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LEXINGTON, KY-- Harness racing driver Yannick Gingras visited the winner's circle six times as he swept the remaining $50,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) consolations and collected victories in four of the eight $250,000 KYSS Finals on Sunday, Sept. 15 at The Red Mile. Gingras swept the early double as he wired the KYSS consolation for three-year-old trotting fillies with Fade Into You and held on by a neck to win the KYSS consolation for two-year-old trotting fillies with Bange Bi. Fade Into You, a Ron Burke-trained daughter of Cantab Hall, led the field unpressured through a :28.2 first quarter and a :58 half. Ma Was Right then charged first over from third and forced the pace to quicken passing three-quarters in 1:24.2, but faltered through the stretch. Fade Into You finished two-and-three-quarter lengths in front of pocket-sitter Mother Teresa to stop the clock in 1:54.4. Nomo Volo finished third. Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phillip Collura, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Fade Into You won her third race from 17 starts this season and her fourth from 27 overall, earning $191,268. Bluestone Farms LLC and Fredericka Caldwell bred the $3.80 winner. Bange Bi, trained by Trent Stohler, sat third to the quarter as Jasmine Volo and Shape Shifter battled through a :28.4 opening panel. Gingras then brushed the Manofmanymissions filly to the top and withstood a first-over bid from 3-2 favorite Heaven after a :57.3 half and through three-quarters in 1:27.2. She clung to command through the stretch but managed to keep a neck in front of Creature Of Habit, who kicked from second over to finish second in a 1:55.2 mile. Delovely Hall came from third over for third. Owned by Trent Stohler Stable Inc., Stately Gaits Stable, James Bafia and Hen-Shaut Stable, Bange Bi won her second race from five starts, earning $38,400. M. Biasuzzi Stable Inc. bred the $7.40 winner. Asiago took the lead, yielded the lead and surged back to the lead to win the KYSS final for three-year-old trotting fillies in 1:50.4. Driver Yannick Gingras floated Asiago off the gate while Refined and French Cafe battled on the lead to a :27.2 first quarter. Gingras then tipped the Muscle Hill filly from the pylons and circled to the lead while tracked by Strip It Down As. Strip It Down As overtook Asiago on the front after a :54.4 half and continued to lead past three-quarters in 1:22.3, but failed to turn away Asiago in the stretch as the Per Engblom trainee pounced from the pocket to a three-and-a-quarter length victory. Strip It Down As settled for second while Refined finished third. Bred by James Wilhite Jr., Asiago won her sixth race from 14 starts this season and her seventh from 24 overall, earning $387,985. She competes for owners Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, Sam Goldband and Black Horse Racing and paid $4.20 to win. Asiago Gai Waterhouse converted a pocket trip into a victory to down Baby Your The Best in the KYSS Final for two-year-old pacing fillies. Baby Your The Best, sent the 1-9 favorite, sat third as Gai Waterhouse led to a :27.4 opening quarter. She then angled off the pylons from third and brushed to the lead before a :54.4 half and faced no pressure circling the final turn towards three-quarters in 1:23.3. Gai Waterhouse gunned from the pocket through the stretch, edging to a three-quarter length victory in a 1:50.3 mile with Baby Your The Best second. Blood Red, stalking the top two, held third. Conditioned by Domenico Cecere for owner Lindy Farms of Connecticut, Gai Waterhouse won his second race from four starts, earning $155,000. Brittany Farms LLC and Melvin Hartman bred the daughter of Western Ideal, and Yannick Gingras sat in the bike. She paid $10.40 to win. Gai Waterhouse Gingras collected his third KYSS Final when Ms Savannah Belle bested her competition to win the two-year-old filly trot in 1:52.4. Sent the 1-2 favorite, Ms Savannah Belle sat fourth to a :27.3 first quarter set by Shishito, who then yielded command to Ms Savannah Belle moving to a :56.2 half. Crucial came first over from fourth entering the final turn and ranged towards the leader nearing three-quarters in 1:25.3 but stalled through the stretch as Ms Savannah Belle held firm to win by a length and a quarter. Shishito reclaimed second from Crucial, who faded to third. A homebred daughter of Muscle Hill for Al Libfeld, Ms Savannah Belle won her third race from six starts, earning $179,658. Per Engblom trains the $3.00 winner. Gingras capped the card by sending Ready For Moni to the top midway through the mile and holding control in progress to a 1:54.1 victory in the KYSS Final for two-year-old trotting colts. Expectations left for the lead from the outermost post while pylon-starter Rays The Limits moved into second and odds-on favorite Ready For Moni sat third passing the first quarter in :27.4. Gingras then revved the Ready Cash colt from third to the outside and advanced to the top past a :55.4 half. Ready For Moni decelerated rounding the final turn, forcing Ontopofthehill to angle off the pylons and rush towards the leader nearing three-quarters in 1:25.4. Ready For Moni then accelerated into the stretch and faced little challenge when hitting the finish one-and-a-half lengths better than pocket-sitter Expectations. Rays The Limits took third. Owned by John Fielding, Lindy Farms of Connecticut, Herb Liverman and Bud Hatfield, Ready For Moni won his fourth race from five starts, earning $161,500. Per Engblom trains the Moni Maker Stable-bred colt who paid $3.60 to win. Ready For Moni Catch The Fire cleared control past the quarter and withstood a far-turn challenge before kicking three-lengths clear to win the KYSS Final for two-year-old pacing colts in 1:49.4. Moneyman Hill motored to the lead while Roll With Jr moved into second and Catch The Fire third. Past the first quarter in :26.3, Catch The Fire dashed from third and took control prior to a :54.2 half as Sea Of Life--moving first over before the half--drew closer to the front. Sea Of Life reached the leader's wheel coming to three-quarters in 1:23 but promptly retreated while Catch The Fire scooted away from his competition to win. Roll With Jr snagged second while Put To Right, rallying from last, finished third. Owned by Ct Stables LLC, Catch The Fire won his fourth race from nine starts, earning $237,333. Dr. Fred Kruszelnicki bred the Captaintreacherous colt while Mike Wilder sat in the sulky for trainer John Ackley. He paid $3.40 to win. Catch The Fire Greenshoe cruised to a 1:50.3 victory under minimal encouragement in the KYSS Final for three-year-old trotting colts. Chin Chin Hall protected position from the pylons and took control to the first turn while Thunder tucked into second and Greenshoe, the 1-9 favorite, third. Driver Brian Sears sent the Marcus Melander trainee for the front past a :28.2 first quarter and swept to command before a :55.4 half. He continued to lead past three-quarters in 1:24.1 as Super Schissel applied slight first-over pressure moving to the top of the stretch. Greenshoe strolled to the finish two lengths better than Chin Chin Hall, who took second, with Super Schissel another two lengths behind in third. Winning his eighth race from 10 starts this season and his 10th from 14 overall, Greenshoe has accrued $968,223 in earnings for owners Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist and Morten Langli. Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz bred the Father Patrick colt who paid $2.10 to win. Greenshoe Bettor's Wish bolted to the top from post 10 and sped clear of his competition to take the KYSS Final for three-year-old pacing colts in 1:48.1. Sent the 3-5 favorite, Bettor's Wish parked through the first turn as Can't Beach That, from post 9, also shot for the top and beat the odds-on choice to the pylons. Bettor's Wish pushed past Can't Beach That to lead the field following a :26.3 first quarter. He then maintained his speed through a :54.1 half and through three-quarters in 1:21.3 to kick three-lengths clear of Can't Beach That settling for second. Pyro gave pursuit from third. Bred by Brittany Farms LLC, Bettor's Wish won his ninth race from 13 starts this season and his 14th from 25 overall, earning $1,381,600. Chris Ryder conditions the Bettor's Delight colt and co-owns with Bella Racing, Ltd., Fair Island Farm Inc. and Bettors Wish Partners. He paid $3.40 to win. Bettor's Wish Beautyonthebeach completed her KYSS sweep with a 1:49.2 victory as the 1-9 favorite in the KYSS Final for three-year-old pacing fillies. Hydration hustled to the lead moving to the first turn while Beautyonthebeach and Summer Charm charged from outside posts towards the front. Beautyonthebeach cleared command past a :26.4 first quarter while Summer Charm took the pocket from Hydration yielding in third. Hydration then pulled first over into the final turn--with Blue Ivy in tow--and marched to the pacesetter's side through three-quarters in 1:22.3. However Hydration lost steam entering the stretch and Beautyonthebeach retook command and held off all late challengers to win by one-and-a-quarter lengths. Summer Charm settled for second while Blue Ivy kicked off cover for third. Owned and bred by James Avritt Sr., Beautyonthebeach won her fifth race from 12 starts this season and her 10th from 25 overall, earning $474,873. Doug McNair sat in the bike behind the Somebeachsomewhere filly for trainer Gregg McNair and paid $2.10 to win. Beautyonthebeach Stakes action resumes at The Red Mile when the Grand Circuit makes its annual stop to the Lexington oval starting on Thursday, Sept. 26 with Bluegrass Stakes encompassing the racing weekend. The Grand Circuit meet concludes on Sunday, Oct. 6 with the 127th edition of the Kentucky Futurity among other undercard stakes. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Doc's Hooligan blew by the field to score in the $50,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes consolation for 3-year-old harness racing pacing colts and geldings on Saturday at the Red Mile. Winning driver Elliott Deaton kept his gelding to task down the lane and got up to nab Shipshape in the final strides, stopping the clock in a lifetime-best 1:49.2. Military Secret was stepped around by the top two in the stretch, but held on for third. Blacklight was sent to the engine early and hung 4/5 favorite Egomania out to dry as they headed to the quarter in :26.3. Aaron Merriman would then drive on with Egomania and wrested away control of the lead on the backstretch. He guided the field of seven to the half in :53.1 and then the three quarters in 1:21.1, but yielded to first Military Secret and then Shipshape as they straightened out and tired to finish sixth. Shipshape put away Military Secret halfway down the stretch, but Doc's Hooligan would then rally from the backfield and get by for a final margin of victory of just a head. There were no other horses in contention as they entered the final sixteenth. Doc's Hooligan's earnings will now top $60,000 as he picks up his fifth win from 23 starts for owner Chuck Grubbs. Top trainer Dan Noble conditioned the colt that paid $9.80 to win. A race later, Jax Reddy would emerge victorious from a similar deep-stretch duel in another $50,000 KYSS consolation, this one for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Sheena Soldier had grabbed the lead into the first turn for Josert Fonseca and had to defend against early pressure from first-up favourite King Slayer. Those two squabbled to the three-quarters and as they turned for home, Sheena Soldier vacated the rail for Jax Reddy, who put the leader under further duress. Jax Reddy reached up on the inside to give Deaton a driving double, and King Slayer finished third after being repelled. St Martins and Fire N Fury were off-stride at the start and finished well back. Sheena Soldier was clocked at the quarter in :30.0, half in 1:00.3, three-quarters in 1:29.2, and Jax Reddy came home quickest of the field in :28.0. He earned a new lifetime mark of 1:57.3, dropping his previous one by almost seven seconds. Jack Gray owns and trains the homebred by Dejarmbro. His horse has now won six races and raked in $43,500 from 10 starts. This is the first major Kentucky Sires Stakes event victory for the colt who had previously racked up several wins on the Kentucky fair circuit, including one he had won by 70 lengths. The winner went off at 3/1 and paid $8.60. Chief Mate was not forced to sweat out a battle to the line like the others as he won comfortably in the third $50,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes consolation for freshman pacing colts and geldings. The 3/5 favorite opened up five lengths on the far turn and coasted to a 1:51.4 4¼ length win. Major Risky was game late and moved up for second, followed by Millennial in third. Chief Mate found the lead going into the first bend and made driver Montrell Teague's job very easy from then on. He put up fractions of :28.3, :56.4, 1:24.2, and a final quarter of :27.2. What the Luck pulled out as the eight-horse group approached the five-eighths, but he would never reach the leader's wheel disc and eventually dropped to fourth. Major Risky grabbed his cover and paced by foes to pick up a place check. Millennial also came from the outside flow but made little headway towards the second-place finisher and settled for the show spot. This was Chief Mate's third win from six starts for trainer Tony Alagna and owner Brittany Farms. The son of Captaintreacherous' earnings will increase to $39,750. He had previously captured two Kindergarten events at the Meadowlands where he took a mark of 1:51.1. He went off as the odds-on favourite and paid $3.40 to win. Kentucky Sires Stakes action concludes Sunday, Sept. 15 with two more $50,000 consolations and eight $250,000 finals for each division of 2- and 3-year-old. First-race post is set for 3:00 p.m. (EDT). By Nicholas Barnsdale, for The Red Mile

For several years, Michael Holmes and his sister Sarah kicked around the idea of starting a Standardbred harness racing stable. After watching one of their father's horses win a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship in 2018, the talk turned to action. Michael, 27, and Sarah, 30, launched Lexington-based Happy Hour Racing last fall, bringing together a group of people from the Thoroughbred and Standardbred industries, plus college friends, to purchase five yearlings. All five horses made it to the races this season, with two wins and a total of 15 top-three finishes in 34 starts so far, good for $134,096 in purses. Both of the stable's victories came on the New York Sire Stakes circuit and the group is hoping to visit the winner's circle at Lexington's Red Mile soon. Hit Show, a 2-year-old male trotter, finished second in a division of the Kentucky Sire Stakes on Aug. 31 at Red Mile and is ninth in points in the series. That same day, its 2-year-old female trotter Heaven also finished second in the KYSS and is 11th in points. The Kentucky Sire Stakes championships are Sunday at Red Mile and the consolations are Saturday. The draws for both days are Wednesday. In addition, Happy Hour Racing's 2-year-old female pacer Coconut Beach won on Aug. 30 at Vernon Downs in a division of the New York Sire Stakes and is 13th in the points in the series. The New York Sire Stakes championships and consolations are Saturday and Sunday, respectively. "We're hoping to have a good weekend," Michael Holmes said. "We're excited. We've got 70-plus shareholders and it's been a lot of fun for all of us so far. It's been a blast." Michael and Sarah are no strangers to racing, both Thoroughbred and harness. Their dad, New Zealand native Tony Holmes, and mom Susan have a small commercial Thoroughbred breeding operation, Marula Park Stud in Lexington, and have also bred Standardbreds. Tony was the co-breeder of millionaire trotter Guccio as well as his stakes-winning full brother Lagerfeld. Last year, Tony's Windy Corner, which he also co-bred, won the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final for 2-year-old female trotters. "It's in mine and Sarah's