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After an impressive victory in the Kentucky Futurity and a second place finish by harness racing poll leader Shartin N, Greenshoe has closed the gap in the Top Ten Poll. Shartin N is still #1 with 19 first place votes as Greenshoe moved closer with 14 first place votes and surprisingly, undefeated Tall Dark Stranger received one first place vote while remaining in 9th position. After the battle for the #1 position, the only changes in the Top Ten Poll comes at the end of the list where Warraee Ubeaut moved from 10th to 8th position and Manchego, after becoming the fastest female trotter of all time, is on the Top Ten Poll in 10th position. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 20 – 10/8/2019 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Shartin N (19) 6pm 16-14-1-0 $848,177 328 1 2 Greenshoe (14) 3tc 12-10-2-0 $1,164,550 317 2 3 Bettor’s Wish 3pc 15-11-4-0 $1,288,944 274 3 4 Lather Up 4ph 12-8-1-1 $768,011 161 4 5 Southwind Ozzi 3pc 12-9-2-0 $804,435 136 5 6 Atlanta 4tm 11-7-3-0 $658,400 128 6 7 Real Cool Sam 2tg 9-9-0-0 $454,575 125 7 8 Warrawee Ubeaut 3pf 15-10-2-3 $636,398 112 10 9 Tall Dark Stranger (1) 2pc 7-7-0-0 $411,265 92 9 10 Manchego (1) 4tm 13-5-0-0 $310,038 78 -- ALSO:  McWicked 30; Elver Hanover 21; Captain Crunch 17; Gimpanzee 16; Forbidden Trade 15; When Dovescry 12; Century Farroh 10; Caviart Ally, Six Pack 8; Alicorn, Hypnotic AM, Lyons Sentinel 7; Green Manalishi S, Guardian Angel AS 4; Capt Midnight, Rich And Miserable 3; Denali Seelster, Tall Drink Hanover 1.

LEXINGTON, KY--Division leader Greenshoe kept his crown intact as he patiently pushed for the front and faced little challenge when cruising to a 1:51.1 mile in the 127th Kentucky Futurity--going as a $450,000 single heat sponsored by Hunterton Farms, Stoner Manor Inc. and Menhammer Stuteri Ab--over a "good" track at The Red Mile on Sunday, Oct. 6. Stablemate Green Manalishi S swept to the top from post 8 while Gimpanzee raced first over to a :27.3 first quarter and supplied cover to fellow Marcus Melander trainee Greenshoe. Gimpanzee slid to the lead up the backstretch while Greenshoe, the 1-9 favorite, crept closer to the top through a :55.1 half with Pilot Discretion on cover second over. Greenshoe hit his best strides heading to the final turn, rushing past Gimpanzee to lead the field past three-quarters in 1:24. Through the stretch the millionaire son of Father Patrick veered wide but kept to task while pursued down the center of the course by Don't Let'em, who took second. Gimpanzee held third from Soul Strong closing from the back of the pack for fourth. "I was really happy with the way things were working out; I wasn't getting any road trouble," said winning driver Brian Sears after the race. "I was able to be patient with him and ease him up to the front. Then when I thought it was time to use him up a little bit he was there for me and was pretty much in hand. I was really happy with the way he scored down so I was getting a good feeling going behind the gate. He's got speed that really no other horse I can think of can go with." Earning $1,241,273 for owners Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist and Morten Langli, Greenshoe--bred by Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz--won his 12th race from 16 starts. "I was here for the first time in 2007," said owner Anders Strom, who co-owns Greenshoe through Courant Inc. "I started my business as a horse owner for real in 2005 and set myself a target to have the world's best horse in 15 years and we are up by a photo finish now. Not to say the least to do it with this team of trainer, groom, driver, my co-owners which also will include Hanover Shoe Farms where he will find his new home next season." Greenshoe paid $2.20 to win. by Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

Greenshoe, Gimpanzee, and Green Manalishi S see plenty of each other on a regular basis but have not seen much of each other on the harness racing racetrack. The three horses, all from the stable of trainer Marcus Melander, will compete in the same race for only the second time this year when they meet in Sunday's (Oct. 6) $450,000 Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-old trotters at Lexington's Red Mile. The Kentucky Futurity is the third jewel in the Trotting Triple Crown. The only previous meeting between Melander's trio came in the first jewel, the Hambletonian, on Aug. 3. Greenshoe finished second to Forbidden Trade in the Hambletonian, with Gimpanzee third and Green Manalishi S fifth. Four weeks later, Gimpanzee was Melander's only entry in the Trotting Triple Crown's second event, the Yonkers Trot, where Gimpanzee claimed the trophy by defeating Forbidden Trade. Greenshoe, who has won nine of 11 races and $939,550 in purses this season, is the sport's richest trotter. Among 3-year-olds, Gimpanzee is third and Green Manalishi S is fourth. "They've been racing good all year," Melander said. "We couldn't be more happy with how they've been performing. They've had a long season, but they're still going strong and look good. "We made a lot of money with those three horses. We were lucky because they were in different sire stakes (programs) and we could separate them a little bit. I think we were smart to separate them like that and I think it was good for the horses, as well. It's good for their head to not race against each other. I think we did the right thing with all of them. They've all won big races." Greenshoe is the 4-5 morning-line favorite in the Kentucky Futurity, which attracted 12 horses and will be contested as a single dash with two horses starting from the second tier. Greenshoe's victories this season include the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial, New Jersey Sire Stakes championship, Kentucky Sire Stakes championship, and a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial. The colt enters the Kentucky Futurity off a 1:49.4 triumph in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes last week at Red Mile. The time is the fastest of the season for a 3-year-old trotter and the fourth sub-1:50 winning mile by a sophomore in harness racing history. Six Pack trotted the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old, 1:49.1, in last year's Futurity. "It was nice, of course," Melander said about Greenshoe's mile. "We knew he could do that, so it was nice to get that record for him. Especially if it's going to be bad weather on Sunday, he's probably not going to have that chance. "He came out of (the Bluegrass) great. It will be exciting to see him." Greenshoe, whose full brother Maverick sold for a record $1.1 million Tuesday at the Lexington Selected Sale, will start