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Through the first 32 consecutive editions of Maywood Park’s Windy City Pace several of this prominent 3-year-old stakes have likely been won or lost by the luck of the draw a few days before the race. Drawing outside on a half-miler can be a disaster in a big money event. For that matter a poor post can sometimes have a dramatic effect on a horse’s chances to win on a big track as well. After Somewhere In L A acquired the 10-hole in last week’s $227,000 American National 3-year-old colt pace at Balmoral Park his driver Brett Miller had to be grinning when he learned the Jimmy Takter gelding landed the two-slot for tonight’s $180,000 Windy City Pace. Last week Somewhere In L A came from seventh at the three-quarter pole to finish second best behind JK Endofanera, uncorking a :26.4 last quarter. “Of course drawing the 10-hole hurt my horse’s chances but what hurt us even more was having Limelight Beach and JF Endofanera starting right next to us,: said Brett. “I was kind of forced to do the opposition of what they did. Nevertheless my horse raced really good. “Jimmy Takter has done a great job with the horse. Somewhere In L A is no doubt one of the nicest horses I have ever sat behind,” continued the 41-year--old Ohio native with over 6,700 career driving wins. “Somewhere In L A is a Cadillac to drive. He can do it any way. He can race up-front. He can race off the pace and he can race first-over. There are a lot of horses who can’t race first-over. Unfortunately I’ve been stuck with him first-over quite a bit. “In the Adios I was first over. In the Jug I was first-over, so I’m very happy he got the two-hole in the Windy City. “This horse has made $444,000 this year and honestly, not to be whining, if he had drawn some better post position who knows how much he could have made.” Somewhere In L A will open up as the 2-1 morning line favorite to add the winner’s share of the Windy City purse to his bank account for his east coast owners J&T Silvia, Deo Volente Farms and T L P Stable who acquired the son of Somebeachsomewhere on June 1 of this year. Let’s Drink On It (Travis Seekman), an American National champion at two, is the 5-2 second choice with the one-slot. The Joe Seekman went from 10th to 3rd last week in the final quarter of the mile of the 3-year-old American National pace and was second best to Limelight Beach in the Jug Final on the Delaware, Ohio half-mile oval. Big Boy Dreams (4-1, Tim Tetrick), also figures to get a lot of play after last week’s 1:51.1 romp in a American National Consolation, the Ron Burke trainee’s second start on Lasix. From the four slot out you’ll find Three Of Clubs (6-1, Doug Mc Nair), Kingofthe jungle (20-1, Brian Carpenter), Neat (10-1, Casey Leonard), On Golden Ponder (12-1, Dean Magee) and the Illinois bred champ Unlocked (15-1, Dave Magee). by Mike Paradise, for IHHA

Hickory Lane Farm, Findlay, Ohio is pleased to announce that it is adding another world champion trotter to its stallion roster in 2015 when World Champion, Uncle Peter (Cantab Hall-Victory Treasure-Enjoy Lavec), 1:54.2; 3, 1:52.3f; 4, 1:50.3f ($1,290,660) joins World Champion, Dejarmbro to form the most prolific tandem of promising young trotting stallions to stand in the state of Ohio. Winner of just under 1.3 million dollars and 13 races, Uncle Peter, at age 2, won the elimination and final of the Breeder's Crown on a 5/8 mile track in 1:54.2f. At 3, he won the Stanley Dancer Memorial, an elimination of the Hambletonian, a Pennsylvania Sires Stakes and the Pennsylvania All Stars. At 4, he established a world record for four year olds on a 5/8 mile track of 1:50.3f while banking in excess of a half a million dollars racing against the best trotters in North America. Born and raised in Ohio at Winterwood Farm, Uncle Peter will stand for an introductory service fee of $6,000.00. Uncle Peter is syndicated and shares are still available for purchase. For more information, please contact R. Kevin Greenfield, Syndicate Manager at 419-346-0609, kgreenfield@gkflaw.com or Hickory Lane Farm Manager, Brad Wallace at 419-422-3004, brad@hickorylanefarm.com From Hickory Lane Farm

Shake It Cerry trotted to a new harness racing stakes and track record clocking of 1:52.2 in the $150,000 American National 3-year-Old Filly Trot Saturday night at Balmoral Park. The previous record was 1:54, set in 2010 by Springtime Volo and in 2000 by Armbro Temple. Reined by Ron Pierce for trainer Jimmy Takter and the Solveig's Racing Partners of East Windsor, NJ, the daughter of Donato Hanover notched her 20th career victory and pushed her career earnings to $1,631,205.   "She's incredibly fast off the gate," said the filly's caretaker Helen Engblom. "I know that Lifetime Pursuit is a really good racehorse so I was a little concerned with her being right on her back. She is a special filly. She's a real sweetheart to be around and easy to take care of."   Shake It Cerry left hard from post nine, with stablemate and 2013 Hambletonian Oaks winner Lifetime Pursuit (Yannick Gingras) right beside her until the former cleared at the :28.1 first quarter. Those two remained tightly bunched through the :57.3 half and the 1:25.3 three-quarters, with Broadway Socks (Dan Rawlings) and Cee Bee Yes (Scott Zeron) following.   Turning for home, Shake It Cerry began to open up on her rivals, being challenged only briefly by Lifetime Pursuit, but to no avail as the former brushed in :26.4 to keep her six-race win streak intact. Lifetime Pursuit picked notched runner-up honors, with the hard-trying Cee Bee Yes grabbing the show money.   Shake It Cerry should be a cince for divisional honors, especially off her victory in the the 49th edition of the $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity just one week ago. This season Shake It Cerry has also won the $368,100 Elegant Image at Mohawk in 1:52.1; the $213,500 Miller Memorial at The Meadowlands in 1:53; the $150,000 Zweig at Vernon in 1:53.1; the $93,850 Currie & Ives Final in 1:55.3 at The Meadows; her $35,000 Hambletonian Oaks prep at The Meadowlands in 1:54.4; and the $99,997 PASS Final in 1:53.1 at The Meadows, among others.   Shake It Cerry is the fourth foal out of her dam and is full sister to Solvato 3, 1:53.2f ($300,931) and the 2-year-old Uncle Lasse 2, 1:54.1 ($203,279). She also has a half-brother in Dontyouforgetit 3, 1:52.1f ($598,049). By Kimberly Rinker

