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LEXINGTON, KY-- The Saturday, October 1st harness racing program at The Red Mile will feature four divisions of the $294,000 Bluegrass for two-year-old pacing fillies and five divisions of the $330,000 Bluegrass for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Idyllic Beach draws into the opening division of the Bluegrass for pacing fillies. Racing from post five, the filly by Somebeachsomewhere, from the American Ideal mare Idyllic, enters off a 1:52.2 performance at Hoosier Park as the 1-5 favorite in the $246,000 Kentuckiana Pace. Owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding, Brixton Medical Ab and Marvin Katz, and trained by Jimmy Takter, she has won six of eight starts this season, earning $449,132. Noel Daley sends Jenny's Terror in the second division. By Western Terror from the Beach Towel mare Beach Jenny, Jenny's Terror enters off two wins in Kindergarten Classic preliminaries, winning recently in 1:53.4 at 3-2. Owned by The Ok Corral, she has earned $12,800 over five starts this year, and will start from post two. Ella Christina also starts in the second division. Racing from post five, the Nancy Johansson-trainee enters off a 1:54.3 win at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in a $49,200 division of the Standardbred Stakes. Also owned by Nancy Johansson, the daughter of Western Ideal, from the Artiscape mare Arthroscopic, has won two of seven starts, earning $48,067. Division three gathers She's A Great Lady finalists Happy Hannah, That's The Ticket, and Awash. Recently winning a conditioned race at Mohawk Racetrack as the 1-5 favorite, Happy Hannah, by Well Said from the Village Jolt mare Hallie Gallie, will make her eighth start of the season. She has earned $54,479 over seven starts for owners Stan Klemencic, Hudson Standardbred Inc., and Hutt Racing Stable and trainer Mark Steacy. She races from post one. That's The Ticket, who upset her She's A Great Lady elimination in 1:52 at 58-1, starts from post three. By Roll With Joe from the Artsplace mare Art Account, the Chris Ryder trainee enters off a seventh-place effort at Mohawk in an $81,671 division of the Champlain. She has one win in eight starts this year, amassing $42,681 in earnings for owners Craig Henderson, Robert Mondillo, and Lawrence Minowitz. Awash, entering off a third-place effort at Hoosier Park in the Kentuckiana Stakes, will start from post five. Winning one race in eight starts, she has earned $91,503 this season for owner Bradley Grant. Tony Alagna trains the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, from the Jereme's Jet mare Apogee Hanover. The final pacing filly split features Everyones Watching. Trained by Tony Alagna, the daughter of Artiscape, from the Rocknroll Hanover mare Burnett Blue Chip, enters off a 1:52.4 win at Mohawk in an $80,516 division of the Champlain Stakes. With that being her lone win in six outings this year, she has earned $79,941 for owners Riverview Racing, Deo Volente Farms, Crawford Farms Racing, and Steven Wienick. Kicking off the Bluegrass splits for pacing colts and geldings is a matchup between Huntsville, Ocean Colony, and Fear The Dragon. Huntsville, by Somebeachsomewhere from the Western Hanover mare Wild West Show, has finished better than second in every start this season. He enters off a win in the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship, where he bested Fear The Dragon in 1:51.1. Earning $227,484 over six starts this season, Huntsville will race from post three for owner-trainer Ray Schnittker along with partners Ted Gewertz, Charles Iannazzo, and Steven Arnold. Fear The Dragon, a son of Dragon Again from the Western Ideal mare Armbro Cinnamon, races from post seven. Trained by Brian Brown, he has finished better than third in every outing this season. He enters off a 1:50.4 win at Hoosier Park as the even-money favorite in the $140,000 Elevation Pace. Winning five of nine starts this year, he has earned $212,016 for owner Emerald Highlands Farm. Jimmy Takter trains Ocean Colony, by Somebeachsomewhere from the Western Ideal mare Amora Hanover. He finished second to Fear The Dragon in the Elevation Stakes and was fifth as the even-money favorite in the $508,970 Metro Pace final. Earning $91,383 over seven starts this year, Ocean Colony will race from post six for owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and Sam Goldband. Division two features Windsong Napoleon, who won a $30,800 Metro Pace elimination in 1:51.3 going wire to wire at 54-1. Finishing ninth in the final, the Carl Jamieson trainee rebounded to finish third in an $81,215 division of the Champlain Stakes. By Art Major from the Precious Bunny mare Bunny Dearest, he has won three out of ten starts this year, earning $70,635 for owners Carl Jamieson, Thomas Kyron, and Douglas Good. He starts from post four. Rivaling Windsong Napoleon is Odds On Delray, who failed to make the Metro Pace final following a break at the start in his elimination. Going on to win the $38,500 consolation in 1:51.2, he has since finished third in a division of the Champlain Stakes and in the Elevation Stakes. Winning three times in eight starts, the son of Somebeachsomewhere, from the Dragon Again mare My Little Dragon, has earned $62,095 this season for owner Odds On Racing. Trained by Tony Alagna, Odds On Delray starts from post two. Tony Alagna sends Western Hill in the third division. Starting from post one, the Western Ideal colt from the Art Major mare Cosmo Blue Chip enters off a 1:54.3 qualifier at The Red Mile, as well as a 1:53 effort to win the $40,000 Stallion Series final at Pocono Downs. Owned by Tom Hill, he has won four of five starts this season, compiling $49,750 in earnings. Starting from post three in the third division is Blood Line. Sent off the favorite in his Metro Pace elimination, he went on to finish tenth in the final. Following that performance finishing second in a division of the Champlain and fifth in the Elevation, the Jimmy Takter trainee will go for his second win of the season. He has earned $69,687 over seven starts this season for owner Diamond Creek Racing. Downbytheseaside highlights the fourth division. Exiting a 1:50 performance at the Delaware County Fairgrounds to win a $34,500 division of the Standardbred Stakes, the Brian Brown trainee will start from post seven. Winning four of eight starts this year, the Somebeachsomewhere colt from the Allamerican Native mare Sprig Hanover has earned $173,956 this season for owners Country Club Acres Inc., Joe Sbrocco, and Richard Lombardo. Against him from post one is Machiavelli, by Somebeachsomewhere from the Western Ideal mare So Perfect. Finishing third and second respectively in his recent performances in the Kindergarten Classic preliminaries, he will try for his second win of the season. Trained by Joe Holloway, he has earned $16,622 this season for owners Val D'Or Farms, Ted Gewertz, and Rojan Stables. The final division features Miso Fast, by Roll With Joe from the Artsplace mare Sakura Hanover. Entering off a second-place finish at Yonkers Raceway in the $225,000 New York Sires Stakes final, the Ron Burke trainee will start from post two. He has won five of eight starts this year, earning $174,231 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, and Jerry & Theresa Silva Stables. Brian Brown sends Mcthriller from post one. He enters off a six-length victory in 1:53.4 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in the $35,325 Ohio Breeders Championship, where he trailed the field by 13 lengths at the quarter. A winner of four in seven starts this season, he has earned $88,662 for owners Nr Holdings LLC, T L P Stable, and Howard Taylor. First race post for Saturday's 11-race program is 7:00pm. