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LEXINGTON, KY--In her second start for trainer Ake Svanstedt Beautiful Sin pounced from a pocket trip to win the 54th Kentucky Filly Futurity--a $267,000 single dash sponsored by the Father Patrick Syndicate and Diamond Creek Farm--on Sunday, Oct. 6 at The Red Mile. When Dovescry, sent the 3-5 favorite, left for the lead from the center of the gate while Svanstedt tucked Beautiful Sin onto the pacesetter's helmet heading to a :27.1 opening quarter. Golden Tricks, stablemate to Beautiful Sin, progressed uncovered from sixth up the backstretch and flushed cover from Millies Possesion moving to a :55.2 half. Millies Possesion stalled circling the final turn as When Dovescry accelerated to three-quarters in 1:22.2 and retreated into the stretch. Beautiful Sin angled from the pocket while When Dovescry drifted and tired, leaving a gap for The Ice Dutchess to shoot through. The Ice Dutchess gave late pursuit to new leader Beautiful Sin into the final eighth but settled for second. When Dovescry held third. "It's a total surprise compared to my thinking two months ago; I'm really shocked by this," said Lennart Agren, who owns Beautiful Sin through S R F Stable. "I thought I had to [switch trainers] before the four-year-old season. [Ake Svanstedt] said she was nice but he had some issues to fix. She was a really nice filly two years ago in the sales ring." Topping the 2017 Lexington Yearling Sale, Beautiful Sin--bred by Jeff Gural and Moon Goddess LLC--sold for $480,000. The sophomore daughter of Muscle Hill has five victories from 14 starts and has earned $372,867. She paid $9.00 to win. by Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY--After finishing second in the first heat to Plunge Blue Chip in a world-record equaling mile, Hambletonian winner Atlanta took command early and drew clear of her competition to take the $224,000 second heat of the 53rd Kentucky Filly Futurity, sponsored by the Father Patrick Syndicate and Diamond Creek Farms, in 1:51.1. Plunge Blue Chip, the Ake Svanstedt-trained Muscle Mass filly, bested Atlanta in the first heat of the Filly Futurity, sprinting to victory at the wire to equal her 1:49.4 world record. Atlanta, setting the first quarter in :28.2, yielded the lead to Manchego, leaving from post eight, and sat as she sped to the half in :54.4 and three-quarters in 1:22.4. Driver Scott Zeron angled Atlanta out of the pocket into the stretch and overtook Manchego with ease but could not withstand Plunge Blue Chip's three-wide stretch bid through the wire, settling for second. Manchego, faltering in third, scratched out of the final while Piranha Fury and Top Expectations advanced. Plunge Blue Chip, a $7.40 winner, races for Ake Svanstedt, Blue Chip Bloodstock, Tomas Andersson and Rick Zeron Stables. She won her 16th race from 22 starts, earning $913,791. Following the second-place effort, trainer Rick Zeron decided, despite hesitation, to pull Atlanta's shoes. "Everybody I noticed today was pulling shoes and I didn't want to pull the shoes and race her two heats. So I said to Scott 'If you can get us through the first heat and get into the final I'll pull the shoes off her.' [Trainer] George Ducharme came by and gave me a perfect set of bell boots for her because we didn't have any." Scott Zeron sent the Chapter Seven filly for the lead in the final while Plunge Blue Chip tucked into the pocket ahead of Lily Stride trotting into third. By the quarter in :28.2, Atlanta faced no pressure and rated to the half in :56.1. Plunge Blue Chip continued to track from the pocket. Atlanta's lead opened rounding the final turn as Plunge Blue Chip hit a wall and faded at the pylons, forcing the backfield wide. Seviyorum, pulling first over past the half, rushed into second with about a three-length deficit past the 1:24.3 third-quarter and continued to gain ground chasing through the stretch. Atlanta remained strong on the lead and hit the wire a length in front of Seviyorum at the wire. Nixie Volo closed for third and Top Expectations took fourth. "[Pulling the shoes] worked out so well," Rick Zeron said after the race, "and when Scott called on her around the last turn, I was in the paddock. Gone." "For him, it was a big move to make," Scott Zeron said. "But he was confident talking over it with me and we put some bell boots