Father Patrick added another feather to his illustrious cap by simply cruising to a five length victory in 1:52.2 in the $203,000 American National for harness racing 3-year-old trotters Saturday night at Balmoral Park.   The son of Cantab Hall-Gala Dream-Enjoy Lavec led at every post for driver Yannick Gingras, comfortably trotting through fractions of :28.2, :57.2 and 1:24.4. That final time equaled the Balmoral track record for sophomore trotting colts.   "I was open to any idea when the wings folded and no one was going out of there, so I left easily and it was a walk in the park for him. The last time he got away with a half like that was when he qualified," said Gingras. "I asked him to trot down the lane as I didn't want to get too cute and have anyone catch us, but was just on cruise control."   Trained by Jimmy Takter for the Father Patrick Stable of East Windsor, NJ, Father Patrick upped his seasonal earnings to $1,385,581 and his career earnings to $2,129,638.   E L Titan finished in second for driver Ron Pierce and trainer Riina Rekila, while Rompaway Galaxy got up for third with John Campbell in the sulky for trainer Krista Harmon.   The victory was career win 21 for Father Patrick and seasonal win 11. Father Patrick was the unanimous choice by the US Harness Writers as the Dan Patch Award winning 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt of 2013 when he won 10 of 11 starts, including the Peter Haughton Memorial, William Wellwood Memorial and the Breeders Crown, setting a world record mark of 1:52.1f at Pocono Downs. He was also the leading money winner in his division with $755,047 in seasonal earnings in 2013. This year, Father Patrick's wins include a 1:50.4 triumph in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile on Sept. 28, and wins in the $613,800 Canadian Trotting Classic; the $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship Final and the $340,000 Zweig Memorial, the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr at Pocono Downs in a world record time of 1:50.2f and the $317 Stanley Dancer Memorial in 1:51.3, among others. Father Patrick was bred by Brittany Farms, and was a $105,000 yearling purchase at the 2012 Lexington Selected Sale. He is a full brother to million-dollar-earner and 2010 Dan Patch Award winner Pastor Stephen, 3, 1:52.4s, ($1,048,607), and also has a 2-year-old full brother in Whom Shall I Fear (a $475,000 yearling purchase at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale), who finished second by a head on Oct. 3 at Lexington to longshot Aldabaran Eagle in 1:55.1 with Gingras in the sulky. Takter also conditions this colt. Kimberly A. Rinker

Two-million dollar winner Father Patrick invades the Chicago racing scene on Saturday night, headlining a field of ten sophomore trotters in the $203,000 American National 3-Year-Old Colt Trot, slated as the fourth race on the big American National Night program. Trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras, Father Patrick is owned by the Father Patrick Stables of East Windsor, NJ and to date has earnings of $2,036,258. Takter named the colt in honor of the Rev. Patrick McDonnell of the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Hightstown, N.J. McDonnell said he was first taken aback, then welcomed the idea of having a horse named after him.   "Most people have a baby named after them," McDonnell, 70, offered. "What do you do when you have a 1,200-pound horse named after you when it comes to birthdays and things like that?" Takter, 53, was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2012 and has conditioned three Hambletonian champions, including this year's winner Trixton, who he also drove to victory in trotting's biggest event. He also harnessed Hambo champs Muscle Massive in 2010 and Malabar Man in 1997. Despite training more than 1,487 winners to $86,429,844 in purses, Takter says Father Patrick is in a league of his own. "I had a lot of great horses," he acknowledged. "I'd been looking for that horse I consider quite outstanding. I think Father Patrick is that horse. He's so flexible, has a great gait and a very sound horse. He's extremely easy to work with and never gives you a bad day He's one of a kind." Father Patrick was the unanimous choice by the US Harness Writers as the Dan Patch Award winning 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt of 2013 when he won 10 of 11 starts, including the Peter Haughton Memorial, William Wellwood Memorial and the Breeders Crown, setting a world record mark of 1:52.1f at Pocono Downs. He was also the leading money winner in his division with $755,047 in seasonal earnings in 2013. This year, Father Patrick's wins include a 1:50.4 triumph in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile on Sept. 28, and wins in the $613,800 Canadian Trotting Classic; the $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship Final and the $340,000 Zweig Memorial, the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr at Pocono Downs in a world record time of 1:50.2f and the $317 Stanley Dancer Memorial in 1:51.3, among others. Last Sunday at The Red Mile he was bested by stablemate Nuncio in the $435,000 Kentucky Futurity in the late stretch after battling the latter throughout the last half of the race. Coincidentally, Nuncio was only horse to defeat Father Patrick during his freshman campaign. That tough-luck loss did nothing to tarnish the colt's image with regular driver Yannick Gingras who was still singing his praises after the loss. "He's a great horse," Gingras stated. "When I made the move to the Meadowlands, I made it to drive great horses and he's definitely the most talented horse I've driven." The Father Patrick Stable is comprised of owners Adam Bowden, John Fielding, Christina Takter, Brittany Farms, Brixton Medical AB, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband. Co-owner Bowden owns Diamond Creek Farm, which has facilities in both Kentucky and Pennsylvania, and it's at one of those facilities that Father Patrick will stand stud once his racing career is finished. Father Patrick was bred by Brittany Farms, and is a son of Cantab Hall out of the unraced Enjoy Lavec mare Gala Dream. He was a $105,000 yearling purchase at the 2012 Lexington Selected Sale and is a full brother to million-dollar-earner and 2010 Dan Patch Award winner Pastor Stephen, 3, 1:52.4s, ($1,048,607). He also has a 2-year-old full brother in Whom Shall I Fear (a $475,000 yearling purchase at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale), who finished second by a head on Oct. 3 at Lexington to longshot Aldabaran Eagle in 1:55.1 with Gingras in the sulky. Takter also conditions this colt. After going unclaimed on Thursday night, horseplayer’s will have a shot at a big payoff on Friday night at Maywood Park as the 10 cent Hi-Five will have a carryover of $6,522.88. Thus with the help of Maywood Park management and the United States Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Initiative, Maywood will offer aguaranteed Hi-Five pool of $25,000 on the Friday night finale!     Balmoral Hi-Five at $25,000 TONIGHT!   Once again the Hi-Five can be played for as little as a .10 cent investment giving all gamblers, regardless of the size of the their bankrolls, a chance to play for a nice payday tonight. The wager is often referred to as the “ultimate get out bet” by handicappers throughout the country.   There will also be a $10,000 guaranteed Pick 4 pool on races 10-13 this evening.   The Pick 6 also has a carryover of $595.10 for Friday night’s action. The Pick 6, which features a low 20 cent minimum wager is on races four through nine.     Handicappers across North America can get a head start on their competition with free 12 line program pages for the guaranteed pools courtesy of the USTA Strategic Wagering Initiative and Track Master on the handicapping section at www.ustrotting.com.   Post time for the opener on Friday, Oct. 10th, at Maywood Park is 7:10 p.m. (central). This marks the second straight Friday night that fans will have a shot at the big money before heading home!    by Kimbery RInker, for Balmoral Park

