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

LEXINGTON, KY-- Stolen Glimpse surged down the center of the track and by Western Fame battling at the pylons to upset in the first of two harness racing divisions for the $416,000 Tattersalls in 1:49.2 at The Red Mile. Check Six took control through a :26.4 opening quarter, soon losing it to Western Fame down the backstretch. Western Fame led through a :54.1 half before being challenged by Dr J Hanover into the far turn. Past three-quarters in 1:22.2, Dr J Hanover took a short lead from Western Fame, who fought back to take the lead midway through the stretch. Ambushed by Lindy Beach from second over, Dr J Hanover, Check Six, and Stolen Glimpse, Western Fame maintained control up until the wire, when Stolen Glimpse got his neck in front on the grandstand side. Earning $228,695 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Stable 45, Jerry & Theresa Silva Stables and Weaver Bruscemi, Stolen Glimpse, by Art Major out of the Jate Lobell mare Jated Love, won his third race in 19 starts. Trained by Ron Burke and driven by Brian Sears, he returned $41.40 to win. "We played a little game today," Mickey Burke Jr. said, "we pulled his back shoes and the horse seemed to really respond to it, plus Brian [Sears] drove him perfectly." "I think Brian just drove a perfect race," co-owner Jerry Silva said. "I didn't expect him to do as well as he did. But Ronnie [Burke] expected him to be a top horse at the beginning of the year, but then he sort of became an average horse, but today he showed he's much better than an average horse." Stolen Glimpse Racing Hill took control at the quarter and held onto command to win the other division of the Tattersalls in 1:49.4. He set fractions of :26.4, :55, and 1:23.2 before being confronted by Big Top Hanover from first over. Lyons Snyder chased the two battling through the stretch from third while American Passport drifted towards the center of the track attempting to sweep by Racing Hill. Big Top Hanover cut into Racing Hill's lead through the stretch, but managed only for second. By Roll With Joe out of the American Ideal mare Chasing Ideals, Racing Hill won his 11th race in 23 starts, amassing $1,462,876 for owner Tom Hill. Trained by Tony Alagna and driven by Brett Milller, he paid $3.80 to win. "This is a tremendous colt, but to be honest, I have to start racing him a different way," Brett Miller said. "I've been racing him very aggressively all year and the colt's just getting tired of doing all the work. I was kind of planning on not leaving today, but he drug me out of there and we ended up on the front. I just have to start taking better care of him. I have to start racing him from off the pace." Racing Hill By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- Darlinonthebeach kicked off her cover at the top of the stretch and sprinted to a 1:48.1 harness racing victory to win one of two divisions of the $213,500 Glen Garnsey Memorial on Sunday, Oct. 9 at The Red Mile. Getting away fifth as Penpal cleared command in :26.2, Darlinonthebeach flushed Rock Me Baby first over at the half, timed in :55. Blue Moon Stride, having brushed to the top after yielding to Penpal at the quarter, was challenged by Rock Me Baby at three-quarters in 1:22.1. Darlinonthebeach tipped off her cover at the head of the stretch and drew away from the field in the stretch. Kiss Me Onthebeach closed down the center of the track to take second, while Penpal slid up the pylons for third. A three-year-old filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Bettor's Delight mare Darlin's Delight, Darlinonthebeach won her 12th race in 28 starts, amassing $830,823 for owner White Birch Farms. Trained by Nancy Johansson and driven by David Miller, she paid $3.00. "It worked out just the way I wanted it to there," David Miller said. "We had a bit of a pace on the lead and she felt comfortable the whole way; felt like I had a lot of horse. She's an all-round professional; she's pretty handy and will do whatever you want to do. "She was a bit of a bully earlier in the year and we've worked with her. She has learned how to race and she's a big strong horse who can carry her speed really good. I couldn't be happier for Marcus and Nancy and all the connections with her. I've always been a big fan of her; I've been high on her all season. It started out a little rough, but I kept telling them it was going to get better." Darlinonthebeach Sent the 1-2 favorite, Pure Country stalled in her first over bid around the far turn before hitting her best stride and storming by pacesetter Call Me Queen Be to win the other division of the Glen Garnsey in 1:48.2. Leading through splits of :27.1, :55, and 1:21.4, Call Me Queen Be held an uncontested lead. Pure Country was first over but about two lengths off the lead at the top of the stretch, chasing Call Me Queen Be along with pocket-sitter Lakeisha Hall and Lindwood Beachgirl behind her. Pure Country drifted towards the center of the track as she edged past Call Me Queen Be to win. Winning her 18th race in 28 starts, Pure Country, a three-year-old filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Western Hanover mare Western Montana, has earned $1,649,968 for owner Diamond Creek Racing. She's trained by Jimmy Takter, was driven by Brett Miller, and paid $3.00 to win. "She's a pure champion," Jimmy Takter said. "It's not easy to stay at the highest [tier] throughout the year. She hasn't been undefeated, but at the same token, this has been a great, great group of three-year-old fillies this year." "She has been really good to us and we take it one race at a time," Adam Bowden of Diamond Creek Racing said. "We'll make a decision [on her career] when the season's over." Pure Country By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- Huntsville and Downbytheseaside were the quickest winners of the four divisions of the $262,000 International Stallion Stakes for harness racing  two-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Saturday, October 8, winning in 1:49 at The Red Mile to equal the world record set by Sweet Lou at Woodbine Racetrack in 2011. Sweeping to command after Rock The Boat set a :27 quarter, Huntsville led to the half and three quarters in :55.2 and 1:22.1. R J P, tracking Huntsville's backside brush, found room to tuck into the pocket at the top of the stretch, while Fear The Dragon chased Huntsville from first over. He took second from R J P while driver Tim Tetrick encouraged Huntsville to pace to the line, finishing about three-lengths clear of Fear The Dragon. Hunstville, by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Western Hanover mare Wild West Show, won his fourth consecutive race and his fifth race overall this season in eight starts, earning $293,234 for owner-trainer Ray Schnittker along with partners Ted Gewertz, Charles Iannazzo, and Steven Arnold. He paid $2.80. Hunstville Downbytheseaside rushed to the top, taking the lead from Eddard Hanover after a 27:4 first quarter. He blazed through the rest of the mile, pacing a half in :53.4 and three-quarters in 1:22.3. Boogie Shuffle attempted to pursue the leader from first over, while Eddard Hanover slid by rivals towards the pylons. Downbytheseaside remained in front by about two lengths over Boogie Shuffle and Eddard Hanover. Sent off the 3-5 favorite, Downbytheseaside, by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Allamerican Native mare Sprig Hanover, won his sixth race in 10 starts, earning $239,706 for owners Country Club Acres Inc., Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo. Trained by Brian Brown and driven by David Miller, he paid $3.20 to win. "I was a little worried; I knew we were going too [fast] at the quarter," David Miller said. "Rolling up the backstretch, when [the half] flashed up :53, I was like 'Oh boy, that's not good.' He's a strong horse. He did settle down for the third-quarter but then he had [Scott] Zeron [on Boogie Shuffle] come at him. He had enough to fight him off. It was impressive." "Brian told me the first-time I drove this horse that this was his best horse and I told him he was crazy," David Miller also said. "He has been getting a little bit grabbier every week," Brian Brown said, "so we tried to change some things. I was more worried at the half than David was, but I was surprised that the horse had that much fight in him." Downbytheseaside Drafting behind a blazing pace set by Filibuster Hanover, Dragnet Alert tipped off the rail and swung down the center of the track to upset at 18-1 in 1:49.2, a world record for two-year-old pacing geldings that tops the previous mark of 1:49.3 set by Sheer Desire in 2008 at The Red Mile. Setting fractions of :27.2, :54.2, and 1:21.4, Filibuster Hanover held an uncontested lead. Odds On Delray, the 1-2 favorite, sat in the pocket while Dragnet Alert raced third. At the top of the stretch, Odds On Delray edged off the pylons and was tracked by Dragnet Alert. Midway through the stretch, Dragnet Alert moved towards the center of the track and passed Odds On Delray, who took second, and Filibuster Hanover held on to third. By Dragon Again out of the Jenna's Beach Boy mare Jettin Jenna, Dragnet Alert won his second race in seven starts, earning $58,463 for owner Crawford Farms Racing. He's trained by Chris Oakes, was driven by Brian Sears, and paid $29.80 to win. "We bought him in early July," Albert Crawford said. "Chris [Oakes] gave us a call; he spotted the colt and really liked him. He asked if we