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Louisville, KY —– Churchill Downs Incorporated, in partnership with Keeneland Association, broke ground today on a $150 million, state-of-the-art, live and historical horse racing venue in Oak Grove, Ky. CDI and Keeneland also unveiled the name and branding for the venue, which will be called Oak Grove Racing & Gaming. The new facility will be constructed in two overlapping phases. The first phase will include the development and construction of the harness race course, overnight stable facility and race-day paddock stable facility which will be completed in time for our inaugural live race meet in October 2019. The second phase of the project, scheduled to open in the first half of 2020, will feature up to 1,500 historical horse racing machines; a 128-room hotel; a grandstand with seating capacity for 1,200 and event space for indoor events; a 3,000-person capacity outdoor amphitheater and stage; an equestrian center including indoor and outdoor arenas as well as a 30 pad RV park. “Horse racing is an integral part of Kentucky’s history and culture, and Churchill Downs is thrilled to further invest in our state’s signature industry through Oak Grove Racing & Gaming,” Churchill Downs Racetrack President Kevin Flanery said. “We have seen the tremendous impact Derby City Gaming in Louisville has already had on both the racing industry and local community, and we expect the same degree of success here in Christian County.” “Keeneland is proud to play a role in strengthening the Commonwealth’s horse racing industry and creating new opportunities for horsemen and racing enthusiasts in Kentucky and beyond,” Keeneland Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Vince Gabbert said. “The jobs, tourism, and revenue generated by Oak Grove Racing & Gaming is good news, not just for Christian County, but for all of Kentucky. A win for horse racing is a win for us all.” Oak Grove Racing & Gaming is the only venue of its kind in Kentucky and will be a welcome addition to Christian County. The facility is expected to create nearly 400 direct full- and part-time equivalent positions and an estimated 800 direct construction jobs. More information regarding job fairs and hiring will be released in the coming months. In December 2018, CDI and Keeneland announced they had been awarded a racing license by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for 12 live Standardbred racing dates in 2019 at Oak Grove. The new venue replaces important Standardbred racing opportunities lost due to the closure of Thunder Ridge Park in eastern Kentucky.   Churchill Downs and Keeneland