blood," Michael said. "We were following dad's filly that he raced. Now we're hooked. We talked about (starting a stable) for several years. We saw Windy Corner and we got all excited and decided to start a partnership. The bug kind of hit us a little later but it's been exciting." Michael is in his fifth year working in finance for Thoroughbred breeder WinStar Farm. Sarah has worked with several Thoroughbred operations and is now at the family's Marula Park Stud. Happy Hour Racing owns two horses, Coconut Beach and Generous Pour, on its own and shares ownership on the remaining three -- Oreo Dream Xtreme, Heaven, and Hit Show. Coconut Beach, Heaven, and Hit Show are trained by Erv Miller; Oreo Dream Xtreme and Generous Pour by John Butenschoen. Following the conclusions of the Kentucky and New York sire stakes, Coconut Beach, Heaven, and Hit Show are staked to the Grand Circuit events in Lexington, not to mention the Breeders Crown in Canada. "We were just extremely happy to get to the races," Michael said. "We've at least seen what kind of talent we have. It's been a good start. "It's exciting. With the Thoroughbreds, they race every one or two months and we're getting entries every other week. It's a lot of action. That's what we wanted. We wanted to show people the purse money that's out there (in harness racing) and how frequently they race. We're hoping we can bring the sport some new owners. Some might branch out and buy horses on their own." Michael said Happy Hour Racing has no intentions of expanding in the near future. "We don't have any plans to buy any more horses as of right now, but we're open to doing whatever we have to do to make this work," he said. "Fingers crossed. We've been fortunate so far. I've really enjoyed it and I know Sarah has too."  by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

LEXINGTON, KY--Ron Burke trainee Pyro survived a heated clip to take the quickest of two $30,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) harness racing divisions at The Red Mile on Saturday, Sept. 7.   Pyro sat third while Tony Alagna trainee U S Captain cleared command from post 7 before a :26 first quarter. Driver Elliott Deaton then tipped Pyro from third and circled to the front up the backstretch while U S Captain's stablemate, odd-on favorite Captain Ahab, rushed uncovered towards the top nearing a :52.3 half.   Captain Ahab failed to clear the lead from Pyro circling the final turn and began to backtrack past three-quarters in 1:21.2. Odds On Boca Raton circumvented his tiring stablemate entering the stretch and gave chase while U S Captain slipped from the pocket to challenge the leader late. Pyro kept a neck in front at the finish in 1:49 while U S Captain and Odds On Boca Raton settled for second and third respectively.   Returning $29.80 to win, Pyro collected his fourth victory from 15 starts this season and his sixth from 28 overall, earning $121,491. The Sweet Lou gelding--bred by Diamond Creek Farm LLC--races for owners Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, Phillip Collura and Weaver Bruscemi.   Dancin Lou darted from a pocket trip to deliver as the odds-on choice in the other KYSS colt split, winning in 1:49.2.   Leading the field past a :28.2 first quarter, Dancin Lou yielded command to Can't Beach That, who brushed uncovered from fourth moving to a :55 half. He slowed the tempo approaching three-quarters in 1:23 but failed to withstand a stretch bid from Dancin Lou, who pounced from the pocket to win by one-and-a-half lengths. Can't Beach That settled for second while Major Deception, stalking the top two, held third.   Bred by Anvil And Lace Farm, Dancin Lou won his eighth race from 13 starts this season and his ninth from 23 overall, earning $120,203. Tahnee Camilleri conditions the Sweet Lou colt for owners David Kryway and 1362313 Ontario Ltd. Marcus Miller drove the $3.20 winner.   Sent the 1-9 favorite, Beautyonthebeach nears a potential KYSS sweep as she collected her third-consecutive victory in preliminary competition when taking the sole $30,000 dash for three-year-old pacing fillies.   Driver Elliot Deaton dashed the heavy-betting choice to the top from post 8 moving to the first turn and faced little challenge from there. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere set fractions of :27.2, :55.1 and 1:23.2 on the lead while only enduring mild far-turn pressure from stablemate Prescient Beauty, who quickly gave way turning for the finish. Beautyonthebeach widened to a four-and-a-quarter length victory at the finish while chased by pocket-sitter Summer Charm. Alii Nui took third.   A homebred for James Avritt Sr., Beautyonthebeach won her fourth race from 11 starts this season and her ninth from 24 overall, earning $349,873. Gregg McNair trains the $2.10 winner.   The Red Mile will host the $250,000 KYSS finals and $50,000 consolations over two nights: Saturday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 15. A double draw will occur for both cards on with the entry box closing Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 9:30 a.m. The Saturday card, featuring the consolations, begins with first-race post at 7:00 p.m. (EDT) while the Sunday card, featuring the KYSS finals, starting at 3:00 p.m. (EDT).  By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Lexington, KY - Horsemen should be advised that The Red Mile will have a double draw on Wednesday September 11, for Saturday and Sunday. It is the Kentucky Sire Stake Finals and Consolation draw. Please enter by Wednesday 9:30 AM.   Find the condition sheet here.   From the Red Mile  

While John Ackley grabbed a hot dog, Charles Taylor grabbed the best horse they've ever had. Taylor, who has spent a dozen years in harness racing as an owner, and his trainer Ackley were at the 2018 Lexington Selected Sale looking for a yearling that might be able to compete on the Grand Circuit. They had already purchased one horse when Catch The Fire entered the auction ring and figured the son of Captaintreacherous would exceed their budget. Ackley decided to get a hot dog. Taylor remained and watched the bidding. When it stalled, Taylor jumped in and bought Catch The Fire for $15,000. By the time Ackley returned, Taylor had signed the slip. On Sunday, Catch The Fire will compete in the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final for 2-year-old male pacers at Harrah's Philadelphia. A week later, he will be at Lexington's Red Mile for the $250,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes final. From there, if all goes well, he will spend the remainder of his campaign on the Grand Circuit, including the Breeders Crown. For the year, Catch The Fire has won three of seven races and finished second on three occasions, earning $82,093 in the process. The colt has a mark of 1:50.4, which puts him tied for the fifth-fastest win time of the season for a 2-year-old pacer. "We just couldn't believe we got him for $15,000," Taylor said about the colt, whose dam Dream Outloud is a half-sister to Life'sliltreasure, who produced O'Brien Award-winner Control The Moment. "Nobody was bidding so I jumped in and I grabbed him. I liked his pedigree and it was a first-time Captaintreacherous, so we were willing to take a shot at him. He was a little small, but he has great conformation. And I think as anybody can see now, he loves to race. "This is by far the best horse we ever had. About two years ago, we decided we were going to make a run at getting a Grand Circuit horse. It just so happened our Grand Circuit horse turned out to be a $15,000 horse." Taylor is the CEO of a telecommunications company, with offices in Ohio and Georgia, and also the CFO of Cell Phones for Soldiers, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services and emergency funding to active-duty military members and veterans. He grew up in the Washington, D.C., area and was introduced to harness racing around the age of 4 by his father. "My goal in life was to own Standardbreds since I was a little kid," said Taylor, who races under the name CT Stables and has an eight-acre farm in Washington