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- Freshmen trotting fillies will race in the spotlight on Friday, September 30 at The Red Mile, with five divisions of the $298,000 Bluegrass Stakes scheduled for the nine-race harness racing program. The first division draws six fillies. Chezatter, by Explosive Matter from the Malabar Man mare Chez Lucie, will start from post three for owner Purple Haze Stables LLC and trainer Trond Smedshammer. Making her eighth start this season, she has already compiled $134,325 in earnings, including three wins, two seconds and one third. Her lone off-the-board finish was in the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship, where she broke at the start.   Chezatter's competition includes Princess Aurora, a Jimmy Takter-trainee exiting a 1:54.4 win in the $35,000 Kentuckiana Consolation, and Evelyn, entering off wins in a $29,190 Reynolds division and a conditioned race at Pocono Downs. They race from posts four and five respectively.   Division two attracts Grandma's Moni, by Donato Hanover from the Self Possessed mare All Our Moni. Racing for owner Moni Maker Stable and trainer Frank Antonacci, she will try to rebound off of breaks in a $23,100 Peaceful Way elimination and in her most recent qualifier. She'll start from post five.   French Press, also in division two, will make her tenth start of the season. Winless, she enters off a second-place finish in a $27,747 division of the Standardbred Stakes at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. She has earned $27,274 this year for owner Black Horse Racing and trainer Nancy Johnansson. She'll race from post two.   Meeting up in the third division are That's All Moni, Can't I, and Hillarmbro. That's All Moni, a Jimmy Takter-trainee by Cantab Hall from the Pine Chip mare Mom's Millionaire, recently finished second at Mohawk Racetrack in the $275,880 Peaceful Way Stakes. She has won three times in seven outings, earning $173,523 for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld. She'll start from post two.   Can't I, a Bob Stewart-trainee by Cantab Hall out of the Jailhouse Jesse mare Buck I St Pat, has won four times in six starts and finished second twice. Amassing $205,752 in earnings for owners Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold, Abraham Basen, and Ron Fuller, she enters off a second-place finish at Hoosier Park in the $250,000 Kentuckiana Stakes. She races from post four.   Hillarmbro, a Trond Smedshammer-trainee by Muscle Hill out of the Dream Vacation mare Armbro Emma, ships from the Meadowlands, where she won three-races straight, including two preliminaries of the Kindergarten Classic. With three wins out of five starts, she has earned $17,050 for owner Purple Haze Stables LLC. She'll race from post six.   The fourth division lines seven trotting fillies behind the gate. Both Broadway Idole, starting from post two, and Heels On Wheels, racing from post four, exit Sires Stakes finals. Broadway Idole, by Broadway Hall from the Promising Catch mare Idole Normand, enters from a fourth-place finish in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship, while Heels On Wheels ships in from a third-place effort in the $225,000 New York Sires Stakes Final.   Broadway Idole races for owner Fashion Farms and trainer Jim Campbell, and has earned $97,279 in eight starts this season. Heels On Wheels, owned by Burke Racing Stable, Crawford Farms Racing, Lawrence Karr, and Weaver Bruscemi and trained by Ron Burke, has earned $98,250 in nine starts.   Rounding out the program is the fifth division. Racing from post four is Fine Tuned Lady, by Cantab Hall from the Pine Chip mare Poster Princess. Owned by William Wiswell and M&L of Delaware LLC, the John Butenschoen-trainee has not finished worse than second in eight starts this year. She has earned $326,340 and enters the Bluegrass off wins in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship and Kentuckiana Stakes.   First race post for the Friday, September 30 program is 7:00pm. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile            

LEXINGTON, KY-- The annual Grand Circuit harness racing meeting at The Red Mile commences on Thursday, September 29 with six divisions of the $334,500 Bluegrass Stakes for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters.   Race four gathers six trotters for the first division. Long Tom, a Muscle Hill colt from the Windsong's Legacy mare Ilia, starts from post one for owner Amg Stable Oy and trainer Marcus Melander. He enters off a lifetime-best 1:56.1 effort in a conditioned race at the Meadowlands.   Stormy Kromer also enters off a lifetime-best performance, drawing post six after a 1:58.4 win from first over as the favorite in the $37,547 Ohio Breeders Championship at the Delaware County Fair. He's owned by Gene Oldford Farms LLC, Wrenn Racing LLC, and Kales Co. LLC.   Division two features another field of six. Signal Hill, who finished seventh in the $266,000 William Wellwood final after a runner up finish in his elimination, competes against Moonshiner Hanover, who finished second in both the $260,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship at Harrah's Philadelphia and the $32,050 Standardbred Stakes at the Delaware County Fair.   Moonshiner Hanover will start from post two for owner-trainer Christopher Beaver along with partners Synerco Ventures Inc. and Bill Manes. Signal Hill races from post five for owners Brittany Farms, David Mc Duffee, Marvin Katz, and Adriano Sorella.   International Moni headlines the third division, attempting to obtain the first win of his career. He ships in off a third-place finish in the William Wellwood Memorial along with Mountain Of Love, who finished eighth following a break at the start. Winless in six starts, International Moni, by Love You out of Moni Maker, has amassed $43,165 in earnings for owner Moni Maker Stable and trainer Frank Antonacci.   The fourth division collects seven trotters. Julie Miller sends Fly On from, by Muscle Hill from the Credit Winner mare Calchips Finisher, from post four for his tenth start this season. Winning five of his nine starts and finishing third in his other four starts, he has earned $60,622 this season for owners Andy Miller Stable Inc., Arden Homestead Stables and Gaitway Stable.   Opposing Fly On is Lars Perry for trainer Jimmy Takter, entering off a break as the 8-5 favorite in a $32,050 division of the Standardbred Stakes at the Delaware County Fair. He'll race from post seven in pursuit of his first win of the season. He races for owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Mellby Gard, and Hatfield Stables.   Division five features Peter Haughton champion What The Hill. Sent off the 9-5 favorite in the William Wellwood Memorial, he broke into the last turn, finishing sixth. Winning three of eight starts this season, he has compiled $236,378 in earnings for owners Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, Jerry & Theresa Silva Stables and Deo Volente Farms.   What The Hill races from post six against New Jersey Viking, an Ake Svanstedt-trainee who has won three of six starts this year including a $55,780 division of the Reynolds at Tioga Downs and the $29,000 Harold Dancer Memorial, as well as Muscles Jared, a George Ducharme-trained son of Muscle Massive who has won four of seven starts this year and exits the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship off a fourth-place finish as the 3-5 favorite. New Jersey Viking and Muscles Jared start from posts four and two respectively.   Capping the card and Bluegrass splits is a field of seven highlighted by the Jimmy Takter-trainee King On The Hill. The colt by Muscle Hill from the Viking Kronos mare Lantern Kronos enters from a fourth-place finish in the William Wellwood Memorial. Earning $86,963 over nine starts this year and two wins, coming in an elimination for the Peter Haughton and a preliminary for the Kindergarten, King On The Hill will start from post one for owners Christina Takter, Goran Falk, Goran Andberg, and Hatfield Stables.   Thursday's program is the first of four Grand Circuit cards this week. Friday's card, September 30, will feature divisions of the Bluegrass for two-year-old filly trotters. The program on Saturday, October 1 will include divisions of the Bluegrass for two-year-old colt and filly pacers, and Sunday's card will feature divisions of the Bluegrass for three-year-old colts and fillies of both gaits.   