Questioning a number of actions by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission in awarding a Standardbred license in the Oak Grove, Ky. area to a partnership of Churchill Downs Inc. and Keeneland, Kentucky Downs has appealed the regulator's decision to the Franklin (Ky.) Circuit Court of Appeals. In a Jan. 4 filing, Kentucky Downs asks the court to void a KHRC decision in late 2018 to award WKY Development (CDI-Keeneland) a license to conduct Standardbred racing and offer historical racing games. KHRC executive director Marc Guilfoil and general counsel John Forgy were not immediately available Jan. 8 for comment on the appeal. Kentucky Downs, in its appeal, says the KHRC acted arbitrarily in awarding a racing license to WKY Development. The track contends the regulator either failed to follow its process in awarding a license or that process was unclear. It says the regulator "admitted" in 2017 it didn't have a sufficient process or criteria in place to award a track license, but awarded a license in 2018 without putting that process in place. The appeal also contends that WKY Development didn't meet statutory or regulatory criteria, including what Kentucky Downs says is a requirement for a binding horsemen's agreement, which in this case would be the Kentucky Harness Horsemen's Association. The appeal also argues that the historical racing games at CDI's Derby City Gaming in Louisville "did not comply with Kentucky law at the time the commission approved WKY's application."  The KHRC voted Nov. 16 to award the Oak Grove license to WKY Development. At that time, the KHRC was fining Derby City Gaming $1,000 a day because the games there improperly included races where horses had been scratched. CDI has pointed out that the flaw didn't impact customers, as the system uses post positions to determine winning combinations. At a December meeting, KHRC staff said they hadn't found any evidence of customers being impacted, but also acknowledged that the fines continued. Kentucky Downs has contended that the new track will negatively impact its historical racing operations. The court filing said the regulator should have done more research in this regard and overall economic impact in the region and for racing in the state. "Based on the criteria that were in place in 2017 and 2018, the commission is required to consider construction cost estimates, revenue projections, market research studies, and to analyze whether the proposed projects are sustainable and in the best interest of the horse industry," Kentucky Downs wrote in its court appeal. "The commission must also consider the effect of the application on other existing racetracks." The Nov. 16 vote by the commission to award the license followed an Oct. 30 special meeting that exceeded 4 1/2 hours and ultimately saw a 7-5 vote to defer the decision. The KHRC had considered proposals from WKY Development, Kentucky Downs, and Caesars Entertainment. At that November meeting, WKY Development presented a plan that would see $150 million put toward a track, entertainment center, equestrian center, and hotel. Churchill Downs racetrack president Kevin Flanery noted the historic commitment of the two Thoroughbred tracks to Kentucky racing and the efforts they've made to generate support in the Oak Grove, Ky. area. He said historical racing would fund the Standardbred purses at the new track and additional money would be used to support Thoroughbred racing and The Red Mile harness track. Besides the purses supplied at the new track for 12 days of racing, which could be increased in future years, Flanery envisioned the historic racing facility, which would start as 1,200 machines with the possibility to expand to 1,500, generating $10 million for both Thoroughbred and Standardbred purses in the state.  Three days before the November meeting on the Oak Grove license, Kentucky Downs announced it had been sold to Kentucky Racing Acquisition, a new company co-founded by Ron Winchell and Marc Falcone. The new ownership continued Kentucky Downs' pursuit of the Oak Grove license. Regardless of the outcome of the appeal, it has the potential to slow plans. When WKY was awarded the Oak Grove license in November, Flanery said plans were "well on their way" for the new facility with a construction schedule that would allow racing there by the fall of 2019. Kentucky Downs' appeal said the KHRC had not put in place a process to consider requests for new licenses. It noted that in 2017, Churchill Downs and Keeneland had pursued racing licenses for two new facilities, but commission chairman Frank Kling Jr. and vice chairman John Roach issued a statement that they had informed Kentucky's tracks that the regulator would not be considering applications for new facilities in the state.  "At this time, neither of us have any plans to take any action related to this application or any other application for a new race track facility," said the September 2017 statement, which is referenced in the appeal. "It is our hope that in the future we will be able to develop a process and criteria to determine whether any new race track facilities are needed in the commonwealth." Kentucky Downs said it initially filed an appeal of the decision and request for an administrative hearing, but was summarily denied that request in a Dec. 28, 2018 letter from Forgy.  In its court appeal, Kentucky Downs said that any simulcasting rights at the new track would be contingent on Kentucky Downs' approval. The 92-page court filing says state regulations don't allow another simulcasting outlet within 50 miles of an existing outlet without consent of the existing outlet and Kentucky Downs has not granted the proposed track simulcasting rights. The Kentucky Downs appeal also contends that members of the KHRC may have conducted meetings in violation of Kentucky law and that, "on information or belief, one or more of the commissioners may have a financial interest in Churchill Downs, which is the principal member of WKY, but still voted." The appeal also questions votes by commissioners Foster Northrop and J. David Richardson, who both voted in favor of awarding WKY Development the license. When WKY Development in September announced plans to pursue a new track in the Oak Grove area, a public relations firm hired by WKY issued statements supporting a new track from Northrop and Richardson. At the time, the WKY proposal was the only publicly known group pursuing a license for the Oak Grove area. BloodHorse left phone messages with Northrop and Richardson offering a chance for comment that weren't immediately returned. By Frank Angst Reprinted with permission of Bloodhorse