were interested and we were." "I thought he had this type of speed," Chris Oakes said. "He was coming quarters of :26.2 at The Meadows, which is pretty solid; it's not a real fast track. When I got the colt, he was sick, so I had no choice but to quit with him for over a month, and he's coming around nice now." Dragnet Alert Chip Walther paced down the center of the track to win the second ISS division in 1:50.3 at 41-1. Blood Line pulled first over from fourth around the first turn, taking the lead from Normandy Beach after a :28.1 first quarter. Leading through a half in :55.4 and challenged at three quarters in 1:24 by Point Somewherelse from first over. Blood Line tried to hold control through the stretch, but was passed by Normandy Beach sliding up the rail, Mcthriller towards the center of the track, and Chip Walther from Mcthriller's inside. Chip Walther grabbed the front, while Normandy Beach finished second and Mcthriller was third. The Erv Miller-trained colt by Art Major, out of the Western Terror mare Bittorsweet Terror, won his second race in 11 starts, earning $63,111 for owners Ervin Miller Stable, Paymaq Racing, Nick Surick Stable, and Louis Willinger. Driven by Marcus Miller, he paid $84.80 to win. "The other night, when the track was off, Marcus and Nick were pretty confidcent that the horse would race good," Erv Miller said. "But the horse has been getting better in the last three weeks; he had a bit of a bad go in New York. Getting onto the mile track really helped him." "He's one of those horses that when he's good he'll go by somebody. He may not be good enough, but when he was following the horse that kept carrying him I thought he'd be pretty good." Chip Walther Live racing will conclude on Sunday, October 9, which includes the $100,000 Allerage Filly and Mare Pace, $101,000 Allerage Open Trot, $138,000 Allerage Open Pace, two divisions of the $213,500 Glen Garnsey Memorial, two divisions of the $416,000 Tattersalls Pace, two eliminations and two heats for the $312,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, and the $431,000 Kentucky Futurity, where Marion Marauder races to be the ninth winner of the Trotting Triple Crown. Sunday's card also features a mandatory-payout Pick 5 carryover of $5,289.36. First-race post for The Red Mile's closing card is 1:00pm. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- Flying up the pylons as the even-money favorite Loreenas Ruffian drifted on the lead, Zane Hanover sprinted to a 1:50.4 win at 93-1 in the first of four divisions of the harness racing $260,000 International Stallion Stakes (ISS) at The Red Mile on Saturday, October 8. Robin J grabbed the lead from Loreenas Ruffian, who then circled to take control after a :27.4 quarter. She led through splits of :55.2 and 1:23.3 before drifting off the cones in the stretch. From off cover, That's The Ticket tried to storm down the center of the track, while Robin J slid by Loreenas Ruffian to her inside along with Zane Hanover, who emerged to the lead and drew clear to win. That's The Ticket got up for second, and Robin J finished third. Winning her first race in nine starts, Zane Hanover, by Somebeachsomewhere out of the American Ideal mare Zellweger Bluechip, has earned $43,382 for owners Paymaq Racing, George Golemes and D. R. Van Witzenburg. Trained by Ervin Miller and driven by Marcus Miller, she paid $189.80 to win. "I think this is a prime example that shows what The Red Mile can do for a horse," Erv Miller said. "We had been up [in Pennsylvania] on the five-eighths racing and not really getting her stretched out, but we got her a little stretched out last week and she seemed all week like she was getting better." Zane Hanover Sent to the top after the half, Someomensomewhere maintained control as she advanced to a 1:52.4 win in the second ISS division. Miss Jones led through a :28 first quarter before yielding to Someomensomewhere as she brushed to the lead before the half. Unchallenged in :57.3, Someomensomewhere was soon pressured by Rockette from first over into the far turn. Past three-quarters in 1:26.4, Someomensomewhere turned away Rockette, who held onto second as Caviart Cherie slid into contention to take third. Earning $102,771 for owners Nick Surick Stable LLC and Kdm Stables Corp, Someomensomewhere, by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Western Hanover mare Omen Hanover, won her second race in nine starts. Trained by Erv Miller and driven by Marcus Miller, she paid $5.40. "I trained the mare Omen Hanover and my owner bred her," Nick Surick said. "Then I bought her here last year with Erv and [Kdm Stables] wanted back in, so Erv trained her. She has been really good. She tailed off in Pennsylvania at the end, but Erv said she was bleeding a little bit. Marcus has driven her great in every start; never put her in a bad spot. She was just never finishing. Now she's finishing with the good drives." "We were really going slow and she was just getting into gear; she wanted to go faster than I wanted her to into that wind," Marcus Miller said. "I just had to let her settle down and it was cruise control from there." Someomensomewhere Off a second place finish in a $73,000 Bluegrass split last week, Idyllic Beach took control after the half and was wrapped up before winning in 1:52.2 over Big City Betty and World Apart. Caviart Ally was sent to the top through a :27.3 first quarter. She was rough gaited when met with the backstretch headwinds and took the pocket when Idyllic Beach rushed first over to the front. Leading through a :57 half and 1:25.2 third-quarter, Idyllic Beach strolled to the line, finishing about two lengths clear of Big City Betty. Idyllic Beach, by Somebeachsomewhere out of the American Ideal mare Idyllic, won her seventh race in 10 starts this year, earning $500,132 for owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Brixton Medical Ab, and Marvin Katz. She's trained by Jimmy Takter, was driven by Yannick Gingras, and paid $2.40 to win. "I wanted to race her from the back today," Yannick Gingras said. "She has raced on the front so many times, but Andrew [McCarthy]'s filly [Caviart Ally] was jumping shadows on the backstretch and we weren't going [fast], so I had to make a move. She was much the best in here." Idyllic Beach Roaring To Go won the final ISS split in 1:51.1 going wire to wire. She was unchallenged through fractions of :28.3, :55.3 and 1:23.2 before Planet Rock, moving first over around the far turn, gained ground into the stretch. Awash tipped off her cover and chased Roaring To Go from the center of the track, managing to take second from Planet Rock. By Art Major out of the Western Ideal mare Lionness Hanover, Roaring To Go won her sixth race in 12 starts, amassing $242,636 in earnings for owner Frank Chick. She's trained by Kevin Lare, was driven by Brett Miller, and paid $3.00 to win. "She's not a half-mile track specialist and in New York Sires Stakes that's pretty much what you have to be," Kevin Lare said. "Brett has done a great job with her, getting her over the half-mile track all year, and we thought the bigger track would help her out. I was very impressed with her, going the second quarter in :27 flat. I was a little nervous into the headwind, but Brett said she was kind of waiting on him and once she heard him, she took off again." "She has the Breeders Crown left, but then after that I think she's done for the year. [Frank Chick] has talked about the Matron, but I'll leave that up to Frank." Roaring To Go Live racing will conclude on Sunday, October 9, which includes the $100,000 Allerage Filly and Mare Pace, $101,000 Allerage Open Trot, $138,000 Allerage Open Pace, two divisions of the $213,500 Glen Garnsey Memorial, two divisions of the $416,000 Tattersalls Pace, two eliminations and two heats for the $312,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, and the $431,000 Kentucky Futurity, where Marion Marauder races to be the ninth winner of the Trotting Triple Crown. Sunday's card also features a mandatory-payout Pick 5 carryover of $5,289.36. First-race post for The Red Mile's closing card is 1:00pm. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