Court House, Ohio. "My father was a big harness racing guy and it just got in my blood. It's a thrill for me to watch Standardbreds. Around 2007, we were at a racetrack and my wife said, you know, you should buy a horse. Well, one horse turned into 10, into 15, and just kept going. I have probably 20 horses now." Catch The Fire, with regular driver Mike Wilder, will start Sunday's PASS final from post six and is 7-1 on the morning line. Papi Rob Hanover is the 3-1 favorite, followed by Adriano Hanover at 4-1 and Cattlewash at 9-2. "Win or lose, we're excited," Taylor said. "This is why we all do it. We've had offers to sell him and I could never do that. I couldn't take our one chance at maybe racing in the big races and give it away to somebody else. (Catch The Fire) loves what he's doing and he's got the heart to do it. He's a little smaller than the rest of them but he just loves it. He comes off the track and he's ready to go another mile. "To me, he's proven in the last couple weeks that he belongs. That's what we were hoping for. It's so easy to think you have a great horse, but if they can't keep stepping up week after week, you've got to consider them maybe not as good. I think at this point he's proven that he at least deserves a shot with the best. We're very excited." Racing begins at 12:40 p.m. (EDT) Sunday at Harrah's Philadelphia. For additional details regarding the PASS finals for 2-year-olds, click here. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

LEXINGTON, KY-- Hambletonian runner-up Greenshoe vaulted off cover at the top of the stretch and soared to a six-length victory in a 1:50.4 mile when winning the first of two $30,000 divisions of Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for three-year-old harness racing trotting colts on Thursday, Sept. 5 at The Red Mile.   Driver Brian Sears placed the Father Patrick colt in the pocket while Guaranteed battled Thunder through a :27.4 opening quarter. The pacesetting duo continued to match strides through a :55.1 half and past three-quarters in 1:24.3, but began to falter turning into the stretch as Sears mounted his charge three wide.   Greenshoe glided to the front and widened his lead through the stretch while under pursuit from Pilot Discretion in second. Chin Chin Hall finished third.   Winning his seventh race from nine starts this season and his ninth from 13 overall, Greenshoe has accrued $843,223 in earnings for owners Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist and Morten Langli. Marcus Melander conditions the Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz-bred colt who returned $2.20 to win.   Super Schissel held off a pocket-popping charge from odds-on favorite Don't Let'em to take the second KYSS colt split.   Also driven by Brian Sears, Super Schissel followed cover rounding the first turn as Don't Let'em floated towards the lead after a :29.2 opening quarter. He accelerated up the backstretch as Super Schissel drew alongside before yielding command to the Per Engblom trainee past a :56.4 half. Super Schissel then cruised to three-quarters in 1:25 in progress to a 1:52.3 victory. Don't Let'em finished a neck behind in second while Manatlas finished six lengths farther back in third.   An Uncle Peter colt bred by Coyote Wynd Farms, Super Schissel won his second race from 10 starts this season and his sixth from 23 overall, earning $324,067. Al Libfeld and Perry Soderberg own the $4.60 winner.   Super Schissel   French Cafe cruised off a pocket trip to a three-and-a-quarter length victory in the first of two KYSS divisions of sophomore trotting fillies.   Caterina Hall cleared command from French Cafe heading to a :28 opening quarter while Queen Of Trixs raced from third. She continued on the front through a :55 half but faced a challenge around the final turn as driver Andy Miller moved French Cafe off the cones. Miller pushed French Cafe to the lead passing three-quarters in 1:24.3 and extended her lead through the stretch, trotting to a 1:52.3 victory while Queen Of Trixs gave chase in second. Celebrate It All closed from last for third.   A homebred for Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, French Cafe won her third race from seven starts this season and her sixth from 16 overall, earning $132,900. Julie Miller trains the daughter of Father Patrick who paid $3.80 to win.   French Cafe   Strip It Down As surged back to the lead when headed in the stretch to win the first KYSS filly division.   Driver Elliott Deaton dashed the odds-on favorite to the front heading to a :29.1 opening quarter. She faced no challenge through a :57.4 half but lost the lead when Dark As A Pocket lunged outside from fourth and stuck a head in front nearing three-quarters in 1:26.4. Dark As A Pocket clung to the lead through the stretch but gave way as Strip It Down As powered through the inside to win by one-and-a-quarter lengths in 1:54.1. Refined kicked off cover for second while Dark As A Pocket settled for third.   Owned by breeders Acl Stuteri Ab and Kjell Johansson, Strip It Down As won her third race from five starts this season and her fifth from 12 overall, earning $75,929. Anette Lorentzon conditions the Archangel filly who paid $3.40 to win.   Strip It Down   KYSS action resumes at The Red Mile on Saturday, Sept. 7 with two $30,000 divisions for three-year-old pacing colts and a single $30,000 split for three-year-old pacing fillies. The card starts with first-race post at 7:00 p.m. (EDT).   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

LEXINGTON, KY--Driver Scott Zeron kept Brian Brown trainee Fortify towards the front and fired past the late-race leader to take the quickest of two $30,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) divisions for two-year-old harness racing pacing colts on Sunday, Sept. 1 at The Red Mile.   Zeron placed the Sweet Lou colt in the pocket to Golden Sand heading to a :27 first quarter before circling to the front approaching a :54.4 half. Starship, racing fourth, ventured first over moving to the far turn and overtook Fortify nearing three-quarters in 1:22.   Fortify then vacated the pocket at head stretch and dug into Starship before surging three-quarter lengths in front and stopping the clock in 1:50.3. Starship settled for second while Lottery Winner took third.   A homebred for Diamond Creek Farm LLC (owned by Diamond Creek Racing), Fortify won his first race from six starts, earning $28,250. He paid $5.60 to win.   Zeron also steered Brian Brown trainee Moneyman Hill to a 1:50.4 victory to take the other KYSS division for frosh pacing colts.   The Somebeachsomewhere colt raced third as Roll With Jr ripped to the front before a :26.3 first quarter. Pocket-sitter Its Showtime went off stride approaching the backstretch, giving the pocket to Moneyman Hill as the odds-on favorite stalked the pacesetter through a :54.4 half and through three-quarters in 1:24.1. Moneyman Hill slipped from the pocket through the stretch and zipped to a four-and-a-half length victory while Put To Right took second in a 1:50.4 mile. Roll With Jr faded to third.   A homebred for Tom Hill, Moneyman Hill won his second race from six starts, earning $49,730. He paid $3.40 to win.   Baby Your The Best survived a first-half sprint to take the sole KYSS dash for frosh pacing fillies as the 1-9 favorite with a 1:51.3 mile.   The Linda Toscano trainee sparred around the first turn with stablemate Shining Beauty, who parked to a :26.4 first quarter when leaving from post 10. Shining Beauty promptly retreated into the backside while Baby Your The Best maintained her speed while chased by pocket-sitter Gai Waterhouse through a :53.1 half.   Driver David Miller rationed the Captaintreacherous filly's speed rounding the final turn--passing three-quarters in 1:23.1--and turned away a pocket-popping bid from Gai Waterhouse to win by one-and-a-quarter lengths. Blood Red rushed from off the pace to take third.   Winning her second race from five starts this season, Baby Your The Best has accrued $83,720 in earnings for owners Richard and Joanne Young. Steve Stewart, Conquest Acres Lp and Michael Robinson bred the $2.20 winner.   KYSS action resumes at The Red Mile on Thursday, Sept. 5 with the third preliminary for three-year-old trotting colts and fillies. The card starts with a first-race post at 7:00 p.m. (EDT).   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