This Week's Harness Racing: Historic Series, Harrah’s Philadelphia, Chester, Pa., and American-National finals, Balmoral Park, Crete, Ill. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action this week will get underway on Thursday (Oct. 9) at Harrah’s Philadelphia with four divisions in the $100,680 Historic – Acorn for 2-year-old filly trotters. The Friday (Oct. 10) card at Philadelphia will feature a trio of divisions in the $104,178 Historic – Debutante for 2-year-old filly pacers. The Sunday (Oct. 12) card at Philadelphia offers three divisions in the $102,878 Historic – Goshen Cup for 2-year-old colt pacers and two splits in the $102,380 Historic – Harriman Cup for 2-year-old colt trotters. Balmoral Park will host eight American-National Grand Circuit stakes events on Saturday (Oct. 11). The card will feature the $227,000 3-year-old colt pace, the $203,000 3-year-old colt trot, the $179,000 open pace, the $173,500 3-year-old filly pace, the $166,300 open trot, the $150,000 3-year-old filly trot, the $86,000 2-year-old colt pace and the $61,150 2-year-old filly pace. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: The Kentucky Futurity, the second leg of Trotting’s Triple Crown, capped off two exciting weeks of Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile.   USTA/Mark Hall photo Nuncio and John Campbell captured the Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile. Team Takter provided Red Mile fans with a thrilling stretch duel between stablemates Nuncio and Father Patrick who slugged it out to the wire, with Nuncio emerging victorious by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:51.3 in the 122nd edition of the $435,000 Kentucky Futurity for sophomore trotting colts. Hall of Famer John Campbell steered Nuncio, a son of Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle, to his eighth win of the season and his 13th career victory for owner Stall TZ, Inc. He now has $1,488,970 in career earnings. Nuncio had the lead from start to finish, trotting through splits of :27.2, :54.1 and 1:22.2 before Father Patrick (Yannick Gingras) began to challenge him. It appeared that Father Patrick was going to trot right past Nuncio, but the latter dug in hard and held off his stablemate. Shake It Cerry put forth a dominating performance in the 49th edition of the $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, stopping the timer in 1:52.2 for driver Ron Pierce and trainer Takter. The 1-5 public’s choice, a daughter of Donato Hanover-Solveig, pushed her career earnings to $1,562,205 for the Solveig’s Racing Partners. Shake It Cerry took the lead handily in rein to Pierce, trotting comfortably through fractions of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:25.1 before drawing off in the stretch by 4-1/2 lengths. Vanity Matters (David Miller) made a bid first over going to the three-quarters and held on to be second, while Scream And Shout (Yannick Gingras) got up for third. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, 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 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras – 1,685; 2. Tim Tetrick – 850; 3. David Miller – 780.5; 4. Ron Pierce – 565.5; 5. Corey Callahan – 501. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke – 1,735.5; 2. Jimmy Takter – 1,367; 3. Joe Holloway – 329; 4. Erv Miller – 311.5; 5. Tony Alagna – 310. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 388.85; 2. Weaver Bruscemi – 346.35; 3. 3 Brothers Stable – 247; 4. Robert Key – 230; 5. Brittany Farms – 223.95. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Maywood Park, Woodbine Racetrack, Vernon Downs and Yonkers Raceway. Maywood Park will feature four races led by the Windy City Pace for 3-year-olds, along with the Cinderella for 3-year-old filly pacers, the Abe Lincoln for 2-year-old colt pacers and the Galt for 3-year-old trotters; Woodbine will offer eliminations in four events for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits (the Goldsmith Maid and Three Diamonds for fillies and the Governor’s Cup and Valley Victory for colts); Vernon will offer the fifth leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters; and Yonkers has four sets of eliminations in stakes for 3-year-olds of both sexes and gats, led by the Messenger, the final leg of Pacing’s Triple Crown, and the Yonkers Trot, the final leg of Trotting’s Triple Crown, along with the Lady Maud for pacing fillies and the Hudson Filly Trot for trotting fillies. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

She might be best known for once bursting through a gaggle of geese on her way to victory at The Meadows, but co-owner Howard Taylor hopes that by the end of the season people recognize Southwind Roulette for her talent. Southwind Roulette, who has won five of seven starts this year, races in the third of three Historic-Debutante Stakes divisions at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday. Her victories include the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship and her $284,448 in purses rank No. 2 to undefeated JK She'salady among 2-year-old female pacers. "She's a really nice filly," said Taylor, who owns Southwind Roulette with Brad Grant. "She's real long gaited. If you watch her stride, she really reaches out. "And she wins," he added with a laugh. "And she wins a lot of money. There's nothing not to like about her." The first division of the Historic-Debutante Stakes includes stakes-winner Ideal Nuggets. Southwind Roulette's split also includes New York Sire Stakes championship runner-up Bossers Joy. Southwind Roulette is a daughter of 2008 Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere out of the stakes-winning mare Southwind Rio. She was purchased as a yearling for $30,000 at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale. She started the year with trainer Doug Lewis before moving to the barn of Ron Burke in July. "I have a friend who has a real good eye for yearlings, Mike Hall," Taylor said. "Mike picked her out. He always finds holes in the sale, cheap horses for the breeding. He found her and told me I should buy her." Southwind Roulette began her career by winning a division of the Pennsylvania All Stars and then finished third in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. In her next start at The Meadows, in another PaSS