the Futurity from post four with regular driver Brian Sears. He is owned by Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist, and Morten Langli. Gimpanzee, a Dan Patch Award winner last year at age 2, has won six of nine races this year and earned $691,163. His victories this season in addition to the Yonkers Trot include the New York Sire Stakes championship and Empire Breeders Classic. He finished second to Greenshoe last week. The colt is owned by Courant Inc. and S R F Stable. Gimpanzee (Mike Lizzi Photo) Green Manalishi S has won six of 10 races this season, including the Canadian Trotting Classic and Simcoe Stakes, and earned $638,838 for owner Courant Inc. Green Manalishi S Gimpanzee and driver David Miller start the Futurity from post six and Green Manalishi S and driver Tim Tetrick leave from post eight. The horses are both 6-1 second choices on the morning line. "I'm happy with how my horses are going into the race," Melander said. "I'm confident going into the race, but it's horse racing and there are some nice horses in there. A lot can happen." Five horses sit at 15-1 behind Melander's trio on Sunday. One, Marseille, is the only horse other than Forbidden Trade to beat Greenshoe this season, winning the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial by a head. Svanstedt, who won last year's Futurity with Six Pack, trains and drives Marseille. Hambletonian winner Forbidden Trade was not eligible to the Futurity. This is the second time in four years the Futurity will be a single 12-horse dash. Marion Marauder completed a sweep of the Trotting Triple Crown by winning from the second tier's post 11 in 2016. In addition to the Kentucky Futurity, the card includes the $267,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity for 3-year-old female trotters. Eleven horses entered the race. Hambletonian Oaks winner When Dovescry is the 9-5 favorite followed by Millies Possesion at 2-1. For more on the Futurity Day card, including two Tattersalls Pace divisions for 3-year-old male pacers and Allerage events for trotting and pacing mares, click here. For complete entries, click here. Racing begins at 1 p.m. (EDT). Following is the field for the 127th Kentucky Futurity. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-M/L 1 - Chin Chin Hall - Cash Hall - Peter Wrenn - R. Nifty Norman - 15/1 2 - Marseille - Muscle Hill - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Stanstedt - 15/1 3 - Super Schissel - Uncle Peter - Scott Zeron - Per Engblom - 20/1 4 - Greenshoe - Father Patrick - Brian Sears - Marcus Melander - 4/5 5 - Don't Let'em - Muscle Hill - Yannick Gingras - Nancy Johansson - 15/1 6 - Gimpanzee - Chapter Seven - David Miller - Marcus Melander - 6/1 7 - Mass Fortune K - Muscle Massive - Tyler Buter - Norm Parker - 30/1 8 - Green Manalishi S - Muscle Hill - Tim Tetrick - Marcus Melander - 6/1 9 - Pilot Discretion - Muscle Hill - Andy McCarthy - Tony Alagna - 15/1 10 - Soul Strong - Father Patrick - Dexter Dunn - Ake Svanstedt - 15/1 11 - Goes Down Smooth - Muscle Hill - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke - 20/1 12 - Union Forces - Cantab Hall - Andy Miller - Julie Miller - 20/1 by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager      

LEXINGTON, KY --After two weeks of stakes competition, The Red Mile will close the annual Grand Circuit fortnight on Sunday, Oct. 6 with the 127th edition of the Kentucky Futurity capping the program. Marcus Melander's trotting triage leads the field for the $450,000 Kentucky Futurity, which drew 12 horses and will go as a single dash. The Father Patrick colt Greenshoe--whose brother sold for a record $1.1 million on night one of the Lexington Yearling Sale--will start from post 4, inside of stablemates Gimpanzee and Green Manalishi S. The millionaire colt, with 11 wins from 15 starts, competes for owners Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist and Morten Langli, and will have Brian Sears in the bike. Gimpanzee, starting from post 6, enters from a second-place finish to Greenshoe in his 1:49.4 mile last week at Lexington. The Chapter Seven colt--with $1.2 million earned for owners Courant Inc. and S R F Stable--will have David Miller driving. Green Manalishi S--a Muscle Hill colt also with nearly $1.2 million earned--competes for Courant Inc. and will have Tim Tetrick in the bike from post 8 off a 1:50.4 victory in a $96,100 division of Bluegrass. The 54th Kentucky Filly Futurity also goes as a single $267,000 dash. Hambletonian Oaks winner When Dovescry leaves from post 4 off a 1:50.1 victory in a $108,500 division of Bluegrass. The Rene Allard-trained Muscle Hill filly approaches $700,000 in earnings for owners Go Fast Stable, Yves Sarrazin, Kapildeo Singh and Lawrence Dumain and will have brother Simon Allard steering. Millies Possesion starts directly inside of When Dovescry, who has handed the previously undefeated Jim Campbell trainee her only losses. Unraced as a two-year-old and racing 12 times this year, the Possess The Will filly has earned nearly $500,000 for owner-breeder Fashion Farms and will have regular pilot Dexter Dunn at the reins. Sophomore pacing colts also compete in a pair of $270,000 divisions for the $540,000 Tattersalls. Little Brown Jug winner Southwind Ozzi paid the $45,000 supplement and draws post 3 in the first division. The Bill Mac Kenzie-trained Somebeachsomewhere colt has won nine races from 11 starts this season and banked $771,263 in his career for owners Vincent Ali Jr. and Alma Iafelice and will have Brian Sears in the bike. Bettor's Wish and Captain Crunch compete against each other for the first time since the Cane Pace in the second Tattersalls division. Captain Crunch--a Nancy Johansson-trained son of Captaintreacherous--bested Bettor's Wish in the $285,362 Cane Pace by a neck in 1:48 but has not won a race since. The winner of $1.3 million will have Scott Zeron in the sulky from post 5 for owners 3 Brothers Stables, Christina Takter, Rojan Stables and Caviart Farms. Bettor's Wish has only lost one race since the Cane Pace, finishing second in the $500,000 Messenger Pace to American Mercury (who starts from post 2). The Chris Ryder-trained Bettor's Delight colt--co-owned by Ryder with Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm and Bettors Wish Partners--has earned over $1.1 million from 14 starts this season (finishing no worse than second in all) and has $1.4 million earned in his career. Dexter Dunn sits in the bike from post 6. Shartin N fronts the $87,000 Allerage Farms Fillies and Mares Open Pace. Winning 40 races from 52 starts, the six-year-old Tintin In America mare nears $2 million in earnings and rides a 14-race win streak for trainer Jim King Jr. Tim Tetrick co-owns Shartin N