The combination of the $2 million Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) Super day and the inaugural Fayette County Fair brought out a large crowd to The Red Mile on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 16. While several music acts performed on two stages, including rising star and Lexington native Walker Montgomery, eight $250,000 KYSS finals highlighted the 10-race card that also included a pair of $50,000 consolation events. The revamped KYSS program was in full evidence on Sunday as seven different stallions were represented in the winner's circle, with the only two-time winner being Yankee Glide, who was just retired from active stud duty at the age of 24 by the Lexington-based Kentuckiana Farms. The first KYSS final was for 2-year-old male trotters and it appeared odds-on favorite Don't Let'em, who earlier this year won the Peter Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands, was on his way to victory as the field of 10 came out of the last turn. But Don't Let'em suddenly went on a break, which paved the way for the two-hole sitting Forecast to take advantage and score a 1:53.4 victory. Shake N Bake (Tim Tetrick finished a length behind in second and just ahead of show finisher Reign Of Honor (Dexter Dunn). Corey Callahan was in the sulky for trainer John Butenschoen behind Forecast, who won for the fifth time in nine starts while posting a career best. A $70,000 yearling purchase and owned by Bill Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick, Forecast now has career earnings of $186,650. The son of Cantab Hall was bred by Diamond Creek Farm. Callahan and Butenschoen teamed up for a second KYSS champion with the 3-year-old filly trotter Nixie Volo, who redeemed herself after making a break in last year's final. Leaving from post 8, Nixie Volo was parked the entire mile but was still able to hold onto the lead she finally secured in deep stretch to win in a career-best 1:51.1. Pat Matters (Jimmy Takter) was a head back in second, with Live Laugh Love (David Miller) third. A daughter of Yankee Glide, Nixie Volo was a $22,000 yearling purchase and now owned by Kentuckiana Racing Stable, VIP Internet Stable, 83 Racing and the University of Kentucky football team's offensive coordinator Eddie Gran. With her fourth win of the year Nixie Volo boosted her seasonal earnings to $215,486 and career total to $286,786. She was bred by Jorgen Jahre Jr. Beautyonthebeach swept her way through the trio of 2-year-old filly pace preliminaries and she had no problems in the final as she cruised to a 1:51 victory. Doug McNair was in the sulky as Beautyonthebeach quarter-pole moved to the front where she led the rest of the way to win by two lengths over Margret Hill (Miller) with Summer Charm (Matt Kakaley) third. Trained by Gregg McNair, Beautyonthebeach is a Jim Avritt Sr.-homebred daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of the standout mare Precocious Beauty. The was her fifth in eight starts and equaled her career mark set in the second KYSS leg. Her earnings now stand at $181,343. Whispering Oaks sprung a 16-1 upset in the KYSS final for 2-year-old filly trotters. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Whispering Oaks left fast from post eight, but after taking the lead soon yielded to heavy favorite Taylor Swiftly. That odds-on choice held the lead turning for home but in deep stretch gave way to Whispering Oaks, who crossed the wire in 1:54. Ma Was Right (Dunn) was able to get up for second late, just ahead of Taylor Swiftly (Scott Zeron). A daughter of Father Patrick, Whispering Oaks is a $100,000 yearling purchase of Brixton Medical, Herb Liverman and RAW Equine. Trained by Jimmy Takter, the win was Whispering Oaks' third of the year and came after three consecutive second-place finishes in the KYSS prelims. Her career-best effort increased her earnings to $124,574. Whispering Oaks was bred by Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband. While the remnants of Hurricane Florence slowly made their way into the Bluegrass on Sunday, it was Hurrikane Emperor who captured the KYSS final for 2-year-old male trotters. Already the winner of the New Jersey Sires Stakes final, Hurrikane Emperor became a two-state champ with a 1:49.3 victory for driver Daniel Dube and trainer Joh McDermott Jr. Hurrikane Emperor led at every call to best the pocket-sitting Blood Money (Gingras) by a head, with favorite Captain Trevor (Andy McCarthy) third. A son of Hurrikane Kingcole, Hurrikane Emperor was bred and is owned by Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investment Group and Lind Racing Stable. The win was his sixth in eight starts, bringing her earnings to $214,400. The $250,000 KYSS final for 3-year-old filly pacers went to favorite Dance Blue and driver Andy McCarthy in 1:51.1. Defending divisional champ Band Stand (Doug McNair), who went off at odds of 68-1 on the toteboard, finished a neck behind in second, with Cabowabocuttie (Zeron) third. Winless last year at two, Dance Blue won for the sixth time in 12 starts this year, bringing her career earnings to $241,880. A $50,000 yearling purchase from breeders Steve Stewart and Julie and Charles "Cotton" Nash, the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven is owned by Katz, Goldband and Goran Anderberg Eurobond outgamed Tactical Landing in the stretch to capture the KYSS final for 3-year-old male trotters. With Wolfgang (Gingras) on the lead and Tactical Landing and trainer-driver Takter first-over, driver David Miller waited patiently along the inside. In deep stretch Miller found room with Eurobond and he was able to urge his charge to the wire a head in front of Tactical Landing in 1:51.3. Classichap (Callahan) rallied for third as Wolfang tired to fourth. A son of French stallion Love You, Eurobond is owned by breeder Lindy Farms of Conn. In partnership with Robert Rudolph. The win was just his second in a dozen starts this year and lowered his previous mark by more than two seconds. Domenico Cecere trains Eurobond, who increased his earnings to $152,900. The rich program was capped off by a 1:48.1 victory by American History in the KYSS final for 3-year-old male pacers. Driven by Gingras for trainer Tony Alagna, American History used a final quarter of :26.1 to get past leader Thinkbig Dreambig (Jordan Stratton) in deep stretch to win by one length. Grant Teton (McCarthy) was third. A son of American Ideal, American History was a $150,000 yearling purchase and now owned by breeder Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and American History Racing. The win was the seventh of the year for American History, who earlier this year posted a 1:47 victory at the Meadowlands. The effort boosted American History's earnings to $472,285. Two $50,000 KYSS consolations opened up the card. The 2-year-old filly trot consolation went to Mother Teresa in 1:55.2 for driver Zeron and trainer Cecere. The daughter of Father Patrick is a homebred of KR Breeding. The consolation for freshman male pacers went to Waterway, who won in 1:50.1 for driver Brett Miller and trainer Alagna. The daughter of Captaintreacherous was bred by Brittany Farms and is owned by Alagna & Begley Stable, Santo Barbera, David Silverman and Joseph Barbera. Three KYSS consolations were held on Saturday night. Supergirl Riley (Muscle Mass) won the 3-year-old filly trot in 1:54.3 for driver Marcus Miller, trainer Erv Miller and owners Paymaq Racing, George Golemes and Harvey Eisman; Amico Mio Bi (Donato Hanover) won the 2-year-old male trot in 1:55.4 for trainer-driver Brian Connor, who shares ownership with Janice Connor, Arden Homestead Stable and Caroline Gerry; and Cruise (Sweet Lou) won the 2-year-old male pace in 1:52.4 for driver Christian Lind, trainer Brian Brown and owner Emerald Highlands Farm. From the Kentucky Sire Stakes  