division, she and driver Yannick Gingras won despite having to go through a gaggle of geese on the track just prior to the final turn. "I talked to Doug afterward and told him I didn't believe what I saw there," Taylor said. "He told me that the farm they're on has geese. She'd seen that before and gone through them before, so she didn't think anything of it. Of all the horses in the race, she's probably the only one that would have done that. Yannick said she didn't even bat an eye. He was worried, but she wasn't." Southwind Roulette followed that win with two more victories in the preliminary rounds of the sire stakes before capturing the championship on Sept. 6 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. She enters the Historic-Debutante after a seventh-place finish in a division of the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes at Hoosier Park, where she got parked in an opening :25.3 quarter-mile. "Other than that, she's been super," Taylor said. "We have hopes for the Breeders Crown. That's all you can ask for at this point in the year, that you're still going strong and you've got a shot to get the brass ring." GOLD CORA HOPES TO GLITTER IN ACORN After finishing second to Jolene Jolene and Mission Brief in back-to-back world-record miles, Gold Cora's connections might wonder: Who will it be this time? "I hope if anybody it would be us," trainer Rich Gillock said with a laugh. "It seems we're getting good at getting into those kinds of races. That's pretty tough sledding. "But I'm not complaining. I'm happy to be second in those kinds of races." Gold Cora races Thursday in the second of four Historic-Acorn Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters at Harrah's Philadelphia. She will start from post No. 1 with driver Tim Tetrick and is the 8-5 morning line favorite. A daughter of stallion Encore Encore out of the mare Striking Gold K, Gold Cora has won three of 11 races and $94,098 for breeder/owner Bob Key. Gillock trained both of Gold Cora's parents and Tetrick drove Encore Encore, who won a division of the Bluegrass Stakes and finished second to Federal Flex in the 2008 Valley Victory. "This filly has come along and she's been improving as the year progresses," Gillock said. "Hopefully we can get a piece of the pie every time and it will add up." Gold Cora went off stride in consecutive starts in August, but since then has been a steady performer. "I had to regroup with her and rig her a little differently," Gillock said. "She had a few little issues going on, just little things that were factors, and we got them squared away." Gold Cora has two wins, two seconds and a third in her last five races. Her victories came in divisions of the Reynolds Stakes at Tioga Downs and the Kindergarten Series at The Red Mile. Her remaining three on-the-board finishes during that span came in record-setting races. She finished third in a division the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes at Hoosier Park, where Speak To Me established the track mark for 2-year-old female trotters with a 1:55.2 victory. Next, at The Red Mile, Gold Cora finished second to Jolene Jolene in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes in a 1:52.1 mile that equaled the world record. A week later, she was second to Mission Brief in a division of the International Stallion Stakes in the fastest-ever mile by a 2-year-old trotter, 1:50.3. "We stayed up tight (in the Kentuckiana) and she hadn't gone those kinds of fractions before and she just didn't get home any," Gillock said. "It was just the way that race went; it took a toll on the majority of them except the horse that won. But I think that stretched her out a little and I hope she'll keep going forward." Following the Historic-Acorn Stakes, Gold Cora could go to Canada for the Goldsmith Maid or to Vernon Downs for the final preliminary round of the Kindergarten Series. "We'll see how we do at (Philly) and go from there," Gillock said. Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Wild Honey is the 8-5 morning line favorite in the first division of the Historic-Acorn Stakes. The Jimmy Takter-trainee has won seven consecutive starts since losing her debut by a head to Gatka Hanover. In September, she trotted the fastest mile in history by a 2-year-old trotter on a half-mile racetrack, winning in 1:55.2 at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. Takter's Shaqline, who is coming off second-place finishes in divisions of the International Stallion and Kentuckiana Stallion Management stakes, is the 8-5 choice in the third division. Jersey Strong, trained by Mark Harder, is the 8-5 favorite in the fourth and final division. She finished second to Wild Honey in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

World record holder Sebastian K isn’t coming to town but the trotter who beat him last weekend will be here for Saturday’s American National Night and the nation’s No. 1 ranked 3-year-old colt trotter is also on his way to Balmoral Park. Creatine, who nipped the overwhelming 1 to 5 favorite Sebastian K in last Sunday’s $173,000 Allerage Open Trot will make a second straight appearance on American National night. The Bob Stewart trainee was second in the last year’s American National 3-year-old trot at Balmoral Park. “If everything is okay we’ll be at Balmoral for the American National (Aged Trot) and then hopefully, the Breeders Crown,” announced Stewart after Creatine made up four lengths in the stretch at The Red Mile to overtake Sebastian K in 1:51.2. Meanwhile trainer Jimmy Takter announced that Sunday’s $435,000 Kentucky Futurity winner Nuncio is  headed to New York but runner-up Father Patrick, who beat Nuncio the previous eight times they met and was ranked as the top 3-year-old colt trotter in the country in the latest USTA poll,  is Balmoral Park bound. “(Father) Patrick is going to Chicago for the American National; Nuncio goes to New York for the Yonkers Trot,” Taker told reporters in Kentucky. Father Patrick boasts victories in 20 of 24 lifetime starts with 3 seconds,   Prior to his loss Sunday the 3-year-old colt had rattled off consecutive victories in the $340,000 Zwig at Vernon Downs, the $250,000 PASS stake at Philadelphia, the $613,800 Canadian Trot at Mohawk and a $93,100 division of the Bluegrass at Lexington. Earlier Father Patrick took the $500,000 Beal Final at Pocono Downs and the $317,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial at The Meadowlands in consecutive outings. His 2014 purse earnings stand at $1,292,201 going into Saturday’s $200,000 (est.) American National 3-Year-Old Colt Trot. Saturday’s American National Night lost one of its brightest stars when Joe Holloway, the trainer of nationally ranked Always B Miki, said his horse will skip the $250,000 three-year-old colt pace, 1 of 8 loaded added money stakes on the Balmoral Park card. Always B Miki easily took his $213,800 division of the Tattersalls Pace last Saturday  at The Red Mile opening