and will drive her from post 4 for partners Richard Poillucci and Joanne Looney-King. Aged trotting mares also race on the closing-day card with the $69,500 Allerage Farms Fillies & Mares Trot starting the Sunday stakes action. The four-year-old Muscle Hill mare Manchego leads the eight-mare charge off a nine-length blowout against the boys in the $171,250 Dayton Trotting Derby last week. Nancy Johansson conditions the winner of $1.8 million for owner Black Horse Racing. Ake Svanstedt sends a speedy pair with Plunge Blue Chip, who equaled her 1:49.4 world record in last year in the Filly Futurity, and Darling Mearas S, who trotted a 1:49.4 mile at the Meadowlands earlier this season. Plunge Blue Chip--recently surpassing $1 million in earnings for owners Ake Svanstedt Inc., Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. and Tomas Andersson, will have trainer Svanstedt in the sulky from post 5. Darling Mearas S, a six-year-old mare by Cantab Hall, approaches $1 million in earnings for owner Snogarps Gard and will have Andy Miller driving from post 8. The closing-day program gets underway with first-race post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- With 12 dropping in the entry box Thursday morning, the harness racing draw for the $450,000 Kentucky Futurity Final was conducted during the Thursday (Oct. 3) card at The Red Mile. Off a 1:49.4 mile under wraps in his Bluegrass division, Greenshoe fronts the field of 12. The Father Patrick colt recently surpassed $1 million in earnings for owners Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist and Morten Langli. He leads a Melander triage into the 127th renewal of the trotting triple crown classic with stablemates Gimpanzee and Green Manalishi S also entering. The draw for the 54th Kentucky Filly Futurity was also conducted. A total of 11 fillies dropped into the box with Hambletonian Oaks winner When Dovescry back to rematch Millies Posession. Below are the fields for the Kentucky Futurity and the Filly Futurity: Race 8 | $450,000 127th Kentucky Futurity Post-Name-Trainer 1-Chin Chin Hall-Richard "Nifty" Norman 2-Marseille-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 3-Super Schissel-Per Engblom 4-Greenshoe-Marcus Melander 5-Don't Let'em-Nancy Johansson 6-Gimpanzee-Marcus Melander 7-Mass Fortune K-Norm Parker 8-Green Manalishi S-Marcus Melander 9-Pilot Discretion-Tony Alagna 10-Soul Strong-Ake Svanstedt 11-Goes Down Smooth-Ron Burke 12-Union Forces-Julie Miller Race 6 | $267,000 54th Kentucky Filly Futurity Post-Name-Trainer 1-Weslynn Quest-Christopher Beaver 2-The Ice Dutchess-Nancy Johansson 3-Millies Posession-Jim Campbell 4-When Dovescry-Rene Allard 5-Starita-Joe Holloway 6-Seaside Bliss-Paul Kelley 7-Miss Trixton-Marcus Melander 8-Princess Deo-Lucas Wallin 9-Beautiful Sin-Ake Svanstedt 10-Golden Tricks-Ake Svanstedt 11-Asiago-Per Engblom An eight-race card caps the Grand Circuit fortnight at The Red Mile and also features the Tattersalls Pace and the mare divisions of the Allerage Farms. The closing-day card gets underway with first-race post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile    

This Week: John Simpson Memorial, Harrah's Philadelphia, Chester, Pa.; and Red Mile Grand Circuit, The Red Mile, Lexington, Ky. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit harness racing action begins this week on Wednesday (Oct. 2) at Harrah's Philadelphia with three $30,000 divisions in the John Simpson Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers and three $30,000 divisions in the John Simpson Memorial for 3-year-old filly trotters. On Sunday (Oct. 6) Harrah's Philadelphia will offer the $75,000 (est.) John Simpson Memorial races for 2-year-old male pacers and trotters. The second week of Grand Circuit action at The Red Mile kicks off on Thursday (Oct. 3) with three divisions in the $276,300 International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old colt trotters. The Friday (Oct. 4) card features four divisions in the $290,200 International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old filly trotters and two divisions in the $239,000 International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. On Saturday (Oct. 5) The Red Mile will host the $350,000 (est.) International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old colt pacers, the $275,000 (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. 6), 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, 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: Manchego not only won the $171,250 Dayton Trotting Derby over a talented field of older male trotters, but the 4-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill obliterated the Hollywood Dayton Raceway track record and established a new world record for trotting mares on a five-eighths-mile oval with a 1:50.1 score on Friday (Sept. 27). Manchego broke the Hollywood Dayton Raceway track record and established a new world record for trotting mares on a five-eighths-mile oval in the $171,250 Dayton Trotting Derby. Conrad photo. Driver Dexter Dunn left the gate alertly and Manchego sped to the lead and showed her heels to the field through :26.3, :54 and 1:22.2 intervals. Widening her lead with every stride the $1.8 million winner increased her commanding margin to nine lengths at the culmination of her record setting mile. Sent off as the second choice on the toteboard, Manchego bested Fiftydallarbill (Tim Tetrick) and I Know My Chip (Jeremy Smith) and paid $5.80. Nancy Johansson trains Manchego for owner Black Horse Racing. Jimmy Freight (Scott Zeron) upset a field that included five millionaires to capture the $151,750 Dayton Pacing Derby. The 10-1 longshot topped McWicked (Brian Sears) and Western Fame (Dan Noble) by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:48.3. Western Fame made the pace through :26.1, :53.3 and 1:20.4 splits before McWicked came calling around the final bend with Jimmy Freight in tow. This Is The Plan (Yannick Gingras) joined the trio of combatants and it looked like anybody's race until Jimmy Freight pulled away in deep stretch. "I was hoping I could follow McWicked in this race and it worked out perfect," said Zeron in the winner's circle. "Scott DiDomenico does a great job with this horse and I'm real happy for owner Adriano Sorella, who was here tonight." Jimmy Freight returned a $23.20 mutuel. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2019, 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 2019 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend: Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 1,050.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 898; 3. David Miller - 687; 4. Dexter Dunn - 646; 5. Andrew McCarthy - 539. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 943; 2. Tony Alagna - 588; 3. Marcus Melander - 414; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 412; 5. Nancy Johansson - 351. Owners: 1. Brad Grant - 197.6; 2. Fashion Farms - 194.5; 3. Burke Racing Stable - 184.8; 4. Courant Inc. - 172.5; 5. Weaver Bruscemi - 167.3. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next week 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 2-year-old filly pacers and trotters; Northfield will host the Courageous Lady for 3-year-old filly pacers; and The Meadowlands will feature the fourth leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