Lexington KY - The Sunday night card at The Red Mile has been canceled due to unsafe track conditions after day long rains in Kentucky.   The last leg of the 3 year old Kentucky Sires Stakes will be raced tomorrow at 7:00 pm as non-betting races and there will be no broadcast of those races.   The overnight races from the Sunday card have been canceled and the owners of horses to have competed on the card will receive $200.     Nick Salvi    

Hightstown, NJ --- Stanley Wildharber might not have been born to race at the Kentucky fairs, but it seems close to the case. Wildharber grew up two blocks from the Ballard County Fairgrounds in La Center and at an early age was riding his bicycle there to be around the horses. Eventually, he was cleaning stalls, harnessing horses, jogging, training and traveling to other fairs. Today, the 46-year-old Wildharber remains a fixture at the fairgrounds, helping to maintain the track and promote harness racing, even when he had no horses of his own to race. Right now, though, Wildharber has a horse. Her name is Worldofrockzee and she is one of the queens of the fair circuit. Last year at the age of 2, the homebred filly pacer won four of 11 starts, including the Kentucky Fair Stakes championship, and earned $19,372 in purses. “It was a great year,” said Wildharber, whose harness racing operation is made up of two horses: Worldofrockzee and her dam, Cara Mia Hall. Cara Mia Hall was Wildharber’s first horse, and she came into his life as a gift. Literally. An acquaintance gave the filly to Wildharber soon after she was purchased as a yearling in 2005. Cara Mia Hall was unraced as a 2-year-old because of an injury, but won her debut at 3 by 16-1/2 lengths at Bluegrass Downs. Unfortunately, health issues continued to hamper Cara Mia Hall, prompting Wildharber to give her a try as a broodmare. “She was meant to be a racehorse, but she had something always going wrong with her,” Wildharber said. “But she wanted to be a racehorse. She is all heart.” Worldofrockzee, sired by World Of Rocknroll, is Cara Mia Hall’s fourth foal and the third to find the winner’s circle multiple times on the fair circuit. “She was mean from the day she was born,” Wildharber said about Worldofrockzee. “I didn’t have anybody to help me break her, so I took her to a guy in Illinois and got her broke. She was ornery from there on, but she was a natural pacer from the start. She’s not very tall, but she has a very long gait. And a big muscular rear end. “I wasn’t going to breed my mare back, but after I got (Worldofrockzee) to pacing, I knew I had to breed her again. She is expecting a foal by Riggins in the middle of March.” Wildharber brought Worldofrockzee to the fairs in western Kentucky, where she finished second in all three starts, before turning the filly over to his friend Jack Gray Jr. to handle the training. Worldofrockzee, driven regularly by Randy Crisler, won her next four in a row, culminating with her victory in the fair championship at Lexington’s Red Mile. Worldofrockzee raced four more times at Lexington the remainder of the campaign. She finished third in an overnight behind Kentucky Sire Stakes champion Band Stand and concluded the season with a sixth-place finish in a late closer, after which she was found to be sick. “She raced pretty good, but she didn’t have the pop she had been having,” Wildharber said. “That was it. We treated her, brought her home, and turned her out. She’s been back jogging now for a week. I took her to Jack and he’s going to get her ready. We’re going to try to race maybe in Ohio a little bit before the fairs start. “Maybe we’ll be good and ready and win all the fairs this year,” he added, laughing. “That’s the hope.” Wildharber said Worldofrockzee filled out during her time off, but had not changed in other ways. “She’s still mean as ever,” he said. “You just have to make her think she’s getting her way even though she’s not. She’s pretty headstrong.” Wildharber, who works in a power plant, says harness racing is a hobby, but a big part of his life. “I have a lot of good friends that I’ve made over the years through horseracing,” Wildharber said. “Jack Gray is like my second dad. We talk every couple days. I’ve really bonded with a lot of people through the horseracing.” Worldofrockzee, who last year was seventh, beaten by five lengths, in her only start in the sire stakes, will again look to rock the fair circuit in 2018. The fair program, administered by the Kentucky Colt Association, offers purses of $5,000 for each race in seven preliminary rounds and $15,000 for each final. The Kentucky Sire Stakes and Kentucky Fair Stakes have both enjoyed resurgences thanks to a change in eligibility requirements to permit foals out of “resident mares” to compete regardless of where the stallion stands. This season marks the second year of racing under those conditions. Worldofrockzee's sire, World Of Rocknroll, was standing stud in Ohio when bred to Wildharber's Cara Mia Hall in 2014. “We’re going to focus on the fairs,” Wildharber said about Worldofrockzee’s 2018 schedule. “For the money they’re going for, I just can’t not go for the fairs. “I can’t wait for this year. We’ve got high hopes.” by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

