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

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

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

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

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

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

Harness racing driver Marcus Miller enjoys driving at Lexington's Red Mile. It is not all related to the success he enjoyed there a year ago, but that probably doesn't hurt. Last year, Miller won three divisions of the International Stallion Stakes and a division of the Bluegrass. He also finished second in three divisions of the Bluegrass and in a division of the Glen Garnsey. For the track's entire Grand Circuit meet, Miller hit the board in 12 of 23 starts for a .338 driver rating. "It's a big, fast track; that's my favorite part about it," Miller said about racing at The Red Mile. "It's such a fun track. You can kind of come from all over the place. The trip really matters, the pace really matters. It's just a lot of fun." Miller hopes to continue the fun when this year's Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile begins at 7 p.m. Thursday with five divisions of the Bluegrass Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters. Miller will drive in three of the divisions with horses trained by his father, Erv. None of the three colts are at odds longer than 6-1 on the morning line. Leading the way for the Millers is Keystone Apache, who won last week's Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters on Little Brown Jug Day (Sept. 21) at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio. Keystone Apache raced on the outside the entire mile and went three wide heading to the final turn to win by a neck over Can't Afford It in 1:56.2. For the year, the son of Explosive Matter-Found An Angel has won three of nine races and $65,527. All three of his victories have come in his past four starts. "If he can keep racing like he did on Jug Day, I think he can go with a good bunch of them," Miller said, adding with a laugh, "It wasn't the trip I was planning on. But I did think he was the best horse in the race. He definitely performed as good as he could. "(My dad) has always liked him and I think in the last few starts we're really getting to see why. He's really got a good attitude. I think he's just gotten a lot more sure-footed. I think the attitude was always there, but now you're able to use him a little bit without having to worry so much." Keystone Apache is 7-2 on the morning line in the first Bluegrass division. He is the second choice behind You Know You Do from the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter. You Know You Do, a son of Muscle Hill-You Want Me, won the Peter Haughton Memorial and finished second in the William Wellwood Memorial. He has finished no worse than second in seven of eight starts, winning four. Miller's next Bluegrass drive will come with Farsetti Hanover in the fourth division. Farsetti Hanover has won two of nine races this year and $75,139. He has won two of his past three starts, including a division of the Reynolds Memorial, and finished third in the Haughton. "He's a really nice colt," Miller said. "I think the last start at the Meadowlands (a fourth-place finish) I really didn't want to be on the front. He came up a little bit empty late. But he's a handy horse and good gaited. I like him. He's really grown a lot right now and I think he'll keep getting better also." Farsetti Hanover, a son of Donato Hanover-Finesse Hanover, is 4-1 on the morning line. Jim Campbell-trained Crystal Fashion, by Cantab Hall out of Window Willow, a two-time winner on the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes circuit, is the 5-2 favorite. In the fifth and final Bluegrass division, Miller will drive Tito. The last time Miller drove the colt was in August. He was driven most recently by Miller's uncle, Andy, on the New York Sire Stakes circuit and heads to the Bluegrass with two wins in his past three starts. Overall, Tito, a son of Muscle Mass-Stonebridge Encore, has won two of nine races and $77,173. Tito is 6-1 on the morning line. The favorite is Takter's Maxus, who is 2-1. Maxus, by Muscle Hill out of Gerri's Joy, heads to the Bluegrass off a third-place finish in the Wellwood. "When they're 2-year-olds they change so much from week to week, so when it's a solid month from the last time I drove them they're usually quite a bit different," Miller said. "But I really like (Tito). He's a really nice colt too." All three of the Millers' horses are eligible to the Breeders Crown in October. "I think they all have a shot at it, it will just depend how these next few starts shake out," Miller said. "They're all good horses, that's for sure." The favorite in the second Bluegrass division is New Jersey Sire Stakes champion U Need Stones, a son of Wishing Stone-Sequin Hanover from the stable of trainer Ron Burke. The favorite in the third division is Julie Miller-trained Met's Hall, a son of Cantab Hall-Met's Inn who has won four of six races. Click here for Thursday's complete card at The Red Mile. Ken Weingartner