on her--I really think that helped her just that little bit more." Winning her seventh race from 11 starts this year and her 11th from 21 overall, Atlanta surpassed $1 million in earnings for owner-trainer Rick Zeron along with partners Crawford Farms, Holland Racing Stable, Howard Taylor and Brad Grant. She paid $4.20 to win. The other elimination for the Filly Futurity went to Lily Stride in a 1:50.2 lifetime-best performance. Courtney Hanover cleared to the cones moving into the first turn as Supergirl Riley moved into second and Nixie Volo wide from third. Supergirl Riley edged off the rail and forced Nixie Volo three wide heading to the quarter, timed in :27.4, and snagged the pocket once Nixie Volo took the top. Lily Stride, sitting fourth, stalked the early shuffle and angled first over into a :55.3 half. Nixie Volo endured first-over pressure from Lily Stride passing three-quarters as the two trotted in tandem to the 1:23.3 station before Lily Stride powered to the lead. Pat Matters, from second over, kicked off cover and chased Lily Stride to the wire, cutting into her margin but finishing a neck away in second at the wire. Seviyorum, veering to an opening at the pylons, closed for third ahead of Nixie Volo holding off Supergirl Riley, who also scratched from the final, in a photo for fourth. Owned by Emilio & Maria Rosati and trained by Mark Harder, Lily Stride won her second race from 13 starts this season and her sixth from 26 overall, earning $445,608. Tim Tetrick drove the Muscle Hill filly and returned $7.40 to win. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile        

LEXINGTON, KY -- The final day in the harness racing Grand Circuit meeting at The Red Mile drew 12 sophomore colts to compete in two six-horse eliminations for the $620,000 Kentucky Futurity on Sunday, Oct. 7 while 16 fillies dropped into two eight-horse eliminations for the $320,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity. Elimination one gathers Crystal Fashion, who set a world record winning his Hambletonian elimination, against Tactical Landing, entering off a 1:51.1 lifetime-best performance when winning his division of the Bluegrass Stakes. Crystal Fashion, a Jim Campbell-trained gelding by Cantab Hall, has won nine races from 13 starts this season, including the $253,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championship and the $512,050 Canadian Trotting Classic. Also finishing fourth in the $1,000,000 Hambletonian, the newly-minted millionaire will have Tim Tetrick in the bike from post two for owner Fashion Farms LLC. Tactical Landing, third in the Hambletonian, starts from post six with trainer Jimmy Takter at the reins. The Muscle Hill colt has won five races from nine starts this season, including an elimination for the Hambletonian, and earned $313,600 for The Tactical Landing Stable. Six Pack, the Ake Svanstedt-trained world champion by Muscle Mass, starts from post one in the second Futurity elimination. Owned by Ake Svanstedt inc., Little E LLC, Stall Kalmar Ff and Lars Berg, Six Pack, as well as post-six starter Fiftydallarbill, supplemented into the race for $63,700. Ake Svanstedt will drive the earner of nearly $900,000 as he makes his first start since winning an $86,750 division of New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) on Sept. 11. Fiftydallarbill, trained by William Crone for owner John Barnard, finished third in the Canadian Trotting Classic two starts ago. A Breeders Crown winner at two, he's collected 14 victories in 29 outings and approaches $700,000 in career earnings. Brett Miller gets the drive. Met's Hall, also in the second elimination, starts from post three off a 1:51.2 victory in his Bluegrass split. Also second in the Canadian Trotting Classic and the Hambletonian, the Zweig champion has nine wins from 20 starts and $964,754 in earnings. Andy Miller will sit behind the Cantab Hall colt for trainer Julie Miller and owners Stroy Inc. and Andy Miller Stable Inc. Supergirl Riley leads the first elimination for the Filly Futurity from post four with Marcus Miller driving. The Erv Miller-trained Muscle Mass filly enters on a three-race win streak, most recently taking her Bluegrass division in 1:52.2. A winner of nine races from 23 starts, she's earned $375,763 for owners Paymaq Racing, George Golemes and Harvey Eisman. Elimination two