LEXINGTON, KY-- The fields for the 125th renewal of the Kentucky Futurity were drawn during the harness racing program Thursday, October 5 at The Red Mile, with 17 glamour boy trotters total competing in two $90,000 eliminations and the top five from each progressing to the $600,000 final later on the card. Of the 17 entrants, Enterprise and Yes Mickey supplemented to compete in the final leg of trotting's Triple Crown. Enterprise, from the Marcus Melander barn, goes in the first elimination with Yes Mickey, racing for Ake Svanstedt. Also highlighting the Futurity entrants are Canadian Trotting Classic winner What The Hill and Hambletonian winner Perfect Spirit, who match up for the first time since the Hambletonian final. Below are the fields for the two eliminations of the Kentucky Futurity first heat: Race 9 -- $90,000 Kentucky Futurity Elimination PP-Horse-Trainer 1-Dover Dan-John Butenschoen 2-Yes Mickey-Ake Svanstedt 3-Sortie-Noel Daley 4-Jake-Luc Blais 5-Devious Man-Julie Miller 6-Enterprise-Marcus Melander 7-Lindy The Great-Frank Antonacci 8-What The Hill-Ron Burke   Race 10 -- $90,000 Kentucky Futurity Elimination PP-Horse-Trainer 1-Stealth Hanover-Francisco Del Cid 2-King On The Hill-Jimmy Takter 3-Long Tom-Marcus Melander 4-Di Oggi-Archie Kohr 5-Snowstorm Hanover-Ron Burke 6-International Moni-Frank Antonacci 7-Bill's Man-John Butenschoen 8-Perfect Spirit-Ake Svanstedt 9-Giveitgasandgo-John Butenschoen   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