LEXINGTON, KY-- Jimmy Takter-trainee Manchego goes for her ninth-consecutive win in the fifth of five harness racing divisions of the $330,000 Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Filly Trot on Friday, September 29 at The Red Mile. Starting from post three, the Muscle Hill filly out of the Cantab Hall mare Secret Magic has amassed $501,948 in earnings this season, including from wins in the $330,800 Jim Doherty Memorial, $252,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) Championship, and $307,500 Peaceful Way Stakes. Purchased for $120,000 from Lexington Select, Yannick Gingras will drive for owners Black Horse Racing, John Fielding, and Herb Liverman. Megadolce, winless in eight starts, tries for a maiden-breaking performance in the opening division of the Bluegrass. By Cantab Hall out of the Kadabra mare Bella Dolce, the Richard "Nifty" Norman trainee has earned $43,971 with seven on-the-board finishes this season. Andrew McCarthy drives for owner David Mc Duffee. Front Circle, a Muscle Hill filly from Conway Hall mare Sheena Hall, is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the first division. A winner of two races in nine starts this season, the rough-gaited Ron Burke trainee has collected $72,232 in earnings for owners Burke Racing Stable, Silva, Purnell, and Libby, Michelle Yanek, and Weaver Bruscemi. Yannick Gingras drives the $110,000 Lexington-Select purchase from post two. Charlie Norris-trained and driven Sherrys Lady moves from the Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) into Grand Circuit competition, starting from post six in the second Bluegrass split. A Muscle Hill filly from the Andover Hall mare Fraction, Sherrys Lady has won twice in four starts this season, including a third-place finish in a preliminary of the KYSS prior to a 1:56.3 lifetime-best performance at The Red Mile. An $80,000 Lexington Select Purchase, Sherrys Lady races for interest Coyote Wind Farms. Nixie Volo, another KYSS starter, looks to redeem a break in the $250,000 KYSS Final, matching up against Sherrys Lady, from post four. Winning two races in six starts this season, the John Butenschoen daughter of Yankee Glide from the Windsong's Legacy mare No I'm Not has earned $39,000 this season for owners Kentuckiana Racing Stables, VIP Internet Stable, 83 Racing, and Eddie Gran. Corey Callahan drives the $22,000 Lexington-Select purchase. The two KYSS starters will face 2-1 morning-line favorite Mooshka Stride, a Credit Winner filly from the Donato Hanover mare Check Me Out. A $260,000 Lexington-Select purchase by Emilio and Maria Rosati, Mark Harder trains the winner of one race in three starts, with her maiden-breaking score coming in a 1:55 mile in the Kindergarten Series at the Meadowlands. Andy Miller drives the earner of $8,000 this season from post two. KYSS winner Top Expectations and runner-up Lily Stride battle in the third Bluegrass division. Top Expectations, by Cantab Hall from the Kadabra mare Exceed Expectations, has won twice in eight starts, most recently upsetting at 10-1 in the $250,000 KYSS final in a career-best performance of 1:54.1. Owned by Daniel Plouffe, the Erv Miller trainee has banked $168,378 this season, and will start from post six with Marcus Miller in the bike. Lily Stride, sent off the 1-5 favorite in the KYSS final, was a neck shy of sweeping the series for owners Emilio and Maria Rosati and trainer Mark Harder. The Muscle Hill filly from the Donato Hanover mare Sterling Volo has won four races in seven starts this season, earning $167,152, and was also third to Manchego in the Jim Doherty Memorial. Purchased for $220,000 from Lexington Select, Andy Miller picks up the drive. Full sister to Shake It Cerry, Swing It Cathy, attempts for her first win of the season in the fourth Bluegrass division, facing PASS competitor Seviyorum. By Donato Hanover out of the Yankee Glide mare Solveig, Swing It Cathy has earned $19,456 this season for owners Christina Takter and Solveig's Racing Partners. The Jimmy Takter trainee will start from post six following a sixth-place finish in the $240,000 Kentuckiana and will be driven by Yannick Gingras. Seviyorum, a winner of two races in six starts, starts from post one for owners Stroy Inc. and Andy Miller Stable Inc. Earning $68,509 this season, the Julie Miller-trained daughter of Donato Hanover from Self Possessed mare Armbro Domino enters off a second-place finish in a Kindergarten prelim at the Meadowlands. The hombred from Stroy Inc. will be driven by Andy Miller. Post time for the second evening of the Grand Circuit fortnight is slated for 7 p.m. EDT. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Harness Racing This Week: Bluegrass Stakes, Red Mile, Lexington, Ky.; Dayton Pacing Derby and Dayton Trotting Derby, Hollywood Dayton Raceway, Dayton, Ohio; and John Simpson Stakes, Harrah's Philadelphia, Chester, Pa. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks off on Thursday (Sept. 28) at Red Mile with five divisions in the $366,000 Bluegrass for 2-year-old colt trotters. The Friday (Sept. 29) card at the Lexington oval will feature five divisions in the $330,000 Bluegrass for 2-year-old filly trotters. On Saturday (Sept. 30), Red Mile will offer the $400,000 (est.) Bluegrass for 2-year-old colt pacers and the $300,000 (est.) Bluegrass for 2-year-old filly pacers. The first week of racing in Lexington will conclude on Sunday (Oct. 1) with $200,000 (est.) Bluegrass events for 3-year-old male and female trotters and pacers. Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night will feature a pair of Grand Circuit stakes in the $167,000 Dayton Trotting Derby for older trotters and the $140,000 Dayton Pacing Derby for older pacers. Also on Friday, Harrah's Philadelphia will contest four $30,000 divisions in the John Simpson Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters and three $30,000 divisions in the John Simpson Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers. The Sunday card at Harrah's Philadelphia will see the $74,000 (est.) John Simpson Stakes for 2-year-old colt pacers and the $68,000 (est.) John Simpson Stakes for 2-year-old colt trotters. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: The Grand Circuit spotlight was on the Delaware (Ohio) County Fair this past week, with the $590,400 Little Brown Jug leading five days of exciting stakes races. Prior to Thursday's (Sept. 21) Little Brown Jug final, trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras decided that, win or lose, they wanted to send Filibuster Hanover to the front at the start of the race. It was a win. Filibuster Hanover, starting from post No. 2 after his second-place finish to Fear The Dragon in the day's earlier first heat, got the lead and never looked back to win the $401,472 Little Brown Jug final for 3-year-old male pacers by a length over Funknwaffles in 1:50 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Miso Fast, another horse from the Burke Stable, finished third and Fear The Dragon was fourth in the 72nd edition of the event, presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. It was the second Little Brown Jug victory for the tandem of Burke and Gingras, who won in 2014 with Limelight Beach. Filibuster Hanover is a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Fashion Ecstasy. He is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Joseph DiScala Jr., J&T Silva Stables, and the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi. He was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms and was purchased for $90,000 at the 2015 Standardbred Horse Sale. For the year, Filibuster Hanover has won three of 14 races and earned $518,859. For his career, he has five victories in 27 starts and $633,258. On Friday evening (Sept. 22) the majority of the fans at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino sought the cooler confines of the great indoors, but braved the humid conditions to witness an overall track record performance by world and Indiana champion Homicide Hunter. The 5-year-old gelding sailed by fellow champion Hannelore Hanover in deep stretch and held off the late bid of another familiar colleague in track record holder Natural Herbie to score in the $240,000 Centaur Trotting Classic in a track record of 1:51.2 to complete an Indiana-bred trifecta in the event, which was one of seven Grand Circuit contests on the card. Owned by Crawford Farms, Homicide Hunter is trained by Chris Oakes. The triumph in the Centaur Trotting Classic improves his record to a sterling 57-30-6-7 and makes him the sport's newest millionaire. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2017, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2017 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders through and including the races on Sept. 23. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,007; 2. David Miller - 764; 3. Tim Tetrick - 633; 4. Scott Zeron - 475; 5. Corey Callahan - 363. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 888.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 720; 3. Brian Brown - 375; 4. John Butenschoen - 296; 5. Ake Svanstedt - 262. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 209; 2. Emerald Highlands Farm - 205; 3. Determination - 204; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 175.2; 5. Diamond Creek Racing - 151.5. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will again be taking place next week at Lexington's historic Red Mile. Featured will be the Kentucky Futurity, the third leg of Trotting's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Also on tap will be the companion Kentucky Filly Futurity for the sophomore fillies, the Tattersalls Pace and the Glen Garnsey Memorial for 3-year-old pacers, four International Stallion Stakes races for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits, and four Allerage contests for open pacers and trotters. Paul Ramlow

