Six Pack Syndicate and Deo Volente Farms. Venerate leads the opening division from post 3 as he returns to the site of his Kentucky Sires Stakes crush after sliding to victory in the inaugural edition of the Mohawk Million. Andy Miller will drive the Love You colt--listed as the 7-5 morning-line favorite--for trainer Julie Miller against Ake Svanstedt trainee Southwind Tyrion, the William Wellwood Memorial runner-up who rallied with a :26.3 final quarter last week to finish third in the Bluegrass. Pennsylvania Sires Stakes runner-up In Range will also try to bounce back off a sixth-place effort as the odds-on choice in the Bluegrass. Making just his fourth start, aptly-named Svanstedt trainee Delayed Hanover heads into the second division of the Six Pack off a 1:53.4 victory in the Bluegrass last week--trotting a final quarter in :26.3. Svanstedt will again have the reins from post 6 and neighbors hometown favorite Cuatro De Julio, the Trixton colt trained by Marie Ortolan Bar and driven by Al Eferstein. The final split of the Six Pack pins Peter Haughton winner Zenith Stride against Moonstone S, runner-up in the Haughton and entering this race off a third-place rally in the Bluegrass. Brian Sears opts to drive the Mark Harder-trained Muscle Hill colt off a sixth-place finish over the Lexington oval last week and will start from post 2. David Miller nabs the drive on the Marcus Melander-trained Muscle Hill colt who starts from post 1. A total of five Grand Circuit events will go on the 11-race card. First-race post time is slated for 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Harness Racing This Week: The Red Mile Grand Circuit, The Red Mile, Lexington, Ky. Schedule of events: The second week of Grand Circuit action at The Red Mile kicks off on Friday (Oct. 9) with three divisions in the $258,800 International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old colt trotters and two divisions in the $218,000 International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. On Saturday (Oct. 10), The Red Mile will host the $350,000 (est.) International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old colt pacers and the $300,000 (est.) International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old filly trotters. On Sunday (Oct. 11), The Red Mile will offer the $500,000 (est.) Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-old trotters, the companion $275,000 (est.) Kentucky Filly Futurity for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $400,000 (est.) Tattersalls Pace for 3-year-old colt pacers, the $275,000 (est.) Glen Garnsey Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers, a pair of $150,000 (est.) Allerage races for open pacers and open trotters and two $85,000 (est.) Allerage races for older pacing mares and older trotting mares. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Every superlative has been uttered about Atlanta over her illustrious career, and she lived up to all of them on Saturday (Oct. 3), winning the $175,000 Dayton Trotting Derby at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. Atlanta set a new track record of 1:51 in the Dayton Trotting Derby. Conrad photo. Dispatched at even money, the 5-year-old daughter of Chapter Seven established a new Dayton Raceway track record of 1:51 by coming from behind for driver Yannick Gingras to wear down Manchego (Dexter Dunn) and then hold off runner-up Lindy The Great (Andy Miller) and show finisher Crystal Fashion (Jordan Stratton). Lindy The Great left with alacrity to hit the first quarter beam in :27.3 before yielding to Manchego who coasted through middle fractions of :56 and 1:23.3 on the lead. Atlanta got away fifth, moved up on the outside at the half, was fourth in the outer flow at the three-quarters, then on even terms with Manchego around the final turn. At the top of the lane, Manchego broke stride, leaving little doubt about the outcome. Ron Burke trains Atlanta for Crawford Farms Racing, Brad Grant and Howard Taylor. She has won half of her lifetime starts (24 out of 48) and banked $2,450,203. On a night when eight track records were either beaten or tied at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, Bettor's Wish (Dexter Dunn) edged an outstanding field of North America's top older pacers in winning the $176,500 Dayton Pacing Derby in 1:49. Dancin Lou (Brian Sears) was lapped on the winner at the wire and Century Farroh (David Miller) was just beaten by a single length. Trainer Nancy Takter thought long and hard about giving Kissin In The Sand a week off after a convincing 1:49 win in the Milton Stake at Woodbine Mohawk Park. But a change in plans, possibly caused by a realization that Hatfield Stables of Ohio co-owns the magnificent mare with Marvin Katz of Ontario, resulted in an epic battle with Shartin N and another 1:49 score in the $175,000 Dayton Distaff Derby. Caviart Ally finished third. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2020, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again 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). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2020 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 705; 2. Dexter Dunn - 473; 3. Andrew McCarthy - 429; 4. Tim Tetrick - 376.5; 5. David Miller - 358. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 688; 2. Nancy Takter - 596.5; 3. Tony Alagna - 517; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 374; 5. Marcus Melander - 333. Owners: 1. Determination - 200; 2. Brad Grant - 168.1; 3. Caviart Farms - 165.4; 4. Burke Racing Stable - 154.7; 5. S R F Stable - 131.6. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next week at Harrah's Philadelphia, Northfield Park and The Meadowlands. Harrah's Philadelphia will host the John Simpson Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers and trotters; Northfield will host the Courageous Lady for 3-year-old filly pacers; and The Meadowlands will feature the Reynolds Memorial for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit

LEXINGTON, KY-- Metro Pace winner Tall Dark Stranger collected his seventh-consecutive harness racing victory to maintain his perfect record with a 1:50 victory in the third of four divisions for the $275,000 Betting Line International Stallion Stakes--sponsored by the Betting Line Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms--on the Saturday, Oct. 5 card at The Red Mile. Leaving from post 1, Tall Dark Stranger sat fourth to a :28.1 first quarter set by Tell Them Lou before driver Yannick Gingras angled the 1-9 favorite from the cones to pursue the lead. The Nancy Johansson-trained son of Bettor's Delight overtook the helm before a :55.1 half and faced little challenge through three-quarters in 1:23.1 in progress to a two-length victory over pocket-sitter Captain Barbosa. Father Nuno closed for third. "He had just had great presence when he was brought out for us to look at [as a yearling]," Johansson said after the race. "I think charisma is one of the most important attributes a racehorse can have. He was very easy to work with, very willing to please, always showed tremendous speed...it was pretty easy to train him down. He was strong across the wire [today]--Yannick [Gingras] said he had plenty of pace left." Earning $411,265, Tall Dark Stranger races