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— Blowing into contention at odds of 82-1 in the elimination, Snowstorm Hanover replicated his first-heat harness racing rally to storm by Devious Man and win the $420,000 second heat of the Kentucky Futurity, sponsored by Hunterton Farms, Stoner Manor Inc., and Menhammer Stuteri Ab., in 1:53.2 at The Red Mile. “I really wonder now if he just doesn’t like the hot weather,” Ron Burke said of his aptly-named trotter, Snowstorm Hanover. “We noticed that he washes out sometimes very badly in the parade, and sometimes when he washes out he’s really bad. So, maybe today, the weather was a blessing to him; it seemed cooler. Snowstorm Hanover got away fourth in the final, tracking his stable-mate What The Hill while Bill’s Man put up a quarter in :29. Yes Mickey, circling out of the pocket, took the field to the half in :56.3 while What The Hill marched first over into second, carrying with him Snowstorm Hanover. Devious Man, positioned fourth over around the turn, was flying towards the center of the track heading to three-quarters, timed in 1:24.2, and took over the lead midway in the stretch. Snowstorm Hanover, angling three wide, chased after Devious Man coming into the eighth pole, pursuing the leader and eventually drawing alongside before sticking his nose in front in the final yards to win. Lindy The Great finished third, and What The Hill was fourth. Returning $13.60 to win, Snowstorm Hanover, by Muscle Massive out of the Andover Hall mare Snow Angel Hanover, won his eighth race in 31 starts, earning $626,849 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, Phillip Collura and Weaver Bruscemi. He is trained by Ron Burke and was driven by Matt Kakaley. “I told Matt after the first heat ‘Truthfully, you were the only one with trot finishing in the first two heats, so maybe you got the best horse, and let’s try to give him a trip,’” Burke said. “Matt couldn’t have done a better job of putting him in the perfect spot to upset.” “The end of the year last year, he was super,” Matt Kakaley said. “He finished up the year so great, and he’s got it in him if he shows up, that’s for sure.” “He was a last-minute addition to even enter him,” Burke said. “But I was like ‘Eh, what the hell?’—he was second last week, so he paid his entry fee. So it’s a surprise but it’s also a thrill because it’s our core group that owns all our horses together, so that makes this even more special to us.” International Moni took control midway around the final turn and strolled to a 1:53.4 victory in the opening elimination for the first heat. Sitting fourth off a :28.3 quarter set by Giveitgasandgo, Scott Zeron edged 6-5 favorite International Moni first over before the half, drawing alongside the leader in :56.2 before clearing the lead. Clocking three-quarters in 1:24.3, International Moni held an uncontested lead in the stretch, trotting under a hand drive as Snowstorm Hanover rallied off a rail trip to take second and Bill’s Man, from second over, finished third. King On The Hill, and Di Oggi rounded out the finalists. By Love You out of the Speedy Crown mare Moni Maker, International Moni, competing for the Moni Maker Stable, won his eighth race in 23 starts, earning $527,442. Trained by Frank Antonacci and driven by Scott Zeron, he paid $4.40 to win. What The Hill capitalized off a pocket trip to take the second elimination in 1:53.3. David Miller sent What The Hill to the lead, clearing after a :28.4 opening quarter. After a :57 half, What The Hill took the pocket as Devious Man brushed to the front from third, leading the field around the final turn and through three-quarters in 1:24.3. Fighting at the rail, Devious Man maintained the lead through most of the stretch. Lindy The Great, following cover from third over, rallied down the center of the course wide of Yes Mickey, closing from second over. What The Hill tipped off the rail, splitting horses late to edge by Devious Man and hold off Lindy The Great, finishing second, at the line. Yes Mickey was third, Devious Man fourth, and Dover Dan rounded out the finalists. Winning his ninth race in 26 starts, What The Hill, by Muscle Hill out of the Angus Hall mare K T Cha Cha, races for owners Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, Jerry and Theresa Silva Stables, and Deo Volente Farms, earning $763,612 through his campaign. Trained by Ron Burke, he paid $14.60 to win.    By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- Closing day at The Red Mile, headlined by the $600,000 125th renewal of the Kentucky Futurity, features other harness racing sophomore stars competing in two heats of the $240,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, two divisions of the $406,000 American Ideal Tattersalls Pace, and the $234,000 Glen Garnsey Memorial, as well as older competitors going in the $67,000 Crawford Farms Allerage Farms Mare Trot and the $105,000 Four Roses Allerage Farms Mare Pace, on Sunday, October 8. Elimination one for the Kentucky Futurity, sponsored by Hunterton Farms, Stoner Manor Inc., and Menhammer Stuteri, draws Perfect Spirit, the de facto winner of the 2017 Hambletonian, starting from post eight with trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt at the helms for owner Srf Stable. With $653,919 in earnings and seven wins to his 17-race resume, the Andover Hall colt, from the Kadabra mare Good Common Cents, has raced once since the Hambletonian, finishing second in a $30,000 Simpson Memorial split at Harrah's Philadelphia to Stealth Hanover, who starts from post one in the same elim. What The Hill, disqualified from first in the Hambletonian, goes from post eight in the second elimination with David Miller in the bike for trainer Ron Burke. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stable, Jerry and Theresa Silva Stables, and Deo Volente Farms, the Muscle Hill colt, from the Angus Hall mare K T Cha Cha, exits a sixth-place finish in the Bluegrass after attempting to set a hot pace. He has eight wins on his 25-race record, and $719,612 in earnings, including wins in the Canadian Trotting Classic and Peter Haughton Memorial. Opting to race against the fillies, Ariana G starts from post four in the opening elimination for the Filly Futurity, sponsored by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Winning her Bluegrass division by four-and-a-quarter lengths in 1:52.2, the Muscle Hill filly, out of the Cantab Hall mare Cantab It All, added a 19th win to her 23-start career, earning over $1.5-million for owner-breeders Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Yannick Gingras steers the Jimmy Takter trainee. Takter also sends Thats All Moni, exiting a 1:52.2 win in the Bluegrass, from post one in the second elimination. Winning nine of her 21 starts, the Cantab Hall filly, out of the Pine Chip mare Mom's Millionaire, has accrued $455,914 in earnings for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld. Tim Tetrick will drive. After finishing fifth in the second heat of the Little Brown Jug, Downbytheseaside returns to the track in the first division of the Tattersalls Pace, sponsored by Brittany Stallion Management, starting from post one against frosh-champ Huntsville, himself entering from a defeat. Downbytheseaside, a Somebeachsomewhere colt out of the Allamerican Native mare Sprig Hanover, has won 17 races in 28 starts, including the Messenger Stakes and Carl Milstein Memorial, earning over $1.6-million for owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo, and Diamond Creek Racing. Brian Sears drives from trainer Brian Brown. Huntsville, second to Little Brown Jug-winner Filibuster Hanover in 1:48.4 in a Bluegrass split last week, matches with Downbytheseaside for the first time since the Cane Pace. A winner of 15 races in 25 starts, Huntsville, by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Western Hanover mare Wild West Show, has earned over $1.7-million for owners Ted Gewertz, Steven Arnold, Crawford Farms Racing, and trainer Ray Schnittker. Tim Tetrick will drive from post three. North America Cup and Adios-winner Fear The Dragon neighbors Filibuster Hanover in the second division of the Tattersalls. Owned by Emerald Highlands Farms, the Brian Brown-trained colt by Dragon Again, from the Western Ideal mare Armbro Cinnamon, has won 16 races in 25 starts, amassing over $1.3-million in earnings. Off a fourth-place finish in the Little Brown Jug, David Miller drives from post two. Filibuster Hanover, starting from the rail, scored his sixth win in 28 starts, taking his Bluegrass division in a career-best clocking. The gelding by Somebeachsomewhere, out of the Western Hanover mare Fashion Ecstasy, has earned $669,958 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Joe Di Scala Jr., Jerry and Theresa Silva Stables, and Weaver Bruscemi. Yannick Gingras drives for trainer Ron Burke. Entering off three-consecutive victories, Caviart Ally goes from post nine in the Glen Garnsey Memorial, sponsored by Diamond Creek Farms. By Bettor's Delight out of the No Nukes mare Allamerican Cool, Caviart Ally, a winner of nine races in 30 starts, earning $629,625 for owner Caviart Farms, won her division of the Bluegrass last week as the odds-on favorite in 1:51, which followed her 1:51.3 victory in the Jugette, besting Blazin Britches, who starts from post two. Andrew McCarthy will be in the bike for trainer Noel Daley. Pasithea Face S draws the outermost post in the Allerage Mare Trot, sponsored by Michelle and Albert Crawford, going from post five with Tim Tetrick piloting the Jimmy Takter trainee. Owned by Courant Inc., the five-year-old Muscle Hill mare, out of the Passionnant mare Jovelinotte, has 12 wins to her credit in 38 starts, including wins in the John Steele Memorial and Dayton Trotting Derby, earning $562,815. World-champion Emoticon Hanover competes against Pasithea Face S, going from post three. Exiting an open-length victory in the Ms Versatility, Emoticon Hanover, by Kadabra from the Ken Warkentin mare Emmylou Who, has won 14 races in 35 starts, compiling $873,802 in earnings for owner Determination Inc. Daniel Dube will drive for conditioner Luc Blais. Milton Stakes-winner Blue Moon Stride, off a second-place effort in an Open at The Red Mile last week, starts from post two in the Allerage Mare Pace, presented by Four Roses Bourbon. The four-year-old Rocknroll Hanover mare, from the Cam's Card Shark mare Classic Star, has earned nearly $1-million over 44 starts, winning 14. She is trained by Mark Harder and will be driven by David Miller. Also entered in the Mare Pace are millionaires Lady Shadow, the nearly $2-million earner starting from post one for trainer Ron Adams and driver Yannick Gingras, Sassa Hanover, going from post seven with Matt Kakaley driving for trainer Ron Burke, and Pure Country, the $2-million earner trained by Jimmy Takter with Mark MacDonald driving from post 10. First-race post for closing day at The Red Mile is set for 1:00 p.m. EDT. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile        

Jean Goehlen never expected to be here. Fifty years ago, her father, George Alexander, won the Kentucky Futurity with a filly named Speed Model. And now on Sunday, Goehlen will try to win the 125th edition of the trotting classic for harness racing 3-year-olds at Lexington's Red Mile as an owner of colt Dover Dan. "I'm getting nervous already," Goehlen said Thursday afternoon from The Red Mile. "I'm excited, especially to be able to bring a horse down here that looks like he's going to be competitive. I've got my fingers crossed, my toes crossed. "Dad won the Futurity 50 years ago and just to have a horse in it is exciting. Who would ever think I would end up here? It's a far cry from where I started, but here I am. Surprise, surprise. "It's pretty damn cool." Dover Dan, trained by John Butenschoen, heads to the Kentucky Futurity off a nearly nine-length win in a division of last week's Bluegrass Stakes. He was timed in a career-best 1:51.3 for the mile. "That doesn't happen very often, but boy is it exciting when it's your horse," Goehlen said about the colt's romp. He has won three of his past four starts, including the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, and his only loss during that span was a second-place finish to What The Hill in the Canadian Trotting Classic. "I'm just hoping he races like he usually does," said Goehlen, who owns Dover Dan with Bill Wiswell and Gene Schick. Goehlen's father was known as "a trotting man." Alexander bred and raced only trotters, Grand Circuit-caliber horses, but Goehlen got her start as an owner with pacers and competed at the county fairs in her home state of Illinois. She got more involved with trotters when she joined with Butenschoen about a dozen years ago. "I had to work up a little bit," Goehlen