Lexington, KY - With 2017 The Little Brown Jug now history, the focus of the harness racing Grand Circuit shifts to the Bluegrass for a fortnight of top quality harness racing at The Red Mile and the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale.   Racing begins on Thursday, September 28 with a 7 p.m. post time which continues through Saturday, September 30. The 1:00 p.m. matinee cards start on Sunday, October 1 and return for the Thursday - Sunday schedule October 5-8.   The first draw is on Monday, September 25 with the box closing at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time. The condition sheet is available on the web. Electronic entry is encouraged and the Race Office & Judges contact information is available on the condition sheet.   All information pertinent to bringing your stable to The Red Mile (including stall applications which must be filed) may be accessed from this page.   The Clubhouse dining room will be open on all race dates, make your reservations by calling (859) 255-0752.   The Lexington Yearling sale where champions are sold kicks off on the evening of Tuesday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. and continues through Saturday.   The city of Lexington offers much in the way of entertainment available during your stay including fine dining and an active nighttime scene.   Come join the fun!   Nick Salvi

Lexington, KY - With the 2017 Meadowlands Championship Meet complete the harness racing Grand Circuit morphs into more of a traveling show, reminiscent of days gone by, with important races at may venues over the next few months.   One very important destination, The Red Mile, held qualifying races today on a perfect windless, muggy morning beginning at 11 a.m.   Interest is high for the Red Mile's pre-Grand Circuit meet this year with the Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) including a mare residency clause to the conditions beginning with the foals of 2015, resulting in more focus on this season's two-year-old stakes. As a result several of the Grand Circuit stables are here earlier than usual giving their eligible colts and fillies a once over the track.   The first trotting qualifier was won by Ooh La La La, a four-year-old mare with a strong Indiana sophomore stakes resume in 1:56.2 for Trevor Smith over last year's KYSS 2YO colt trot final winner Starlight AS who is prepping for this year's sophomore division.   A couple of freshman pointing for next week's KYSS first leg went along well in this one with American Moni (Muscle Hill x Moni Maker) showing speed with a comfortable third place finish behind a pair of older rivals for Lindy Farms and Domenico Cecere. Godspell Hall also held his ground throughout, finishing fourth for Tony Alagna.   Lindy Farms sent out an imposing Somebeachsomewhere homebred pacing filly from Think Pink named Belle who absolutely drug her driver Domenico Cecere through a 1:56.2 mile with a restrained 28 flat final quarter. Day Dreamer was second for Alagna and partner Riverview Racing. Both are eligible to the KY program.   Hat Trick Habit (Donato Hanover x Habit's Best) looked sensational for Cecere, stalking a pretty accomplished older horse in Fusion Man then rolling right on by in a 27.2 end to the 1:58 mile. He certainly has the look of a contender for the KYSS trots for owner Fred Monteleone and trainer Frank Antonacci.   Race 4 was a field of older pacers won in 1:55 by Carnoustie (Darrell Moore) getting a little work in after a week off following five races in as many days at the Mississippi State Fair late last month. Legal Power was the lone freshman in this one and he went well for Alagna, passing several rival late to be fourth.   The fifth and final race of the day saw Dawson Springs getting up on the wire after racing uncovered the second half in 1:59.3 / 28.3 for Tony Alagna. He's a Brittany-bred Cantab Hall colt from Hot Springs owned by the trainer and the breeder along with Robert LeBlanc.   Lindy trotters were in close attendance with Eurobound second and Lovely Lindy third. Jack Gray's Yankee Glide colt Max is another KYSS eligible from this race.   The Sires Stakes kick off next Thursday, August 17 with the freshman trotters. More information and race dates for all KYSS events may be found on their website.   Nick Salvi