for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Marvin Katz, Caviart Farms and Howard Taylor. Yannick Gingras steered the colt bred by James Avritt Sr. who paid $2.10 to win. "I think people here are knowledgeable and understanding this horse is doing this very easily--it's spectacular," co-owner Marvin Katz said after the race. "I listened to Jimmy Takter [when] he said 'This is the best horse [at the Lexington Sale and] you got to be in' and I said I was in. That was it. It didn't take much thinking--when Jimmy said you got to be in, that was it." World-record holder Elver Hanover also remained undefeated when winning his Betting Line division in 1:50.3. Driver Chris Page placed the 1-9 favorite fourth as Seeyou At Thebeach led the field to a :27.3 first quarter. Page pulled Elver Hanover from fourth soon after and swept to the front before a :55.3 half. From there the Yankee Cruiser gelding slowed the tempo to three-quarters in 1:24 while pressed by Team Best moving to headstretch, but promptly turned away that rival as well as a pocket-popping move from Seeyou At Thebeach in the final eighth to win. Seeyou At Thebeach settled for second while Captain Groovy took third. "The opportunity was presented in front of me and just like anything else you've got to take the reins," Page said of driving a Grand Circuit-caliber horse after the race. "I'd like to thank all the owners and Ronnie [Burke] and the whole staff to have the faith in me to guide these nice horses which are high-priced investments. I was joking with the groom coming out here [and said] if every horse was like this horse it would make our jobs easy. The horse is a complete professional and does nothing wrong. He drives with two fingers and definitely makes my job easy." Victorious in nine starts, Elver Hanover--bred by Hanover Shoe Farms--has earned $397,825 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Bridgette Jablonsky, Jason Melillo and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby. "It's been the best experience of our lives," said Purnel of Purnel & Libby after the race on owning stakes-winning horses with Ron Burke and the partnership of Weaver Bruscemi. "Obviously Ronnie's the best trainer in the business. Without them, I don't know...it's great." Capt Midnight rebounded from a third-place finish in the $562,500 Metro Pace with a 1:49.4 victory in the opening division of the Betting Line. Roll With JR took command into the first turn while Catch The Fire dove into the pocket and Capt Midnight floated into third. He led the field through a :27.2 opening quarter but yielded the lead as Capt Midnight pulled wide and brushed to control through a :55.2 half. The Captaintreacherous colt continued to lead through three-quarters in 1:23 and strode clear of his competition to win by three lengths. Fortify closed for second and Roll With JR gave chase for third. "I definitely don't think we left [the Metro Pace] redfaced [sic] that night," driver Andrew McCarthy said after the race. "He raced terrific...I had to use him hard there in the second quarter and it caught up to us midstretch, but that's fine--he still paced [1]:49 and change so I knew what I had today. "I was hoping to just sit and wait today but Dougie [McNair on Roll With JR] was slowing down there to the half and I figured I might as well get going; it wouldn't be too taxing to get him there. It worked our great--I kicked the earplugs out at the head of the stretch and he did his job. He's come a long way. I think he's going to be a top three-year-old for sure." Winning his sixth race from nine starts, Capt Midnight has accrued $255,839 for owners Marvin Katz, Kenneth Jacobs, Brad Grant and Capt Midnight Racing. Hanover Shoe Farms bred the Tony Alagna trainee and the Breeders Crown-bound colt paid $2.40 to win. "My partners are awesome and I'm very happy that we had a nice victory at The Red Mile and hopefully he'll be as successful [at the Breeders Crown]," said Myron Bell after the race, who co-owns Capt Midnight through Capt Midnight racing. Major Betts vaulted to the front in a swift pace and sustained his speed through the finish to pace a 1:49.1 mile in the second division of the Betting Line. Genius Man pushed for the lead wide of Moneyman Hill circling the first turn. Driver Dexter Dunn positioned Major Betts fourth through a :26.2 first quarter and sent the Art Major colt after Genius Man heading to a :53.4 half. From there the Mark Harder trainee separated himself from the competition moving to three-quarters in 1:21.2 and turned for home with an open lead. Put To Right, the 6-5 favorite, rallied from the backfield through the center of the course to take second with 3-2 second choice Cattlewash taking third. "I think last week was an aberration," trainer Mark Harder said after the race of Major Bett's miscue last week in the Bluegrass. "He had a bad day--for whatever reason, I don't know. I just told Dexter [to] forget about last week [and] race the colt--[Dexter's] always liked him [so] I said 'Race him like you still like him.' He's beaten some really good colts and gotten locked in in New York a couple of races there; he just never got a chance to race. He showed what he's made of today. I hope [he's Breeders Crown material]." Paying $26.20 to win, Major Betts--bred by Southwind Farms--collected his third victory from seven starts, earning $86,460 for owners Joseph Jannuzzelli, Mark Harder and Deena Frost. Grand Circuit action concludes at The Red Mile on Sunday, Oct. 6 with the 127th renewal of the Kentucky Futurity, which goes as a single heat with a field of 12 for $450,000. The 54th Kentucky Filly Futurity also goes as a single dash with an 11-horse draw for $267,000. Two divisions of the $540,000 Tattersalls Pace, the $69,500 Allerage Farms Fillies and Mares Trot and $87,000 Allerage Farms Fillies and Mares Pace will also go on the eight-race card. Racing gets underway for the season finale with first-race post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). For full results and entries, click here. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

LEXINGTON, KY--Violet Stride strung out 1-2 favorite Love A Good Story past the half before yielding for the pocket and shooting out into the stretch to pull a 16-1 upset in the first Muscle Hill harness racing division of the $290,200 International Stallion Stake for two-year-old trotting fillies on Friday, Oct. 4 at The Red Mile. Driver Tyler Buter sent the Mark Harder-trained Trixton filly to the front with Queso Fresco pushing for the pocket heading to a :28 first quarter. Love A Good Story, racing fourth, angled from the pegs up the backstretch but worked to clear command from Violet Stride passing a :55.2 half. Queso Fresco faltered entering the final turn, forcing the backfield to tip wide and recoup lost ground while Love A Good Story and Violet Stride led by a wide margin through three-quarters in 1:24. Buter popped Violet Stride from the pocket straightening for the finish and slid past Love A Good Story to win while Crucial kicked down the center of the track for third. "She's been good all along, I wouldn't say it's the track that's done it," Harder said after the race. "She hasn't had a lot of chances in races and today she got given a real-good chance. We will now [go to the Breeders Crown] for sure." Returning $35.60 