said. "Starting with Illinois-bred pacers to this kind of stuff is a big jump." Alexander, a Yale graduate with a degree in economics, was first involved with cattle and show horses at his Chestnut Farm in Sugar Grove, Ill., before breeding Standardbreds. His knack with trotters was seemingly immediate and he became a fixture at the sport's prominent sales. In 1967, Alexander not only owned Kentucky Futurity winner Speed Model, trained by his good friend Frank Ervin, he was the breeder of Dan Patch Award-winning 3-year-old trotter Flamboyant. It was the filly's second trophy; the previous season she was voted harness racing's best 2-year-old. Alexander's goal was to breed a Hambletonian winner. He nearly fulfilled his dream in 1981 when Super Juan won a heat of the Hambletonian in its first year at the Meadowlands before losing a three-horse race-off by a neck to Shiaway St Pat. Seven years later, Alexander bred a mare, Highland Bridget, to the stallion Speedy Somolli. Alexander, unfortunately, never saw the resulting colt that was born in 1989. Alexander passed away in October 1988, soon after watching a group of his yearlings sell at Lexington, at the age of 76. Highland Bridget was sold in foal in 1988 and ended up with owner Karl-Erik Bender. The colt born the following spring was named Alf Palema, who went on to win the 1992 Hambletonian on his way to Trotter of the Year honors. "That was his big goal, to breed a Hambletonian winner. He did it, but he never knew it," Goehlen said. "That was the first Hambletonian I didn't watch on TV, and if I had, I would have never guessed that Alf Palema was a horse my dad bred. That certainly wouldn't have been a name he would have picked. "I knew some people who had taped the race and they sent it to me. I still have it. It's too bad he never was here to see it happen." Alexander's career in harness racing went beyond the racetrack. He was active on the administrative side of the sport as well. He was a director of the Hambletonian Society, as well as other organizations, and counted among his accomplishments writing the original conditions for the Breeders Crown. In 1990, Alexander was elected to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in the Immortal category. "He liked the paperwork and most horse people don't," Goehlen said, laughing. "Dad was a real stickler for detail. Everything had to be perfect. "He was quite a guy. He didn't say much. But before he made any decisions he would check with everybody that was involved. He thought those that were involved needed to have input. He always liked other people to voice their opinions, and yet he was very quiet about anything he said. "They used to call him 'Silent George' because he very seldom spoke much at home. But at the track, he and (Ervin) were like two little kids, giggling and carrying on. Dad liked to work behind the scenes. A lot of people didn't know who he was." Goehlen, a retired schoolteacher, was unable to attend the 1967 Kentucky Futurity because she had a child just several months earlier and was living in Indiana. But she was a frequent visitor to Lexington in the ensuing years, helping her father prep yearlings and attending the sales and races. "It's awful cool being down here again," Goehlen said. "I hope Dad is watching. I wish he were here. He would be pretty proud." Seventeen 3-year-old male trotters entered the Kentucky Futurity. Two $90,000 eliminations will be contested, with the top-five finishers from each division advancing to the $420,000 final later in the afternoon. The field includes Hambletonian winner Perfect Spirit, Canadian Trotting Classic winner What The Hill, Earl Beal Jr. Memorial champion Devious Man, Goodtimes winner International Moni, and Stanley Dancer Memorial division winner Long Tom. The Kentucky Futurity is the third jewel in the Trotting Triple Crown. The first was the Hambletonian and the second was the Yonkers Trot, which was won by Top Flight Angel. Ariana G, the No. 1-ranked horse in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, leads a group of 13 female trotters in the Kentucky Filly Futurity, which also will be raced in an eliminations-final format Sunday. The first Kentucky Futurity elimination is race nine and the second is race 10. The final is race 13. Following are the elimination fields in post-position order with named drivers and trainers. Elimination 1 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Stealth Hanover-Brian Sears-Francisco Del Cid 2. King On The Hill-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 3. Long Tom-Tim Tetrick-Marcus Melander 4. Di Oggi-Tim Tetrick-Archie Kohr 5. Snowstorm Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 6. International Moni-Scott Zeron-Frank Antonacci 7. Bill's Man-Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen 8. Perfect Spirit-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 9. Giveitgasandgo-Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen Elimination 2 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Dover Dan-Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen 2. Yes Mickey-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 3. Sortie-Andrew McCarthy-Noel Daley 4. Jake-Daniel Dube-Luc Blais 5. Devious Man-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 6. Enterprise-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander 7. Lindy The Great-Scott Zeron-Frank Antonacci 8. What The Hill-David Miller-Ron Burke Click here for Sunday's complete Red Mile card. Ken Weingartner

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  

The 124th Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile today was won by Marion Marauder who takes harness racing's Trotting Triple Crown. The time was 28.1  -  56.2  -  1:25.1  -  1:52.3   LEXINGTON, KY— In a stretch drive reminiscent of the Hambletonian, Marion Marauder lunged at Southwind Frank towards the center of the track to narrowly win the 124th running of the $431,000 Kentucky Futurity in 1:52.3, becoming the ninth horse to complete the Trotting Triple Crown.   Marion Marauder was wide for the entirety of the mile, managing to get cover from Bar Hopping while Blenheim trotted to the lead in :28.1. Love Matters was flushed first over heading to the half, carrying Southwind Frank and Bar Hopping on his back through a :56.2 half.   Love Matters engaged with Blenheim around the far turn. Southwind Frank began to edge three wide from second over, while Bar Hopping fanned wider of him and Marion Marauder wider of Bar Hopping. Blenheim held a narrow lead as a wall of horses stampeded towards him through a 1:25.1 third-quarter.   