LEXINGTON, KY--Driver Andrew McCarthy pushed Dancin Lou to the lead through a quick tempo and widened his advantage through the stretch to win the fastest of two $30,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) second preliminary divisions on Sunday, Aug. 25 at The Red Mile.   Western Exposure left for the front from post 8 while Pyro tucked into the pocket. Even-money favorite Native's Sweetlou raced third before tipping off the pylons with Dancin Lou in tow heading to a :27.1 first quarter. Native's Sweetlou took the lead up the backside but yielded for the pocket as Dancin Lou marched by to control the pace past a :53.2 half.   Dancin Lou then withstood a minor late challenge from Native's Sweetlou past three-quarters in 1:20.4 in progress to an open-length victory in 1:48.3. Native's Sweetlou held second from Odds On Boca Raton rallying from last for third.   A son of Sweet Lou bred by Anvil & Lace Farm, Dancin Lou won his seventh race from 12 starts this season and his eighth from 22 overall, earning $105,203. Tahnee Camilleri conditions the $6.80 winner for owners David Kryway and 1362313 Ontario Ltd.   Odds-on favorite Can't Beach That swept to the front passing the half and maintained command in progress to a 1:49 victory in the $30,000 opening division of Kentucky Sires Stakes.   Captain Ahab cleared control from the outermost post with stablemate Major Deception securing the pocket and Can't Beach That, starting from post 1, moving into third. Captain Ahab took the field by the first quarter in :27.4 but yielded the lead as Can't Beach That blitzed to the top past a :54.3 half.   Skip To My Lou--under a tight hold--edged outside and advanced towards Can't Beach That moving to the final turn, pressing the pacesetter towards three-quarters in 1:21.4. Can't Beach That extended his lead through the stretch while Captain Ahab slid through an inside seam for second while Skip To My Lou finished third, but was placed fourth due to flattening the tire of Major Deception, who finished fourth but was placed third, past the half.   Winning his fifth race from 10 starts this season and his sixth from 19 overall, Can't Beach That has earned $99,104 for owner-breeder Melvin Segal and co-owners Kentuckiana Racing Stable and Eddie Gran. Chris Page steered the $3.00 winner for trainer Brett Pelling.   Beautyonthebeach brushed to the front and faced little challenge when taking the lone $30,000 KYSS split for three-year-old pacing fillies.   Driver Brett Miller placed Beautyonthebeach fourth while Summer Charm led the field towards a :27.4 opening quarter. Miller then angled the Gregg McNair-trained daughter of Somebeachsomewhere wide and rushed to the top before a :55.4 half.   Carousel pulled first over from sixth heading towards the final turn and approached the pacesetter moving to three-quarters in 1:23.3, but promptly retreated when straightening for the finish. Beautyonthebeach kicked clear of her competition by the eighth pole to win by open lengths in 1:50.4. Hydration weaved through competition off a pylon trip to take second while Margret Hill rallied through the center of the track for third.   A homebred for James Avritt Sr., Beautyonthebeach won her third race from 10 starts this season and her eighth from 23 overall, earning $334,873. She paid $2.60 to win.   KYSS action resumes at The Red Mile on Saturday, Aug. 31 with the third preliminary for two-year-old trotting colts and fillies. The card will start at 7:00 p.m. (EDT).   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

LEXINGTON, KY--Off at odds of 120-1, Strip It Down As reeled in tempo-setter Asiago and nailed the 1-9 favorite on the wire to upset in the first of two $30,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) harness racing divisions for three-year-old trotting fillies at The Red Mile on Saturday, Aug. 24. Asiago took control early and faced little challenge while setting a clip of :28.4, :56.1 and 1:24. Driver Elliot Deaton had Strip It Down As positioned third and sent the son of Archangel after Asiago rounding towards the top of the stretch. Asiago led by open lengths into the sixteenth pole but Strip It Down As cut into the leader's margin and stuck a head in front at the finish in a 1:52.4 mile. Asiago settled for second while Back Splash gave chase a couple lengths back in third. Returning $242.80 to win, Strip It Down As won her second race from four starts this season and her fourth from 11 overall, earning $60,929. Anette Lorentzon conditions the filly for owner-breeder Acl Stuteri Ab and co-owner Kjell Johansson. Driver Andy Miller placed French Cafe on the front and set a slow tempo when going coast to coast with a 1:54.3 mile in the second KYSS filly division. The Julie Miller-trained daughter of Father Patrick took command from Whispering Oaks in second and Caterina Hall in third. French Cafe controlled the speed through fractions of :29 and :58 before enduring minor first-over pressure from Fade Into You circling the final turn. Race-favorite Queen Of Trixs sat second over passing three-quarters in 1:26.1 before angling towards the center of the track for a final-quarter sprint. French Cafe maintained the front through the lane while Queen Of Trixs gave pursuit from second, with Fade Into You holding third. Winning her second race from six starts this season and her fifth in 15 overall, French Cafe has earned $117,900. The homebred for Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld returned $5.20 to win. Chin Chin Hall hustled off cover in the stretch drive to take the opening division of KYSS for sophomore trotting colts in 1:52.4. Sheer Muscle moved for the lead with Thunder venturing wide to take control past a :29 quarter. Pilot Discretion, sitting third, brushed for the front and cleared command while accelerating towards a :56.4 half. Super Schissel tipped first over and ranged forward to match strides with the leader nearing three-quarters in 1:25.2. Chin Chin Hall followed from second over and fanned wide at the head of the stretch. Pilot Discretion clung to command as Super Schissel stalled between horses before Chin Chin Hall kicked past the two in progress to a two-and-a-quarter length victory. Pilot Discretion held second while Super Schissel settled for third. A Walnut Hall Limited-bred gelded son of Cash Hall, Chin Chin Hall won his third race from five starts this season and his fifth from 12 overall, earning $259,680. Richard "Nifty" Norman conditions the $4.40 winner for owners Oldford Racing LLC and David McDuffee. Stalking dueling leaders around the final turn, driver Andy Miller sent Yankee Glide gelding Zack's Got The W towards the center of the track to grab victory in the second KYSS colt division. The Erv Miller trainee sat pocket to Manatlas, who passed the first quarter in :27.4. Seven Hills, racing fourth, angled first over and marched towards his stablemate after a :56.1 half. The pair raced side by side when approaching three-quarters in 1:24.4 while Andy Miller moved Zack's Got The W from the pocket to the outside of the battling leaders when straightening for the finish. Zack's Got The W dashed to the lead nearing the finish while Guaranteed, also stalking the leaders, rallied even wider for second. Seven Hills held third. Owned by Ervin Miller Stable Inc, Greg Gillis and Harvey Eisman, Zack's Got The W won his second race from 11 starts, earning $34,120. Fredericka and Elizabeth Caldwell bred the $19.20 winner. KYSS action resumes at The Red Mile on Sunday, Aug. 25 with two $30,000 divisions for three-year-old pacing colts and a $30,000 single 12-horse dash for sophomore pacing fillies. The card will start at 7:00 p.m. (EDT). by Ray Cotolo, for the Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY--A pocket trip poised Catch The Fire for a 1:50.4 blowout mile in the fastest of two $30,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) harness racing divisions for two-year-old pacing colts on Thursday, Aug. 22 over a track rated "good" at The Red Mile.   