First race post for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday's cards is 7:00pm. Sunday's card begins the matinee post time of 1:00pm, which will carry through the remainder of the meeting.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2016) - Harness racing owners selling Kentucky-bred yearlings this fall have a distinct advantage: increased purses and opportunities to race in multiple jurisdictions’ sire stakes programs. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s (KHRC) Sire Stakes Advisory Panel recommends increased purses for the 2017 Kentucky Sire Stakes (KYSS) and Kentucky county fair circuit.  2017 will be the first year that two-year-olds that were bred under the new lucrative dual eligibility program will race.  Under the new program, resulting foals will be eligible not only for the KYSS program, but also other state programs as well. The KHRC is expected to approve the new purse structures before the end of the year. “It was great to receive input from the harness racing community as a whole.   Everyone was engaged in this process and we are all looking forward to a successful 2017 racing season,” said Advisory Panel Chairman Kenneth A. Jackson. The dual eligibility program began with the 2014 breeding season. Horses are eligible 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 or by a stallion that stood in Kentucky for that breeding season.   The resulting foals will be eligible for nomination to the KYSS.  In addition to the change in eligibility, the funding has increased largely due to the pari-mutuel tax on historical horse racing, which is now offered at The Red Mile. 2017 two-year-old KYSS Purse Structure: ·        All purses guaranteed ·        Three legs -- $30,000 per race ·        Final -- $250,000  The Advisory Panel also approved funding of up to $250,000 to the Kentucky County Fair Circuit to be used for purses at the seven county fairs and the finals which take place in late July at The Red Mile in Lexington.  Two-year-olds racing in the fairs must meet the same Kentucky-bred requirements as the KYSS.  Kentucky County Fairs Purse Structure ·        $5,000 per fair race, regardless if it splits and a $15,000 final for each two-year-old division. The Kentucky Sire Stakes is a culmination of a month-long series of preliminary races, with the biggest money earners getting a chance to compete in one of the richest finals in North America. The Kentucky Sire Stakes is funded by the Kentucky Standardbred Development Fund (KSDF) and the Kentucky Standardbred Breeders’ Incentive Fund (KSBIF). Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

The Red Mile played host to the $1.4 million Kentucky Sire Stakes (KYSS) Super Night on Sunday, and seven different stallions were represented in the eight $175,000 finals for harness racing 2 and 3 year olds of both gaits and sexes. There were two repeat winners from a year ago as 3-year-olds Barryscourt and Lakeisha Hall were able to successfully defend their titles. Both sent off the betting favorite in their respective races, Barryscourt won the KYSS final for male trotters with a 1:56.2 effort, while Lakeisha Hall captured the KYSS final for filly pacers in 1:54.2. Barryscourt got away third with driver Josh Sutton, who waited until the final turn to tip the daughter of Northern Kid to the outside. Barryscourt took control from leader Con Air Hall turning for home and drew clear to a two-length victory over his rival. Fetchit was third for John Cummings Jr. Bred by Peninsula Farm, Barryscourt is owned by trainer Bobby Brower in partnership with Mystical Marker Farms, Victory Hill Farm and Benjamin Graber. The win was Barryscourt's third in a row in four starts this year, bringing his seasonal earnings to $93,004. Dave Palone was parked early with Lakeisha Hall before finding a spot on the rail as Ronnie Wrenn Jr. protected the lead with Bellatricks, but he was able to angle his way off the pylons in the last turn to rally to a 1:54.2 victory, edging past the leader nearing the wire. Tawni Hall was third for Trace Tetrick. Bred by Walnut Hall Ltd., the winning daughter of Third Straight is trained by Ron Burke for owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. A winner of four in a row, Lakeisha Hall now has seasonal earnings of $124,925. In the KYSS final for 3-year-old male pacers, second-choice Cracker Cam and driver Tetrick edged favorite Best To Hurst and Tyler Smith by a head in 1:52.4. Finishing third was the Chris Page-driven Thirdstraight Shot. Cracker Cam led at every call as he was able to hold off the late rally by Best To Hurst. A gelded son of Cambest, Cracker Cam was bred by Russell Peavyhouse and owned by Peavyhouse Stables. Bill Cottongim trains Cracker Cam, who posted a career-best effort in the KYSS final. The win was his second in 10 starts this year, pushing his earnings to $102,620. Driver Wrenn, celebrating his 30th birthday on Sunday, directed Cash In My Genes to a 1:57.4 victory in the KYSS final for sophomore filly trotters. Wrenn got away fourth with Cash In My Genes but moved his charge to the front before half and never looked back, scoring by two lengths as the 2-5 favorite over 71-1 longshot Dazzling Rose and Jimmy Stiltner II. Cash In My Genes' stablemate, Golden Genes Cash, was third for Mickey Pryor. A homebred of The Broken Brokers, Cash In My Genes is a daughter of Groton Hall trained by Lee Newcomer. The win was her fourth of the year in 11 starts, increasing his earnings to $100,800. In the 2-year-old finals, Sheas Victory sprung a 40-1 shocker in the race for filly trotters. Taking full advantage of a break at the start by 1-9 favorite Mystic Stella, who had easily won the opening two legs of the KYSS, Sheas Victory got up at the wire for driver Pryor to win by a head over the Smith-driven Cassandra As by a head in 2:01.2, with Almondy As third for driver Page. Sheas Victory had finished fourth to Mystic Stella in the opening two legs, but she was able to post a career-best effort on Sunday while besting the favorite by 1 ½ lengths. Bred by Diane Dotson, owned by Candra Foley and trained by Russell Newman, Sheas Victory is a daughter of Bet I Strike. There was also a big surprise in the final for 2-year-old male trotters as overwhelming favorite He's On A Mission and driver Charlie Conrad had to settle for second behind the 10-1 Starlight As and driver Smith in 2:02. Stanford was third for Cummings. One week after finishing 34¼ lengths behind He's On A Mission in leg two, Starlight As broke his maiden in his third career attempt. A son of Allstar Hall, Starlight As is owned by breeder ACL Stuteri Ab in partnership with Kjell Johansson. Anette Lorentzon is the trainer. In The Dark and driver Tetrick won the KYSS final for freshman filly pacers in 1:55.1. The daughter of Cambest bested runner-up Al-mar-got A Fever and driver Page by one length, with Peekaboo Love and Kayne Kauffman third. Jack Gray Jr. trains the winning daughter of Cambest for owner Jim Avritt. Bred by Steve Stewart and Rick Rader, In The Dark is now a four-time winner in 2016, with earnings of $101,150. V Power moved from third to first in the stretch to win the KYSS final for first-year male trotters in 1:55.4. Al Eferstein drove V Power, who bested Mt. Sterling Mafia and Cummings by 2¾ lengths. Kirsch was third for Tom Jackson. V Power is a homebred daughter of Prince Chablis for trainer Donna Gilson-Eferstein. The win was the fifth of the year in eight starts for V Power, increasing his earnings to $104,,930. (KYSS) Kentucky Sires Stakes