features a matchup between Atlanta, Plunge Blue Chip and Manchego. Atlanta, beating the boys in the Hambletonian, has since been toppled by Manchego (in the $103,360 Casual Breeze) and by Phaetosive (in the $261,800 Elegantimage). The Rick Zeron-trained Chapter Seven filly has won 10 races from 20 starts, earning $889,189 for owners Rick Zeron, Crawford Farms, Holland Racing Stable, Howard Taylor and Brad Grant. Scott Zeron will steer from post three. Plunge Blue Chip, the fastest three-year-old trotter ever with a 1:49.4 win in the Del Miller Memorial, competes from post six with trainer Ake Svanstedt driving. A winner of 15 races from 21 starts, she enters off a seven-length victory in the $225,000 NYSS championship. She has amassed $889,791 in earnings for owners Ake Svanstedt, Blue Chip Bloodstock, Tomas Andersson and Rick Zeron Stables. Accruing over $1.5 million on her card, Manchego enters off a three-length victory in the $172,000 Moni Maker at Hoosier Park. The Jimmy Takter-trained filly by Muscle Hill has won 19 times in 23 tries, including a 1:50 stakes-record performance in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, and starts from post eight with Yannick Gingras driving for owners Black Horse Racing, John Fielding and Herb Liverman. The top five finishers from each elimination of the filly futurity advance to the $224,000 final while the top five from each elimination for the futurity advance to the $434,000 final. The 53rd renewal of the Filly Futurity is sponsored by the Father Patrick Syndicate and Diamond Creek Farms while the 126th Kentucky Futurity is sponsored by Hunterton Farms, Stoner Manor Inc. and Menhammer Stuteri Ab. Sophomore pacing colts compete on the program in two divisions of the $450,000 Crawford Farms Tattersalls Pace, sponsored by Al and Michelle Crawford. Courtly Choice, off a 1:49.4 neck victory in the $436,560 Little Brown Jug final, contests millionaire Stay Hungry in the first division. The Blake MacIntosh-trained Art Major colt has 12 wins from 26 starts and is approaching one-million dollars in earnings. David Miller drives the Meadowlands Pace champ from post three for owners Hutt Racing Stable, Mac & Heim Stables, Daniel Plouffe and Touch Stone Farms. A Breeders Crown winner at two, Stay Hungry starts from post five off a 1:48.2 win in his Bluegrass division. The Tony Alagna-trained Somebeachsomewhere colt has earned $1,239,459 and won 12 races from 22 starts for owners Brad Grant and the Irwin Samelman Estate. Doug McNair will sit in the bike. Adios winner and Jug runner-up Dorsoduro Hanover fronts the second Tattersalls split. The Ron Burke-trained Somebeachsomewhere gelding is nearing one-million dollars in earnings for owners Burke Racing Stable, Jerry and Theresa Silva, Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi and Wingfield Five. Matt Kakaley drives the winner of 10 races out of 29 starts from post four. The $72,000 Libfeld & Katz Breeding Partnership Allerage Farms Mare Trot, sponsored by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, opens the closing-day card. Broadway Donna, off a victory in the $107,000 Miss Versatility, the Jim Campbell-trained five-year-old mare by Donato Hanover has 22 wins from 43 starts and $1,430,985 in earnings for owner Fashion Farms LLC. David Miller pilots from post four. Winning 15 races from 20 starts this season, Jim King Jr. trainee Shartin N heads the $98,500 Fear The Dragon Allerage Farms Mares Pace, sponsored by Midland Acres. The Kiwi import, with 22 wins total from 33 starts and $847,728 on her card, has bested the mare-pacing division this season including in the $281,200 Roses Are Red, $197,400 Lady Liberty and $161,000 Artiscape Pace. Regular-driver Tim Tetrick will sit at the helms. Caviart Ally, off a 1:51.2 victory in the $196,350 Milton Stakes, races to Shartin N's left flank in post four. The Noel Daley-trained Bettor's Delight mare recently passed the million-dollar plateau for owner Caviart Farms and will have Andrew McCarthy driving. Racing gets underway on closing day with first-race post time slated for 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