Driver Mike Wilder placed the John Ackley trainee on the helmet of early leader Fortify heading to a :28.1 first quarter. Wilder then circled the Captaintreacherous colt to the front but yielded as Lottery Winner marched towards the top past a :55.3 half.   Starship tipped first over from fourth approaching three-quarters in 1:24, forcing Catch The Fire to vacate the pocket at headstretch. Catch The Fire then shot past Lottery Winner and opened four-and-a-half lengths on Starship giving pursuit from second while Fortify held third.   Winning his third race from six starts, Catch The Fire has earned $67,022 for owner CT Stables LLC. He paid $11.00 to win.   Moneyman Hill stalked from the pocket and inherited the front from a rough pacesetter to win the first division of KYSS in 1:51.2.   Driver Scott Zeron sent Moneyman Hill towards the front but yielded for the pocket as Its Showtime brushed to control heading to a :28 opening quarter and accelerated towards a :55.1 half.   However the pacesetter veered wide rounding the final turn, giving Moneyman Hill the lead approaching three-quarters in 1:23.1. The Somebeachsomewhere colt maintained command through the stretch while chased by Sea Of Life, pulling from the pocket for second. Roll With Jr, angling first over from fourth at the top of the stretch, took third.   A son of Somebeachsomewhere, Moneyman Hill won his first race from five starts, earning $34,730. Brian Brown conditions the Tom Hill homebred who paid $9.00 to win.   Sent the 2-5 favorite, Baby Your The Best swept to the front moving towards the final turn and cruised clear to a 1:52.2 victory in the first of two KYSS splits for two-year-old pacing fillies.   Ellagator took control heading to the first turn while Blood Red ground first over towards the top nearing a :28.4 opening quarter. Blood Red cleared to the cones and led briefly before driver David Miller angled Baby Your The Best from third to the top heading to a :56.4 half.   The Captaintreacherous filly continued to control the pace while pressured slightly by Sail By, stalled wide of the leader at the third station in 1:25.3. Sail By gave way through the stretch as Baby Your The Best kicked clear of her competition, with Blood Red finishing second and Ellagator third.   Owned by Richard and Joanne Young, Baby Your The Best won her first race from four starts, earning $68,720. The Linda Toscano trainee returned $2.80 to win.   Firefly pulled to the front past the quarter and went a slow clip when holding off a backfield blitz in a 1:54 mile to take the other KYSS filly division.   Pristine Beauty pushed for the front while Firefly floated for position from the pylon post rounding the first turn. Driver Andrew McCarthy then angled Firefly for the lead heading to a :29.2 opening quarter and led the field to a :57.2 half.   Wayside, racing third, edged first over moving into the final turn. Even-money favorite Gai Waterhouse tracked cover from second over while Shining Beauty raced third over in a flow nearing the pacesetter heading to three-quarters in 1:26.1.   Wayside retreated through the stretch while Gai Waterhouse and Shining Beauty fanned off cover and chased the drifting leader from the center of the track. However Firefly held on in the final-quarter sprint to win with Gai Waterhouse second and Shining Beauty third.   Returning $29.20 to win, Firefly won her second race from eight starts this season, earning $29,000. Richard "Nifty" Norman conditions the Somebeachsomewhere filly for owners Charles and Julie Nash.   Kentucky Sires Stakes action resumes at The Red Mile on Saturday, Aug. 24 with two $30,000 divisions each for three-year-old trotting colts and fillies. The card will start at 7:00 p.m. (EDT).   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile    

LEXINGTON, KY--The Ready Cash colt Ready For Moni stalked the speed for the first half of the mile and then pounced on the final turn, surging to a four-length victory to trot the fastest mile of the three $30,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) divisions for two-year-old trotting colts on Sunday, Aug. 18 at The Red Mile.   The Per Engblom trainee sat in the pocket to a :27.4 first quarter while Father Figure protected position from the pylons to lead briefly. Hit Show parked when trying to take the lead around the first turn but promptly ducked to fourth as Father Figure maintained his speed towards a :56.2 half.   Ready For Moni pulled from the pocket rounding the final turn and edged past the pacesetter after three-quarters in 1:26.2. From there Ready For Moni scooted clear of Mcmatters rallying off cover to take second from Legion Of Honor holding third.   Winning her second race from three starts, Ready For Moni has earned $21,500 for owners John Fielding, Lindy Farms Of Connecticut, Herb Liverman and Bud Hartfield. Jimmy Takter drove the $2.80 winner.   Ontopofthehill vaulted off cover to take the first division of KYSS for two-year-old trotting colts, stopping the clock in 1:57.   Uncle Ed launched for the top from the outside while Father Dunn moved into second and Bold Moves into third. Ontopofthehill sat sixth past a :29.3 before catching cover from St Martins, who marched uncovered towards the leader through a :58.4 half and drew to equal terms by three-quarters in 1:28.1.   Driver Chris Page pulled Ontopofthehill off cover for the stretch drive while St Martins lost momentum and went on a gallop. Uncle Ed battled back at the pylons but managed only to hold second, three-quarter lengths behind the winner, while Hemisphere rallied from last to take third.   Owned by Elite Trotting, Ontopofthehill won his first race from six starts, earning $34,021. Ron Burke conditions the Brittany Farms-bred son of Muscle Hill who paid $4.20 to win.   Expectations protected the front and turned away a first-over challenge to take the final KYSS colt split in 1:55.4.   Driver Mattias Melander pushed the Marcus Melander trainee from the pylons but yielded the lead to Sheena Soldier heading to a :28.3 opening quarter. Melander then swung the Muscle Hill colt around Sheena Soldier to take command moving up the backstretch. Sermon, sitting third, tracked his move but got caught first over while matching strides with the leader past a :56.3 half.   Sermon stuck to Expectation's side passing three-quarters in 1:25.3 but soon faltered through the stretch. Rays The Limits, stalking the speed duel from fourth, angled towards the center of the course and rallied for second while Jax Reddy came from last for third.   Bred by Dunroven Stud LLC, Expectations won his first race from five starts, earning $61,899. Vicky Trotting Inc. owns the $3.60 winner.   Odds-on favorite Ms Savannah Belle travelled overland to win the fastest of the three $30,000 KYSS filly splits by a one-and-a-quarter lengths when trotting a 1:55 mile in the opening division.   Driver Jimmy Takter positioned the Muscle Hill filly fifth while 117-1 shot Oblivion landed on the lead past a :29 opening quarter. Takter then tipped the Per Engblom trainee first over and gained on the leader past a :57 half while flushing cover from Fortune Telln Lady heading towards three-quarters in 1:26.2.   Ms Savannah Belle fanned towards the center of the course moving to the top of the stretch and slid to control as Guinevere Hall hustled through a seam at the inside to take second, one-and-a-quarter lengths behind. Caviart Guilia closed for third.   A homebred filly for Al Libfeld, Ms Savannah Belle won her first race from four starts, earning $39,658. She paid $3.20 to win.   With early leader Caviart Eva going on a break past the quarter, Crucial inherited the top and held command for the remainder of the mile to take the second filly split of the KYSS.   