up a 6 and 1/2 length margin at the 1:21 3/5 there-quarter pole  before settling for a 1 and 1/4 length margin in 1:49.3. “There was stiff wind in the stretch and he felt it when he hit it,” said Holloway. “But he beat a nice field and that’s what a top horse needs to do, find a day to win when it’s not their best day. “It was in the plans to go to Balmoral for the American National but Always B Miki has raced hard three weeks in a row so I wanted to give him the week off. He also didn’t come out of Saturday’s race the way I would have liked and I don’t want to take any chances with him.” In a division of the Bluegrass the previous Saturday Always B Miki stopped the timer in 1:47.4. Always B Miki spent a part of his 2-year-old season under the care of Roger Welch who raced him at Hoosier Park in Indiana Sire Stakes. The colt earned over $85,000 under Welch’s care and didn’t really take off as a 3-year-old until this summer rolled around. “Last year when Roger had him the horse still had a lot of growing to do. He’s a big horse with a long-stride. This summer he’s put it all together but I think he’ll be even better as a 4-year-old when he fills out a little more,” added Holloway. J Ks Endofanera, a head winner of the second Tattersall division in 1:49.1, is expected to be one of several Ron Burke trained horses coming to town for the American Nationals. Entries will be taken for American National Night Wednesday morning at Balmoral Park. by Mike Paradise, for IHHA

Stable mates Nuncio and Father Patrick battled neck and neck down the stretch and Nuncio proved to be the better horse as he won harness racing’s third jewel of the Trotting Triple Crown, capturing the $435,000 Kentucky Futurity Sunday at Lexington’s Red Mile. It was Nuncio and driver John Campbell who left right out from behind the starting gate to take command with race favorite Father Patrick and driver Yannick Gingras getting the pocket-trip in second place. They sped by the opening quarter mile in :27.2 with only Il Sogno Dream (Aaron Merriman) following in third place and the rest of the field was struggling to catch up to the field at the half mile in :54.1. Then as Nuncio led the field to the three-quarters, Gingras made his move with Father Patrick and came to the outside in 1:22.2 and was right alongside Nuncio as they started down the stretch. Racing side by side down the stretch, Father Patrick looked to have the edge but Campbell kept Nuncio going and they not only rallied and caught Father Patrick but passed him by to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:51.3. Il Sogno Dream was third. “He started out going faster than I wanted to,” John Campbell said, “And when I backed him up he got a little bumpy, but once Father Patrick came out and I thought he would go right on by and he just got part way by and my horse dug in. I pulled the plugs on him and dropped his blinds and he was able to fight him off. “He had a lot of trot left coming to the wire,” Campbell said. “He is one of those unusual horses that does not trot well over this surface. He was laboring with his gait a little bit but he has a great attitude and puts his head down and goes forward. I could not be happier with the way it turned out.” It was the seventh time that John Campbell has won the Kentucky Futurity. For Nuncio, who is sired by Andover Hall, it was his eighth win this year for trainer Jimmy Takter, who also trains Father Patrick. Nuncio is owned by Stall TZ, Inc., of Vero Beach, Florida and was bred by Russell Williams of PA. He paid $5.80 to win. “Nuncio has been chasing Father Patrick all season long,” Jimmy Takter said. “He well deserved this win. Absolutely wonderful horse to work with.  I was disappointed that Father Patrick did not win the race. But Nuncio is a tough horse to get by and he has the right attitude. He is a fighter and he deserved to win this race. Nuncio By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

LEXINGTON, KY—The filly equivalent of the Kentucky Futurity, the $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, was contested in its 49th renewal on Sunday, October 5 at The Red Mile. With only seven sophomore filly trotters entering, the race went straight to final.   Shake It Cerry tangoed with six other fillies as the 1/5 favorite, and did not break a sweat, trotting to a 1:52.2 victory over Vanity Matters and Scream And Shout.   Scream And Shout dueled with Highest Peak for control around the first turn, with Scream And Shout emerging in front to the quarter. Setting a fraction of :27.4, Ron Pierce sent Shake It Cerry after the lead, and she commandeered the field before the half.   Trotting past the half in :56.2 (:28.3), she was uncontested on the lead. Vanity Matters was her closest rival past three-quarters, timed in 1:25.1 (:28.3), but soon grew a distance away from Shake It Cerry heading into the stretch. Under a hand drive, Shake It Cerry strode to a 4 ½-length victory in 1:52.2 (:27.1).   The daughter of Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide has now earned $1,562,205 in her career, with $734,436 credited to this season. She’s owned by Solveig’s Racing Partners, trained by Jimmy Takter, and driven by Ron Pierce. She returned $2.40 to win.   “The race worked out perfect,” trainer Jimmy Takter said. “It’s a heck of a mile, going [1]:52.2 with a trotting filly. This weather is kind of windy, and it’s tough. Ron [Pierce] says that she’s so good right now that he had seconds left in her.”   “She never really did a bad race,” Takter also said, in regards to Shake It Cerry currently racing at top form. “In the Hambletonian [Oaks], she maybe got a little overdriven, but the rest of her races, in all of her life, have been very good. She’s been an absolutely wonderful horse since she started racing.”   by Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY— A cavalcade of freshmen colt trotters gathered at The Red Mile to compete in four divisions of the $383,600 International Stallion Stakes over a slightly wet track on Friday, October 3. Aldebaran Eagle, heading to the pylons right at the gate’s dispersal, got a perfect trip, and slid up the pylons to win at 106-1 in 1:55.1. Whom Shall I Fear took the lead from Aldebaran Eagle through a :29.3 quarter, with The Bank trotting on the outside in pursuit of the lead. The Bank was the tempo setter to the half, passing that station in :58.2 (:28.4). Southwind Stryker applied pressure from first over, while Centurion Atm tracked his cover. He was sent three wide after The Bank through a 1:27.4 (:29.2) third-quarter. Centurion Atm gradually gained ground down the center of the course, while Whom Shall I Fear snuck by a drifting The Bank. Aldebaran Eagle had room to trot at the inside, and managed to sprint up that crevice to defeat Whom Shall I Fear and Centurion Atm in 1:55.1 (:27.2). Paying $214.80 to win, the son of Muscle Hill-Letsjusttalkaboutme-Self Possessed has earned $72,962 this season, breaking his maiden with his 