The Red Mile hosts Kentucky Super Night on Sunday, Aug. 21, with total purses of $1.4 million offered. The harness racing program features eight Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) finals for 2 -and 3-year-old pacers and trotters of both sexes, with each contest worth $175,000. The historic racetrack in Lexington will soon mark the one-year anniversary of the opening of its new gaming parlor that houses 902 Historical Racing machines as well as a remodeled simulcasting area. Last year's Kentucky Super Night was dominated by winning favorites and with two preliminary rounds are already in the books and several dominating performances, it could lead to a repeat night of bettors' choices reaching the winner's circle. There was no more dominant a winner in the early rounds than He's On A Mission, who looks to be an overwhelming favorite to capture the KYSS final for 2-year-old male trotters. Driven by Charlie Conrad for trainer and co-owner Stacey Ruddick, the son of Groton Hall has cakewalked to two victories, scoring by six lengths in round one and then romping to an 18½ length score in round two. He's On A Mission starts from the outside post 6 in Race 12. Favored in the five-horse final for 2-year-old filly trotters is Mystic Stella, who had no problems in her first two KYSS starts with wins by 6¾ and 9¼ lengths, respectively. Tom Jackson drives the daughter of Groton Hall for trainer Pete Foley from post 4 in Race 3. Prelim winners In The Dark (Cambest) and Al-Mar-Got A Fever (Third Straight) are favored in the KYSS final for 2-year-old filly pacers (Race 6), while Kirsch (Cambest) and V Power (Prince Chablis) appear the ones to beat in the KYSS final for 2-year-old male pacers (Race 4). A trio of 3 year olds are back to defend their KYSS titles of a year ago. The group includes Erica America (Northern Kid), who starts from post 1 in the KYSS final for 3-year-old filly trotters (Race 2) after finishing 5p8 and second in her preliminaries. Erica America will take on the likes of leg winners Cash In My Genes (Groton Hall) and Sea Shore (Tsunami Ranger). After two impressive victories in the opening two rounds, Barryscourt looks primed to defend his title in the KYSS final for 3-year-old male trotters. The son of Northern Kid will be driven by Josh Sutton for trainer Bobby Brower in Race 7. Lakeisha Hall, who is also two-for-two in the early legs, is the likely favorite in the KYSS final for 3-year-old filly pacers (Race 11) starting from post 5, but the Dave Palone-driven, Ron Burke-trained daughter of Third Straight will have to contend with two-time runner-up Bellatricks (Third Straight) who starts from post 1 for driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. and trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. A new divisional champ is sure to be crowned in the KYSS final for 3-year-old male pacers, with the contenders headed by Best To Hurst (Cambest) and Cracker Cam (Cambest), who traded one-two finishes in the first two legs. Post time for the first race on Sunday is 7 p.m. (EDT) and admission is free. The Red Mile will also offer a Pick 4 on races 7-10, with a $10,000 guaranteed pool. Kentucky Sires Stakes  

Lexington, KY --- On Sunday (Aug. 14) evening, eight $15,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes events were contested at Red Mile. With divisions for 2- and 3-year-olds of both gaits, these races were the second preliminary leg of the series which culminates in lucrative harness racing finals worth a total of $1.4 million on Sunday (Aug. 21.). Although there were some familiar faces in the field, such as defending champions Barryscourt and Lakeisha Hall, as well as last year’s runner-up in the freshman final, Cracker Cam, there were two youngsters that stole this evening’s show that could very well develop into future stars in He’s On A Mission and Mystic Stella. He’s On A Mission, a son of Groton Hall-Lisas Mission kicked off the card, which was held over a surface that absorbed a considerable amount of rain earlier in the day, with a facile triumph in 2:02.1 for pilot Charlie Conrad and conditioner Stacey Ruddick. Co-owned by Ruddick and Denise Dennis, the 2-year-old trotting gelding went straight to the lead and was never threatened by his four other rivals in what was a rather leisurely journey over the red clay oval. The prohibitive 1-9 favorite captured his second consecutive victory and the second win of his young career in his fourth start, all of which have been in Lexington. Stanford (Master Glide-Fortuna) and Father Julio (Tequila Spur-Cherry Tree Sara) were second and third. It cannot be denied He’s On A Mission won with considerable ease, but Mystic Stellar served notice she could be a superstar in the making. The daughter of Groton Hall-Mia Stellina trotted immediately to the lead in the fourth race and nearly dragged reinsman Tom Jackson out of the bike with her willingness to separate herself from the rest of the field. Before she even hit the first turn she was more than five lengths in front and after the first quarter-mile clock lit up with her fractional time of :27.3 Mystic Stella was already 14 lengths ahead of her rivals. Without any encouragement from her driver, the filly continued to pour it on and although her final margin of victory was 9-1/4 lengths she was wrapped up through the stretch. Trained by Peter Foley and owned by All Star Racing, Mystic Stella trotted her mile in 1:57.4, a new lifetime mark and was the 1-9 public selection. This win, the second of her career, now sets her record at 4-2-1-0 and as track announcer Gabe Prewitt said, “It is like this filly is on another planet.” Cassandra As (Allstar Hall-Cassie Aas and Almondy As (Allstar Hall-Marabou As) were second and third. The 2-year-old colt and filly pace winners were V Power (Prince Chablis-Tm’s Go Go Scooter) and Al-mar-got-A Fever (Third Straight-Cheatin’ Hall). Both winners came from off the pace after turning for home to secure their spots in next week’s final with V Power being sent to post at odds of 14-1, while his filly counterpart was 3-2. In the sophomore events, both defending champions completed their task to add another Kentucky title to their resumes. Barryscourt (Northern Kid-Katie Hall), owned by Mystical Marker Farms, Benjamin Graber, Bobby Brower and Victory Hill Farm, powered home to hit the wire in 1:55.3. Conditioned by Brower and steered by Josh Sutton, the trotting gelding appears to be poised to capture next week’s race, as the time Sunday night was a new speed standard and the trotter’s second win, to go along with a third, from three starts in 2016. Con Air Hall and Fetchit were second and third. Lakeisha Hall did not allow Barryscourt to be the sole champion from last year to cruise into the finials. The daughter of Third Straight-Lantana Hall, owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, battled to the wire in the eighth race to just hold off Bellatricks by a head in 1:53.3, equaling her lifetime best. Moonshine Bliss was third. Guided by Dave Palone, Lakeisha Hall will enter the $175,000 final for 3-year-old pacing fillies with a lifetime record of 12-8-2-0 and paced her swiftest mile last year in this very series. The biggest surprise of the night was when Sea Shore won her contest for 3-year-old trotting fillies. The daughter of Tsunami Ranger-Baywatch, who is owned by Benjamin Graber and Bobby Brower, pressured favorite Barrys Gift nearly three-quarters of the journey to the finish line and then strode home with purpose to clearly prove the best over Erica America and Golden Genes Cash. With Brower picking up the lines in addition to his training duties, Sea Shore’s win in the second race was the first in her four-race career. For that reason, she was sent off at 33-1 odds and paid $69.20 to win. Cracker Cam was the exact opposite of Sea Shore in the 3-year-old colt pacing event as he was expected to win. The son of Cambest-Nasty As Can Be, who is owned by Peavyhouse Stables and trained by Bill Cottongim was the heavy favorite in race six. He was the public selection to take the championship last year and just missed. With Trace Tetrick in the bike, Cracker Cam enjoyed a perfect pocket trip, slingshot to the lead at the top of the stretch and was well within himself all the way to the wire. The final time of 1:53.2 was a new career best. Best To Hurst and Thirdstraight Shot were second and third. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

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