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. 4) with three divisions in the $275,600 International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old colt trotters. The Friday (Oct. 5) card features five divisions in the $324,500 International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old filly trotters and four divisions in the $245,000 International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. On Saturday (Oct. 6) The Red Mile will host the $350,000 (est.) International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old colt pacers, the $300,000 (est.) Glen Garnsey Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers and a pair of $150,000 (est.) Allerage races for open pacers and open trotters. On Sunday (Oct. 7), The Red Mile will offer the $600,000 (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 $500,000 (est.) Tattersalls Pace for 3-year-old colt pacers, and $85,000 (est.) Allerage races for older pacing mares and older trotting mares. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: The Dayton Derbies, a pair of $150,000 Grand Circuit events, brought most of the best older horses in North America to Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway on Friday night (Sept. 28) producing an outstanding night of racing. The action resulted in four track records, including new all-age overall standards on both gaits in the two featured events. Donttellmeagain obliterated the all-time fastest mile ever clocked at Dayton Raceway, speeding to a 1:47.4 victory in the Dayton Pacing Derby. Donttellmeagain (Tim Tetrick) obliterated the all-time fastest mile ever clocked at the 5-year-old Dayton Raceway, speeding to a 1:47.4 victory in the Dayton Pacing Derby. The old record was 1:48.4, a full second slower, established by State Treasurer in the 2015 Derby. Western Fame (Brett Miller) gunned directly to the front in the Pacing Derby, speeding to the quarter in :25.2, seating Split The House (Scott Zeron) -- who left with authority from the outermost post position -- in the pocket. Shortly thereafter, Tetrick moved favored Donttellmeagain to the front to stay through subsequent fractional times of :52.3 and an eye-popping 1:20. A final panel in :27.4 resulted in a 1-1/4 length tally over Western Fame and McWicked (Brian Sears), who had a long overland grind the final half-mile. "This horse isn't real big, but he's a real professional," said Tetrick. "I've liked him since he was a baby...and the trainer (Jim King Jr.) does a terrific job with him." The 4-year-old gelded son of Dragon Again is owned by Paton Racing Stables. He now sports 18 wins in 33 lifetime starts, good for $589,911 in earnings. Ariana G (Brian Sears), the only mare in a talented field for the Dayton Trotting Derby, lowered the overall track trotting record to 1:52.1 with an impressive triumph. Sears was patient with Ariana G, allowing first I Know My Chip (Kayne Kauffman) and then eventual show finisher Guardian Angel AS (Matt Kakaley) to mix it up on the front end in :26.4 and then :54.4. Moving to the outer flow in second-over position, Ariana G moved up to fourth at the 1:23.1 three-quarters before besting a fast-closing Warrawee Roo (Daniel Dube) by a half-length in the record time. "I knew they were trotting hard leaving the gate and I was content with my early position and those fractions," Sears related in the winner's circle. "Jimmy Takter (trainer) texted me that she was a versatile sweetheart, and he was definitely right." The 4-year-old winning daughter of Muscle Hill now has captured 26 of her 37 races and banked $2,367,709. She is owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, 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 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 1,070.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 1,045; 3. David Miller - 841.5; 4. Scott Zeron - 494; 5. Andrew McCarthy - 333.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 842.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 799; 3. Tony Alagna - 498.5; 4. Jim Campbell - 376; 5. Julie Miller - 300. Owners: 1. Fashion Farms - 269; 2. Burke Racing Stable - 192.1; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 179.5; 4. Robert Key - 172; 5. Brittany Farms - 166.5. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Yonkers Raceway, Harrah's Philadelphia, Northfield Park and The Meadowlands. Yonkers will offer the Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino for free-for-all trotters; Harrah's Philadelphia will host the John Simpson Stakes for 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits; Northfield will host the Courageous Lady for 3-year-old filly pacers; and The Meadowlands will feature the fourth leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