LEXINGTON, KY-- Coming in from Canada, Metro Pace-winner Lost In Time and She's A Great Lady-champ Youaremycandygirl compete in their respective divisions of the International Stallion Stakes (ISS) on a harness racing  program also featuring aged competition with the $136,000 Allerage Open Trot and $119,000 Allerage Open Pace Saturday, October 7 at The Red Mile. By A Rocknroll Dance from the Artiscape mare Summer Mystery, Lost In Time starts from post two in the fourth of four divisions of the $232,000 Captaintreacherous ISS Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace, sponsored by the Captaintreacherous Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms. Trained by Jim Mulinix, the winner of two races in four starts has earned $346,555, cushioned by a 1:50.l win in the $660,960 Metro Pace, for owners A Rocknroll Dance Racing, Denny Miller, and William Rufenacht, and Team S Racing Stable. Scott Zeron will be aboard. Wiring the field in the $405,000 She's A Great Lady final, Youaremycandygirl, by American Ideal from the Somebeachsomewhere mare Sweet Lady Jane, contests in the second of three divisions of the $197,900 ISS Two-Year-Old Filly Pace, sponsored by the Woodbine Entertainment Group. Against Pennsylvania Sires Stakes-champ and 9-5 morning-line favorite Rainbow Room, as well as Bluegrass-split winner Bye Hanover, the Ron Burke trainee competes from post four with Yannick Gingras driving the winner of four races in six stars. She has earned $284,045 so far this season for owner William Donovan. Metro Pace runner-up Hayden Hanover goes in the first division of the ISS colt pace, starting from post five. A winner of one race in nine starts, the Somebeachsomewhere colt, from the Western Hanover mare Hana Hanover, has accrued $259,092 in earnings for owners Pinske Stable and James Simpson. Trained by Julie Miller, Andy Miller will be in the sulky. Points North, entering off five-consecutive wins including a 1:52.4 performance in a Bluegrass split, competes in the second division of the ISS colt pace. The Richard "Nifty" Norman trained gelding by Somebeachsomewhere, out of the Western Hanover mare Northwest Hanover, has earned $75,030 so far this season for owner Pinske Stables. Andrew McCarthy will sit behind the 2-1 morning-line favorite. Besting favorite Closing Statement in a lifetime-best 1:50.3 in their Bluegrass division, Nutcracker Sweet starts as the even-money morning-line favorite in the third ISS split. Conditioned by Jimmy Takter, the Bettor's Delight colt, from the Falcons Future mare Sweet Future, has won three of his eight starts this season, compiling $85,116 in earnings for owners Howard Taylor, Order By Stables, and Richard Lombardo. Starting from post eight, Tim Tetrick will drive. Finishing third to Kissin In The Sand and Rainbow Room in the Bluegrass, Majorsspeciallady goes as the 8-5 morning-line choice in the opening division of the ISS filly pace. Starting from post five, the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, out of the Art Major mare See Major, has two wins to her credit in nine outings, earning $146,880 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and Jerry and Theresa Silva Stables. Trained by Ron Burke, Yannick Gingras will drive. Kissin In The Sand goes in the final division of the ISS filly pace. Owned by Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables, the Nancy Johansson trainee has four wins on her nine-race record, earning $116,748. Off a 1:51 career-best mile in the Bluegrass Stakes, Yannick Gingras will pilot the Somebeachsomewhere filly, out of the Real Artist mare Kiss Me Kate, from post six. Facing the boys once again, mare-trotting star Hannelore Hanover starts from post three in the $136,000 My MVP Allerage Farms Trot, sponsored by Jeff and Paula Gural. The 2-1 morning-line favorite, the mare by Swan For All, out of the Dream Vacation mare High Sobriety, exits a seventh-place effort due to a first-over trip in the $167,000 Dayton Trotting Derby. Earning over $2-million and 32 victories in 53 starts, the Maple Leaf Trot champion, trained by Ron Burke, competes for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, and Jerry and Theresa Silva Stables. Yannick Gingras will drive. Also competing in the Allerage Open Trot are millionaires Crazy Wow, starting from post one for trainer Ron Burke and driver Matt Kakaley, Pinkman, Jimmy Takter trainee and the 2015 Hambletonian winner starting from post two with Brian Sears, Jl Cruze, world-champion trainee for Eric Ell going from post four with David Miller driving, and Homicide Hunter, the Chris Oakes trainee who crossed the $1-million threshold by beating Hannelore Hanover in the $240,000 Centaur Trotting Classic. With nearly $3-million in earnings, All Bets Off, a six-year-old son of Bettor's Delight from the Dexter Nukes mare Armbro Penelope, goes from post 10 in the $119,000 Mister Big Allerage Farms Open Pace, sponsored by Muscara Standardbreds. Off a 1:49 win in the $160,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, the Ron Burke trainee races for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, and Panhellenic Stable Corp. Matt Kakaley will drive. Also going in the Allerage Open Pace are millionaires Mcwicked, the six-year-old Casie Coleman starting from post six with Brian Sears, Boston Red Rocks, winless in 16 starts this season and starting from post seven with Scott Zeron driving for trainer Steve Elliot, Check Six, the second entry for trainer Ron Burke going from post eight with Yannick Gingras in the bike, and Wakizashi Hanover, Jim King Jr. trainee and 2015 North America Cup champ starting from post nine with Tim Tetrick driving. First-race post for the 11-race program is set for 1:00 p.m. EDT.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