LEXINGTON, KY -- After yielding to Split The House at the quarter, Tony Alagna-trainee Artspeak sat patiently in the pocket before pulling out at the three-quarter pole and rallying to the wire whilst holding off the bid of Lost For Words in his 1:47.4 triumph in the harness racing $450,000 Tattersalls Pace on Saturday, Oct. 10 at The Red Mile.   Scott Zeron sent Artspeak to the top heading to the opening quarter, passing it in :27. Split The House soon tipped first over and cleared the lead before the half, timed in :53. Enjoying no pressure on the lead, Artspeak generated a challenge that created a 1:20.1 third-quarter, and was soon alongside the pacesetter. Lost For Words, tracking Artspeak into the stretch, fanned wide and accelerated towards Artspeak, but Artspeak dug in and fought off Lost For Words, hitting the wire in 1:47.4. Rock N' Roll World was third, and In The Arsenal was fourth.   Sired by Western Ideal from the Artsplace mare The Art Museum, Artspeak collected his fifth win in 15 starts this year, paying $8.20 to win. He races for the interests of Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco, and In The Gym Partners.   "I really respect Split The House," Scott Zeron said. "He beat me one day when he followed me [in the New Jersey Classic at the Meadowlands], so I knew we were following a great horse there. I've always wanted my horse to be in a spot like that with fractions [like that], and he delivered."   "I was pretty enthused in the post parade just by the way he felt," Zeron also said. "To come back off of two heats [in the Little Brown Jug] and to be that strong and aggressive, and to go a lifetime mark of 1:47[.4], is impressive."   "We've had a great meet," Tony Alagna said. "We've had a lot of horses step up. Our two two-year-olds yesterday were fantastic [American Passport and Racing Hill]. We brought this horse down here hoping we could get the mark he deserved and it worked out tonight; he got his [1]:47-and-change mark. We couldn't be more pleased with him."   "He came down here, he was undefeated, and when I warmed him up the second week, the track was wet," Alagna also said regarding bringing Artspeak to Lexington last year. "It [the track] was real punchy underneath, and, of course, hindsight's never wrong: I should've pulled his back shoes that day because he had stifled joints and cords were getting to him late in the mile; that's why he got rough. Today was a nice redemption for the horse because he deserves it. I've been telling people all year that this horse is racing a lot better than people realize, and he showed that today."   "With the support of my customers, we bought some really nice stuff [yearlings] this year. I've got a great staff. They give me the ability to go out and look at horses and do what I need to do. They do a great job for me here at The Red Mile when I'm out doing what I need to do in the days and the nights. It's been a great meet."     By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- Sitting behind Mission Brief as she blazed around the Lexington oval, Wild Honey made her move in the stretch drive, sliding by Mission Brief to win the harness racing $262,500 Kentucky Filly Futurity in 1:50.4 on Saturday, October 10 at The Red Mile.   Mission Brief set the tempo of :27.2, :54.4, and 1:23.2, with Wild Honey drafting behind her the entire time. John Campbell sent Wild Honey to confront Mission Brief after sitting behind her for a brief point of the stretch drive. By the eighth pole, Wild Honey got her nose in front of Mission Brief, who began to stiffen in gait and shy away from the Jimmy Takter-trained filly. From there, Wild Honey extended her lead and won by about two lengths over Mission Brief, with Bright Baby Blues securing third off a first-over grind.   Racing for the connections of Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman, the filly by Cantab Hall out of the S J's Photo mare U Wanna Lindy paid $11.40 in her upset. This was her sixth win in 13 starts this season, as well as her 16th win in 25 overall starts.   "I was hoping to follow Mission Brief; there was no question about it," John Campbell said. "I had my spot picked out when she [Mission Brief] came out to try and get on her back. Once she got on her back, you don't really have to move. In the lane, when I asked this filly, she just dug in and really trotted down through the wire strong."   "I think anybody [driver-wise] can get along with her," Campbell also said. "She's very easy to drive. She's just a professional out there, and she's got a great attitude and tremendous gait. I can't take much credit for that because I believe anybody could drive her."   "She's just a tremendous horse," Jimmy Takter said. "To beat a great horse like Mission Brief like that, that tells you a lot. This filly has been running in the shadow of Mission Brief her whole campaign. She never gives up; this was the race I was hoping she would get, sitting right behind her. I know how game she is and that she never gives up; it takes a heck of a horse to fight her off. She's just a fantastic animal."   "I was very happy also because John [Campbell] was driving her and got hurt going into the Hambletonian, and he missed his drive there, so it was sweet for him to come back here and win the Futurity here," Takter also said.     By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- The aged harness racing divisions were in the spotlight on closing day at The Red Mile, competing in the $79,000 Allerage Mare Pace, $66,000 Allerage Mare Trot, $134,000 Allerage Trot, and $148,000 Allerage Pace on Saturday, Oct. 10.   The Jimmy Takter-trained Jk Endofanera tracked the cover of Foiled Again while State Treasurer blazed on the lead to rally by the tiring leader and the rest of the field in a 1:48.3 win in the Allerage Pace.   On the lead, State Treasurer set splits of :26.4, :53.1, and 1:20.4 with about two-lengths separation on pocket-sitter Doo Wop Hanover. He was the first to challenge State Treasurer in the stretch, attempting to sling shot to control, but the back field crept towards the top two by the eighth pole, manned by Jk Endofanera towards the center of the course. Under the guidance of Brett Miller, he stormed by State Treasurer and Doo Wop Hanover to claim the top spot. Mcwicked charged home for second, while Bettor's Edge slid up the pylons for third.   Competing for the 3 Brothers Stable and conditioner Jimmy Takter, Jk Endofanera, the son of Art Major from the Presidential Ball mare Presidential Lady, returned $10.80 to win. He scored his sixth victory in 13 starts this year, and also beat his lifetime best of 1:48.4 taken at Hoosier Park.   Il Sogno Dream   Powering by tempo-setter Magic Tonight at the top of the stretch, Il Sogno Dream hustled to a 1:50.2 victory over Master Of Law, Gural Hanover, and Flanagan Memory.   The male trotter by Cantab Hall out of the Fill V mare La Reve sat back as Magic Tonight brushed by Flanagan Memory through a :27.1 quarter to take the lead. Driver Scott Zeron pulled Il Sogno Dream first over through a :55 half and advanced towards Magic Tonight through a 1:23.2 third-quarter. He accelerated into the stretch, kicking away by three lengths from Gural Hanover and Master Of Law and sustaining that margin to the finish.   Owned by Bill & Dan Manes, and Leonard and Randy Christopher and trained by Christopher Beaver, Il Sogno Dream returned $13.20 to win in his fifth win in 15 attempts this season.   "Chris [Beaver] has done a heck of a good job with him," Bill Manes said. "As a two-year-old he was racing good, and he [Beaver] wanted to race him late this year, and it seems to be paying off now."   "We're taking him back to Canada tomorrow morning," Manes also said. "We're going to race him up there this fall [at Woodbine Racetrack]; make a few starts in the Open. Then he's heading to Florida for the first part of the year."   "The instructions were simple," Scott Zeron said. "They said 'If you have to be first up, that's probably his best spot because he's got that grinding speed and he can just carry it to the end.' He was a pleasure to drive; he did everything right, perfect gaited. When I cleared to the front, he just swelled up and took off all on his own."   