Lexington, KY - Five divisions of the $30,000 third and last leg of the Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for 2-year-old trotters took place on Thursday evening at The Red Mile on a pleasant but overcast evening with the track rated good to start the card after a brief shower just before the 7:00 post time and deteriorating slightly as the evening wore on. The team from Lindy Farms led by trainer Domenico Cecere and driver Scott Zeron enjoyed another terrific night in the KYSS series with three winners and a pair of thirds in five starts on the card, all with homebreds. The Antonacci family also bred a fourth KYSS winner in Run Lindy Run under the KR Breeding stable name. Two of those wins were in filly divisions with the last stake on the day another stage for the fearless Taylor Swiftly to perform, leaving her competition wondering why she's gotta be so mean with another effortless win, her third consecutive in the KYSS series. Beginning from post 7, Taylor Swiftly was three wide through much of the 28.1 opening quarter to make the lead, relinquished it to eventual second place finisher Whispering Oaks (Yannick Gingras) until headstretch where Zeron found room to fan wide for the drive and she rolled on by for the 1:56.1 win. Nomo Volo (Kruger) closed to get third. Taylor Swiftly is from the first crop of Trixton out of the Valley Victory mare True Diva, was bred by and is owned by Lindy Farms of Connecticut. The greatest threat to Taylor Swiftly's KYSS supremacy also resides in the Cecere barn in the improving Lindy Pearl. That filly became a double leg winner for Zeron when she shrugged off the constant hounding of a very game Strip It Down AS (Elliott Deaton) through fair fractions then trotted away impressively to a 4 1/4 length score through a 28.2 end to the 1:56 mile. Made the even money favorite off her 1:55.1 score in leg #2, Lindy Pearl has demonstrated a great fondness for the Bluegrass. Strip It Down AS, in a particularly gritty effort, held for part of a place dead-heat with Hyperbole (Yannick Gingras). The winner is by Muscle Hill from the mare Possessed By Lindy. Lindy's Crazy Hall kept the "Lindy" name in lights when he went gate to wire in 1:56.1 for Zeron in a colt division. The slight 2-1 favorite left sharply to an immediate lead, put Reign Of Honor in the pocket then rated friendly fractions, kicking home in 28.4 to hold off a serious late bids from both Shake N Bake (Deaton) and Memo (Kruger), second and third respectively by three parts of a length. Lindy's Crazy Hall is a product of more Lindy Farms homecookin', by Cantab Hall out of the mare Lindy's Gone Crazy. The first of the two colt divisions opened the card and Forecast (Corey Callahan) parlayed a lovely second over trip into a career best 1:55.3 win for trainer John Butenschoen. The favorite players fell prey to immediate disappointment when the 1-5 favorite Don't Let'em broke well before the start and was out of the race before it began. Seizing the moment was driver Matt Kruger who put longshot High Into The Sky on the lead and set hasty fractions that left him unmolested through the 56.4 half until Signore Cardin (Zeron) rolled up uncovered by the 1:27.1 third panel with Forecast drafting just off his back. High Into The Sky battled valiantly, deflecting Signore Cardin's bid but could not resist Forecast who closed into the 28.2 final quarter for his second win in the stakes series. The winner, a son of Cantab Hall from Downpour, was purchased by Butenschoen on behalf of his longtime owners William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick from breeder Diamond Creek Farms at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale (LSYS) for $70,000. Run Lindy Run, having flashed great speed but undone herself with breaks in several prior efforts, rewarded her faithful followers with a front end masterpiece at 7-1 for Corey Callahan (a stakes double for the driver) in 1:56. Trainer Ron Burke has been looking for answers with the talented Cantab Hall x Tough Girl Lindy lass and found the right one tonight as she led unchallenged all the way, holding off Asiago (Gingras) and the late trotting Mother Teresa (Zeron) for her first pari-mutuel score. Run Lindy Run was a Harrisburg bargain at $25,000 for Burke, who owns the filly alone under the Burke Racing Stable, LLC banner. KR Breeding is the breeder. The freshman KYSS pacers take to the track on Saturday night in the last of the preliminary legs for that group. Up to date point standings for the series is available on the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission website. The top-10 point-earners in each of the eight divisions will return for the $2 million KYSS finals on Sunday (Sept. 16), with a special afternoon post time of 3 p.m. The eight $250,000 finals will be the centerpiece of the new Fayette County Fair, which will take place that day from noon to 6 p.m. The fair will include food trucks, local craft breweries, bourbon tastings and an arts and crafts market. Also, several musical acts will play on two stages (one inside and one outside), with rising country star and Lexington native Walker Montgomery among the performers. The racing program will be kicked off with a horse parade of various breeds and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation will offer hands-on equine experiences. by Nick Salvi, for The Red Mile

Rodney DeBeck grew up in Lexington and as a child made frequent trips to The Red Mile, where he would imagine himself sitting behind horses speeding to victory. After spending some time as an adult working for a car dealership, he made his harness racing dream a reality. The 45-year-old DeBeck trains a six-horse stable at The Red Mile, which on Thursday hosts the first round of the Kentucky Sire Stakes for 2-year-old male and female trotters. Peter Haughton Memorial champion Don't Let'em headlines the card, competing in the first of two $30,000 divisions for the colts. DeBeck's Sleep In, a three-time winner on the Kentucky Fair Stakes circuit and runner-up in the fair final, is in the same division. "When I saw that, I thought: Oh my," said a laughing DeBeck, who in addition to training Sleep In also drives the horse. "This colt is an OK colt. He's still learning. He has ability. I don't know if he has the ability of (Don't Let'em) but he does have some go to him." DeBeck owns Sleep In with Dream Acres Equine. The colt is a son of Explosive Matter out of Misty Mollymorning, who is a full sister to millionaire Likeabatoutahell. He was purchased for $12,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. "I'm going to try to play with the big boys this year," DeBeck said. "We tried last year, it just didn't work out. But anytime you race against these kinds of guys -- the Takters, the Burkes, the Tony Alagnas -- you just want to work harder so you can get where they are. That's my goal." DeBeck's drive in Thursday's sire stakes will be for the most lucrative purse of his career, although he has trained horses that have raced for more money. In 2015, Lonoke Valley Chip and Coyote's Star both finished second in $175,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes championships. In 2016, Dazzling Rose was the runner-up in a KYSS final. "I've been fortunate to be in the sire stakes and be competitive," said DeBeck, who worked for 10 years for Kevin Thomas before starting his own stable. "I love the competition and the excitement. And, of course, making money. But growing up playing sports, I played football and baseball in high school, I'm very competitive. That's what I like about it. I go to the track, I don't care if you're my friend or not, I'm there to beat you." DeBeck, whose grandfather, Bill Head, ran the kitchen at The Red Mile in the 1960s and early 1970s, began racing on his own at The Red Mile in 2007. He got his first Red Mile training win in 2010 and his first driving win at the oval in 2012. "I was very nervous and very excited," DeBeck said about his first race at The Red Mile, which is located four miles from where he grew up. "It was a great experience. It still is. "When I was a young kid I dreamed of doing this stuff. It's great (to be at The Red Mile); you see friends that you went to high school with, they come out and see you. It gets you excited. It's a great feeling." DeBeck's plan is to continue racing a small stable and live his dream. "I just try to do my best," DeBeck said. "I do everything myself. It makes for a very long day, but I enjoy it. I enjoy being with my horses and working with my horses. I think that's how you get to learn what the horse needs and what his wants are. "This is what I want to do for the rest of my life, until I can't do it anymore. If I don't have horses myself, I'll work for somebody. I love all the business. To me, there are no bad days. Any time you wake up and get to do what you love, it's great." by Ken Weingartner, for USTA