to win, Violet Stride collected her third win from nine starts, earning $96,790 for owners Emilio and Maria Rosati. Kentuckiana Farms LLC and Jorgen Jahre Jr. bred the $280,000 Lexington yearling purchase. Ramona Hill remained unbeaten when holding off a late charge from pocket-sitter Sister Sledge in the first Walner split. Sister Sledge slid from the pylon post towards the top heading to the first turn as Ramona Hill unhurriedly progressed towards the top from post 8 moving to a :27.4 first quarter. Ramona Hill continued to lead under minimal pressure through a :55.3 half and three-quarters in 1:24.4 before scooting to a three-length lead as Sister Sledge threw some bad steps when edging from the pocket. Sister Sledge soon hit her best stride and closed ground on Ramona Hill nearing the wire but finished a neck shy of the winner. Shishito, stalking the top two, took third. "Around March [or] April when [Tony Alagna] was training her down [that] he said she's very talented," said Albert Crawford, co-owner of Ramona Hill through Crawford Farms Racing. "When he qualified her--I think it was a [1]:55, [1]:56 [mile] with a big last quarter--he said she's a special filly." Winning all five of her starts, Ramona Hill has earned $112,400 for breeder Crawford Farms, which co-owns the Muscle Hill filly as Crawford Farms Racing with Brad Grant, Robert Leblanc and In The Gym Partners. Tony Alagna conditions the $3.80 winner and Andrew McCarthy sat in the bike. Runner-up to Ramona Hill in the Bluegrass, Madame Sherry prevailed as the 8-5 second choice in the second division of the Muscle Hill. Queen Of The Hill kicked for the front from post 7 while Heaven ducked for the pocket and Madame Sherry raced third to a :28.4 first quarter. Driver Tim Tetrick then angled Madame Sherry from third and swept the Jim Campbell trainee to the top before a :56.2 half. Common Sense S, sent the 6-5 favorite, pulled first over from fifth moving to the final turn. She slowly advanced towards the leader obtained cover passing three-quarters in 1:25.4 as Queen Of The Hill vacated pocket for the stretch drive. Madame Sherry drifted slightly from the cones through the lane, leaving a slim seam for Heaven to slip through nearing the finish. However Madame Sherry held off Heaven, winning by a head in 1:54.1 with Queen Of The Hill third. A Kentuckiana Farms LLC-bred filly by Father Patrick, Madame Sherry won her second race from six starts, earning $89,773 for owner Coyote Wynd Farms. She paid $5.20 to win. Sherry Lyns Lady lunged off cover to take the second division of the Walner. Sent the 6-5 favorite, Sherry Lyns Lady raced fourth to a :28.3 opening quarter as the other 6-5 choice Senorita Rita headed the helm into the backstretch. Panem, caught wide around the first turn, continued to race uncovered while stalled wide of Sherry Lyns Lady through a :56.1 half. Panem backtracked moving into the final turn while Senorita Rita raced unpressured past three-quarters in 1:25. Dune Hill, sitting the pocket, floated wide as Sherry Lyns Lady angled wider into the stretch. Senorita Rita clung to control through the lane but got outkicked by Sherry Lyns Lady in the final sixteenth and settled for second. Rebecca Clark, at 46-1, skimmed the pylons to snag third. "Hats off to [Coyote Wynd Farms] because they did all the homework in selecting these two fillies," Campbell said after the race, "and I was just blessed enough to be the one that gets to train them. Sometimes we get fooled... I told John [Floren of Coyote Wynd Farms] the other night 'I gave you all good training reports--I'm just glad [the horses] backed it up because it doesn't always work that way. We always say that when you go baby race the first couple of starts it pretty much tells the truth and these fillies lived up to that. Giving Jim Campbell a training double, Sherry Lyns Lady also races for the Coyote Wynd Farms. The Steve Stewart and Timot Stable Inc.-bred Father Patrick filly collected her third victory from 10 starts and bankrolled $310,554. Tim Tetrick drove the $4.40 winner. "She was sitting good--Timmy [Tetrick] knows her because he drove her from the very beginning in her baby races," Campbell also said of the race. "He just angled her out and she did the rest. Down by the wire, she was trotting strong." Each division of the Muscle Hill International Stallion Stakes was sponsored by Southwind Farms while each division of the Walner was sponsored by the Walner Syndicate. Grand Circuit action resumes at The Red Mile Saturday, Oct. 5 with four divisions of the $275,000 Betting Line International Stallion Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts (sponsored by the Betting Line Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms), the $216,000 Glen Garnsey Memorial (sponsored by the Sweet Lou Syndicate and Diamond Creek Farms) for sophomore pacing fillies, the $186,000 Mister Big Allerage Farms Open Pace (sponsored by Muscara Standardbreds) and the $145,000 Cantab Hall Allerage Farms Trot (sponsored by Jeff & Paula Gural). Racing gets underway with first-race post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile Lexington, Ky----For many years the Grand Circuit meet at the Red Mile always made available a race for amateur drivers and this season was no exception. Today (Oct. 4) a 7-horse field was sent to post at 12:30pm prior to the betting card getting underway and when the judges hung the official sign, the veteran trotter, Inukchuk Chuck, once again showed his heels to the field when Kiara Morgan guided the 6-year-old gelding to a 1:56.2 triumph, his fourth consecutive victory since September 26; two were at Delaware, Ohio followed by two now at the Red Mile and all four wins came at the hands of lady drivers. Hannah Miller won the Delaware trots and now Kiara Morgan has made it two-in-a-row here at Lexington After starting from post six Ms Morgan sent Inukchuk Chuck toward the front but settled in the three- hole as Ms Miller and Jacks To Open challenged Fairground Drama (Richard Roach) for the lead which she obtained before the halfway point. But as Hannah's trotter settled on top she had to contend with Ms Morgan's charge who began to rally. and when he did, Inukchuk Chuck took command and survived a late charge from Utopia and driver Steve Oldford to notch his ninth seasonal triumph. Third place went to Security Guard who was driven by Dein Spriggs.. The winner is owned by Cliff Grundy and trained by Nick Surick. by John Manzi, for amateur driving everywhere