Lexington, KY - Harness Racing returns to Lexington, Kentucky with the historic 143rd season at The Red Mile beginning on Thursday, July 27. More than $7.5 million in purses will be offered over 32 race dates concluding on Sunday, October 8.   Thursday's offering is a ten race overnight card with a $6,200 Preferred Handicap feature pitting eight solid pacing mares in the second race.   The pre-Grand Circuit meet will cover 24 programs, racing live Thursday, Saturday and Sunday through September 17 with a post time of 7:00 p.m. each night.   This early meet will feature the enriched $2 million Kentucky Sires Stakes starting on August 17 with the foals of 2015 now benefitting from a mare residency policy. All purses for the three preliminary legs for two-year-olds will be $30,000 with all finals set at $250,000.   That policy contains language that states the resulting foals of all horses bred during the 2014 breeding season will be eligible for nomination to the KYSS if the horse is out of a mare, even if sired by an out-of-state stallion, that resided in Kentucky during the year of conception for 180 consecutive days and nominated to the fund or by a stallion that stood in Kentucky and nominated to the fund for that breeding season.   In addition to the change in eligibility, funding for the program has seen significant increases largely due to the pari-mutuel tax on historical horse racing, which is now offered at The Red Mile.   The KYSS for three-year-olds will offer two legs for a purse of $15,000 ($10,000 divided) and $175,000 finals. All finals will be raced on Sunday, September 17.   The Kentucky Sire Stakes is funded by the Kentucky Standardbred Development Fund (KSDF) and the Kentucky Standardbred Breeders' Incentive Fund (KSBIF).   The $5 million Grand Circuit meet consist of eight cards and will follow a Thursday through Sunday schedule with post time at 7 p.m. on September 28, 29 & 30 then a matinee 1 p.m. post time on October 1, 5, 6. 7 & 8.   The time-honored Bluegrass Stakes for all divisions will highlight week one. The International Stallion Stakes will provide racing for the freshmen in week two while closing weekend brings with it the 125th Kentucky Futurity, Tattersalls Pace and Allerage Farms series for the FFA set.   Information on all racing is available by calling the Racing Office at (859) 258-7670.   The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale will featured the highly anticipated first crops of Captaintreacherous, Father Patrick, Sweet Lou and Trixton among others along with the top quality consignments that sell at the Fasig-Tipton Pavilion annually. The sale starts at 7:00 p.m. on the evening of Tuesday, October 3.   Information on the city of Lexington including accommodations, dining and entertainment options is available from VisitLex.com.   Nick Salvi    