1:55.1 victory and lifetime best. He’s owned by Aldebaran Park, trained by Jonas Czernyson, and driven by Corey Callahan. “I was just going to take a chance,” driver Corey Callahan said. “This was one of the stiffest divisions, but I’ve liked this colt all along. From the first day I baby-raced him, he felt like he was something special. He just hasn’t been wanting to pass [horses], so today, I figured I was going to get out of there, get away [near the lead.” Aldebaran Eagle Pinkman defeated the unbeaten Billy Flynn in 1:53.3. Crazy Wow set the tempo, while Pinkman stalked from second and Whataworkout sat third. Billy Flynn began his brush to the top after a :27 quarter. Billy Flynn cleared control approaching the half, but was soon contested by Suit And Tie, traveling first over. After a :55.2 (:28.2) half, Billy Flynn began to edge away from Suit And Tie. Remaining in control after a 1:25.2 (:30) third quarter, Billy Flynn appeared home free in the stretch. Out of the pocket came Pinkman, beginning to rally down the center of the track. Billy Flynn was kept to his task, but Pinkman had more trot and trotted by to win by a half-length in 1:53.3 (:28.1). Returning $10.00 to win, and $19.20 for a $2 exacta (over Billy Flynn), the son of Explosive Matter-Margie Seelster-Angus Hall has earned $70,835 this season, and set a lifetime best with his 1:53.3 effort. He’s owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joe McClelland, and Herb Liverman, trained by Jimmy Takter, and driven by Yannick Gingras. “I was very confident in my horse,” driver Yannick Gingras said. “When I raced him in Delaware, I really liked him. I put him on the front here [at The Red Mile], and he wasn’t quite as good; he wasn’t a big fan of that. I got lucky to get out [of the three-hole] at the top of the stretch, but I knew he’d give me a good kick if he did.” Pinkman Cruzado Dela Noche traveled wire-to-wire through the misty atmosphere, winning in 1:53.4. Cruzado Dela Noche set opening fractions of :28.1 and :57.2 (:29.1) with French Laundry coasting in the pocket. Around the far turn, pressure came from Sugarmakesmecrazy, as well as Big Rich, traveling three wide. Cruzado Dela Noche held control through three-quarters in 1:26.1 (:28.4). Cruzado Dela Noche held onto command despite drifting off the pylons. French Laundry tried to seep up the fresh gap and claim victory, but Cruzado Dela Noche held onto the lead sternly and won by a neck in 1:53.4 (:27.3). Muscial Rhythm finished third, and Sugarmakesmecrazy was fourth. Sent off the 9/5 second choice, the son of Muscle Massive-Alidade-Credit Winner paid $5.60 to win, with the $2 exacta (over the 8/5 favorite) returning $14.20. Owned by Courant AB, trained by Nancy Johansson, and driven by David Miller, he’s now earned $135,540 this season. His 1:53.4 victory is a lifetime mark. “I was actually leaving to see if I could get a spot [near the lead], just to see how the race went,” driver David Miller said. “He was getting to the front, and they left him alone. He had a lot of trot finishing.” “He [French Laundry] sounded like he had a lot of trot behind me,” David Miller also said, in regards to the stretch drive. “My horse still felt pretty good; I hadn’t asked him yet [to trot], and he raced very tough.” Cruzado Dela Noche Walter White sat in the pocket for the whole mile, and snuck up the pylons by pacesetter Special Action to win in 1:56.1. Special Action set fractions of :28.2 and :58.4 (:30.2) while in control. Amicus applied pressure to the leader around the far turn, with Shoot The Thrill tracking second over, and Divisionist, after breaking at the start, trotting three wide. The fractions remained slow past three-quarters in 1:28.1 (:29.2). Special Action tried to hold off a duo of closers, Explosive Drama and Fashion Creditor. Walter White found room at the inside to get into contention, and it was soon Walter White sticking his nose in front of a sprinting Explosive Drama. Walter White was victorious by a nose with Fashion Creditor finishing third, and Special Action fourth in 1:56.1 (:28). A son of Cantab Hall-Muscaloosa-Muscles Yankee, Walter White is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and R A W Equine, trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras. His 1:56.1 win is a lifetime best, and his win pushes his bankroll to $106,887. “It was a little bit tight turning for home, but all he [Walter White] needed was racetrack,” driver Yannick Gingras said. “I wanted to be up-close [to the leader], but I didn’t want to be on the front. Last week, I put him on the front, and he felt really good at the top of the stretch, but he got a little tired.” Walter White Muscle Diamond was gradually carried into the race, and flew by his competition in the stretch to win in 1:53.4. Piercewave Hanover was uncontested on the lead. Iron tracked from second, and On The Sly raced third. Piercewave Hanover set fractions of :27.3 and :56.1 (:28.3) before challengers began their march. Pierre traveled first over around the far turn, but was still nearly 3 lengths off of Piercewave Hanover. Piercewave Hanover continued in control passed three-quarters in 1:25 (:28.4). Piercewave Hanover soon lost the lead to Pierre in the stretch. On The Sly edged off the rail and began to close, while Muscle Diamond was trotting down the center of the course. Muscle Diamond took the lead, with Boots N Chains flying into second. On The Sly held third, and Pierre settled for fourth, as Muscle Diamond flew up to win in 1:53.4 (:28.4). Owned by Charlie Keller III, Charlie Keller IV, and trainer Brett Bittle, and driven by John Campbell, the son of Muscle Hill-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane has earned $110,039 this season, with his 1:53.4 victory serving as his lifetime best. He paid $4.60 to win. “Once we put the hopples on him, he’s just a little more steady with his gait,” driver John Campbell said. “He’s really just a nice, little horse. He’s very professional for a two-year-old, and he’s raced good, and finished every race really strong.” “I wasn’t that far back,” Campbell also said, in regards to his second-over trip. “Before we came off the turn, I saw David [Miller on Pierre] was gaining on Yannick [Gingras on Piercewave Hanover], so I wasn’t in any hurry to get off David’s back at that point.” Muscle Diamond  Live racing resumes on Saturday, October 4 with the $288,000 International Stallion Stakes for two-year-old colt pacers, the $220,000 Glen Garnsey Memorial for three-year-old filly pacers, and the $436,600 Tattersalls Pace for three-year-old colt pacers. First race post is scheduled for 1:00pmEDT. Race replays of action from The Red Mile can be found on our YouTube channel: Red Mile Harness. Keep track of all happenings on the Grand Circuit with our Facebook page: The Grand Circuit.  