LEXINGTON, KY-- After finishing third in the first heat, Ice Attraction stalked a contested pace, weaving into contention late to overtake stretch-leader and 1-9 harness racing favorite Ariana G to win the $168,000 final of the Kentucky Filly Futurity at odds of 29-1 in 1:54.2 at The Red Mile. Elimination one went to Ariana G, strolling to a 1:54.4 victory over finalists Highland Top Hill, Ice Attraction, Sunshine Delight, and Sianna Hanover. Floating away second as Highland Top Hill asserted herself to the top, Ariana G brushed towards the lead following a :29.3 opening quarter, then progressing to a :57.3 half before experiencing minor pressure from Sunshine Delight around the final turn. Passing three-quarters in 1:27, Ariana G turned into the stretch maintaining control under a hand drive, while Highland Top Hill chased at the rail and Sunshine Delight wide of her. Her 20th win in 24 starts, Ariana G, by Muscle Hill from the Cantab Hall mare Cantab It All, has earned $1,575,657 for owners and breeders Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras, she paid $2.10 to win. Dream Together was victorious in the second elimination, winning in 1:54 off a pocket trip over finalists Thats All Moni, Treviso, Cool Cates, and Dream Baby Dream. Grabbing the front in :29, Dream Together yielded to a backside rush from Thats All Moni, who cleared the lead after a :57.2 half. Dream Baby Dream, tracking her two-wide move, advanced uncovered around the final turn, applying first-over pressure to Thats All Moni in 1:25 before ultimately faltering in the stretch. Thats All Moni, drifting off the rail, created a seam for Dream Together to fire through into the eighth pole, and Dream Together rushed up the cones to win. By Muscle Hill out of the Andover Hall mare Danae, Dream Together, winning her seventh race in 18 starts, competes for owner Determination Inc. and trainer Luc Blais. Earning $292,399, the $7.20 winner was driven by Daniel Dube. In the final heat, Treviso launched to the front, setting a :29.3 quarter before settling for the pocket as Dream Together took over to set a :57.1 half. Ariana G, hesitant to start her first-over bid, committed uncovered from fourth moving into the final turn, marching towards the leader and soon matching strides with her at three-quarters in 1:25.2. Dream Together fought at the inside but Ariana G maintained the front in the stretch. Ice Attraction, sitting at the rail, chased the duo until the eighth pole, when trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt angled her towards the center of the track to weave between Dream Baby Dream, rallying from off cover, and Ariana G to narrowly take the 52nd renewal of the Filly Futurity. Owned by Ake Svanstedt, Douglass Sipple, Mal and Janet Burroughs, and Little E LLC, Ice Attraction, by Muscle Hill from the Conway Hall mare The Ice Queen, won her eighth race in 24 starts, compiling $297,772 in earnings. She paid $61.40 to win. "I'm shocked to tell you the truth," co-owner Jeff Gural said. "Almost as shocked when we sold that horse for $480,000 [at the Lexington-Selected Sale]. Ake's been high on this filly--she got sick, and I was kind of hoping I would get up for second, then, all of a sudden, I realized that she won. It's been a great week for me; I've been coming here a long time, but I've never had a week like this." By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile    