Sunday’s Tattersalls Pace at The Red Mile will have two $208,000 splits of nine, with Check Six in the first and Racing Hill in the second. Word was that Betting Line’s connections planned to supplement him to the race, but that hasn’t happened. The $45,000 supplemental fee for the two division format apparently didn’t make sense to them.  The Tattersalls began 13 years after the Triple Crown was established around the three half-mile track races—the Jug, Cane and Messenger—and, despite its noble heritage, doesn’t have the cachet of the Meadowlands Pace or North America Cup, the two races proponents of a newly constituted Triple Crown always bring up. An obvious tell on the lack of stature accorded the Tattersalls Pace was when in June of last year Marvin Bell, a prominent player on several fronts, proposed a revamped Triple Crown that would consist of five races: Meadowlands Pace, NA Cup, Jug, Breeders Crown and “a new race to be held at Lexington.” The inaugural Tattersalls Pace was won by Laverne Hanover in 1969. Bill Haughton’s diminutive Tar Heel colt had won 22 of 23 starts at two and was the first two-minute two-year-old on a half. Laverne won the Tattersalls in straight heats of 1:57 and 1:57.2 against a field of thirteen. Super Wave finished second in both heats. A single win gets it done today, but that’s the norm. The following year Columbia George won both heats in a world record 1:56 for Roland Beaulieu. The 1971 edition was when the Tattersalls generated headlines as Albatross, who needed to be nursed through both heats by Stanley Dancer, thanks to a sudden fear of autumn leaves, became the fastest pacer in the history of the sport thanks to a pair of 1:54.4 miles, the first from the second tier 12 post. Even when he earned the rail in the second heat, Albatross fell behind the field at the start when he broke stride. In the 47 editions of the race, ten starters, or 21%, have also won the Jug. In the 39 since the Pace came into being, nine, or 23%, have also won that stake. And in the 32 years since the NA Cup started, six, or 19%, have won both. Rocknroll Hanover, who won a split in 2005, won the Cup and Pace, in addition to the Tattersalls. Rocknroll drew off in 1:50.3 in his division for Brian Sears and Brett Pelling. Sears and Pelling also won a split the previous year with Bulletproof’s Western Terror in a lifetime best 1:48.3. Bettor’s Delight, who beat rival Real Desire in 1:49.4 in 2001, giving him a 7 to 1 advantage over Life Sign’s pride and joy, also won the Cup and the Jug. Gallo Blue Chip, the 2000 winner, added the Cup and the Pace. Nick’s Fantasy, who won a split in 1995, also won the Jug. And Carlsbad Cam, the third of four winners by Cam Fella, also took the Pace in 1992. In 1990 Beach Towel won in 1:51.3 and 1:51.1, with the latter setting a world record for a second heat. The winner of the Pace and Jug also set a single season earnings record in the Tattersalls; he topped $2 million that year. Nihilator, who had won the Pace and Jug, had been stymied by Mother Nature in his attempt to break daddy’s all-time 1:49.1 TT mark in Springfield, and was slated to skip the second heat of the Tattersalls and take a shot at the record. That didn’t work out, but he won the race in a tepid—for him—1:51.2. Ralph Hanover won the Pace and Jug, in addition to the Tattersalls. And 1978 winner Falcon Almahurst, who had taken the Pace, beat Flight Director in three heats for Bill Haughton. He bested the son of Flying Bret by two in 1:55.2 in the first; lost a head to that one in 1:57.2 in the second; and waited until the end to come out and nip Flight Director in 2:00.2 in the race-off. The 1976 winner Keystone Ore also won the Jug for Stanley Dancer, as did 1972 winner Strike Out for Keith Waples. And Nero won the previous year in straight heats of 2:00.3 and 2:00 over an off track. In 2014 He’s Watching was supplemented to the race for $45,000, despite losing three in a row prior to that. He had the misfortune to draw in against 1/5 Always B Miki, who beat Capital Account in 1:49.3. He’s Watching, who finished 66  lengths back, was diagnosed with a heart condition. JK Endofanera won the other division in 1:49.1 for Yannick Gingras and Ron Burke. 76/1 Winds Of Change finished second. In 2013 Captaintreacherous, who won the Pace and the Cup, made it 10 wins in 11 starts as the 1/5 favorite beat Vegas Vacation in 1:47.2. In 2012 Sweet Lou, who had disappointed after a terrific freshman campaign, winning eliminations of the Cup, Pace and Jug, but faltering in the finals, beat stablemate Hillbilly Hanover in 48.1 in the $510,300 Tattersalls Pace for Dave Palone and Ron Burke. He’d apparently been dogged by allergy issues all year and responded positively to the clean fall air in Lexington. The Panderosa gelding Alsace Hanover, who had won the Adios, caught a break when Roll With Joe got sick and couldn’t go in 2011. Alsace took a split in 1:50 over Westwardho Hanover for Ron Pierce and Tony O’Sullivan. Hugadragon won the other one for Gingras in the same time. Rock N Roll Heaven won the $604,000 edition in 2010 in 1:48.1 at 2/5 over One More Laugh for Dan Dube and Bruce Saunders. Well Said was upset by If I Can Dream with Tim Tetrick in one division the previous year, while 2/5 Vintage Master scored an easy wire to wire win in 1:51.2 in the other for Dan Dube. In 2008 Somebeachsomewhere and Art Official won the two divisions of the Tattersalls. The former in 1:47.4 and the latter in 1:48.3 for Ron Pierce and Joe Seekman. This was a week after SBSW set his 1:46.4 world record in the Bluegrass for Paul MacDonnell and Brent MacGrath. Erv Miller won a split in 2007 with Yankee Skyscraper, when Tell All and Won The West also won, and another the previous year with Shark Gesture. Aside from Rocknroll Hanover winning a division in 2005, American Ideal. who was supplemented to the race for $35,000 by Casie Coleman, did what SBSW would repeat three years later; he set a 1:47.4 world record for a three-year-old pacing colt in the Bluegrass, then came back and won the Tattersalls the following week in 1:49.2, both for Mark MacDonald.  So, two of the premier pacing sires of the modern era, both by Western Ideal, won the race that year. One of the greatest editions of the Tattersalls involved the 1987 battle between Laag and Jaguar Spur. The latter won the first heat in a photo and the pair finished the second in a world record 1:51.2 dead heat. There are 56 colts eligible to next week’s 49th edition of the Tattersalls. Some like Control The Moment are retired or unable to race for one reason or another, and many more are just not good enough. Last year 12 started in a single dash for $450,000, with 11 and 12 starting from the second tier. Division leaders Wiggle It Jiggleit, Wakizashi Hanover and Freaky Feet Pete did not enter. Artspeak won from the two post in 1:47.4 for Scott Zeron and Tony Alagna. Joe FitzGerald has been an avid harness racing fan and historian for the last half-century. He writes a weekly blog for  http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/.  Joe’s commentary reflects his own views and not that of Harnesslink.

LEXINGTON, KY-- Overtaking pacesetter Cool Cates after the half, Ariana G strolled around the far turn and through the stretch to win one of four divisions of the $255,000 International Stallion Stakes at The Red Mile for the harness racing two-year-old trotting fillies in 1:51.3. Setting splits of :27.4 and :55.4, Cool Cates led before losing the lead to Ariana G, who was flushed first over by Chezatter approaching the final turn. Ariana G parked Chezatter passing three quarters, timed in 1:24.2. Driver Yannick Gingras had Ariana G under a hand drive in the stretch while Chezatter attempted to pursue her on the outside. She hit the line nearly two lengths in front of Chezatter, while Evelyn trotted down the center of the track to take third. Trained by Jimmy Takter, Ariana G, by Muscle Hill out of the Cantab Hall mare Cantab It All, won her eighth race in nine starts this year, compiling $438,967 in earnings for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. She paid $2.40 to win. "This is really thrilling for both myself and Al," Marvin Katz said. "Jimmy has done a fabulous, fabulous job, but this is as exciting as it has ever been for us. She's our filly; we bred her through our program and we're so proud of it. It shows that we're really producing top-flight horses." "She showed some ability in the paddock," Al Libfeld said on the two's decision to keep Ariana G. "It was not a hard choice to make." "That was very impressive; this filly is really scary," Jimmy Takter said. "Yannick said that he shut her down through the whole stretch; if he would've let her go a little bit and pick up a gear for the record, he said she would've trotted way under 1:51." Treviso tracked Hillarmbro as she sped around the course before slinging out of the pocket and edging to victory in 1:53.1. Senia Hanover grabbed command and led through a :28.3 opening quarter before yielding to Hillarmbro into the backstretch. Flushed out by Treviso, Hillarmbro extended to a wide enough lead for Treviso to tuck into the pocket, and Hillarmbro held control through a :55.1 half. The two drew away from Senia Hanover as she faltered around the turn. The 3-5 favorite Thats All Moni had to circle by her from fourth heading to three quarters, already trailing Hillarmbro and Treviso by four lengths through three quarters in 1:23.2. Hillarmbro maintained control as Treviso stalled to her outside. By the eighth pole, she began advancing towards Hillarmbro, soon matching strides with her in the final yards before pushing herself in front at the wire. By Muscle Massive out of the Taurus Dream mare Valbonela, Treviso won her fifth start in nine this year, earning $144,569 for owners Kils Brothers Stable and Carrie Norris. Trained and driven by Charlie Norris, she paid $8.20. "I thought for sure Trond [Smedshammer on Hillarmbro] would leave," Charlie Norris said. "I didn't mind following her after the way she raced last week, but Andy [Miller on Senia Hanover] kind of surprised me; we were trotting pretty fast. She was relaxed; most [horses] aren't relaxed going that fast. Last week she was a little grabby, but today she was two fingers." "She's definitely going [to the Breeders Crown]," Norris also said. Diving the cones as the stretch-battling leaders tired, Temple Ruins squeezed to a 1:54.4 win over Feed Your Head and Overdraft Volo. The even-money favorite Dream Baby Dream set the pace through fractions of :28.3 and :57.2. Pocket-sitter Overdraft Volo pulled first over entering the final turn and was tracked by Feed Your Head. Temple Ruins trotted fourth through three quarters in 1:26 as Overdraft Volo edged to the lead. Feed Your Head struggled to pass to her outside and Temple Ruins began to trot towards the