By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Adam Bowden was in the Kentucky Futurity winner's circle last year with Creatine and he hopes to return there following Sunday's 122nd edition of the trotting classic, this time with Father Patrick. Bowden and his father, Chris, operate Diamond Creek Farm, which is part of Father Patrick's ownership group. Father Patrick, who has won 20 of 23 career races and $1.92 million, drew post No. 1 for Sunday's $435,000 Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-old trotters at The Red Mile in Lexington. Nine horses entered the Futurity, so eliminations are unnecessary. Yannick Gingras will drive Father Patrick for trainer Jimmy Takter in the one-dash-for-the-cash event. Rounding out the field in post order are Il Sogno Dream, Martiniwithmuscle, Datsyuk, Hillustrious, Nuncio, Mr Lindy, DD's Hitman, and Lightning Force. Sunday's card also includes the $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, $173,000 Allerage Farm Open Trot, $160,500 Allerage Farm Open Pace, $90,000 Allerage Farm Mare Pace, and $89,000 Allerage Farm Mare Trot. Father Patrick brings a four-race win streak to the Futurity, including a 4-1/2 length victory over Lightning Force in 1:50.4 in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile last Sunday. He also has won the $613,800 Canadian Trotting Classic, $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship and $340,000 Zweig Memorial since losing by a half-length to Datsyuk in a division of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes. "Last week he was on cruise control and still trotted in sub-1:51," said Bowden, who owns Father Patrick with John Fielding, Christina Takter, Brittany Farms, Brixton Medical AB, and the group of Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband. "Hopefully, we're in the winner's circle on Sunday. Jimmy gives me two thumbs up. I'm hoping that's going to be the case." Last year, the Diamond Creek-bred-and-owned Creatine won the Futurity for hometown trainer Bob Stewart. Bowden had planned to sell Creatine when he was a yearling, but the horse was withdrawn from the auction because of an infected hock and remained with Diamond Creek. Creatine races Sunday in the Allerage Farm Open Trot. "We've been with Bob since the beginning and for him to be a Kentucky guy, no offense, I love Father Patrick, but I don't think anything is going to top last year," Bowden said. "That was the most exciting thing for me. It was the first time. It was a homebred with a good friend of mine. We always believed in the horse and we finally won one of the big ones. That was exciting." The Bowdens started Diamond Creek Farm in 2005 in Paris, Ky., and now have a second location in Pennsylvania. Diamond Creek will stand Father Patrick as a stallion at the conclusion of his racing career. Father Patrick, bred by Brittany Farms, is a son of stallion Cantab Hall out of the mare Gala Dream. He is a full brother to million-dollar-earner Pastor Stephen. "We're very happy and lucky; we want to stand the best horses," Bowden said. "After his 2-year-old year, we took a huge risk that (Father Patrick) was going to come back and be dominant at 3. Right now it looks like our gamble is going to pay off. Cantab Hall is arguably the hottest sire in the sport, along with Muscle Hill, and here's his greatest son so far. It's a great sire line and we're hoping it continues with Father Patrick." The Kentucky Futurity is the second jewel in this year's Trotting Triple Crown. Trixton won the first, the Hambletonian, but has since been retired because of injury. The third jewel, the Yonkers Trot, is Oct. 25. Takter trained and drove Trixton in the Hambletonian. Another of his charges, Nuncio, finished second in the race. Father Patrick went off stride from post 10 and finished off the board for the only time in his career. Nuncio will be driven by John Campbell, his regular pilot, in Sunday's Futurity. Nuncio has won 12 of 22 career races and finished second in the other 10. Eight of those runner-up finishes have come behind Father Patrick. "Nuncio is one tough horse," Bowden said. "He's a great horse and in any other year he's the best horse. "One of these days you think he's going to beat his stablemate. But I hope it's not Sunday." Takter sends out the likely favorite in the Kentucky Filly Futurity, Shake It Cerry. She was the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old female trotter and has won 10 of 12 races this season. She will start from post three with driver Ron Pierce. Scream And Shout and Heaven's Door will start inside of Shake It Cerry while to her outside are Highest Peak, Chivaree Hanover, Vanity Matters, and Yoga. Scream And Shout and Yoga also are from the Takter Stable. The Allerage Farm Open Trot features Sebastian K, the fastest horse in harness racing history thanks to his 1:49 win earlier this year, two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Market Share, 2010 Kentucky Futurity winner Wishing Stone and recent Centaur Trotting Classic winner Master Of Law. Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, and multiple-stakes-winner Classic Martine lead the way in the Allerage Farm Mare Trot, where they will encounter Dan Patch Award-winner and defending race winner Maven. Sweet Lou, who has won 10 of 15 races and nearly $1 million this year, and Foiled Again, North American harness racing's all-time money-winner, are among the 10 horses in the Allerage Farm Open Pace. Eleven horses were entered in the Allerage Farm Mare Pace, including three-time Dan Patch Award-winner Anndrovette, stakes-winners Rocklamation and Somwherovrarainbow, world champion Shebestingin, last year's race winner Shelliscape, and 2012 winner Drop The Ball. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Columbus, OH --- The entry box this morning at The Red Mile revealed the names of the nine 3-year-old male trotters that have been entered for Sunday afternoon's $435,000 Kentucky Futurity. The Triple Crown event will be contested as a single dash for the first time ever. Seven 3-sophomore fillies have been entered for the companion $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, with that race also going as a single heat. Here are the nine Kentucky Futurity entries, in post position order: 1. Father Patrick; 2. Il Sogno Dream; 3. Martiniwithmuscle; 4. Datsyuk; 5. Hillustrious; 6. Nuncio; 7. Mr Lindy; 8. DD's Hitman; 9. Lightning Force. Here are the seven Filly Futurity entries, in alphabetical order: Chivaree Hanover, Heaven's Door, Highest Peak, Scream And Shout, Shake It Cerry, Vanity Matters and Yoga. From the USTA Media Department