LEXINGTON, KY--The two harness racing divisions for the $239,000 Arlene Siegel Memorial International Stallion Stake for two-year-old pacing fillies--sponsored by Jules Siegel and Fashion Farms--saw the heavy favorites get beat. Making her fourth start, 10-1 shot New Year hit the Grand Circuit winner's circle with a first-over grind to take the opening division of the Arlene Siegel Memorial. The Bethinator shot for the front moving to the first turn with 6-5 favorite Reflect With Me floating into the pocket before circling to the top past a :28.4 first quarter. New Year, sitting fourth, tipped first over as the field sped to a :56.2 half and ranged towards the pacesetter to then match strides with Reflect With Me passing three-quarters in 1:24.1. The Somebeachsomewhere filly dug into Reflect With Me entering the stretch and lunged past to lead approaching the finish. Jk First Lady, swooping from third over, rallied widest on the track to finish second while Reflect With Me held third. "The owners are very patient and they agree that the less you do at two, the more you get at three and I'm at the same mindset," trainer Ross Croghan said after the race on bringing New Year to the races so late in the season. "This filly was very heavy as an early two-year-old; she carried a massive amount of weight. A nice, hot summer helped us slowly peel that off into racing condition. She's always shown a little bit of grit. Out of the world-champion mare Drop The Ball, New Year collected her third victory while earning $83,680 for owners Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Mr Dana Parham, who also bred the $22.80 winner. Corey Callahan sat in the bike behind the possible Breeders Crown starter. "I'll talk to the owners--[the Breeders Crown's] all she has left," Croghan said. "If they want to go, and she comes out of this race good, she'll go." Nancy Johansson trainee Peaky Sneaky surged first over around the final turn and edged to a 1:50.3 victory in the second division of the Arlene Siegel Memorial. Rocknificent, sent the 6-5 favorite, led the field past a :26.4 first quarter with Hidden Cove sitting in the pocket and 8-5 second choice Gai Waterhouse racing third. Gai Waterhouse then angled from third and brushed to the front passing a :55.3 half but soon yielded command to Lady Lou--carrying Peaky Sneaky on cover--entering the final turn. Peaky Sneaky continued to advance when uncovered approaching three-quarters in 1:23.1. The Bettor's Delight filly drew alongside Lady Lou entering the stretch and dug into the late leader before slipping by late in the stretch to win. Lady Lou held second from Rocknificent, who rallied wide for third. "We started off kind of slow [in Ontario] and then we moved her into the Ontario Sires Stakes and the Champlain and she kept surprising me," Johansson said after the race. "So I let her go in the She's A Great Lady. [It was] a far way for a two-year-old filly to go, especially when she had been racing four weeks in a row--which I really don't ever do. But she was racing well and is kind of easy on herself between the races, so we gave her the shot. She definitely needed that week off after the She's A Great Lady. "She's been racing really good and getting some tough trips, but she's very honest," Johansson also said. "I told Dexter [Dunn] before she went onto the track [that] she's going to give you all she has; she always does." Bred by White Birch Farm and owned by Howard Taylor, Judith Taylor and Order By Stable, Peaky Sneaky won her second race from eight starts, earning $100,377. Dexter Dunn drove the $14.60 winner. Grand Circuit action resumes at The Red Mile Saturday, Oct. 5 with four divisions of the $275,000 Betting Line International Stallion Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts (sponsored by the Betting Line Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms), the $216,000 Glen Garnsey Memorial (sponsored by the Sweet Lou Syndicate and Diamond Creek Farms) for sophomore pacing fillies, the $186,000 Mister Big Allerage Farms Open Pace (sponsored by Muscara Standardbreds) and the $145,000 Cantab Hall Allerage Farms Trot (sponsored by Jeff & Paula Gural). Racing gets underway with first-race post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

LEXINGTON, KY--Real Cool Sam remains undefeated from nine starts but hit the finish line inseparably with 32-1 Big Oil in the third of three harness racing divisions of the $276,300 Trixton International Stallion Stakes on Thursday, Oct. 3 at The Red Mile. Big Oil sat third to a :27.2 first quarter set by second-choice Gangster Hanover with Capricornus sitting the pocket. Real Cool Sam, sent the 1-2 favorite, raced fourth up the backstretch before driver David Miller slowly edged from the pylons through a :55.3. Real Cool Sam ranged closer to Gangster Hanover circling the final turn but Capricornus had room to pull from the pocket passing three-quarters in 1:24. Capricornus took a narrow lead through the stretch while Big Oil circumvented Gangster Hanover towards the inside and sprinted towards the front as Real Cool Sam rallied three wide. Real Cool Sam ground past Capricornus in the final strides to hit the finish in tandem with Big Oil, stopping the clock in 1:52.1. A gelding by Muscle Hill, Real Cool Sam lowered the world record for a two-year-old trotting gelding of 1:52.3 set by Amigo Volo last week at The Red Mile. "When [the photo] was taking so long, I was hopeful for a dead-heat but I didn't think we got it," trainer Jim Campbell said after the race. "Today was his ninth start and I didn't want to come out of here with 10 starts and then--the plan is, if everything's okay, to go to the Breeders Crown. I didn't want him getting used hard; [it's] been over three weeks since he raced last at Chester. When they hadn't raced like that and you go abuse them too much too soon [then] they don't race the way you want them to. This way it worked out perfectly--Dave gave him a good drive; the way you'd want the colt driven" Real Cool Sam, a homebred for Fashion Farms, has earned $443,063. He paid $2.20 to win. Big Oil, a colt by Father Patrick, won his second race from eight starts, earning $91,605 for owner-breeder Jason and Douglas Allen and co-owner Ron Allen. The 1:52.1 mile lowers the Julie Miller trainee's lifetime mark. "Last week we kind of used as a confidence booster for him," Julie Miller said after the race. "I thought Andy raced him real well and we thought today to give him a chance. I'm leaning towards [not sending him to the Breeders Crown]. We may put him away and have a great three-year-old." Andy Miller piloted the $16.60 winner. King Alphonso wired his competition with a 1:52 mile in the opening division of the Trixton. Trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt swept King Alphonso past pylon-starter Beyond Kronos to take the lead into the Tattersalls turn. Even-money favorite Rome Pays Off, rough-gaited at the start, raced last of the seven through a :27.1 opening quarter before angling first over into the backside. Rome Pays Off marched into a :55.2 half to race at King Alphonso's wheel circling the final turn but began to retreat past three-quarters in 1:24.1. King Alphonso strolled through the stretch with wide strides pursued by pocket-sitter Beyond Kronos in second. It's Academic rolled down the center of the course for third. A colt by Muscle Hill bred by Order By Stable, King Alphonso won his second race from seven starts, earning $128,395 for owners Ake Svanstedt, Bender Sweden, Little E LLC and Douglas Sipple. He paid $6.80 to win. Taken to the center of the course after trotting a bad step, Amigo Volo quickly regained his footing and surged past his competition to equal his then-1:52.3 world record when winning the second division of the Trixton. Driver Dexter Dunn floated Amigo Volo from post 7 into fourth rounding the first turn while EL Ideal led the field through the first quarter in :26.4. EL Ideal decelerated up the backstretch as Amigo Volo nearly broke into a gallop but kept his stride as Dunn veered the Father Patrick gelding to the center of the track. Past a :55.3 half, Amigo Volo progressed