The owner of a harness-racing track in Floyd County has paid off a $2.2 million bond that had caused concern over the potential for county taxpayers to get stuck with the debt at a time when money is tight. County officials and Murray Sinclaire, owner of Appalachian Racing Inc., confirmed the agreement, which ends any potential liability for the county. “Everyone worked together to come to a good, favorable outcome,” county Judge-Executive Ben Hale said. “This was a major savings for the taxpayers of this county.” Sinclaire said in a statement that financing on the Thunder Ridge facility had matured and “all investors received full principal and interest payments.” The county underwrote a $2.7 million bond in the early 1990s to help build the harness track near Prestonsburg in hopes that the facility would create jobs. There were efforts through much of the 1990s to expand casino gambling in Kentucky, creating the potential for a lucrative gaming site at the track. Those efforts never came to fruition and the track has struggled. Appalachian Racing made all the required annual payments on the bond, Hale said. However, there was a concern that if the company either couldn’t or wouldn’t make the payments at some point, the debt would fall on the county at a difficult time. Local revenue from a tax on coal production has dropped sharply since 2011 because of a downturn in the industry, and the loss of jobs has hurt other businesses as well. Floyd County Attorney Keith Bartley said the county should never have made the deal with the late Terrell Ross, co-founder of Ross, Sinclaire & Associates, a financial company that has set up many public bond deals in the state. “The deal was a horrible deal for the county,” Bartley said, though there was a good resolution with Appalachian Racing paying off the remaining $2.2 million on the bond. Ross died in 2006. Sinclaire, of Cincinnati, inherited Ross’ interest in Appalachian Racing. The county owned 15 acres at the track that included the grandstand and parking lot. The county deeded that to Appalachian Racing in consideration for satisfying the bond. Getting the bond off its balance sheet will help the county if it needs to finance other projects, Hale said. Hale said Appalachian Racing hopes to sell its license and the land. The track, with 50 acres outside the floodplain and good road access, is a prime development site for Eastern Kentucky, local officials said. Keeneland considered buying the Thunder Ridge license to cover a quarter-horse racing facility the Lexington track plans to build at Corbin, but a Keeneland official said earlier this year that plan had changed and the track would instead seek an open license for the Corbin facility. By Bill Estep Reprinted with permission of The Lexington Herald Leader

The Red Mile is proud to announce Mark McKelvie as the new track announcer for the Grand Circuit harness racing meet. McKelvie will be taking over the position previously performed by our beloved friend and Hall of Famer Sam McKee. Though replacing Sam McKee is an impossible task, we are excited to add Mark McKelvie to the Red Mile team.  Mark McKelvie has grown up in the harness racing industry. His father, Scott, is the director of racing for Mohawk and Woodbine, and his mother, Lori, is a field representative for Standardbred Canada. McKelvie graduated from Humber College in Toronto with a degree in Journalism. With a desire to enter sports broadcasting, McKelvie took on the role of Communications Coordinator at Woodbine Entertainment Group, a position he still has today. He later began calling qualifiers as part of his position until he entered the regular rotation of announcers on the WEG circuit.  Over the past 15 years, McKelvie has only missed one Red Mile Grand Circuit meet. The fall days in Lexington garner special memories and feelings for the 24 year old from Milton, Ontario. “There is no better place to be than the Red Mile Grand Circuit on a sunny fall day in Lexington. I’ve always looked forward to coming to the Grand Circuit meet over the years. I know how much the sport looks forward to it, and now I’m honored to be a part of the magic,” said McKelvie.  A huge fan of Sam McKee, Mckelvie hopes to carry on the excellence that Sam brought to the position. “Obviously, I have huge shoes to fill. I’m not going to try to be Sam McKee because I don’t think anyone can be or match him. I’m hoping to incorporate the little things Sam always did to make his calls excellent. He made every name sound very important and knew how to make the most out of the big moments. I’m hoping to come in with enthusiasm and keep the legacy of the position going strong,” noted McKelvie.  “The Red Mile is ever cognizant of the future and believes the addition of Mark McKelvie is a great step in that direction. He will be working with Gabe Prewitt, who will continue to do color commentary and post race interviews. Mark and Gabe are an integral part of the Red Mile’s effort to look forward and offer opportunities to young people in this industry. We are always looking ahead and willing to give younger people an opportunity in this industry. While we will sorely miss the sound of Sam McKee calling the races, Mark is an excellent addition for our future,” said George Segal, speaking for the Red Mile ownership group.  Mark McKelvie’s first race call at the Red Mile will occur on September 28th at 7 PM, the opening night of what we look forward to be the greatest 8 days of racing in North America.     Jay Hochstetler The Red Mile