Southwind Frank swung to the lead in the stretch. Bar Hopping was moving down the center of the track, with Marion Marauder alongside. Marion Marauder accelerated by Bar Hopping and was trying to outsprint Southwind Frank towards the inside. The two had their noses extended heading to the line, with Marion Marauder inching to victory.   Winning his 11th race in 26 starts this season, Marion Marauder, by Muscle Hill out of the Donerail mare Spellbound Hanover, has compiled $1,755,268 for owners Devin Keeling and Marion Wellwood. Trained by Paula Wellwood and driven by Scott Zeron, he paid $9.20 to win.   “I had to had to have no game plan going into that race,” Scott Zeron said. “I had no clue what was going to happen; earlier there was a twelve-horse field and the eleven and twelve got away eleventh and twelfth. I wasn’t too optimistic, but the way it unfolded and Bar Hopping really pushed to get away up close, I just glued my horse to his helmet. We were able to get [Southwind] Frank out and it was a perfect train.   “I just had my eyes on Yannick’s and Timmy’s horses. I didn’t want to make a move too quick because I knew we’d be sprinting really hard down the lane. I was confident down the lane when I moved him over; probably watching the race, you might not have been as confident, but he dropped his head about two feet and just dug right through the wire. I was very confident he got up, but nobody else was, so thank God he got up. He was amazing.”   “All I can say is that my grandma was with me, the co-owner,” Devin Keeling said. “I’m just thinking about her right now.”   Marion Marauder wasn’t eligible to race in the Kentucky Futurity. However, after finishing second in the $522,120 Canadian Trotting Classic, his connections supplemented him for $47,261.   “I was a little leery [of supplementing him],” Paula Wellwood said. “But he showed after the Canadian Trotting Classic that he wanted to race, so we brought him.”   “It was the only way to go after he showed us how sharp he was with a week off,” Mike Keeling, who also trains Marion Marauder, said. “It has just been a tremendous year with a tremendous group of horses. I think we gave the fans a lot of thrills.”   Marion Marauder is the first winner of the Trotting Triple Crown since Glidemaster in 2006. He won the Hambletonian by a nose, the Yonkers Trot by a head, and the Kentucky Futurity by a nose.   “They don’t write down on the check how much you beat them by,” Mike Keeling said.    By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

In four days Scott Zeron will attempt to become the youngest driver to win a harness racing Triple Crown, for either trotters or pacers. Throw in the fact his horse's owners are paying a hefty supplemental fee of around $50,000, and that could make for a lot of pressure as Zeron gets set to drive Marion Marauder in the Kentucky Futurity at Lexington's Red Mile on Sunday (Oct. 9). But a laidback, understanding group -- consisting of trainers Paula Wellwood and Mike Keeling and owners Marion Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling -- have made things easy for the 27-year-old Canadian since this journey started at the Hambletonian and continued with the Yonkers Trot. "They're not hanging over me going, 'This is the end all, be all, we want this,'" Zeron said. "Heading into the Hambo they told me, 'It's a long year, we've got a lot of races to race,' and not saying, 'Listen, this Hambletonian is all we want, it's all we care about.' That would make it pressure filled. They just want the horse to race well. "(Pressure) varies for every horse and every trainer. The connections I'm driving for are just the nicest, greatest, most appreciative people you could ever drive for. I know that they're confident in me, without a doubt, and I'm confident in my horse. I really think it hasn't been a pressure filled year." It has been nothing but an enjoyable year. Having a horse as talented as Marion Marauder also helps calm the nerves. "This is the kind of horse that both the connections and myself have never been able to be a part of, so it's all taken in stride," Zeron continued. "The nerves would be different if I had a horse that broke every other week, things like that. But this horse is a true gentleman and the connections are just a pleasure to drive for." The last Trotting Triple Crown winner was Glidemaster in 2006. He became the eighth horse to sweep the Hambletonian, Yonkers Trot, and Kentucky Futurity. Marion Marauder won the Hambletonian in August and Yonkers Trot in September. Since then, his connections hedged on attending the Kentucky Futurity, with the original plan to skip the event. Ironically, it was after Marion Marauder was beaten by Bar Hopping at the Canadian Trotting Classic in his most recent start that thoughts began to differ. Mike Keeling had wanted to hit the Red Mile all along, and he finally convinced the rest of the group it was the right thing. "As far as I know, right after the Canadian Trotting Classic, they didn't want to have a five-week break until the Breeders Crown elimination; it was just a little too long," Zeron said. "We went over the list of who we felt could be going to the Futurity, and the rule is that if there's 12 they go straight to the finals." The draw is not until Thursday, so it will not be known until then whether there is just one race. If not, the eliminations and final will both be contested Sunday. "I think for them it was a matter of praying we don't go two heats, only in the best interest of the horse not having to go two heats twice in the year," Zeron said. "And I think, if you ask them, it was a case of Marion feeling really well the last two weeks, and they just wanted to race him." Zeron admitted he would have been disappointed, but understanding, about losing his shot at history. "For sure, but I would have supported whatever decision they made," he said. "The Breeders Crown is another one I haven't won. If we go straight to the final, the plan will work out brilliantly." Marion Marauder has won nine of 12 races this year and earned $1.25 million. His victories include the Hambletonian, which also contested eliminations and the final on the same day, Yonkers Trot, Goodtimes Stakes and a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial. He finished second in the Canadian Trotting Classic and Colonial. The driver admitted he could never script a season like this. "When things are going right, they're just going right," said Zeron, who has been the horse's lone driver since the middle of his 2-year-old season. "If you really break it down, Marion has been a phenomenal animal for me. "Those two major critical (Triple Crown) stakes we had coming into the Futurity, we won by a nose and a head. The roles could have been reversed either way. I'm grateful to just have a horse like him to take me on