leaders, moving to the pylons and surging to the top. Feed Your Head managed to take second and Overdraft Volo was third. Winning his third race in 10 starts this year, Temple Ruins, by Donato Hanover out of the Muscles Yankee mare Temple Of Heaven, has earned $176,885 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Michelle Yanek, Paul Treiber, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. She is trained by Ron Burke, was driven by Brian Sears, and paid $30.60 to win. Last week she still had a lot of trot finishing," Brian Sears said. "She really doesn't have that high speed that a lot of these [fillies] here do have, but she definitely keeps going and doesn't get that tired." "She had a little trot; I was gaining some ground, so if I had room [I felt I could get up]," Sears also said. "It was pretty tight at the wire, but I was glad to see us come up a winner." Ice Attraction moved to the lead after the quarter and remained in front to win her International Stallion Stakes division in 1:53.3. Dangle Then Deke launched of the gate to take the lead, soon losing it as Ice Attraction edged out of the pocket and towards the top through a :28.4 first quarter. She was in front through a :56.3 half as Fine Tuned Lady, sent the 6-5 favorite, was flushed first over by Broadway Idole. Fine Tuned Lady pressured Ice Attraction heading to three quarters, but soon dropped back as Ice Attraction drew away by two lengths through a 1:25 third-quarter. Pursued by Broadway Idole fanning wide of Fine Tuned Lady and Myammie Drama towards the center of the track, Ice Attraction remained in front. Broadway Idole took second, and Myammie Drama finished third. Ice Attraction, by Muscle Hill out of the Conway Hall mare The Ice Queen, won her third race in seven starts this year, earning $67,175 for owners Ake Svanstedt, Douglas Sipple, Mal & Janet Burroughs and Little E LLC. Trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt, she paid $6.40 to win. "I've gone in with Ake on a couple of horses," part-owner Jeff Gural said. "When he came over, he actually bought a horse I bred, so I walked over to thank him and that's how I met him. I told him if he needed a partner on any horses to give me a call, and I've been lucky to tell you the truth. I'm partners on a few, but three of them raced here so far and I've got a first, a second, and a third." "A lot of [Ake's] horses got sick, including this one," Gural also said. "We had hoped to race last week, but we were out 31 days so we had to qualify. I was anxious to see her race because I saw her baby race and I thought she was a good filly, but then she got sick and I was kind of disappointed. It looks like Ake's got her on the right track." "I make sure my horses win at the tracks I own, otherwise it's a problem," Gural also said jokingly about Ice Attraction's recent wins in a $28,410 Tompkins-Geers division and a $29,190 Reynolds division at Tioga Downs. Live racing from The Red Mile resumes on Saturday, October 8, with four divisions of the $260,000 International Stallion Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies and four divisions of the $262,000 International Stallion Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. First race post for the 10-race program is set for 1:00pm. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile    

LEXINGTON, KY-- Supplementing to the Kentucky Futurity for $47,621, Hambletonian and Yonkers Trot-winner Marion Marauder will attempt to be the ninth champion to claim the Trotting Triple Crown amid a stakes-packed harness racing card to close out the Grand Circuit meeting at The Red Mile on Sunday, October 9. The draw for the 124th Kentucky Futurity was conducted during The Red Mile's Thursday afternoon program. A field of 12 is slated to go in a single dash for $431,000, carded as race 12 on a 14-race program. Marion Marauder, by Muscle Hill out of the Donerail mare Spellbound Hanover, drew post 11.   "It's not [a great draw], but it should be a great race for the fans," Scott Zeron, Marion Marauder's driver, said. "I hope I can drive a nice race and have a little luck. I think I have the horse that can win it, I just have to make sure I drive him that way."   "I would trade places with literally anyone else," Zeron said jokingly on the draw. "[Jimmy] Takter's [has the] one, two, and twelve, so not only am I boxed in at the beginning but I'm boxed in by the Takter crew, too. It's going to take some nifty-stick handling."   A winner of 10 in 25 starts and $1,539,768 for owners Marion Wellwood and Devin Keeling, Marion Marauder is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. Southwind Frank, who bested Marion Marauder through most of last season and recently in the $500,000 Colonial Trot, is the 3-1 second choice. Bar Hopping, beating Marion Marauder in the $522,120 Canadian Trotting Classic and winning recently an $81,250 Bluegrass division, is 4-1, and Sutton off a 1:52 win in an $82,250 Bluegrass division is 6-1.   The Kentucky Filly Futurity goes as two heats, with two eliminations set for the first heat. Heat two will go for $218,400 and is the final race on the program.   Broadway Donna goes for redemption after breaking in a $62,400 Bluegrass split as the 1-5 favorite. Owned by Fashion Farms LLC and trained by Jim Campbell, the Donato Hanover filly, out of the Broadway Hall mare Broadway Schooner, Broadway Donna starts from post one. She has won 12 of 18 starts, earning $800,894.   Ginny Weasley, the Andover Hall filly out of the Donerail mare Donepunk who won a Bluegrass split in 1:53.1, neighbors Broadway Donna from post two. Ake Svanstedt trains the winner of six races in 19 starts, earning $128,563 for owner Torp Trotting Inc.   Celebrity Eventsy will try to rebound in the second elimination. Finishing fifth as the 2-5 favorite in a $62,400 Bluegrass division, trainer Staffan Lind sends the daughter of Manofmanymissions, from the American Winner mare Little Ms Queenie, from post four for owner Celebrity Farms. A winner of eight in 22 starts, she has earned $456,803 in her career.   She competes against Side Bet Hanover, by Donato Hanover out of the Muscles Yankee mare Sea Level Hanover, starting from post three. Jonas Czernyson trains for owner Srf Stable. Winning five of 18 starts in her career, she has compiled $175,336 in earnings.   Pacing fillies will congregate for two divisions of the $213,500 Glen Garnsey Memorial.   Off a second-place finish to Darlinonthebeach as the 4-5 favorite in 1:50.2, Pure Country races in the first division. The Jimmy Takter-trained daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, out of the Western Hanover mare Western Montana, has won 17 of 27 starts and earned $1,596,948 for owner Diamond Creek Racing. She races from post six.   Darlinonthebeach, by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Bettor's Delight mare Darlin's Delight, races from post seven in the second division for trainer Nancy Johansson. A winner of 11 in 27 starts, she has earned $776,823 for owner White Birch Farm.   From post one, Blue Moon Stride enters the second division off a 1:50.1 win in a $73,000 Bluegrass split. The filly by Rocknroll Hanover, out of the Cam's Card Shark mare Classic Star, has won 10 of 26 starts, earning $658,886 for owners Emilio & Maria Rosati. She has finished third to Darlinonthebeach in both the $94,675 Shady Daisy and the $350,000 Valley Forge.   Sophomore pacing colts and geldings were divided into two divisions for the $416,000 Tattersalls Pace.   Division one draws Check Six, Western Fame, and Lindy Beach, all of whom are entering off wins in the Bluegrass. Check Six, by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Artsplace mare Southwind Vanna, won his $57,300 Bluegrass division in 1:50 as the even-money favorite. Winning 12 of 26 starts, he has earned $903,804 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, William Switala & Joe Martin. Trainer Ron Burke sends him from post six.   Western Fame, winning a $58,300 Bluegrass division as the 2-5 favorite in 1:50.3, starts from post seven. Trained by Jimmy Takter, the colt by Western Ideal, from the Artiscape mare Shyaway, has won five of 22 starts, earning $316,156 for owner Brittany Farms.   Trying for his fifth-straight win this season, Lindy Beach, off a 1:50.3 win in the Bluegrass, races from post nine. By Somebeachsomewhere out of the Real Desire mare Real Appealing, he has won four of 13 starts, earning $64,912 for owners Lindy Farms of Connecticut and Frank Baldassare and trainer Frank Antonacci.   Racing Hill, after scratching from the $276,960 Little Brown Jug, headlines the second division from post seven. Trained by Tony Alagna, the colt by Roll With Joe, from the American Ideal mare Chasing Ideals, finished third in the first heat of the Little Brown Jug in a 1:50.1 mile. With wins in the $500,000 Messenger Pace and $400,000 Adios Pace, he has 10 victories to his credit in 22 starts, earning $1,358,876 for owner Tom Hill.   Tony Alagna also trains American Passport, by American Ideal out of the Four Starzzz Shark mare Star Of The Show. He draws post two after nearly going wire to wire in his Bluegrass split, instead finishing second by three-quarters of a length to Check Six. A winner of five in 25 starts, he has earned $298,016 for owners Brittany Farms, Riverview Racing, Alagna Racing, and Jody Siamis.   The aged racing divisions will also compete in their respective splits of the Allerage Farms stakes.   