Caviart Eva cleared the front from post 7 circling the first turn while Crucial slid into the pocket ahead of Molto Bene racing third. Following a :29.2 opening quarter Caviart Eva began to gallop and retreated towards the rear of the field while Miss Kendra D angled first over to challenge the leader after a :59.2 half.   Miss Kendra D drew closer to the Ron Burke-trained daughter of Father Patrick and raced only a neck off the lead past three-quarters in 1:28.4 but began to stall when turning for the finish. Molto Bene went on a break from the pocket, which also knocked Sentebale, Hecate and Billie Claire off stride in the backfield all while Crucial clung to a slimming lead. She hit the finish a neck better than Shishito, who closed from second over to take second. Miss Kendra D settled for third.   Winning her third race from four starts, Crucial has accrued $67,623 in earnings for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, William Donovan, Jerry & Theresa Silva Stables, Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Chris Page piloted the $3.20 winner.   Violet Stride took the final KYSS filly division going coast to coast, trotting the mile in 1:56.   Driver Chris Page pushed the daughter of Trixton towards the front from the center of the gate, leading Julia C to a :28.1 opening quarter. The Mark Harder trainee faced little pressure heading to a :57.3 half while Do You Wanna Dance, positioned fourth, edged first over but stalled rounding the final turn.   Violet Stride continued to lead Julia C passing three-quarters in 1:27.2 as the pocket-sitter mounted her bid for the stretch drive. However Julia C broke midway through the stretch while Page dug into Violet Stride to hit the finish ahead of Cover Girl closing from last for second. Heaven, stalking the top two, took third.   Winning her first race from five starts, Violet Stride--bred by Kentuckiana Farms LLC and Jorgen Jahre Jr. of Norway--has earned $19,250 for owners Emilio and Maria Rosati. She paid $11.40 to win.   Kentucky Sires Stakes action continues at The Red Mile on Thursday, Aug. 22 with two-year-old pacing colts and fillies competing in $30,000 divisions for the second preliminary. The card will start at 7:00 p.m. (EDT).   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY--Freshmen filly pacers and trotters will flock to The Red Mile on Friday, Sept. 28 with the trotters contesting in four divisions of the $373,000 Norman Woolworth Memorial Bluegrass Stakes and the pacers in three divisions of the $273,100 Artspeak Bluegrass Stakes. Evident Beauty, second in the $296,450 Peaceful Way at Woodbine Mohawk Park, leads the first division of filly trotters. The Richard "Nifty" Norman trainee, competing for owners Melvin Hartman, Little E LLC and R A W Equine Inc., has one win to her credit--a 1:58 nose victory in a $28,750 division of the Tompkins Geers at Tioga Downs. Earning $99,832 so far this season, the filly by Trixton will have David Miller in the sulky. Jim Doherty Memorial winner The Ice Dutchess fronts the second division off a 1:54.2 victory in the Peaceful Way. A filly by Muscle Hill, the Jimmy Takter pupil has four wins in seven outings and nearly $350,000 in earnings. Yannick Gingras will drive from post two for owner Coyote Wynd Farms. An upset winner in an elimination for the Jim Doherty Memorial, Special Honor, a filly by Father Patrick conditioned by Julie Miller, starts in the third division of filly trots. Owned by Brittany Farms LLC, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, she's won two races from six starts and compiled $93,824 in earnings. She enters off a second-place finish in the $236,000 Kentuckiana Stakes from post one at Hoosier Park and will now start from post nine with Andy Miller behind. Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) champ Whispering Oaks and Pennsylvania Sires Stakes winner Windy Corner face off in the final division of filly trots. Whispering Oaks, a Trixton filly trained by Jimmy Takter for owners Brixton Medical Inc, Herb Liverman and R A W Equine, has won three times in nine outings, including a 1:54 upset victory in the $250,000 KYSS Final, and accrued $224,574 in earnings. Yannick Gingras will drive from post two. Windy Corner, a Yankee Glide filly trained by Erv Miller for owners Tony Holmes and Walter Zent, enters off a 1:57.4 win in a $32,833 division of the Keystone Classic at The Meadows. A winner of four races from 10 starts, she has earned $192,805 and will have Marcus Miller piloting from post six. Trainer Brian Brown sends High Reward, who finished third in the $275,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OHSS) Championship, from post one in the opening division of the filly pace. The daughter of Yankee Cruiser has one win from seven starts--a 1:53.1 wire-to-wire victory in a preliminary of OHSS at Scioto Downs. David Miller will sit in the bike for owners Country Club Acres Inc., Joe Sbrocco and L&H Management Services. A trio of star freshmen pacing fillies compete in the second division with Queen Of The Pride (the OHSS champ) starting from post one, Zero Tolerance (second in the $207,000 Kentuckiana at Hoosier Park) from post three and Beautyonthebeach (the KYSS champ) from post eight. A filly by McArdle trained by Kevin Lare, Queen Of The Pride has won five times in nine tries, compiling $262,192 in earnings for owner Frank Chick. She enters off a fourth-place finish in the $454,300 She's A Great Lady at Woodbine Mohawk Park and will have Tony Hall in the bike. Trained by Joe Holloway, Zero Tolerance, a filly by Heston Blue Chip, has finished no worse than second in all eight of her races and won on six of those occasions, including a track-record-equaling mile of 1:51.3 in a division of New York Sires Stakes at Vernon Downs. Owned by Val D'Or Farms and Ted Gewertz, she has earned $195,941 and will have David Miller drive. Sweeping the prelims and the final of the KYSS, Gregg McNair-trainee Beautyonthebeach enters on a four-race win streak capped with a 1:51 two-length victory in the $250,000 KYSS final. She has five wins total from her eight outings and $181,343 in earnings. The James Avritt Sr. homebred will have Doug McNair driving. The McNairs come back in the final division of the filly pace with Prescient Beauty, a homebred Art Major filly for James Avritt Sr. A winner of three races in eight starts and an earner of over $130,000, she ships in off runner-up finishes in the elimination and final of the She's A Great Lady. Doug McNair again drives for father and trainer Gregg McNair. The divisions of the Norman Woolworth Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Filly Trot are sponsored by Arden Homestead Stable, Et Gerry & Peter Gerry, Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg, Stoner Manor, Inc., Menhammar Stuteri Ab, Jorgen Jahre Jr. and Lawrence DeVan & William DeVan Jr. The divisions of the Artspeak Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Filly Pace are sponsored by the Artspeak Syndicate and Winbak Farms. The 10-race program Friday night gets rolling with a first-race post time at 7:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Lexington, KY - The best of harness racing in the Bluegrass will be on display Sunday afternoon, Sept. 16, at The Red Mile when the historic Lexington racetrack hosts the $2 million Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) finals. The 10-race card gets underway at 3 p.m. (EDT) and is the centerpiece of the new Fayette County Fair that will run from noon until 6 p.m. Sunday afternoon's 10-race race card features the eight divisional KYSS championship races, worth $250,000 each, as well as a pair of $50,000 consolation events. The fields were set after three preliminary legs were contested over the past three weeks at The Red Mile. The opening quartet of KYSS finals are for the 2 year olds. The first-year male trotters kick off the championships (Race 3) and the field of 10 include four preliminary winners, including two-time victors Forecast (son of Cantab Hall, post 1) and Super Schissel (Uncle Peter, post 4). Also in the race are prelim winners Lindy’s Crazy Hall (Cantab Hall, post 7) and Don’t Let’em (Muscle Hill, post 3), who earlier this year won the