uncovered towards the leader. "It wasn't his gait--he was sort of running out a touch there," Dunn said after the race. "He was playing around with his head a little bit. It was more like he lost a little bit of concentration there and threw himself off stride. [So I] sort of moved him out of the way and he just hit his gait straight away." EL Ideal clung to command as Amigo Volo matched strides passing three-quarters in 1:24. Amigo Volo then lunged to the lead straightening for the finish and strode clear of EL Ideal with Synergy taking third. "He did it really nicely," Dunn also said. "Those plugs are still in." Winning his fourth race from eight starts, Amigo Volo has won $214,696 for owners Pinske Stables and David J. Miller. Carter Pinske conditions the gelding bred by Kentuckiana Farms LLC and Jorgen Jahre Jr. He paid $3.40 to win. Each division of the Trixton International Stallion Stakes was sponsored by Deo Volente Farms, where 2014 Hambletonian Winner Trixton stands stud. "This is truly a special place. It's an honor and a pleasure to be here," said Mike Gulotta, CEO of Deo Volente Farms in the winner's circle after Race 3. "I love the crowd; I love the racing. Together with the sale, it's a perfect venue. It's a place to showcase some great, great horses." Grand Circuit action resumes at The Red Mile Friday, Oct. 4 with four divisions of the $290,200 Muscle Hill International Stallion Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies--sponsored by Southwind Farms--and two divisions of the $239,000 Arlene Siegel Memorial International Stallion Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies--sponsored by Jules Siegel and Fashion Farms. Racing gets underway with first-race post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY--The Saturday, Oct. 5 card at The Red Mile--the second to last harness racing program of the Grand Circuit meet--draws four divisions of the $275,000 Betting Line International Stallion Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts, a single soph-filly pace dash for the $216,000 Glen Garnsey Memorial and the $186,000 Mister Big Allerage Farms Open Pace. Off a third-place performance in the $562,500 Metro Pace, Capt Midnight returns to the track in the first division of the Betting Line, sponsored by the Betting Line Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms. The Tony Alagna-trained Captaintreacherous colt rode a five-race win streak entering the Metro Final, but brushed prematurely to the front through quick fractions and faltered through the lane as the odds-on favorite. The winner of $221,464 starts from post 4 with Andrew McCarthy in the bike for owners Marvin Katz, Kenneth Jacobs, Brad Grant and Capt Midnight Racing. Roll With JR starts directly left of Capt Midnight after winning an $81,950 Bluegrass division going wire to wire in 1:50.4. The Roll With Joe colt, who finished second in the Kentucky Sires Stakes championship, has accrued $142,891 in earnings for Pollack Racing LLC and trainer Jeff Cullipher. Doug McNair will again drive the Roll With Joe colt. Cattlewash tops the second Betting Line split off a 1:50.3 victory in an $80,950 division of Bluegrass. The Ron Burke-trained Somebeachsomewhere colt has four wins, which came in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes, from eight starts and $141,502 earned for owner William Donovan. Yannick Gingras sits in the bike from post 4 for trainer Ron Burke. Metro Pace winner Tall Dark Stranger enters the third Betting Line division undefeated. In six starts, the Bettor's Delight colt has amassed $376,890 in earnings for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Marvin Katz, Caviart Farms and Howard Taylor. The Nancy Johansson trainee makes his third start on the Grand Circuit and will have Yannick Gingras in the sulky from post 1. Another undefeated pacer, Elver Hanover, leads the fourth Betting Line split. The Yankee Cruiser gelding broke the two-year-old pacing world record set by stable mate Warrawee Ubeaut last year when popping pocket to a 1:48.3 victory in an $80,950 division of Bluegrass. The Ron Burke trainee--owned by Burke Racing Stable, Bridgette Jablonsky, Jason Melillo and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby--has Chris Page in the bike as he tries to stay unbeaten from nine starts. The top sophomore pacing fillies in the country meet in the Glen Garnsey Memorial Tattersalls Pace, sponsored by the Sweet Lou Syndicate and Diamond Creek Farms. World-champion Warrawee Ubeaut rides a five-race win streak, including blowouts in both heats of the Jugette. The Ron Burke-trained daughter of Sweet Lou has over $1.1 million earned for Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi and will have Yannick Gingras driving from post 3. Fan Hanover champion Treacherous Reign starts from post 9 off a 1:49.4 far-turn swoop in a $163,100 division of Bluegrass. The Tony Alagna-trained Captaintreacherous filly finished third in her start prior to Warrawee Ubeaut in the second heat of the Jugette after winning in her first-heat elimination. Dexter Dunn steers the winner of $686,187 for owners Alagna Racing, Big Als Stables, Let It Ride Stables and Mr. Dana Parham. Stonebridge Soul, who rose to prominence among the sophomore pacing filly ranks when winning the James Lynch Memorial and Mistletoe Shalee, will have to overcome post 10. The Chris Ryder-trained Somebeachsomewhere filly ships from a fifth-place finish in the Jugette Final after finishing second to Warrawee Ubeaut in her elimination. Tim Tetrick drives the winner of $530,301 for owners Henderson Farms and Robert Mondillo. In the $186,000 Mister Big Allerage Farms Open Pace, sponsored by Muscara Standardbreds, Mcwicked--the richest stallion in harness racing history--will try to add to his record-setting bankroll. Earning over $4.6 million, the eight-year-old McArdle stallion has four wins from 13 starts this season and enters off a second-place finish in the $151,750 Dayton Pacing Derby. Casie Coleman trains Mcwicked for owner S S G Stables and will have Brian Sears driving. Free-for-all trotters also race on the Saturday card in the $145,000 Cantab Hall Allerage Farms Open, sponsored by Jeff & Paula Gural. Kentucky Futurity winner Six Pack, starting from post 7, returns to the scene of his 1:49.1 world record. The four-year-old son of Muscle Mass makes his second start in a month, with his return to the track coming with a fourth-place finish in the $230,000 Caesars Trotting Classic at Hoosier Park. With $1.5 million earned from 32 starts, Six Pack will have trainer and co-owner Ake Svanstedt in the sulky for partners Little E LLC, Knutsson Trotting, Stall Kalmar and Lawrence Berg. Crystal Fashion, who finished fourth as the 9-5 favorite in the $450,000 Maple Leaf Trot, starts from post 3. The four-year-old Cantab Hall gelding approaches $2 million in earnings for owner Fashion Farms LLC thanks to victories this season in the Hambletonian Maturity and John Cashman Memorial along with a million-dollar sophomore campaign. David Miller guides the Jim Campbell trainee from post 3. The 10-race program Saturday also features two late-closing events for freshman pacing colts and a sole late-closing event for trotting fillies and mares. Racing gets underway Saturday with first-race post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). For full race results and entries click here. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