Older pacing fillies and mares will contest in the $100,000 Allerage Farms Stakes. Division speedster Lady Shadow races from post two off a 1:50 win in the $236,360 Milton Stakes. The mare by Shadow Play, out of the Camluck mare Lady Camella, has won 25 of 51 starts, earning $1,354,042 for owners David Kryway, Carl Atley, Edwin Gold and the Bfj Stable.   The $101,000 Allerage Farms Open Trot attracts Obrigado as he readies for the $1,000,000 International Trot at Yonkers Raceway. Recently winning the $160,00 Dayton Trotting Derby in 1:53.2, Obrigado will start from post three. Trained by Paul Kelley, the gelding by Boy Band, from the Malabar Man mare Malimony, has won 40 of 76 starts, amassing $1,362,019 in earnings for owners Paul Kelley Racing Stable, Srf Stable, Linwood Higgins and Stable 45.   With the announcement that Always B Miki will stand at Diamond Creek Farms in 2017, the all-time world record could be at stake in the $138,000 Allerage Open Pace. By Always A Virgin out of the Artsplace mare Artstopper, Always B Miki, a winner of 26 in 49 starts, has dazzled across the country all season and has demonstrated a talented amount of speed. With a mark of 1:47 at Pocono Downs taken in both the elimination and final of the Ben Franklin and then equaled in the $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial, Always B Miki has earned $2,227,368 for owners Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable, and Christina Takter. The five-year-old will start from post three.   Post time for the final day of the Grand Circuit fortnight at The Red Mile is set for 1:00pm.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- Sweeping to command off a :55.1 half, Walner gradually drew clear of his rivals and sprinted home in the stretch to win one of five divisions for the $280,000 International Stallion Stakes in 1:51.3, beating Southwind Frank's harness racing world record of 1:52.2 set at The Red Mile in the International Stallion Stakes last year. Dover Dan grabbed the lead through a :28.1 opening quarter, with Fraser Ridge trotting second and Muscles Jared in third. Walner flew from fourth to the lead marching into the far turn. Leading by three-quarters in 1:23.3, he kicked away from Dover Dan, who drifted enough to allow Fraser Ridge room to trot at the pylons. Fraser Ridge got up for second and Dover Dan for third while they trailed Walner by lengths at the wire.   Linda Toscano trains Walner, a Chapter Seven colt out of the Ken Warkentin mare Random Destiny. A winner of four in five starts, he has earned $78,750 for owner Kenneth Jacobs. Tim Tetrick drove the $2.40 winner.   "I told Linda that it felt like I was at [the half] in :57 and three-quarters in 1:25" Tim Tetrick said. "But when it flashed up [1]:23, I thought 'Oh shoot!' He went to the wire, plugs in, and I asked him a bit, but he trotted all the way to the wire."   "He's a great colt; I've liked him from day one," Tim Tetrick also said. "Even when I got to sit behind him down at [Pinehurst Training Center] I've liked him. He only had one little mistake, but he's a good horse."   "He acted like the real deal right from the first day," Linda Toscano said. "He has a lot of the same traits his father does; he loves his work, he's a big, beautiful-gaited horse, and he gets over the ground so easy that you have to be careful you don't go too fast with him."   "I figured [he'd go] 1:52, and I would've been happy with that, but 1:51-and-a-piece is just unbelievable," Kenneth Jacobs said. "We were very patient with him, and now we're waiting for the Breeders Crown if we can get lucky enough to win that."   "I've never had a trotter this good," Jacobs also said.   Southwind Cobra popped out of the pocket in the stretch, trotting to a 1:53.3 win over New Jersey Viking and Signal Hill.   Soho Hanover took command from Southwind Cobra, brushing to the lead after a :28.3 first quarter. Money Macintosh was racing third, Sir John F fourth and 1-2 favorite New Jersey Viking fifth. After a :56.2 half, Signal Hill was flushed first over by Shivered, boxing in New Jersey Viking into the far turn. Money Macintosh edged out of third and provided Signal Hill cover heading to three quarters. Losing stride, Money Macintosh forced Signal Hill three wide through a 1:25.2 third quarter.   Southwind Cobra tipped off the rail and trotted to the lead in the stretch. Signal Hill stalled towards the center of the track and New Jersey Viking fanned towards the center of the track, recouping ground trying to gain the lead, only able to come a half-length shy of victory.   By Muscle Hill out of the Broadway Hall mare Caerphilly, Southwind Cobra won his second of nine starts this season, earning $62,672 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Jack Piatt II, Lawrence Karr and Weaver Bruscemi. Trained by Ron Burke and driven by Yannick Gingras, he paid $22.60 to win. "I raced my horse on the front last week and I don't think that's the place for him," Yannick Gingras said. "I knew there were good horses behind me, but I knew I had a lot of trot, too. He likes to track down horses, and he raced this way well this afternoon. It was a matter of whoever would get there first." After losing to Snowstorm Hanover in their $55,250 Bluegrass division, International Moni slid by Snowstorm Hanover to win their division of the International Stallion Stakes in 1:53.1. Patton was the early pacesetter, trotting the first quarter in :28.1 before losing the lead to International Moni midway down the backstretch. Snowstorm Hanover tracked his backside brush, following his cover and eventually clearing the lead through a :56.1 half. Such An Angel soon pulled first over into the far turn, bringing Meme Hanover into the mix heading to three quarters. Timed in 1:25.1, Snowstorm Hanover held command. Meme Hanover angled off Such An Angel's cover as she faltered through the stretch. From third over, Mountain Of Love began flying down the center of the track after Snowstorm Hanover, who was also under pursuit by International Moni attempting to slide up the pylons. The two matched strides approaching the wire, with International Moni getting a nose in front of Snowstorm Hanover. International Moni, by Love You out of the Speedy Crown mare Moni Maker, won his first race in eight starts this season, compiling $77,795 in earnings for owner Moni Maker Stable. He is trained by Frank Antonacci and driven by Scott Zeron. He paid $7.80 to win. "I thought it was close; we were wheel-to-wheel at the wire," Scott Zeron said. "I love this horse. He just needed to get stronger throughout the year just like he showed today; I double-used him. He's a really nice animal to sit behind. He does that job for me and I just have to put him into play." "This is a special win on a lot of different levels," Frank Antonacci said. "This horse is 25, 30 years in the making and a little outside-of-the-box thinking, and Moni Maker didn't lose many photos, so that was good to see. We're proud of this horse." Devious Man grinded first over to the lead and held control as Simply Volo lunged at him for second in a 1:53.2 mile. Clearing the lead through a :28.4 quarter, Simply Volo led down the backstretch. Long Tom brushed to the lead from fourth, taking control after a :56.2 half. He led around the far turn as Devious Man gradually edged out of third to the outside, coming alongside Long Tom at three-quarters in 1:25. Devious Man inched to the lead in the stretch. Long Tom chased at the rail while Simply Volo fanned out of the pocket towards the center of the track, hesitating for a few strides before charging towards Devious Man. He came a half-length short of passing Devious Man, while Long Tom trotted home third. Winning his seventh race in 11 starts, Devious Man, by Credit Winner out of the Garland Lobell mare Miss Garland, has now earned $308,233 for owner Story Inc. Trained by Julie Miller and driven by Andy Miller, he paid $3.40 to win. "My horse is really game," Andy Miller said. "He has been pretty good all year; the only hiccup he had was in the Peter Haughton when he made a break at the start. He has been bustling around those New York tracks, so he dug in pretty good [to hold off Simply Volo]." Bill's Man powered by race-leader What The Hill to win his division of the International Stallion Stakes in 1:52.3 over Don Dream and Shake It Off Lindy. Unchallenged through splits of :28.1 and :56, What The Hill held control into the far turn. Shake It Off Lindy drafted from the pocket while Bill's Man, circling by Fly On as he lost stride into the turn, moved into third. He continued pulling towards What The Hill passing three-quarters in 1:24.3 before taking the lead into the stretch. Shake It Off Lindy had no room to trot as Don Dream tipped from off the cones and stormed down the center of the track. Don Dream moved into second and Shake It Off Lindy into third as Bill's Man hit the line. Bill's Man, by Credit Winner out of the Yankee Glide mare Silver Springs, won his second race in 11 starts this season, earning $70,441 for owners William Wiswell and M&L Of Delaware LLC. Trained by John Butenschoen and driven by Corey Callahan, he paid $16.40 to win. "I was planning on following Andy [Miller on Fly On], but he got a little rough," Corey Callahan said. "It looked like he was going to lose him, so I went ahead and went three deep to go around him. By the time I was already halfway by, he had run and we were in a good spot." "This is a really good horse," Callahan also said. "Looking at his lines, he has been there in the lines where he hasn't run. He has shown us a lot of trot all along. He probably would've won [last week] if I asked him to go on, but I was trying to be careful with him since he jumped in his last couple times. I wanted to keep his confidence up, and it helped, so I'm not at all surprised by this effort today." "We're absolutely thrilled to death," John Butenschoen said. "We're in Lexington, and we won a race; hoot hoot, hit hit, hooray. Whatever, it's fun." "He is Breeders Crown eligible, and he has the Valley Victory later on, maybe even the Matron," Butenschoen also said. "We're going to see how he comes out of this race first, and then play it by ear." Grand Circuit action at the Red Mile continues Friday, October 7 with four divisions of the $255,000 International Stallion Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies. Friday's card also features a $3,038 Pick 5 carryover, which covers races two through six. First race post for the seven-race card is 1:00pm. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