Here is a letter to the editor from harness racing trainer/ driver Anthony MacDonald, now owner of www.thestable.ca website site.  The predominant message is we cannot continue to do business like this and question our results. Here is the letter; I took a long overdue trip to Lexington Kentucky this past week. What a beautiful city. A university town as polite as my own right here in Guelph. The pinnacle of grand circuit racing on one of the most famed tracks in North America.  You should also try to make the time to visit the Kentucky horse park; the home and resting place of some of the most beautiful horses to grace us with their presence. Unfortunately for me, I couldn't see everything as I was in Lexington looking for yearlings for thestable.ca . For those of you that have been to the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion, you know how overwhelming it is and how long the days are. I compared notes with people I respect, had the odd drink and slept when the sale book pages began to blur. On Saturday I had to meet a client, so I asked to meet at The Red Mile. He said he couldn't, because he was going to be at the Keenland races for opening weekend and asked if I could join him there? I had never been to Keenland but heard it was something to see, so I agreed to meet him at 3pm, but first headed to The Red mile to watch some grand circuit races. I arrived later at the Keenland races which was just 15 minutes away and was amazed. I took some pictures of the enormous crowd that was predominantly young people. How did they do this? How did they get so many young people to the track? Well it turns out the university works with this thoroughbred track to get young people out to the facility, and it is unbelievable. There were 30,000 screaming fans at Keenland, which was shocking because there was also a Kentucky wildcats football game starting and it had 45,000 screaming fans in attendance. An obvious question popped into my head immediately, why are we racing against these two spring events? I believe everyone in our industry is well aware some of the biggest industry questions are: how do we get young people out to the track? How do we grow our fan base? A sunny day at one of our greatest tracks with our greatest horses and drivers competing should be a good way, correct? Why would you run our races when the very clients we are so desperately trying to attract are absolutely guaranteed to be elsewhere? When I inquired, people told me it was scheduling problems, but I'm certain Keenland didn't decide on a whim to open that weekend. I'm equally sure the Kentucky Wildcats made it aware to everyone on earth that they would be hosting Vanderbilt that specific Saturday. I was told by a very respected person that me being at Keenland was embarrassing because I should support our industry. The embarrassment is people attempting to make an argument for why this happened at all. Why does our industry continue to make errors and be oblivious to what in the general public is likely up to on a Saturday in October? It can't continue to be us against the world. We are losing a fight we don't have to be in. For the people that know me, you know I am political, I try to stay on as many peoples good side as I can (new leaf), but from time to time you need to speak up. We are in no position to go head to head with a university football team and Keenland race course on any weekend, let alone opening weekend. How are we ever going to build a fan base like that? Just so we are all clear, we are a subsidized industry, and both our countries run debts and deficits. If we can't grow our membership lists, our industry investment, and our fan base, how can we possibly put together anything resembling a business plan? Eventually " we deserve money" won't cut it, and we will lose it all. Quebec was destroyed, Ontario run over, Pennsylvania warned, and losses were seen in Michigan, Illinois and New Brunswick We cannot afford to continue to make poor business decisions. It's not hard to silence one person, I will eventually go away, but where are the rest of you? This isn't about Ontario, Kentucky or Pennsylvania. This is about families, children, horses, and all our futures. I enjoyed every second I was in Lexington Kentucky and I'm only writing this because I'd like it to be around long enough to enjoy it with my kids. Anthony MacDonald  