Color's A Virgin, D'One victorious in Allerage Mare events   Trained by Brian Brown, Color's A Virgin claimed the Allerage Mare Pace in a near-wire-to-wire effort of 1:50 over Skippin By and Show Runner.   Pulling to the outside from third through a :28.2 first quarter, driver David Miller charged Color's A Virgin to the lead, leaving Initowinafortune in the pocket. Holding off a far-turn challenge from Show Runner and a stretch rally from Skippin By, Color's A Virgin, off of fractions of :54.4 and 1:23.3, sprinted to a half-length victory.   Competing for the interests of Emerald Highlands Farm, Color's A Virgin, an Always A Virgin mare out of the Allamerican Ingot mare Full Color, scored her seventh win of the season. She paid $2.60 to win.   European star D'One continued her American domination in the Allerage Mare Trot, gliding to a 1:51.3 win over Harley Momma and Bax Of Life.   A Donato Hanover mare from the Supergill mare Giant Diablo, D'One made her move for control after a :27.4 first quarter, clearing from Handover Belle and White Becomes Her. She dashed around the remaining part of the track, going fractions of :54.3 and 1:23.2 in progress to her 1:51.3 mile. Harley Momma slid by tiring rivals at the pylons to secure second, while Bax Of Life was third off a rally down the center of the course.   Obtaining her fifth win of the season, as well as her third in four American starts, D'One paid $2.40 to win. She's owned by Stall Kenny 23, trained by Roger Walmann, and was driven by David Miller.   "I've been here with other horses [since Giant Diablo came in 2001], but this is the first horse I have trained and fathered," Roger Walmann said. "Our plan was to bring her to The Red Mile in this good shape."   When asked if a world record at The Red Mile was included in Walmann's plans, he said "For me, it was first to win the race. If [she] can do that, then the record can go. Before the race, I think it was not a good enough combination [for a record to happen]. Giant Diablo was racing with the colts [older horses], so they're much better."   "She was like this [grabby] in the warm-up, too," Walmann also said. "It was difficult for her to have a new driver [original is Örjan Kihlström] with a horse with small problems, but Dave [Miller] is a very good driver, so I had no problem with that." By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile    

LEXINGTON, KY-- Harness racing sophomore filly pacers were in competition at The Red Mile on Saturday, Oct. 10 with two divisions of the $232,000 Glen Garnsey Memorial.   Rock Me Gently upset the first division at odds of 17-1 by springing from the back off a fast pace. The speed was established by Bettor Be Steppin, taking the lead through a :26.3 first quarter. Storm Point flushed first over from fourth and pressured the pace into splits of :54.1 and 1:22.1, remaining game in the stretch drive. Wicked Little Minx slid by from off cover and took the lead at mid stretch, losing it to Rock Me Gently who surged by easily to take the top spot. Wicked Little Minx finished second, Daut Full was third.   From the first crop of Rock N Roll Heaven out of the Cambest mare Cam Swifty, Rock Me Gently races for the interests of Old Block Stables Inc., The Fra Stables LLC, and Kenneth Klein and conditioner Steve Elliot. She was driven by David Miller to her fifth win in 15 starts this year. She paid $37.40 to win.   "She raced really good at Chester [Harrah's Philadelphia] the last time I raced her," David Miller said. "I wasn't for sure that this was a big step up in class, but she raced very well; I had live cover right into the race and she did the rest."   "The track's in great shape today," Miller also said.   The Joe Holloway-trained Divine Caroline was carried by cover towards the lead and maintained the front to win the second division of the Glen Garnsey Memorial in 1:49.2. After a quarter in :26.3 set by Moremercy Bluechip, Divine Caroline tracked Band Of Angels following a brief loss in stride on the backstretch. She followed Band Of Angels from second over past a :54 half and a 1:22.1 third-quarter before circling her to take the lead. Band Of Angels fought to her inside, but soon began to falter, while Devil Child roared from the back of the pack and down the center of the track to challenge Divine Caroline in the final stages of the mile, coming within a length of the winner.   Bedroomconfessions finished third.   Owned by Val D'Or Farms, Ted Gewertz, Rojan Stables and Michael Ouriel and driven by David Miller, Divine Caroline returned $4.00 to win in her fifth victory in 18 tries this year. She's by Rock N Roll Heaven, out of the Art Major mare Loving Caroline.   "Overall, David [Miller] did a fantastic job [getting her a trip], and I don't say that too often," Joe Holloway said. "But he did a great job. The filly has had issues jumping shadows when she was younger, and then with this racetrack and the bright sunny day, we knew there was going to be some [shadows]. They got jammed up, and he had to tip her out. When he did it, there was a big shadow right there and then when he had her attention, it was fine."   When asked about Bettor Be Steppin following her off-the-board finish in the first division, Holloway said "Yeah, she came out okay. She needs different racing tactics, so Corey [Callahan] will adjust, and we'll try something different next time."   "We'll stay here until Wednesday and then head up to Canada," Holloway also said.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- The Tony Alagna-trained American Passport claimed one a quartet of races for the $272,000 International Stallion Stakes (ISS) also held over the good track at The Red Mile on their Friday, October 9th harness racing program.   Taking the lead before the quarter, American Passport soon went a :28.3 first panel. He braced pressure from Good Living through a :57.3 half and 1:25.2 third quarter before odds-on favorite Spider Man Hanover tipped off cover and commenced his challenge. Yet, American Passport was under a hand drive through the stretch as he drew clear from Spider Man Hanover, Fine Diamond, and Good Living.   Winning his third race in nine starts this season, the American Ideal colt, out of the Four Starzzz Shark mare Star Of The Show, is owned by Brittany Farms, Riverview Racing, and Alagna Racing. He returned $4.60 to win.   "We were always very high on this colt," Tony Alagna said. "He baby raced very well, and then he just kind of got off on the wrong foot. We had to take a deep breath and regroup a little bit. Ever since we've done that, he's come back and paid us back for the kind of horse we thought he'd be."   "In his elimination for the Metro, he was second to Control The Moment, who's probably the top-ranked colt in the country right now," Alagna also said. "And then he drew the 10-hole [in the final]. The day we qualified him out here, it was real windy. The leaves were falling off the trees, and he was trying to step over every leaf on the track. Chris Loney said 'I've never seen a horse jump that high in the air and land, pace, and take off again,'" he also said regarding American Passport's break in his qualifier.   "Scott's [Zeron] a very professional driver," owner Myron Bell said. "He's a young man, and he has a lot of wisdom for a young man."   "We sold a mare to a gentleman in Ohio," Bell also said when talking about how Brittany Farms, the breeder of American Passport, acquired him through sale. "He raised this colt, and we saw him at Harrisburg last fall and purchased him."   Trainer Tony Alagna took another ISS division with Racing Hill, a colt by Roll With Joe out of the American Ideal mare Chasing Ideals. Driven by Brett Miller, Racing Hill won his ISS split in 1:51.2.   Racing Hill stalked Manny off a :27.3 first quarter before being shuffled to third by the brush of Travel Playlist to the lead. After a :56.4 half, Racing Hill was locked at the pylons while Travel Playlist tussled with first-over challenger Talk Show. Together, the duelers passed three-quarters in 1:25, which was where Racing Hill began to fan from the pylons towards the center of the course. By the eighth pole, Racing Hill was at his best strides, quickly drawing away from Travel Playlist and Talk Show to an open length win.   