Love A Good Story has authored a pretty nice tale this season for harness racing trainer Julie Miller and will try to add another winning chapter in Friday's (Oct. 4) International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters at Lexington's Red Mile. The filly, who notched her first Grand Circuit victory last week in a division of the Bluegrass, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the first of four International Stallion trot divisions. So far this year, Love A Good Story has won seven of nine races and finished second once. She was a six-time winner in preliminary rounds of the New York Sire Stakes and her only off-the-board finish came in the series final when she started from post eight at Batavia Downs. She rebounded from that setback with a 1:52.2 triumph in the Bluegrass, clocking the fastest time of the season for a 2-year-old filly trotter. "She bounced back well," Miller said. "We were hoping she was going to pick it up on the mile track, because she was going to have to, and she responded well. She's got a very nice gait. She's a nicely put-together filly and does it with a lot of ease. If they're not working too hard at their gait, they're able to go faster." Love A Good Story, by Chapter Seven out of Celebrity Lovin, was purchased for $90,000 at last fall's Lexington Selected Sale and her family includes Dan Patch Award-winner Self Possessed. She is owned by Pinske Stables, Kentuckiana Racing Stable, and Daniel Plouffe. The filly is eligible to the Breeders Crown later this month at Woodbine Mohawk Park, but Miller is not planning for anything beyond Friday. Not yet, anyway. "We take it step by step," Miller said. "I'm sure if we have a good result this week, it's definitely on the table. She's eligible and I hope we're making arrangements to go." Love A Good Story will start Friday from post No. 1 with Andy Miller in the sulky. Hello Tomorrow, who has finished second in three consecutive races including the Peaceful Way Stakes and a division of the Bluegrass, is the 7-2 second choice from post two. Tim Tetrick will drive for trainer Per Engblom. In the second International trot division, Ramona Hill is the 2-1 favorite over Shishito at 5-2. Both fillies won Bluegrass splits last week. Andy McCarthy drives Ramona Hill for Tony Alagna; Dexter Dunn gets the ride behind Shishito for Engblom. Ake Svanstedt trained and driven Common Sense S, another Bluegrass winner, is the 2-1 favorite in the third division while Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes champion Sherry Lyns Lady, trained by Jim Campbell and driven by Tetrick, is the 9-5 choice in the fourth. Red Mile also hosts two divisions of the International Stallion for 2-year-old female pacers on Friday. In the first, Team Miller sends out The Bethinator for her first stakes try. Last week, she won a late closer at Red Mile in 1:50.1, a time that is the second fastest of the season for a 2-year-old filly pacer. The Bethinator brings a five-race win streak to the International. She finished second in her career debut before reeling off three victories at Hawthorne Racecourse for trainer Nelson "Spider" Willis and then capturing her bow for the Miller barn at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. "She wasn't eligible (for the Bluegrass) so we put her in that late closer," Julie Miller said. "That was a nice mile and Andy said she was comfortable doing it. We were actually a bit surprised how she did because you never know what they are. We were really happy with that performance. I told the owner if she raced well and won in (1):51 or better, she would get the chance to go with the big girls. So, this is her chance this week." The Bethinator, by Somebeachsomewhere out of Pleasure Beach, is owned by breeder Megan Rogers Racing Stables. Her family includes Sweet Future, who is the dam of Dan Patch Award-winner Sweet Lou and two-time Breeders Crown champ Bettor Sweet. "She got sick earlier in the year and they were patient with her," Miller said. "Hopefully all of that is paying off for her. Hopefully she performs well." The Bethinator is 8-1 on the morning line. Stakes-winner Reflect With Me is the 5-2 favorite for the McCarthy-Alagna duo. The Bethinator In the second division, Kentucky Sire Stakes champion Gai Waterhouse is the 3-1 favorite for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Domenico Cecere. Racing begins at 12:30 p.m. (EDT) Friday with a Hall of Fame Amateur Series event, followed at 1 p.m. by the start of the regular card. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager    

LEXINGTON, KY-- A total of six divisions of International Stallion Stakes (ISS) compose part of the harness racing card at The Red Mile Friday, Oct. 4. Freshman trotting fillies compete in four divisions of the $290,200 ISS while the freshman pacing fillies race in two divisions of the $239,000 ISS. Love A Good Story, off a victory in an $83,000 division of Bluegrass, starts from the pylons in the first division of the filly trot. The Chapter Seven filly--owned by Pinske Stables, Kentuckiana Racing Stable and Daniel Plouffe--collected her seventh victory from nine starts when hitting the finish in 1:52.2 to pull a 7-1 upset last week. The winner of $216,187 will have Andy Miller in the bike for trainer Julie Miller. Crucial, a three-quarter sister to Ineffable (who sold for $600,000 at night one of the Lexington Selected Sale), will compete against Love A Good Story from post 3. The Ron Burke-trained daughter of Father Patrick enters off consecutive third-place finishes in the $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes Final and the $215,000 Kentuckiana at Hoosier Park. Chris Page steers the winner of $127,023 for owners Burke Racing Stable, William Donovan, J&T Silve-Prunel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Ramona Hill races widest of her seven foes in the second ISS split as she puts her unbeaten record on the line against Sister Sledge, who starts from post 1 after losing for the first time in eight starts last week. Trained by Tony Alagna for owners Brad Grant, Crawford Farms Racing, Robert Leblanc and In The Gym Partners, Ramona Hill blasted off a pocket trip under a hand drive to a 1:52.4 win in an $82,000 division of Bluegrass. The winner of $66,000 will try to stay undefeated in her fifth pari-mutuel bow and will have Andrew McCarthy in the sulky. Sister Sledge added Lasix when racing as the 1-2 favorite in an $82,000 division of Bluegrass but flattened through the lane and settled for third in a 1:54.1 mile. The Ron Burke-trained daughter of Father Patrick--who has banked $274,402 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi--neighbors on the gate the Per Engblom trainee Shishito, who won an $83,000 division of Bluegrass in 1:52 to up her bankroll to $222,776 for owners Black Horse Racing and John Fielding. Yannick Gingras drives Sister Sledge while Dexter Dunn drives Shishito. Trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt sends Common Sense S from post 8 in the third ISS division off a 1:53.3 win in an $82,000 division of Bluegrass where she bested Sister Sledge. Co-owned by Svanstedt Inc. with the S R F Stable, the Trixton filly has five wins to