this kind of trip. He's a pleasure to drive. He makes me confident when I'm out there with him. I just have to put him in a spot to have a chance to win the race. That's really my only job, he does the rest." Marion Marauder is coming off a three-week layoff since losing the Canadian Trotting Classic and Zeron feels it was a necessary respite after an extremely busy schedule. "He was coming off a stretch of (racing) five consecutive weeks," Scott noted. "All the races prior to that, he had layoffs. He had three weeks between the Stanley Dancer and the Hambo. He's always had nice comfortable breaks except for those five weeks straight. By the end of it they just wanted to assess the way he came out of the Trotting Classic, and I think he's been more than feeling well which is why they made the decision to come to Kentucky." Zeron, who has finished second in the Futurity twice, would supplant Trond Smedshammer as the youngest driver of a Trotting Triple Crown winner. Smedshammer was 37 when he trained and drove Windsong's Legacy to the Triple Crown in 2004. On the pacing side, George Sholty was 33 when he guided Romeo Hanover to complete the Pacing Triple Crown in 1966. William Myer drove Romeo Hanover in the Cane Pace with Sholty winning the Little Brown Jug and Messenger. Although seeking his first Futurity win, Zeron has won the Tattersalls so he has had some success in big 3-year-old races at the Red Mile. He is already the youngest driver to win the Little Brown Jug (with Michael's Power in 2012) and the second youngest to win the Hambletonian. As a Canadian, he still yearns to win the Canadian Trotting Classic, but a win on Sunday would take away the sting of that setback. "It would take ALL of the pain away from that, no doubt," Zeron said. "I would forget about the Trotting Classic by winning the Futurity and getting that Triple Crown." The list of drivers to be part of a Trotting Triple Crown-winning campaign includes Hall of Famers Joe O'Brien, Ralph Baldwin, John Simpson Sr., Stanley Dancer (twice), Howard Beissinger, and Campbell. To join that list at all would be impressive. To be the youngest man on it makes it even more notable. "It's a big deal for me," Zeron said. "I'm here for the whole Grand Circuit two weeks. It all leads up to that last day. I'm excited about it, I'm confident my horse can do it. "It's a lot for a horse to do. But hopefully we draw well, hopefully I drive well and the horse is on his game." One thing that's not on is the pressure. by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

Freehold, NJ --- Pinkman moved from fourth to second in this week's harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll thanks to his victory in the Kentucky Futurity while Freaky Feet Pete joined the Top 10 at No.10 following his defeat of No.1 Wiggle It Jiggleit in last weekend's Indiana Sire Stakes championship. Wiggle It Jiggleit remained in the top spot. Mission Brief, who finished second in the Kentucky Filly Futurity, slid from second to third and Bee A Magician, who was sixth in the Yonkers International Trot, dropped from third to fourth. Southwind Frank moved up two spots to fifth following his world-record performance in a division of the International Stallion Stakes. Wakizashi Hanover, State Treasurer, L A Delight, Control The Moment, and Freaky Feet Pete rounded out the Top 10. Wakizashi Hanover won a division of the Keystone Classic last week while L A Delight stretched her win streak to 11 races by capturing the Ontario Sire Stakes Super Final for 2-year-old female pacers with a stakes-record-equaling effort. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 22 – 10/13/2015  Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (32) 3pg 21-18-2-0 $1,819,520 346 1 2 Pinkman (1) 3tg 15-11-2-0 $1,750,465 276 4 3 Mission Brief 3tf 11-8-3-0 $830,617 229 2 4 Bee A Magician 5tm 15-10-4-0 $888,545 218 3 5 Southwind Frank 2tc 10-9-0-0 $476,419 168 7 6 Wakizashi Hanover 3pg 17-11-3-2 $1,109,200 149 6 7 State Treasurer 6ph 17-9-1-4 $857,607 141 5 8 L A Delight (1) 2pf 12-11-0-1 $533,127 91 9 9 Control The Moment (1) 2pc 7-7-0-0 $331,757 75 8 10 Freaky Feet Pete 3pc 13-11-2-0 $354,899 66 -- Also: Broadway Donna (41); JL Cruze (26), Wild Honey (24); Pure Country (18); D’One (14); Caprice Hill (13); Artspeak (9); JK Endofanera (8); Habitat (4); Lost For Words, Papagayo E (2); American Passport, Betting Line, Crazy Wow, In The Arsenal, Toddler Tantrum (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications     

LEXINGTON, KY-- Yannick Gingras made his move with the Jimmy Takter-trained Pinkman into the far turn, powering by Crazy Wow under a hand drive to win the $527,000 Kentucky Futurity in 1:51.2 on Saturday, Oct. 10 at The Red Mile.   The first quarter was set by The Bank, going :27 with Crazy Wow in the pocket and Pinkman tracking in third. Crazy Wow circled by The Bank and set a :54 half before Pinkman was given his marching orders from third, French Laundry on his back. He came alongside Crazy Wow through a 1:23 third quarter before edging to the lead at the top of the stretch. French Laundry angled to the inside for room, while Crescent Fashion and Muscle Diamond stormed from the back into the minor positions. With the reins in the air, Yannick Gingras sat still in the sulky as Pinkman crossed the wire in 1:51.2 over Crescent Fashion, French Laundry, and Muscle Diamond.   A winner of 17 in 23 starts lifetime and earnings of over $2,250,000, Pinkman, the Explosive Matter gelding out of the Angus Hall mare Margie Seelster returned $6.20 to win. He's owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland, and Herb Liverman.   "He surely is game," Yannick Gingras said. "He puts in a one-hundred percent effort, even at Yonkers [in the Yonkers Trot]; he didn't like the track, but it wasn't like he wasn't trying. He's a winner and he wants to get it done."   "I've thanked them [the owners] many times on that," Gingras also said regarding his continuation in the position as regular driver on Pinkman. "That's something you don't see very often, probably never really, that somebody wins the Hambletonian and then he puts the driver back on the horse that won it. I'm very thankful."   "He's just a fantastic horse," Jimmy Takter said. "I'm so proud of him."   "I've got great staff and good people behind me," Takter also said regarding driving in the Filly Futurity and the Kentucky Futurity, as well as training four in the Filly Futurity and five in the Futurity. "I've got great owners, and they make it a heck of a lot easier."   "That's his next stop," Takter also said regarding the Breeders Crown.     By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile      

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