LEXINGTON, KY-- International Stallion Stakes (ISS) action continues and will conclude with The Red Mile's Saturday, October 8th harness racing program with four divisions of the $260,000 ISS for two-year-old pacing fillies and four divisions of the $262,000 ISS for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings Bluegrass-division winner Loreenas Ruffian starts from post one in the first division. Trained by Charlie Norris, the filly by Mcardle, out of the Ruffstuff Baker mare She's A Ruff One, went wire to wire in 1:52 over a good track in her $73,000 Bluegrass division. Winning four of nine starts this season, she has earned $92,967 for owners Leonard Buckner, Rebecca Ewing, and Charlie Norris. Favored in her Bluegrass split last week, Everyones Watching also races in the first division. By Artiscape from the Rocknroll Hanover mare Burnett Blue Chip, the winner of one in seven starts finished sixth as the even-money choice behind World Apart. Owned by Riverview Racing, Deo Volente Farms, Crawford Farms Racing and Steven Wienick and trained by Tony Alagna, she has earned $79,941 this season. Someomensomewhere, who was second to Loreenas Ruffian in the Bluegrass, will race from post four in the second division. The winner of one race in eight starts has earned $70,521 for owners Nick Surick Stable LLC and Kdm Stables Corp. Erv Miller trains the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, out of the Western Hanover mare Omen Hanover. Defeated as the 1-9 favorite by Roaring To Go in 1:50.4, Idyllic Beach returns to race from post three in the third ISS division. The Jimmy Takter-trained daughter of Somebeachsomewhere from the American Ideal mare Idyllic has six wins to her credit in nine starts, including the $328,790 She's A Great Lady and $246,000 Kentuckiana Stakes. She has earned $467,382 for owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Brixton Medical Ab and Marvin Katz. Against Idyllic Beach is neighbor World Apart, the Linda Toscano-trained daughter of Art Major from the Rocknroll Hanover mare Polar Opposition. She draws in after a 1:53.4 off-the-pace win at 3-1. A winner of four races in nine starts, she has earned $100,272 for owners South Mountain Stables, Bay's Stable, Little E LLC and Radio Racing Stable. She'll start from post two. Roaring To Go competes in the final filly division from post five. Trained by Kevin Lare, she won after sitting a pocket trip to Idyllic Beach, pacing home in :26.4 to win at 6-1. She has won five races of 11 this season, amassing $209,886 in earnings for owner Frank Chick. Awash, winning a division of Bluegrass in 1:53.3 from off the pace, starts from post six. By Somebeachsomewhere, out of the Jereme's Jet mare Apogee Hanover, she has won two races in nine, earning $128,503 for owner Bradley Grant and trainer Tony Alagna. Nancy Johansson sends Jk Jazzitup also in the final division, making his career debut off of three qualifiers. Recently pacing in 1:53.2 with a :27.3 final quarter at Lexington, the filly by American Ideal, out of the Art Major mare Jk Allthatjazz, draws post seven. She's owned by 3 Brothers Stables. Division one of the ISS for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings features Odds On Delray, the son of Somebeachsomewhere from the Dragon Again mare My Little Dragon. Beaten as the 6-5 favorite in a $66,000 Bluegrass split in 1:51.2, the Tony Alagna trainee will start from post three. Winning three races in nine starts, he has earned $78,595 for owner Odds On Racing. Group two attracts Blood Line off a 1:52.1 victory in a $66,000 Bluegrass division. Sent off the 6-5 favorite, the Jimmy Takter trained son of Somebeachsomewhere, out of the Western Ideal mare Blood Diamond, went wire to wire and won by five lengths over Normandy Beach, who will start from post five. Winning two of eight starts this year, Blood Line has earned $102,687 for owner Diamond Creek Racing. He'll race from post two. Rock The Boat, off an 18-1 win in 1:53.3 in his Bluegrass division, competes against fellow Bluegrass winners, R J P and Huntsville, in the third division. By Rock N Roll Heaven out of the Badlands Hanover mare Tug River Princess, Rock The Boat has won two races in five starts this year, earning $70,551 for owners Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Mr Dana Parham. Trainer Ross Croghan will send him from post two. R J P, by Somebeachsomewhere from the Dragon's Lair mare Vysoke Tatry, tries for his third win in a row when trainer Erv Miller sends him from post seven. His recent wins in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Consolation in 1:52 and his Bluegrass division in 1:51.2 are his only wins this season in nine starts. He has earned $91,280 for owners David and John Prushnok, David J. Miller, and Lawrence Means. Huntsville, the Ray Schnittker-trained son of Somebeachsomewhere from the Western Hanover mare Wild West Show, will race from post six for his fourth win in a row. He won his Bluegrass division in 1:53 as the 4-5 favorite, pacing home in :26.3. Winning four of seven starts, he has earned $260,484 for owners Ray Schnittker, Ted Gewertz, Charles Iannazzo and Steven Arnold. Downbytheseaside races in the final division. The Brian Brown trainee enters off 1 :52 wire-to-wire win as the 2-5 favorite in his Bluegrass division. By Somebeachsomewhere out of the Allamerican Native mare Sprig Hanover, he has won five of nine starts, earning $206,956 for owners Country Club Acres Inc., Joe Sbrocco, and Richard Lombardo. He'll race from post seven. Post time for the penultimate card of the Grand Circuit meeting at The Red Mile is slated for 1:00pm. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Harness Racing This Week: The Red Mile Grand Circuit, Red Mile, Lexington, Ky. Schedule of events: The second week of Grand Circuit action at Red Mile kicks off on Thursday (Oct. 6) with five divisions in the $280,000 International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old colt trotters. The Friday (Oct. 7) card features four divisions in the $255,000 International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old filly trotters. On Saturday (Oct. 8) Red Mile will host four divisions in the $262,000 International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old colt pacers and four divisions in the $260,000 International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. On Sunday (Oct. 9), Red Mile will offer the $500,000 (est.) Kentucky Futurity, the third leg of Trotting's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds, the companion $300,000 (est.) Kentucky Filly Futurity for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $500,000 (est.) Tattersalls Pace for 3-year-old colt pacers, the $300,000 (est.) Glen Garnsey Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers, a pair of $150,000 (est.) Allerage races for both open pacers and open trotters, and $70,000 (est.) Allerage races for older pacing mares and older trotting mares. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: The clubhouse was sold out, the denizens of the apron stood shoulder-to-shoulder despite the deluge the area had withstood 14 of the last 24 hours and before the first race went off on the card at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway on Friday (Sept. 30) all people could discuss was how fortunate they were to witness live the most elite equine athletes on the continent. Wiggle It Jiggleit repaid their reverence and homage with a dazzling photo finish triumph in a track record 1:49.1 by a head over Always B Miki. The public's sentimental selection, Freaky Fete Pete, checked in 1-3/4 lengths behind in third. As the crowd chanted his name, Wiggle It Jiggleit and pilot Montrell Teague prepared to leave from post position five. The second choice at odds of 6-5, the defending Horse of the Year was unhurried at the start and settled into fourth behind race leader Luck Be Withyou (Eric Goodell), third selection Freaky Feet Pete (Trace Tetrick) and even money favorite Always B Miki (David Miller). After establishing fractions of :26.2 and :54.4 in their first tour around the track, Miller decided he had waited long enough and sent Always B Miki first-over. Teague immediately grasped the golden opportunity for live cover and pulled Wiggle It Jiggleit from his position to follow Always B Miki's assault on the top two. After ranging alongside Luck Be Withyou momentarily, Always B Miki took control after three-quarters in 1:22.1 with Wiggle It