Harness Racing This Week: 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 Thursday (Oct. 5) with five divisions in the $283,000 International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old colt trotters. The Friday (Oct. 6) card features five divisions in the $289,000 International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old filly trotters. On Saturday (Oct. 7) The Red Mile will host the $300,000 (est.) International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old colt pacers, the $300,000 (est.) International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers and a pair of $150,000 (est.) Allerage races for open pacers and open trotters. On Sunday (Oct. 8), The Red Mile will offer the $500,000 (est.) Kentucky Futurity, the third leg of Trotting's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds, the companion $300,000 (est.) Kentucky Filly Futurity for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $450,000 (est.) Tattersalls Pace for 3-year-old colt pacers, the $275,000 (est.) Glen Garnsey Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers, and $75,000 (est.) Allerage races for older pacing mares and older trotting mares. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: A large and enthusiastic throng turned out Friday night (Sept. 29) for a pair of Grand Circuit stakes at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. Pasithea Face S, one of just two mares in the eight-horse $167,000 Dayton Trotting Derby, showed her heels to the field in 1:53, a new track record for trotting mares at the four-year-old five-eighths-mile oval. Driver Tim Tetrick hustled the daughter of Muscle Hill from the gate, leading pocketsitter JL Cruze (David Miller) and parked out Hannelore Hanover (Matt Kakaley) to the quarter in :27. Hannelore Hanover, the lukewarm favorite and the other female in the contest, inched past JL Cruze while still on the rim at the half in :54.4. The tempo slackened in the third panel due to strong headwinds down the backstretch, but Pasithea Face S continued to front the classy trotters in 1:24.2. Tetrick, who explained, "I thought it was her race to win if I could get the lead. I put her in a bad spot two weeks ago in the Maple Leaf Trot, but I knew she'd be good if I got her a clean trip tonight," urged the winner through a :28.3 closing quarter-mile to seal the deal. It was the 12th career win for the lightly raced 5-year-old and pushed her lifetime bounty past $560,000. Trotting guru Jimmy Takter trains the Derby champion for Courant Inc. Rockin Ron became the sport's newest millionaire when he brushed home a 1:50.2 winner in the $140,000 Dayton Pacing Derby. Driver Matt Kakaley was content to sit near the back of the nine-horse pack for the first five-eighths of the mile, before taking up fourth-over position down the backside and angling to the outside coming out of the final turn and exploding in the stretch. Luck Be Withyou (Brett Miller) left alertly from the innermost post position to cut early fractions of :26.3 and :54.4 while Easy Lover Hanover (Doug McNair) enjoyed a pocket ride with longshot Boston Red Rocks (Josh Sutton) racing gamely on the outside. Boston Red Rocks actually nudged ahead by a neck at the 1:21.4 third-quarter clocking, just before the cavalry charge from the rear commenced. When Boston Red Rocks began to tire, second-over Dealt A Winner (Aaron Merriman) took his best shot, which resulted in a second place finish. Third-over Missile J (Tim Tetrick) also finished strongly to garner the show dough after Rockin Ron swept past both of them during the :28.3 closing panel. The 5-year-old son of Real Desire now owns 27 victories and the winner's share of the purse sent his earnings skyrocketing to $1,006,107. Ron Burke trains Rockin Ron for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and RTC Stables. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2017, 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 2017 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders through and including the races on Sept. 30. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,109.5; 2. David Miller - 869; 3. Tim Tetrick - 778; 4. Scott Zeron - 500; 5. Corey Callahan - 398. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 973.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 847.5; 3. Brian Brown - 400; 4. John Butenschoen - 316; 5. Linda Toscano - 308. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 230; 2. Emerald Highlands Farm - 205; 3. Determination - 204; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 196.2; 5. Diamond Creek Racing - 161.5. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Yonkers Raceway, Hoosier Park and Northfield Park. Yonkers will offer the Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino for free-for-all trotters; Hoosier will contest Circle City races for 3-year-olds and Madison County events for 2-year-olds; and Northfield will host the Courageous Lady for 3-year-old filly pacers. Paul Ramlow