Always B Miki and He's Watching on Saturday will appear in the same race for the first time since the Meadowlands Pace in July, and Joe Hurley is looking forward to their next round. Hurley bred and co-owns Always B Miki, who finished second to He's Watching in the Meadowlands Pace despite starting from post nine and racing on the outside - three to four wide at times - the entire way. He's Watching won the race with a world-record-equaling 1:46.4 performance. The two horses meet Saturday in the first of two $218,300 Tattersalls Pace divisions for 3-year-old male pacers at The Red Mile in Lexington. Always B Miki, trained by Joe Holloway, starts from post No. 1 with driver David Miller. He's Watching, trained by Dave Menary, starts from post four with Tim Tetrick at the lines. "I've already got it planned out in my mind, but Dave Miller will probably do something entirely different than what I would do," Hurley said. "They'll be 1-2 going to the top of the stretch, and then we'll see. Miki's on top, Tetrick's in the two hole. Then we'll see who can turn it on, and Miki never stops." Always B Miki, named after Hurley's wife, comes into the Tattersalls off a career-best 1:47.4 win last weekend in his division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile. He won by 6-1/4 lengths over Melmerby Beach, pulling away thanks to a :25.3 final quarter-mile. No horse came home faster that day. "I thought it was consistent with everything he's done that nobody's noticed because it's in Indiana," Hurley said, referring to Always B Miki having spent the time since the Meadowlands Pace at Hoosier Park. "He's been racing there in hand. He's a monster." Always B Miki has won eight of 15 races this year and finished worse than second only three times. He has earned $432,332 for Hurley and fellow owners Bluewood Stable and Val D'Or Farms. Since the Meadowlands Pace, the colt has raced six times, winning five. In those victories, no horse was nearer than 4-1/2 lengths of Always B Miki at the wire. Hurley, who races as Roll The Dice Stable, bred Always B Miki's father and mother. His sire, Always A Virgin, won more than $1 million in his career for Hurley, Bluewood Stable and Val D'Or Farms. His dam, Artstopper, was unraced but is a half-sister to stakes-winner Cheyenne Rei and also produced $714,154-earner Yagonnakissmeornot. The family also includes stakes-winners Ain't No Stopn Him and Lon Todd Hanover. "Virgin was terrific, but Miki is incredibly terrific fantastic," Hurley said. "He's absolutely the best horse I've had. I think everybody (in the ownership group) agrees this is the best ever. "His stride is just incredible. He's had very bad luck with some things that have happened, either by nature or by fate. Now he's getting a chance to show himself and he's just absolutely fantastic." Always B Miki's schedule following the Tattersalls includes the Indiana Sire Stakes championship and the Circle City at Hoosier Park. He could be supplemented to the Matron Stakes and is likely to be supplemented to the Breeders Crown. "I'm looking forward to taking on the best and proving that he is the best," Hurley said. "Hopefully we end up on top at the end of the year." In the Tattersalls Pace second division, North America Cup winner JK Endofanera, who handed Always B Miki his only loss in his last six starts, takes on a field that includes Little Brown Jug runner-up Let's Drink On It. There also are two divisions of the Glen Garnsey Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers. The first division is headlined by stakes-winners Uffizi Hanover and Gettingreadytoroll, both from the stable of Jimmy Takter, and New York Sire Stakes champion It Was Fascination. In the second division, the top five finishers in a Bluegrass Stakes division last week - Gallie Bythe Beach, Act Now, Beach Gal, Ali Blue, and Allstar Rating - meet again. Action for 2-year-olds includes four divisions of the International Stallion Stakes for male pacers, where Artspeak puts his perfect 7-for-7 record on the line in the third of the splits. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Lexington, KY - Grand Circuit harness racing resumes on Friday at The Red Mile with no fewer than eight two-year-old stakes on the eleven race card. The $382,600 International Stallion Stakes (INSS) for colt trotters drew five divisions while the $253,000 filly pace split three ways.   The pacing fillies open the Friday matinee card in races one, three and five with the middle division looking the toughest on paper. That split features the Red Mile debut of undefeated World Champ JK She'salady for owner/breeders the 3 Brothers Stable of New York.   The Art Major filly from Presidential Lady has been just vicious thus far in her seven race career putting a few withering moves on the competition at Mohawk including the record-equaling 1:50.1 mile in the $441,600 She's A Great Lady final. Her most recent was an easy score in a division of the Kentuckiana stakes at Hoosier Park.   Trained in the Nancy Johansson barn and driven by Yannick Gingras, JK She'salady will find a pretty talented field waiting for her on Friday.   Chief among the competition is the speedy Bettor Be Steppin, who won the other Kentuckiana split and further impressed last week here in Lexington with a forwardly placed 1:52 win, closing it out with a 26.3 final quarter under no pressure. She races for the Val D'Or Farms, Rojan Stables and Ted Gewertz and is trained by Joe Holloway, who has long had a "way with the ladies".   The accomplished Bedroomconfessions also caught this division as did Hilary's Style and Heavenly Bride, both coming off excellent races in week one of the meet.   Two of the Bluegrass division winners from last week will meet in a division of the INSS carded as the day's tenth race. The Bank and Southwind Stryker square off for the top prize in the $76,100 contest. Both colts trotted in 1:53.4 in their respective Bluegrass start and both used a stalking trip to get the job done.   The Bank has a slight post advantage beginning from post two for trainer/driver Jimmy Takter. He rolled up second over, closing in 28 flat to win by a half-length. Bred by part owner Goran Falk he races for Falk and Christina Takter and has made just shy of $65,000 thus far.   Southwind Stryker (Muscle Hill x Soxeelady) was a winner for the very first time in the Bluegrass mile but is just shy of the $100,000 mark in earnings for the partnership of Millard, Van Camp, Taylor and trainer Brad Maxwell who gave $40,000 for him at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale last fall. Driver Tim Tetrick gave him a good trip then said good things about the colt last week and has the return engagement this Friday.   It is by no means a two horse races as Haughton winner Centurion ATM and the highest priced yearling of 2013 Whom Shall I Fear (Father Patrick's little brother) are also a part of the talented field.   Friday post time is 1:00pm.   Nick Salvi

Columbus, OH --- Harness Racing Update is reporting that Hambletonian champion Trixton has been retired. Trainer/driver Jimmy Takter confirmed to HRU that the son of Muscle Hill-Emilie Cas El, who last raced in the Canadian Trotting Classic, where he broke stride, has had some nagging problems that finally caught up with the colt. To read the full story, click here. Trixton - Hambletonian from the USTA Communications Department 

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