Jiggleit right on his flank. This locked Freaky Feet Pete in along the rail and shuffled him to fourth with Luck Be Withyou in second and Wiggle It Jiggleit in third as the drive for the wire ensued at the top of the homestretch. As Always B Miki appeared poised to pull ahead and never relinquish the lead, Wiggle It Jiggleit loomed menacingly on the outside. Those two once again waged war through the length of the homestretch and at the finish line, and left the exhilarated crowd puzzling over which horse captured the battle. Within minutes, that seemed much more like hours, Wiggle It Jiggleit was declared the victor and the fans demonstrated their appreciation for his monstrous effort with a round of cheers that drowned out any other sound. Conditioned by Clyde Francis, Wiggle It Jiggleit paid $4.40 to win. The 4-year-old gelding has now amassed a staggering $3.68 million lifetime and posted his 37th win from 49 career trips to the post for owners George Teague Jr. Inc. and Teague Racing Partnership. One race prior to yet another fantastic showdown between Always B Miki and Wiggle It Jiggleit, Obrigado made his own strong statement by emphatically capturing the $160,000 Dayton Trotting Derby for conditioner and co-owner Paul Kelley. With regular reinsman Mark MacDonald holding the lines, the public's second wagering selection (8-5) behind only Shake It Cerry, commenced trotting from post position five and swiftly settled into second place behind Homicide Hunter (Eric Goodell). As Homicide Hunter set all the fractions heading into the stretch, clicking off panels of :26.3, :56.2 and 1:24.2, Obrigado was content to remain in the pocket for the entire journey. As Wind Of The North (Matt Kakaley) made his first-over bid heading into the lane, Obrigado was briefly overtaken, but that is when MacDonald pushed the button. At that juncture, the rest of the field was only competing for second place as the gelding glided to the wire to stop the clock in 1:53.2. Centurion ATM (Aaron Merriman) closed from the clouds to finish second, 2-1/4 lengths behind the winner, while Wind Of The North was relegated to third after his early move. Also owned by SRF Stable, Linwood Higgins and Stable 45, Obrigado increased his bankroll to $1.36 million with his 40th lifetime win. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2016, 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 Farm is the sponsor for the 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the current leaders: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,131.5; 2. David Miller - 885; 3. Tim Tetrick - 828.5; 4. Brett Miller - 452.5; 5. Scott Zeron - 401.5. Trainers: 1. Jimmy Takter - 1,042.5; 2. Ron Burke - 978.5; 3. Tony Alagna - 447; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 341; 5. Linda Toscano - 269. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 222.87; 2. Marvin Katz - 198.8; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 185.52; 4. Tom Hill - 184; 5. Al Libfeld - 157.05. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Yonkers Raceway and Harrah's Philadelphia. Yonkers will offer the Yonkers International Trot for free-for-all trotters and Harrah's Philadelphia will host Simpson Stakes races for 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Paul Ramlow

LEXINGTON, KY-- Friday, October 7 at The Red Mile will feature freshmen trotting fillies competing in four divisions of the $255,000 International Stallion Stakes (ISS) on the latter half of the seven-race harness racing program. The first ISS split is slated for race four. That's All Moni and Treviso both enter off wins in the Bluegrass last week, trotting in 1:54.4 and 1:54.1 respectively. Starting from post two, That's All Moni, by Cantab Hall out of the Pine Chip mare Mom's Millionaire, races for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Trained by Jimmy Takter, she has won four of eight starts this year, earning $203,123.   Conditioner Charlie Norris will send Treviso from post seven. By Muscle Massive out of the Taurus Dream mare Valbonela, she has won four of eight starts this year, earning $112,694 for owners Kils Brothers Stable and Carrie Norris.   Dominating the trotting filly division so far this year, Ariana G will race from post seven in the second division of the ISS. She has won seven out of eight starts this year, including the $100,000 New Jersey Sires Stakes Final, $306,500 Jim Doherty Memorial, $84,030 Champlain division and the $275,880 Peaceful Way Stakes. Earning $407,092 this season for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, the Jimmy Takter trainee enters off a break at Hoosier Park in the $250,000 Kentuckiana, resulting in her tenth-place finish as the 1-9 favorite.   Off a 23-1 win in the Bluegrass, Overdraft Volo returns for the third split. A winner of two in seven starts, Overdraft Volo, by Yankee Glide out of the Tagliabue mare Bank Of Newport, has earned $47,097 for owners Pinske Stables and Kentuckiana Racing Stables. Trained by Julie Miller, she'll race from post two against Onda Su, the Muscle Massive filly from the Andover Hall mare Upfront Ob's Janet who also won a Bluegrass division last week. Onda Su, a winner of three in nine starts, has earned $55,981 for owners Frederick and Shirley Schwartz and Onda Racing Stable. The Jim Campbell starter races from post four.   The final group draws Fine Tuned Lady off a second-place finish as the 1-5 favorite in the Bluegrass. Starting from post one, the John Butenschoen trainee has won four of nine starts, compiling $341,390 in earnings for owners William Wiswell and M&L Of Delaware LLC. Her latest wins came in the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship and in the Kentuckiana Stakes, where she won in 1:55.3 and 1:56.2 respectively.   Broadway Idole, finishing second as the 2-5 favorite in her Bluegrass division, will race against Fine Tuned Lady from post three. Jim Campbell trains the filly by Broadway Hall, from the Promising Catch mare Idole Normand. She has won one race in nine starts this year, earning $112,329 for owner Fashion Farms LLC.   Post time for Friday's program is slated for 1:00pm.   Futurity draw scheduled for Thursday   The draw for the first heat of the Kentucky Futurity, scheduled to go on Sunday, October 9, will take place after the replay of the second race on Thursday, October 6's card. Note that the entry box closes for Sunday's card at 9:30am on Thursday.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

When harness racing trainer Charlie Norris prepared to ask Treviso for her best effort in her Bluegrass Stakes division last week, the 2-year-old female trotter was ready. In fact, she didn't even really need to be asked. Treviso pulled out from behind leader Broadway Idole, driven by Brett Miller, in the stretch and trotted to a two-length win in 1:54.1 last Friday at Lexington's Red Mile. The time is the second-fastest of the season for a 2-year-old female trotter and the third-fastest clocking overall. "She was very good," said Norris, who trains and drives Treviso. "She came out of the hole pretty good. I tipped off Brett's shoulder there, and I actually didn't even pull her, she just came out on her own. She was ready to roll. She likes to race." Treviso has won four of eight races this year and earned $112,694 heading to this Friday's International Stallion Stakes at Lexington. Treviso competes in the first of four $63,750 divisions and will start from post seven in a seven-horse field. The division also includes Bluegrass division winner Thats All Moni. A daughter of stallion Muscle Massive out of the Taurus Dream mare Valbonela, Treviso was purchased privately by Norris for owners Klis Brothers Stable and Carrie Norris. Treviso's family includes former Quebec star Val Taurus as well as stakes-winner Valdonna and Foot Bowl, who won races in the U.S. and Europe and is the dam of stakes-winner Bruschette and second dam of stakes-winner Smokinmombo. "I like the Muscle Massives," Norris said. "They're a pain in the butt a lot of times, but they do have some go. "She looks good, she's just small. She's not a very big filly but she has a very efficient gait." Treviso won her debut, a division of the Pennsylvania All Stars, and then posted a second-place finish followed by two wins on the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes circuit. Her only blatant misstep this season came in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, where she went off stride behind the gate and finished seventh. "I don't know what the heck happened," Norris said. "She was just acting up, but that's not usually her at all." With a strong performance in the International Stallion, Treviso could punch her ticket to the upcoming Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands later this month. "As long as she's sound we'll probably give her a shot," Norris said. "She's really on top of her game now, I think." Multiple-stakes-winner Ariana G headlines the second division of the International Stallion Stakes while the third division includes Bluegrass division winners Onda Su and Overdraft Volo. Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Fine Tuned Lady, who has finished no worse than second in nine races, leads the final division. For Friday's complete of The Red Mile card, click here. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