LEXINGTON, KY-- Winning her elimination, Broadway Donna returned to the track hours later to claim a harness racing victory in the $312,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity at The Red Mile Earlier on the card, Broadway Donna trotted a 1:51.1 to win the first of two eliminations for the Filly Futurity, paying $7.00 to win. Sitting fourth through a :27 quarter set by Southwind Hope, Broadway Donna moved first over from fourth to brush to control before the half. She was in front through a :55 half and began kicking away from Southwind Hope chasing in second and Spicedbourbongirl in third. Trotting to three-quarters in 1:23.1, Broadway Donna remained in front by open lengths through the stretch, coasting home while Earn Your Wings came down the center of the track for second and Flowers N Songs for third. Spicedbourbongirl finished fourth and Dream Child was fifth.   "She wasn't at the top of her game last week," Jim Campbell said. "Part of it was probably my fault; I should've pulled her hind shoes last week, but she warmed up so good that I thought she was okay with them on. Dave [Miller] thought the track kind of stuck to her and wore her out more than anything, so I'll take the blame for last week.   "I was just watching David and he was just letting her trot along. I was just hoping that she would bounce back and be like her old self, and if she was, the fractions wouldn't bother me. David didn't even look like he was asking her; she looked real strong all the way down the lane. I was paying more attention to David than I was the fractions.   Owned by Vanersol In., Dancing In Thehall, an Ake Svanstedt-trainee by Cantab Hall out of the Donerail mare Doin' The Town, pulled off a 47-1 upset in the second elimination, winning in 1:53.   Womans Will led the field through a :28 first quarter before losing the lead to Side Bet Hanover. Celebrity Eventsy pulled first over from fifth with Wildflower on her back at the half, timed in :55.4. Dancing In Thehall was trotting at the rail in sixth around the far turn while Side Bet Hanover progressed to three-quarters in front of Celebrity Eventsy stalled first over in 1:24.4.   Side Bet Hanover drifted off the rail through the stretch, leaving room for Dancing In Thehall and driver Yannick Gingras to sweep up the rail while Wildflower, Gin And Lindy, and Double Exposure tried to advance towards the center of the track. Side Bet Hanover tried to fight off Dancing In Thehall to her inside heading to the line, but Dancing In Thehall edged by. Double Exposure finished third, Gin And Lindy fourth, and Gracie Hanover fifth.   "[We] just tried to stay close to the rail and hope that something opened up," Yannick Gingras said. "She felt really strong around the last turn, so I figured at that point I made the final, but all the way through the stretch she kept picking them off one by one."   Dancing In Thehall paid $96.80 to win.   In the second heat, Broadway Donna grabbed command before the half and strolled to a 1:51.2 victory.   Sent off the 3-5 favorite, Broadway Donna edged off the cones passing the quarter in :27.3 to take the top from Spicedbourbongirl. She trotted to the half in :55.3 as Side Bet Hanover initiated a first-over bid into the turn, being tracked by Flowers N Songs. Side Bet Hanover matched strides with Spicedbourbongirl heading to three-quarters about two lengths off of Broadway Donna. Timed in 1:23.4, Broadway Donna kicked away in the stretch under wraps while Spicedbourbongirl chased for second and Flowers N Songs kicked off cover for third.   Broadway Donna, by Donato Hanover out of the Broadway Hall mare Broadway Schooner, won her 14th race in 20 starts, earning $933,494 for owner Fashion Farms LLC. Trained by Jim Campbell and driven by David Miller, she returned $3.20 to win.   "It was pretty much an identical trip [to the first heat]," David Miller said. "She was just the same in the second heat as she was in the first."   "[We] couldn't be more proud of her today," Jim Campbell said. "She showed what she can really do, and for her to go two heats like she did today was just impressive. She's an amazing filly.   "She started off on a good note; she was really good in her first start. And then in her second start she was sick. She bled a little bit in the Hambletonian Oaks, and we put her on Lasix but it didn't seem to kick in until today. She went out and did what we were hoping to see today.   "Mr. Segal will make the final decision on [racing her at four]. I'm sure he's leaning towards it, but as long as everything finishes up good this year, I'm sure he'd be in favor of that. They probably have a spot for her all reserved for whenever that time comes, but hopefully it's not for a couple years."   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

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