Peter Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands. Among the 2-year-old filly trotters (Race 5), Taylor Swiftly (Trixton, post 5) has created nothing but bad blood between her and her rivals by being mean and sweeping all three preliminaries. The 2-year-old filly pacer Beautyonthebeach swept her three opening rounds and the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere may be tough to beat in that divisional final (Race 4) as she landed post 1. The road to division honors among the freshman male pacers (Race 6) appears to go through Captain Trevor, a son of Captaintreacherous who has been most impressive while capturing all three of his prelims. Only two 3 year olds who won KYSS finals last year at two are back to defend their title. One of those is the filly trotter Top Expectations, who was two-for-two in this year's opening two legs. The daughter of Cantab Hall drew post 1 in this year's final (Race 7). The 3-year-old filly pacer Band Stand is the other returning champion, but this year the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance may have her work cut out for her as she finished eighth in the point standings after a second, sixth and fourth in the prelims. Band Stand starts from post 4 in this year's final (Race 8) with the role of favorite likely going to Dance Blue (Race 3), a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven who won both her opening rounds in open-lengths fashion. Race 9 is the $250,000 KYSS final for 3-year-old male trotters. Tactical Landing, a son of Muscle Hill who last month captured his Hambletonian elimination and finished third in the $1 million final, starts from post 1 after a third and first in the KYSS preliminaries. Wolfgang, a son of My MVP and a leg-one winner who is Tactical Landing's stablemate in the barn of trainer Jimmy Takter, starts from post 4. Classichap, a son of Chapter Seven who raced and won his only KYSS appearance in leg 3 last Monday night, starts from post 3. The sophomore male pacers close out the championship card in Race 10. American History (post 6), a son of American Ideal, is two-for-two in this year's KYSS and is one of three Tony Alagna trainees going postward (Rush To Judgement, post 1) and Legal Power (post 4). Grand Teton (post 3), a son of A Rocknroll Dance who won the first KYSS leg, is one of three Takter trainees in the race, along with Thinkbig Dreambig (post 5) and Decoy (post 8). The eight KYSS finals encompass an "all stakes" 20-cent Pick 8 wager with a guaranteed $10,000 pool in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program. The Pick 8 has a low takeout rate of only 15 percent. The wager will feature a mandatory payout, so the entire net pool will be paid for the most winners if nobody selects all eight winners. Admission is free and the Fayette County fair will include food trucks, local craft breweries, bourbon tastings and an arts and crafts market. Several music acts will play on two stages (one inside and one outside), with rising country star and Lexington native Walker Montgomery, Avery Crabtree and Conch Republic among the performers. Montgomery is slated to perform on the outdoor stage from 4-6 p.m. The racing program gets underway with a horse parade of various breeds and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation will offer hands-on equine experience. Saturday night's (post time 7 p.m.) 10-race card features three $50,000 KYSS consolations, including races for 3-year-old filly trotters, 2-year-old colt trotters and 2-year-old filly pacers. From the Kentucky Sire Stakes

Lexington, KY - The postponed third and last $30,000 leg of the Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for 3-year-olds was raced on Monday at The Red Mile on a cool, overcast evening with the track rated "Good". There was no wagering on the races due to the postponement. American History went another big mile tonight, going under the wire in hand to Yannick Gingras with the greatest of ease in 1:49. The pair settled in fifth early as first Decoy (M. Johansson) then Thinkbig Dreambig (Jimmy Takter) ripped off fast fractions, then came uncovered and went right by the leader just off the last turn and opened up a long lead while restrained. Grand Teton (Andy McCarthy) went another big trip here to be second and Rush To Judgement (Matt Kruger) was third. Tony Alagna trains the winner, a son of American Ideal, for owners Brittany Farms (also the breeder) Marvin Katz and American History Racing. He went through the ring at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale (LSYS) for $150,000. The colt trot was won by Classichap in 1:53.2, driven tonight by Corey Callahan for trainer Trond Smedshammer. Callahan left for position and was rewarded with an up close view of the speed duel that developed just in front as Eurobond (Domenico Cecere) and Wolfgang traded blows through the 1:23.4 three quarters. From there it was easy with an opening at the rail providing a clear path to victory. EL Platinum (M. Johansson) rallied up for the place and Wolfgang won the showdown for third. Classichap is owned by the Purple Haze Stable who bought him from breeder Hayley Moore at the Lexington sale for $95,000. He went over $100,000 in career earnings with tonight's win. The first of two pacing filly divisions got things underway and Cuts Like A Knife (Marcus Miller) was the winner for local connections, trainer Kevin Thomas and owners Cotton, Francine and Julie Nash. Marcus took the uncovered route with the filly rolling up on Hurikane Express (Corey Callahan) around the second turn and wearing that one down late for the win. Cabowabocuttie (Pete Wrenn) was third. Diamond Creek Farm bred the winner, a $55,000 (LSYS) purchase. Lindy Farms continued their strong roll in the KYSS program winning with yet another homebred, this one the Somebeachsomewhere filly Belle in a career best equaling 1:53.2. Marcus Miller picked up the drive with the defection of Dave Miller after last night's cancellation and gave Belle a perfect steer, landing the pocket behind eventual second place finisher Neverforgetwhour (Elliott Deaton) and getting out just when she needed to for a half-length success. Fine Art (Callahan) was third. Belle is trained by Domenico Cecere. Gingras also drove Ciao Dolce to a win in the first filly trotting race for trainer Bob Stewart in 1:55. Yannick sat in third as Lily Stride (M. Miller) cut the fractions, found a seam in the stretch then wore that rival down in the drive. Bandol Rose (Chuck Norris) was third. Kjell Andersen owns the winner, a $300,000 LSYS graduate bred by Steve Stewart, D. Robinson and Black Creek Farm. Pat Matters, catch driven by Jimmy Takter for trainer Paul Kelley, took the second filly trot split in a new record for her of 1:54.2. Takter sat chilly as first Nixie Volo (Callahan) then Live Laugh Love (Wrenn) took turns on the lead through moderate fractions then split rivals late with good trot to get up. Nixie Volo held second and Supergirl Riley (M. Miller) closed to be third. The Patricia Stable bred and owns the winner, an Explosive Matter filly. The $2 million finals of the KYSS are a part of the championship card on Sept. 16 has a first-race post time of 3 p.m. The Fayette County Fair will run from noon until 6 p.m. Admission is free and the fair will include food trucks, local craft breweries, bourbon tastings and an arts and crafts market. Several music acts will play on two stages (one inside and one outside), with rising country star and Lexington native Walker Montgomery, Avery Crabtree and Conch Republic among the performers. Montgomery is slated to perform on the outdoor stage from 4-6 p.m. The racing program will kick 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

Lexington, KY - The Kentucky Sires Stakes races for 3-year-olds from last night's canceled card will be streamed via Facebook live on the Red Mile Racing page starting at 7:00 pm.   There will be no wagering on these races and they will not be simulcast to other locations or any race streaming service.   by Nick Salvi, for The Red Mile              

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