her credit from nine starts and $122,600 earned. Erv Miller upgrades Heaven to Grand Circuit company in the same division after the Father Patrick filly won a late-closing event last week at Lexington going wire to wire in 1:55.1 to break her maiden in her 11th start. Owned by Ervin Miller Stable, Louis Willinger, George Golemes and Happy Hour Racing, Heaven has earned $34,942 and will start from post 5 in rein to Marcus Miller. Doherty Memorial runner-up Sherry Lyns Lady leads the final ISS filly trot off a 1:54.2 victory in the Kentuckiana at Hoosier Park. Hitting the board in eight of nine starts but winning only twice, the Jim Campbell-trained Father Patrick filly has accrued $264,154 in earnings for owners Coyote Wynd Farms and will start from post 3 with Tim Tetrick driving. In the earlier division of ISS for two-year-old pacing fillies, Reflect With Me looks to reenter the winner's circle off two check-earning finishes in the She's A Great Lady. The Tony Alagna-trained Captaintreacherous filly--with $156,225 earned for owners Brittany Farms LLC and Brad Grant--will start from post 2 with Andrew McCarthy in the bike. Flanking the likely favorite, Looksgoodinaromper makes her first Grand Circuit foray. The Pet Rock filly thrived on the Ohio Sires Stakes circuit, hitting the board in all seven starts while collecting five victories and amassing $273,650 in earnings for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Chris Page drives the Ohio Sires Stakes champ from post 3 for trainer Ron Burke. Kentucky Sires Stakes champ Gai Waterhouse will attempt to rebound in the later ISS frosh-filly pace dash. The Domenico Cecere trainee--entering from a 1:50.3 pocket-popping score in the $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes championship--stalked the pacesetter again but gave chase to finish third as the 8-5 favorite in a $140,750 division of Bluegrass. The daughter of Western Ideal--earning $171,890 for owner Lindy Farms of Connecticut--will have Yannick Gingras in the sulky. The nine-race program also features two late-closing events for two-year-old trotting colts and a single late-closing dash for pacing fillies and mares. Racing gets underway Friday with first-race post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). by Ray Cotolo, for the Red Mile

Real Cool Sam was absent from last week's Bluegrass Stakes harness racing festivities at Red Mile but returns to action Thursday in the third of three $92,100 International Stallion Stakes divisions for 2-year-old male trotters in Lexington, where he will attempt to push his career-long unbeaten streak to nine. Jim Campbell, who trains the gelding, expects it will not be an easy task. Real Cool Sam faces a field that includes Gangster Hanover, who won a Bluegrass division by 9-1/4 lengths in 1:52.3 for trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt. Gangster Hanover trotted his final quarter-mile in :26.2, which was the fastest final quarter in the day's nine races. Real Cool Sam is the 7-5 morning-line favorite. Gangster Hanover is 5-2. "We trained him a little bit (Monday) and he seemed good," Campbell said about Real Cool Sam. "He's had a good week. But the competition is getting tougher, I know that. The way they went last week, there were some really nice colts that stepped up their game quite a bit. It's a tough race. There are some good colts in there and he's going to need his 'A' game." Real Cool Sam, bred and owned by Fashion Farms, is by Muscle Hill out of Cooler Schooner. His wins include the Peter Haughton Memorial, in a then-world-record-equaling 1:53.1 at The Meadowlands, and the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship in a world-record 1:53.4 at Harrah's Philadelphia. In the PASS final, which was his most recent start on Sept. 8, Real Cool Sam and driver David Miller used a three-wide move on the last turn to rally from fourth and defeat Amigo Volo by two lengths. "I didn't expect him to win that when they were heading up the backside," Campbell said. "That track, it's very hard to make up that much ground the way he did it. He did surprise me." Real Cool Sam, named in memory of track announcer Sam McKee, will head to the Breeders Crown following the International Stallion Stakes. The Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-olds are Oct. 18 and the finals are Oct. 25 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "We had planned a month ago that we were going to race just the one time here," Campbell said. "That was all by design. I just wanted to go the one race here to set him up for the Breeders Crown. "Everything has gone great with him so far," he added. "He trained down good and did everything right, but you still don't know until you race them how they're going to be. He's done everything and more than what we could ask of him." Rome Pays Off, who was second in the Peter Haughton and third in the Bluegrass division won by Amigo Volo, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the first International Stallion division. Amigo Volo, who trotted a gelding world-record 1:52.3 to win his Bluegrass division last week, and colt EL Ideal, who won in 1:52.2, lead the way in the second division. Amigo Volo is 8-5 and EL Ideal is 3-1. Racing begins at 1 p.m. (EDT) Thursday at Red Mile. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

LEXINGTON, KY-- A seven-race harness racing card starts the second week of the Grand Circuit fortnight at The Red Mile with three divisions of the $276,300 International Stallion Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts highlighting the Thursday, Oct. 3 card. Rome Pays Off leads the opening division after finishing third in a $105,500 division of Bluegrass. The Marcus Melander-trained Muscle Hill colt closed from last with a :27.1 final quarter to finish eight lengths behind the winner. Brother Mattias Melander stays in the sulky as he pilots the winner of $177,494 for owner S R F Stable. Amigo Volo, who gave trainer Carter Pinske his first Grand Circuit victory, starts from the outermost post in the field of seven composing the second Stallion Stake split. Dexter Dunn piloted the Father Patrick gelding to a seven-length victory in a division of the Bluegrass and stopped the clock in 1:52.3, lowering the world record for a freshman trotting gelding. Dunn will again drive the winner of $168,646 for owners Pinske Stables and David J. Miller. Dunn also drove E L Ideal, racing from post 3 in the second division, to a maiden-breaking 1:52.2 victory in the Bluegrass last week. The Ake Svanstedt-trained Muscle Hill colt, racing for Emp Invest Oy, will have Andy Miller in the bike. Real Cool Sam fronts the final division as he tries to stay unbeaten in nine starts. With victories including a 1:53.1 victory in the $324,550 Peter Haughton Memorial and--more recently--a 1:53.4 win in the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship, the Fashion Farms homebred has accrued $420,038 in earnings. David Miller will maintain the reins as he steers the Jim Campbell trainee from post 5. Gangster Hanover, romping by nine-and-a-quarter lengths in his Bluegrass split, will start from post 7 in the final division. Trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt launched the Father Patrick colt after the pacesetter circling the final turn and sprinted to the finish in :26.2 to win in a lifetime-best 1:52.3 last week. Svanstedt, who co-owns the colt, stays in the bike behind the winner of $114,522 for co-owners S R F Stable and Brittany Farms. Kentucky Sires Stakes champion Ready For Moni will try to rebound as he faces Real Cool Sam from post 3. The Per Engblom-trained colt by Ready Cash led most of the mile in his $105,500 division of Bluegrass last week before jumping and veering into the safety lane through the stretch. He has earned $161,500 from six starts for owners John Fielding, Lindy Farms of Connecticut, Herb Liverman and Bud Hatfield, and will have Jimmy Takter in the bike. The Thursday, Oct. 3 program also features three late-closing events for two-year-old trotting fillies and a single late-closing race for two-year-old pacing fillies. Racing gets underway with first-race post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