LEXINGTON, KY-- Week two of the Grand Circuit meeting at The Red Mile will begin with five divisions of the $288,000 International Stallion Stakes for harness racing two-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Thursday, October 6. Off a win in the Bluegrass last week, New Jersey Viking starts in the first division. The colt by Muscle Hill from the Broadway Hall mare Hall Of Wishes has won four races in seven starts this season, earning $111,893 for owners Knutsson Trotting Inc. and Little E LLC. Trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt, he won a $56,250 Bluegrass split going wire to wire in 1:56.1. He'll start from post seven.   Also in the first division is Signal Hill, who tries for redemption after finishing fourth as the even-money favorite in a $55,250 Bluegrass split. He attempted to trot by his rivals in the stretch, but lost stride approaching the wire. By Muscle Hill out of the Cantab Hall mare Special Appeal, Signal Hill has won two races in seven starts and earned $63,101 for owners Brittany Farms, David Mc Duffee, Marvin Katz, and Adriano Sorella. The Tony Alagna trainee will start from post three.   Division two attracts Snowstorm Hanover, who won a $55,250 Bluegrass division going wire to wire in 1:55.3. A winner in three of eight starts, the colt by Muscle Massive out of the Andover Hall mare Snow Angel Hanover has earned $86,869 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, Phillip Collura and Weaver Bruscemi. Trainer Ron Burke sends him from post six.   International Moni, by Love You out of the Speedy Crown mare Moni Maker, competes against Snowstorm Hanover. Winless in seven starts this season, he enters off a third-place finish to Snowstorm Hanover in the Bluegrass last week, and was also third in the $266,600 William Wellwood Memorial at 24-1. He has earned $49,795 this season for owner Moni Make Stable. The Frank Antonacci trainee starts from post two.   Long Tom, off a 1:55.2 win in a $55,250 Bluegrass division, will start from post two in the third division. Winning three of his four starts this season and earning $46,875 for owner Amg Stable Oy and trainer Marcus Melander, Long Tom, by Muscle Hill out of the Windsong's Legacy mare Ilia, races against Devious Man, who starts from post four. By Credit Winner out of the Garland Lobell mare Miss Garland, Devious Man has won six of ten starts this season, earning $280,233 for owner Story Inc. The Julie Miller trainee enters off a 1:58 win as the 3-5 favorite in the $225,000 New York Sires Stakes Final at Yonkers.   Dover Dan, winning a $56,250 Bluegrass division in 1:55 at 3-1, competes in the fourth division. By Andover Hall out of the Royal Troubadour mare Cr Kay Suzie, he has won four of eight starts this year, earning $108,579 for owner William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Shcick. Trained by John Butenschoen, he starts from post two.   Linda Toscano enters Walner against Dover Dan, shipping in from the Meadowlands where he won a Kindergarten preliminary in 1:53.4 by six lengths. The colt by Chapter Seven out of the Ken Warkentin mare Random Destiny has won three out of four starts this year, amassing $50,750 for owner Kenneth Jacobs. He will start from post five.   Bluegrass-split winners Shake It Off Lindy and Fly On contest in the final split. Shake It Off Lindy, winning his division in 1:55 after pulling first over to take the lead, will start from post three. By Crazed out of the Love You mare Nashville Lindy, Shake It Off Lindy, trained by Frank Antonacci, has won two of six starts, earning $45,250 for owner K R Breeding LLC.   Fly On, drawing post two after winning his Bluegrass split off a pocket trip in 1:55, has won six of ten starts this season, compiling $88,747 in earnings for owners Andy Miller Stable Inc., Arden Homestead Stable and Gty Stable. The colt by Muscle Hill from the Credit Winner mare Calchips Finisher is trained by Julie Miller.   First race post for Thursday's nine-race program is scheduled for 1:00pm.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- Darlinonthebeach led her season-long competitor and the 4-5 favorite Pure Country to win the first of two divisions of the $147,000 Bluegrass Stakes for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies as the 2-1 second choice in 1:50.2 on Sunday, October 2 at The Red Mile. Unchallenged through a quarter in :28 and a half in :56, Darlinonthebeach set the pace. Pure Country, sitting in the pocket, didn't pull to the outside until three-quarters, timed in 1:24.1. She struggled to pass Darlinonthebeach racing to the pylons while Lindwood Beachgirl chased the two in third and Penpal towards the center of the track in fourth. Pure Country settled for second as Darlinonthebeach finished in front. Penpal edged by Lindwood Beachgirl to take third. Darlinonthebeach, by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Bettor's Delight mare Darlin's Delight, won her 11th race in 27 starts, compiling $776,823 in earnings for owner White Birch Farm. She is trained by Nancy Johansson and driven by David Miller. She paid $6.00 to win. "These two fillies have been going at it all summer," David Miller said. "It's been a good season for her." "[Darlinonthebeach's connections] told me that she tied up that day," Miller said of Darlinonthebeach's scratch from the second heat of the Jugette. "They added Lasix today and she couldn't have been any better." Clearing command into the first turn, Blue Moon Stride held the front to win the other Bluegrass split in 1:50.1 over Rock Me Baby and Kiss Me Onthebeach. Leading through a quarter of :26.4, Blue Moon Stride tried to slow the pace, but Call Me Queen Be, sitting the pocket, pulled to the outside to try and take the lead. Blue Moon Stride accelerated and Call Me Queen Be ducked behind her through a :55.2 half. Kiss Me Onthebeach edged first over from third into the far turn with Rock Me Baby on her back. Call Me Queen Be was locked in the pocket through a 1:23 third quarter. Driver Andrew McCarthy kept Blue Moon Stride towards the pylons, leaving Call Me Queen Be with nowhere to pace. Rock Me Baby fanned off her cover and attempted to sweep to the lead, but Blue Moon Stride maintained the lead through the wire. Owned by Emilio & Maria Rosati, Blue Moon Stride, by Rocknroll Hanover out of the Cam's Card Shark mare Classic Star, won her tenth race in 26 starts, earning $658,886. The Mark Harder trainee paid $7.40 to win. "She's a very nice filly; we're very proud of her," Emilio Rosati said. "We came here especially to see her race. This is a lovely place to come and it's a dream to have a horse like this." "We'll be back next week [for the Glen Garnsey Memorial]," Mark Harder said. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

LEXINGTON, KY -- Taking the lead after the quarter, Sutton gradually gained separation from his rivals to win by open lengths in the first of two divisions for the $163,500 Bluegrass Stakes for harness racing three-year-old trotting colts in 1:52 at The Red Mile.   Celebrity Express led the field around the first turn before Sutton tipped out of the pocket to brush to the lead through a :28.2 quarter. Leading through a :56 half, Sutton began to kick away from Celebrity Express trotting in the pocket and Mavens Way, who fanned first over before diving back to the pylons.   In front by three lengths through a 1:24 third-quarter, Sutton coasted towards the finish while Waitlifter K fanned off cover to get second and Kanthaka, recovering from a break before the start, closed to finish third.   Sutton, by Donato Hanover out of the Muscles Yankee mare I Wanted Wings, paid $2.60 for his sixth win in 21 starts, earning $369,931 for owners Andy Miller Stable Inc. and Jason and Douglas Allen. He is trained by Julie Miller and was driven by Andy Miller.   "He likes to follow horses, but I thought he was the one to beat in here," Andy Miller said. "He was pretty sharp coming into this race, so I thought it was alright to put him on the front."   "He has been a little up and down. With a couple of steps he might have won the Hambletonian, but he still raced really good there. He has been a bit of a challenge, but when he's on his game, he is tough to beat."   "The track was a little dead from all the rain [Saturday]; it was a little punchy, but a good horse could overcome it."   Grinding to the lead around the final turn, Bar Hopping edged past tempo-setter Blenheim to win the other Bluegrass split in 1:52.3.   Leading through fractions of :28.3 and :57, Blenheim was soon challenged by Bar Hopping, pulling first over from fourth, into the far turn. The two were on equal terms through a 1:25.4 third quarter before Bar Hopping took a narrow lead. Blenheim tried to retake control at the pylons in a stretch-long battle until Bar Hopping extended his lead slightly to win. Love Matters, sitting the pocket for the mile, angled off the rail and chased the duelers to get third.   Winning his seventh race in 23 starts, Bar Hopping, by Muscle Hill out of the Credit Winner mare Cocktail Hour, has earned $848,813 for owners Christina Takter, Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld. He is trained by Jimmy Takter and was driven by Tim Tetrick. He paid $2.40.   "He fought [Blenheim] well," Jimmy Takter said. "The pace wasn't that hot and he came first up against a good horse, so I was very happy with him."   "He was one of those horses that actually filled out during the season. His game is a form game, and he's in great form. We look forward to next Sunday [for the Kentucky Futurity]."   By Ray Cotolo ,for The Red Mile  

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