Always Be Miki fastest harness racing horse in history 1:46  26.1  -  52:2  -  1:19.4  -  1:46   LEXINGTON, KY-- Making his move for the top midway down the backstretch, Always B Miki set fast fractions before driver David Miller implored him through the stretch, advancing to win the $138,000 Allerage Farms Open Pace at The Red Mile in an all-time record mile of 1:46.   Always B Miki got away third as Shamballa was sent to the lead through a :26.1 opening quarter. David Miller showed Always B Miki the whip and he rushed first over to claim command to the half, timed in :52.2. He continued his sprint around the far turn, passing three-quarters in 1:19.4 before being chased home by Shamballa and All Bets Off in the stretch.   A five-year-old horse by Always A Virgin out of the Artsplace mare Artstopper, Always B Miki won his 27th race in 50 starts, earning $2,296,368 for owners Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter. He is trained by Jimmy Takter and paid $2.10 to win.   "It's a moment I'm never going to forget," Jimmy Takter said. "You don't get horses like this for long, and it's definitely emotional to be around him. I can't wait to see him as a stallion. His personality and everything about him will be well-received through the sport. He's not the easiest horse because he had a lot of injuries, but what this horse overcame every single day nobody else did.   "He has the Breeders Crown and TVG Final; those are the only two races left for him."   "I really thought the three-quarters was maybe a little too slow," David Miller said. "But like I've said: he's an incredible horse and does incredible things. I couldn't be happier with him."   Always Be Miki - World Record     Circling by Frost Damage Blues and Lady Shadow as they battled around the far turn, Praire Sweetheart advanced to the front and defeated her older rivals to win the $112,500 Allerage Farms Filly & Mare Pace in 1:49.1.   Lady Shadow set the pace, going fractions of :26.4 and :54.4 before receiving pressure from Frost Damage Blues, pulling first over from fourth, into the far turn. The two matched strides through a 1:22.2 third-quarter before Frost Damage Blues took the top. Lady Shadow retreated at the pylons while Prairie Sweetheart moved three wide, powering by Frost Damage Blues at the eighth pole. Prairie Sweetheart finished in front of Bedroomconfessions and Venus Delight, who stormed down the center of the track to finish second and third respectively.   Prairie Sweetheart, a three-year-old filly by Royal Millennium out of the Masterman mare Taylors Lady, remained undefeated in 12 starts with her lifetime-best win. She has earned $155,024 for owner Let It Ride Stables Inc. and trainer Ross Croghan. Driven by Matt Kakaley, she paid $14.80 to win.   We recently purchased her," Ross Croghan said. "I got a call from a friend of mine up at Pocono, and he said 'I just saw a filly that looked fantastic.' I watched the replay, and I had to agree with him, so I watched her again the next week, and the next week, and I just thought this filly has something special.   "We actually purchased her the day before I was going to leave for the [Little Brown] Jug. I was going to be away for a month and I didn't want to be away from her for that amount of time, so I brought her with me.   "We gave her a qualifier here last week just to see how she was and Matty [Kakaley] said she was super and that there were two seconds up her sleeve if he ever wanted to use it," Croghan also said. "I spoke to the owners, and they're both here enjoying the week in Lexington, so they opted to pop up with the supplement and watch the race, and it worked out in our favor."   Prairie Sweetheart     Flanagan Memory fanned off cover and trotted down the center of the track to take the $101,000 Allerage Farms Open Trot in 1:51.2.   Jl Cruze was sent to the lead, clearing early race-leader Muscial Rhythm through a :27.2 opening quarter. After a :55 half, Jl Cruze braced the challenge of Obrigado into the far turn. They were stride for stride after a :21.4 third-quarter before Jl Cruze reemerged to the lead. Crazy Wow, tracking Obrigado from second over, edged three wide and trotted by Jl Cruze to take the lead before Flanagan Memory and Brian Sears rushed down the course to grab command. Crazy Wow took second, while Jl Cruze held third.   A six-year-old horse by Kadabra out of the Yankee Glide mare Classy Stacy, Flanagan Memory won his 18th race in 65 tries, compiling $1,163,070 for owners Liette Flanagan and trainer Rene Dion. He paid $5.00 to win.   "I was real happy to be third over," Brian Sears said. "I was just hoping Mark [MacDonald on Obrigado] went out a little bit and didn't wait too long for Ake [Svanstedt on Centurion Atm] to make a decision. This horse loves to finish up in the last quarter, so we were in a good position."   "He has gotten better and better through the years. I was fortunate to drive him a year ago and win the [John] Cashman at the Meadowlands. He was a little disappointing in Canada a couple of weeks ago [in the Maple Leaf Trot], but I'm glad we're going in on a positive note; we have the International Trot coming up."   Flanagan Memory     By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

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