LEXINGTON, KY--The Ron Burke-trained Sweet Lou colt No Mas Amor capitalized off a covered trip as he vaulted to the front in the stretch to upset at 114-1 with a 1:49.1 mile in the third of five divisions for the $312,000 Captaintreacherous International Stallion Stakes (ISS) Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace, sponsored by the Captaintreacherous Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms, on Saturday, Oct. 6 at The Red Mile. Leaving from post one, No Mas Amor got away fifth as Air Force Hanover, roughly gaited into the first turn, pushed for command before settling into fourth. Artie's Ideal claimed control to the quarter with Captain Ahab in the pocket and De Los Cielos Deo ranging first over towards the lead through a :26.4 opening quarter until going onto a brief gallop into the backstretch. De Los Cielos Deo recovered and rushed to the front before facing pressure from Captain Ahab pulling first over into a :54.2 half. Captain Ahab took the lead moving into the far turn. Air Force Hanover, catching cover second over, marched uncovered with No Mas Amor in tow through three-quarters in 1:22.1. Captain Ahab gave way to Air Force Hanover heading into the stretch while No Mas Amor fanned off cover and readied his bid towards the center of the track. No Mas Amor shot to the front nearing the wire with Air Force Hanover holding second from Yacht Week roaring into third. Captain Ahab, lengths away, fought for fourth. Returning $230.80 to win, No Mas Amor broke his maiden in his eighth start career, earning $61,056 for owner Kenneth Jacobs. Matt Kakaley sat in the sulky. Workin Ona Mystery remained undefeated in five starts with a 1:49.3 on-the-front performance in the first ISS division. Stablemate Rock Candy left for the lead from the center as Workin Ona Mystery anxiously roared towards the top from the outside. Past the quarter in :27, Workin Ona Mystery settled onto the lead as Rock Candy stalked from the pocket through a :54.3 half. Calming the pace to three-quarters, Workin Ona Mystery withstood minor first-over pressure from Can't Beach That through a 1:23 clip and kicked into the stretch moving away from Rock Candy giving pursuit from second. World On Edge, rallying from off cover, took third with Lyons Johnnyjnr, off a rail trip, fourth. A colt by Captaintreacherous, Workin Ona Mystery passed the $100,000 earnings plateau for owners James Stambaugh, Alan Keith, Milton Leeman and Wingfield Brothers. Tim Tetrick piloted the Brian Brown trainee and paid $2.20 to win. Captain Trevor stalked quick fractions and charged home off cover to take the second ISS split in 1:49.2. Love Me Some Lou moved for the lead with Smooth Lou firing from post eight into second and Blood Money floating into third. Past the quarter in :27.1, Love Me Some Lou backed into the pocket as Blood Money brushed to the lead into the backstretch tracked by 4-5 favorite Semi Tough. Blood Money cleared command before a :54.4 half, leaving Semi Tough first over. Semi Tough circled to the lead rounding the final turn and endured pressure from Smooth Lou left uncovered into second. Blood Money paced in the pocket third past three-quarters in 1:22.1 and bolted towards the front once room opened into the stretch. Blood Money led the way heading to the line before Captain Trevor, widest on the track, swept by his competition and kicked away for the win. Blood Money finished second ahead of Smooth Lou third and Semi Tough fourth. Owned by Brittany Farms LLC, Marvin Katz, Brad Grant and Captain Trevor Racing, Captain Trevor won his fifth race from seven starts, earning $113,404. Tony Alagna trains the Captaintreacherous colt and Andrew McCarthy sat behind the $14.80 winner. Captain Crunch scooted through the pylons to catch pacesetter Sugar Factory and win in 1:49.1 in the fourth ISS division. Captain Victorious swooped to the top from post eight with Captain Crunch taking the pocket. Sugar Factory, positioned fourth, edged first over past a :26.3 opening quarter and brushed to command just after a :54.4 half. Proof, the 3-5 favorite, angled off the cones from fourth heading into the final turn and advanced uncovered towards the tempo-setter nearing three-quarters. By that station in 1:22, Sugar Factory turned away Proof into the stretch while Captain Crunch snuck through the pylons and American Mercury, from second over, rallied towards the center of the track. Captain Crunch stuck a neck in front heading to the wire and maintained the advantage through the wire while Sugar Factory held second from Proof in third and American Mercury fourth. Winning his fourth race in six starts, Captain Crunch competes for 3 Brothers Stables, Christina Takter, Rojan Stables and Caviart Farms, earning $85,946 in the process. Scott Zeron drove the Nancy Johansson trainee and paid $10.80 to win. Mangogh sat off a contested pace, looped off cover and inched past 7-5 favorite Covered Bridge to take the fifth ISS split in 1:50.3. Jack Nation led the field into the first turn as Covered Bridge gradually advanced wide of Waterway taking the pocket. Waterway moved to track Covered Bridge past a :28.1 opening quarter and edged three wide into the backstretch, clearing command heading to the half in :55. Covered Bridge remained parked as Jack Nation kept chase in the pocket moving into the final turn. Waterway lost the lead by three-quarters in 1:22.3 as Covered Bridge brushed to control into the stretch. Loutenant, from third over, angled towards the center of the course and Mangogh, from fourth over, even wider in pursuit of Covered Bridge. Mangogh came quickest and overtook Covered Bridge in the final strides to win, leaving Loutenant in third while Price Hanover, from second over, finished fourth. Trained by Bruce Saunders, Mangogh won his fourth race from 10 starts, earning $117,980 for owners M&L Of Delaware LLC and M&M Harness Racing LLC. Tim Tetrick drove the colt by Western Ideal and paid $6.00 to win. Grand Circuit action at The Red Mile continues Sunday, Oct. 6 with the 53rd Kentucky Filly Futurity, sponsored by the Father Patrick Syndicate and Diamond Creek Farm, and the 126th Kentucky Futurity, sponsored by Hunterton Farms, Stoner Manor Inc. and Menhammer Stuteri Ab, headlining the card. Racing gets underway for the 13-race card Sunday with first-race post slated for 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

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