The Barn Buggy Bash, held at the Round Barn adjacent to the Red Mile on Monday, October 2, was a rousing success, bringing together harness racing  horsemen, breeders, consignors, racetrack officials and Lexington supporters. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward restoration of two antique carriages, a J.B. Brewster Side Bar Wagon and Park Pheaton, as well as upkeep of the historic structure. The Round Barn is managed by the Stable of Memories, Inc., a 501c 3 group of long-time volunteers. The evening was sponsored by Bayou Bluegrass Catering, Clark Distributing, Mary Lou Dondarski, L.V. Harkness & Co., Park Equine and Russell Capital. Bidding was spirited on the nearly 100 items in the silent auction, which included art, apparel, memorabilia, equine supplies and equipment and more. “We are thankful for the support we received from our sponsors and the many generous donors, as well as those who were able to attend the event,” said Kathryn Glenn McKinley, president of the board. “Our loyal board members put in countless hours putting everything together and managing the auction. It's extremely heartening to see the support we received from beginning to end.” Several of the Stable of Memories’ antique carriages were on display, including a recently-restored Healey Runabout, a light carriage with large wheels which was popular in the late 1800s. Completed in 1882, the Round Barn (known as Floral Hall in its early days) not only houses some of harness racing's greatest memorabilia, but is used for weddings, fundraisers and other social events. The Round Barn will be open for visitors this week Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., and each day after the races until 5:30 p.m. the Stable of Memories, Inc.

LEXINGTON, KY-- Off a 1:54.4 victory in the Bluegrass Stakes last week, You Know You Do returns to The Red Mile as the 8-5 morning-line favorite in the fifth of five harness racing divisions of the $300,000 Trixton International Stallion Stakes (ISS), presented by Deo Volente Farms, on Thursday, October 5. Owned by Howard Taylor, Order By Stables, Bud Hatfield, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and Sam Goldband, You Know You Do, a Muscle Hill colt from the Credit Winner mare You Want Me, has five wins to his credit over nine starts, earning $362,574. The Jimmy Takter trainee will again be driven by Yannick Gingras from post four. Also exiting a win in the Bluegrass, Fashionwoodchopper competes against You Know You Do from post one, winning his division in a lifetime-best 1:53.1. The Jim Campbell-trained son of Donato Hanover, from the Muscles Yankee mare Woodshopper, has four wins on his seven-race record, including the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship, and has earned $204,618 for owner Fashion Farms LLC. David Miller will drive. Seven Iron, upsetting at 12-1 in a division of the Bluegrass last week, faces Patent Leather, the 6-5 favorite whom he bested by a nose, in the opening division of the ISS. Owned by Kenneth Jacobs, the colt by Chapter Seven, from the Cantab Hall mare Beyond Blue, has won two races over nine starts, with his 1:55.3 victory in the Bluegrass being a lifetime best. Linda Toscano conditions the 3-1 morning-line choice and Tim Tetrick will drive from post one. Against Seven Iron is Wolfgang, the 9-5 morning-line favorite off a second-place finish in the $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes, from post two. The Jimmy Takter-trained colt by My MVP, from the Mr Vic mare Summer Savory, has accrued $100,000 in earnings with two wins over five starts for owners Brixton Medical Inc., Goran Falk, Hatfield Stables, and Fair Island Farm Inc. Crystal Fashion, a Cantab Hall gelding out of the Tagliabue mare Window Willow, leads the second ISS division off a 1:53.2 win as the 7-5 favorite in a division of the Bluegrass. Trained by Jim Campbell, the winner of three races in nine starts has earned $130,442 for owner Fashion Farms LLC, and will start from post two with David Miller in the bike. Going from post four, Maxus, off a 1:54 career-best victory in the Bluegrass, starts against Crystal Fashion. Conditioned by Jimmy Takter, the Muscle Hill colt, out of the Enjoy Lavec mare Gerri's Joy, has won three races in ten starts, earning $162,836 for owners Christina Takter and Brixton Medical Inc. Tim Tetrick will be in the sulky. Finishing fourth to You Know You Do in the Bluegrass, Keystone Apache, an Explosive Matter colt from the Duke Of York mare Found An Angel, enters the third division of the ISS as the 2-1 morning-line favorite, starting from post two for trainer Erv Miller and driver Marcus Miller. The winner of three races in 10 starts, including a division of the Standardbred Stakes at Delaware, Ohio in 1:56.2, has amassed $71,367 in earnings for owners Ervin Miler Stable Inc., Tangie Massey, and Louis Willinger. Sent the odds-on favorite in his Bluegrass division, 8-5 morning-line favorite Met's Hall starts from post three in the fourth division of the ISS. A winner of four races in seven starts, the Cantab Hall colt, from the Mutineer mare Met's Inn, has earned $96,935 for owners Stroy Inc. and Andy Miller Stable Inc. Julie Miller trains and Andy Miller will drive. First-race post for the Thursday program is slated for 1:00p.m. EDT. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile            

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

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

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

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

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

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

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