Owned by Tom Hill, Racing Hill took his fourth race in eight starts this year. He paid $11.80 to win.   "We left out of there and I really wanted to follow the five-horse [Travel Playlist], but when the three [Manny] was coming at us, that wasn't my plan. When I turned the three loose, I said 'Well, we're going to need some luck on our side,' which we did. Once he squeezed out, he was vicious today."   "I was very impressed with him in Canada [in the Metro Pace]," Miller also said. "I couldn't get him on the gate, and we were way back. He raced very well that night."   "I've always had a lot of confidence in this colt," Tony Alagna said. "He had some things not go his way; when Brett [Miller] was talking about being a little funny behind the gate, they [Mohawk Racetrack] have the timed starter there, and the numbers stopped flashing. When they stopped flashing, he just hit the brakes; it scared him to death. He was lucky to make the final, and he just wasn't at his best that night. We scoped him and he was a little sick."   "I thought the addition of Lasix down here would really help this horse," Alagna also said. "He had a lot of allergies, and it has really turned a corner on the horse. Even after we scoped him that day, he still had some white, frothy mucus in there, and I said 'This time of year, if he has that issue, he needs it.' He gets a really low dose, but it's enough to drive him up for the race."   "It's fantastic," owner Tom Hill said about winning two Grand Circuit events over the meeting at The Red Mile. "The only thing I'm sorry about is that my other son, William, is at home doing the work, looking after the business. I wish he was here, because he'd be really pleased. I'm having plenty of fun thanks to Tony [Alagna], and the rest of my family are here. The whole family's here except for my son William, who's with his family at home. It's been a great day and I'm really honored to win the race."   John Butenschoen's Ideal Rocky won the first division of the ISS. The son of Rocknroll Hanover out of the Bettor's Delight mare Eternity's Delight, flew into contention after stalking a pace of :29.2, :59, and 1:27.2 set by I'm Some Graduate. Driver Corey Callahan positioned Ideal Rocky third over in the far turn, fanning him wide of More Dragon and Sam Mcsmith. His acceleration didn't begin until mid stretch, where he powered alongside Sam Mcsmith and soon powered by him to a 1:54 mile.   Owned by William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick, Corey Callahan steered Ideal Rocky to his fifth win in 11 starts this season, paying $11.00 to win.   "I was concerned at the quarter pole," Corey Callahan said. "[They went] :29.2, then a half in :59. My colt felt good, but he was going to have to come a big back half to get there, and obviously he did. He was absolutely super today."   "He's normally really responsive," Callahan also said regarding his effort in a $97,400 Bluegrass division on Friday, Oct. 2. "Last week, I was even trying to zing him up a little bit scoring down, and I couldn't get him to grab the bit at all. He just had a bad day; I knew today, following cover, that he felt good. When I move him, he's got a wicked move, and he showed it here today."   "He was fine behind the gate," Callahan also said regarding Ideal Rocky's maturity. "In those first couple of starts at the Meadowlands, he wouldn't go to the gate, which is kind of way we would always end up in the back. He has overcome that; John [Butenschoen] has done a good job with that. I think he has a very bright future."   Striding to the wire effortlessly off a first-over trip, Big Top Hanover took the second ISS division in 1:52.1 by open lengths over Fernando Hanover and Mindtrip.   The fractions were set by Owen Hanover, with splits of :28.1 and :56.2. Big Top Hanover edged to the outside slightly after the half, and came eye to eye with Owen Hanover midway through the turn. By three-quarters in 1:25.1, Big Top Hanover pulled away from Owen Hanover, who was overtaken for second by closers Mindtrip and Fernando Hanover, who only chased home Big Top Hanover and narrowly cut into his margin of victory.   A $3.20 winner, Big Top Hanover, by Western Ideal out of the Art Major mare Blind Ambition, is owned by Jt45 and Burke Racing Stables, trained by Ron Burke, and driven by Yannick Gingras. This was his second win in 10 starts this year.   "Yannick [Gingras] just gave the perfect drive to Big Top [Hanover]," owner Jerry Silva said. "Big Top is a grinder. This time, he [Gingras] pulled him early and no one was able to go with him."   Live racing resumes and concludes tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 10. Highlighting the closing card are the $79,000 Allerage Mare Pace, $66,000 Allerage Mare Trot, $134,000 Allerage Trot, $148,000 Allerage Open, two divisions of the $232,000 Glen Garnsey Memorial, $262,500 Kentucky Filly Futurity, $450,000 Tattersalls Pace, and the $527,000 Kentucky Futurity. First-race post is at 1:00pm.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY--The $224,100 International Stallion Stakes (ISS) for 2-year-old filly pacers was the first grouping of Grand Circuit action on the Friday, Oct. 9 harness racing program at The Red Mile. Undefeated in eight races this season, the Jimmy Takter-trained Pure Country snagged the first of three $74,700 ISS splits in 1:52.1. The Somebeachsomewhere filly from the Western Hanover mare Western Montana secured the top spot from Hug A Dragoness after a :28 first quarter. She proceeded to stride through fractions of :56.1 and 1:25.3. In the stretch, she encountered a rally from Yankee Moonshine, but, despite drifting off the pylons, managed to hold her off easily heading to the line. Yankee Moonshine finished second, ahead of Mother Of Art and Soft Idea. Sent off the overwhelming choice at 1-9, Pure Country returned $2.10 to win. She's owned by Diamond Creek Racing and driven by Brett Miller.   "We bought the mare [Western Montana] as a yearling," owner Adam Bowden said. "We've kept all the foals from her so far, and she's [Pure Country] the best one."   "I think it was easy [on her]," Jimmy Takter said. "She kind of toyed with them in the stretch. As soon as she saw the horse at the inside [Yankee Moonshine], she took off on another couple gears. I was a little worried myself, but I'm happy that she learned how to take care of herself.   "She's just a magnificent filly," Takter also said. "She's up there in the top fillies I've ever been around."   The second division of the ISS went to Rock Me Baby, who vaulted off a second-over trip in the stretch towards a 1:53 victory.   The tempo was managed by Call Me Queen Be, who put up a :28.1 first quarter. By the half, Kiss Me Onthebeach marched from the middle of the pack to take command from Call Me Queen Be, putting up splits of :57.1 and 1:25.2 as leader. Riding the cover of Wine Snob around the far turn, Rock Me Baby hastily fanned three wide at the top of the stretch, pacing by within a matter of strides. While Call Me Queen Be and Kiss Me Onthebeach kept pace with Rock Me Baby, they finished second and third respectively.   Sired by Rock N Roll Heaven, from the mare Lover Of Art by Artsplace, Rock Me Baby collected her second win of the season in six starts. Trained by Staffan Lind and driven by John Campbell, the $8.40 winner competes for the interests of Bender Sweden, Acadia Farms, Staffan Lind, and E. Fannin.   "She's really coming into her own right now," Staffan Lind said. "She's always been a very nice filly; I've been high on her all along, but she wanted to do too much in the beginning and she made a couple of breaks when we pulled the earplugs."   "She was sick [on Aug. 21 at Vernon Downs]," Lind also said. "She's best on the big track; we were supposed to race her at Vernon and then go to the She's A Great Lady. I wanted to get a nice race first [before coming back]."   "Corey's [Callahan] mare kind of stalled and then she went on again when I tipped out," John Campbell said. "She [Rock Me Baby] gave me a good run when I tipped her, and she paced strong to the wire."   "I thought she could go with the Grand Circuit fillies off of last week," Campbell also said. "I think she had the fastest last quarter [of the card] last week; it [the track] was very tiring, and she marched home in :27-and-a-piece. I thought she'd step up in company."   Darlinonthebeach won the final ISS division with a vicious brush down the backstretch to take the lead and hold onto it in progress towards a 1:51.4 mile. The Nancy Johnasson trainee overtook pacesetter Shezarealdeal, who circled by Blue Moon Stride at the quarter in :27.4 to make the lead. However, once Darlinonthebeach took the lead, setting fractions of :56.1 and 1:24.2, she held off challenges from Shezarealdeal and Dime A Dozen by sprinting to a four-length victory.   Racing for the interests of White Birch Farm, Darlinonthebeach, a filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of Darlin's Delight by Bettor's Delight, won her second race of the year in eight starts. Driven by David Miller, she paid $7.60 to win.   "She has been a nice filly from the get-go," Nancy Johnasson said. "She got a little sick on us earlier in the summer [July 17 at The Meadows], and we had to scratch her once there. We kind of got off on the wrong foot and she got too aggressive, but she's just turned right around. She did a really good move on the backside and she's good on the frontend."   "I'm very thankful that they [White Birch Farms] gave me a chance to train her. I train at White Birch Farm, and we had Jk She'salady last year, so I guess they figured they'd give me a shot with another pacing filly. So far it has turned out well."   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Joyce McClelland and her husband Richard have spent 35 years in harness racing, but have never enjoyed a year like this one. Pinkman has left them tickled pink. Pinkman, who counts Joyce McClelland among his owners, is the 2-1 morning line favorite in Saturday's $527,000 Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-old trotters at The Red Mile in Lexington. The gelding will start from post No. 9 with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Jimmy Takter. Post time is 1 p.m. for the first race on a stakes-filled card at The Red Mile. The $262,500 Kentucky Filly Futurity for 3-year-old female trotters is scheduled for 4:29 p.m., followed by the $450,000 Tattersalls Pace for 3-year-old male pacers and the Kentucky Futurity. Mission Brief is the 3-5 morning line favorite in the filly event and Lost For Words is the 7-2 choice in the Tattersalls. Pinkman has won 10 of 14 races this year and earned $1.48 million. He heads to the Kentucky Futurity off a victory in the $532,000 Canadian Trotting Classic on Sept. 19 at Mohawk Racetrack and his other triumphs include the million-dollar Hambletonian Stakes, $500,000 Beal Memorial, and $370,000 Zweig Memorial. In addition to McClelland, the gelding is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman. The McClellands live in central Ohio, where they have owned and bred well more than 100 horses. Among their successes, they bred two-time Breeders Crown champion Call For Rain and co-owned 2011 Yonkers Trot winner Leader Of The Gang, who also was trained by Takter. And now there is Pinkman. "It's been the most amazing racing year of our careers," Joyce McClelland said. "We're still a little in shock, I think. Winning the Hambletonian is just amazing. I don't know how else I can put it. We had our three children and their spouses there. We all wore pink and we all went a little crazy after the race. "Wherever we go, people still come up to us and are congratulating us. We're very thankful and very grateful and very proud and very happy." Takter has five of the 10 horses in the Futurity, with French Laundry, The Bank, Uncle Lasse, and Canepa Hanover joining Pinkman in the field. Multiple-stakes-winner Crazy Wow is the 7-2 second choice. He will start from post No. 5 with Tim Tetrick driving for trainer Ron Burke. The Kentucky Futurity is the third jewel in the Trotting Triple Crown. Pinkman won the first jewel, the Hambletonian, on Aug. 8 at the Meadowlands and Habitat won the second, the Yonkers Trot, on Sept. 5 at Yonkers Raceway. Habitat was not entered in the Futurity. Pinkman will face a tough task in the Futurity, due in part to the outside starting spot in the 10-horse field. But as the winner of 16 of 22 lifetime races and $2.05 million, Pinkman usually finds a way to prevail. He has won back-to-back starts since suffering a three-race skid - the only losing streak of his career. "Drawing the nine hole is always tough, but he's got a huge heart and we'll see what he can do," McClelland said. "I think Yannick put it best. Someone said (Pinkman) is coming back, and Yannick said, 'He never left.' That's just such a good thing to feel. He's never left. He's an amazing horse. We're just thrilled." Following is the field in post order for the Kentucky Futurity with drivers, trainers, and morning line odds: 1. Aldebaran Eagle, Corey Callahan, Jonas Czernyson, 20-1 2. French Laundry, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter, 12-1 3. Crescent Fashion, Scott Zeron, Ake Svanstedt, 20-1 4. The Bank, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter, 6-1 5. Crazy Wow, Tim Tetrick, Ron Burke, 7-2 6. Uncle Lasse, David Miller, Jimmy Takter, 9-2 7. Canepa Hanover, Dave Palone, Jimmy Takter, 10-1 8. Honor And Serve, Matt Kakaley, Jim Campbell, 20-1 9. Pinkman, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 2-1 10. Muscle Diamond, John Campbell, Brett Bittle, 10-1 For Saturday's complete card at The Red Mile, click here. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA    

It used to be known as The Red Mile's Gentlemen's Trot alluding to the amateur drivers all being male but on Thursday afternoon, (Oct 8) in Lexington, Ky. that race was won by a lady driver, none other than the season's leading amateur, Hannah Miller. And although not billed as a CKG Billings Series event the majority of the drivers--actually all- are, or were members of harness racing's great traveling sideshow. Although sent off as the weak favorite "Hurricane Hannah" got away slowly with Pembroke Snapshot despite a soft :29 second first panel where she was some four lengths behind the leaders. Then when the pacesetter, Windsong Illusion, driven by "Lawbook Larry" Farley trotted the next two furlongs in 28 seconds Miller and Pembroke Snapshot were seven lengths behind Farley's trotter in a :57 first half. As the field headed to the third stanza Miller moved Pembroke Snapshot out to make a run at the leader but they were still some five lengths behind. When they were rounding the final turn the leaders seemed to be coming back to Pembroke Snapshot as the trotter was closing in on Windsong Illusion and when they straightened for home a stretch duel emerged with both trotters all out for victory. But at the wire Pembroke Snapshot got the last call and a long photo ensued which showed that he was a nose winner over Windsong Illusion. Four lengths farther back was the third place finisher Play Fair, driven by Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford. It was the fifth seasonal triumph for Pembroke Snapshot, a 10-year-old altered son of SJ's Photo, owned by the Nick Surick Stable and the J L Benson Stables and trained by Surick. He paid $4.80 for win. For Ms. Miller it marked her second driving victory against her counterparts at the Red Mile having won a Billings Trot last Thursday with Jacks To Open. The 5-foot-4--inch lass is the leading amateur driver in the nation. From 90 trips to post "Hurricane Hannah" has 27 wins, 17 seconds, and 13 thirds for a whopping .453UDR. On Sunday (Oct. 11) afternoon two Billings Series Trots and a NAADA Trot are carded at Saratoga Raceway. John Manzi

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