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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

LEXINGTON, KY-- The $264,000 International Stallion Stakes (ISS) for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters was contested in five divisions on the Thursday, Oct. 8 harness racing program at The Red Mile.   Headlining the action was Ron Burke's Southwind Frank, a son of Muscle Hill out of Flawless Lindy by Cantab Hall, who broke the world record of 1:53.2 set by Centurion Atm in 2014. In a robust closing effort, Southwind Frank strided to the wire in 1:52.2 by open lengths over Lagerfeld and Mavens Way.   Mavens Way sprinted on the lead, establishing fractions of :27.2, :55.4, and 1:24.4. Drafting behind the leader, Lagerfeld was flushed first over approaching the head of the stretch, with Southwind Frank caught third over in that flow. Once in the stretch, driver Yannick Gingras fanned Southwind Frank towards the center of the course and accelerated by everyone as he sped to the wire clear.   Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Our Horse Cents Stable, and Jerry and Theresa Silva Stables, Southwind Frank paid $2.10 to win. This was his ninth win in 10 starts this season.   "We've been looking to race him from the back, but you're 1-9 sometimes and everyone else is waiting for you," Yannick Gingras said. "Today, nobody was waiting for us, and it was a good thing. I wanted to race him from the back and trot home. He sure did."   "It's definitely cool," Gingras also said in response to driving the world's fastest 2-year-old trotters at Lexington. "I'm fortunate enough to drive for two powerful stables that have a lot of babies and young trotters. It's definitely been a thrill, and now both of them are great horses [the other being Mission Brief]."   Commandeering the lead after stalking a battle, Milligan's School advanced to a 1:53.3 performance to take the first division of the ISS.   Make Or Miss led through a :29 first quarter before going off stride in the backstretch, allowing the then-three wide Hititoutofthepark to circle by Honor Above All for control. Driver Andy Miller pulled Milligan's School off the rail and charged him to the lead, clearing through a :57.3 half. Being challenged only by first-over Celebrity Express through a 1:26.1 third-quarter, Milligan's School accelerated for the finish. Hititoutofthepark chased for second, while Celebrity Express held on for third over Honor Above All.   Now a winner in five of 11 tries this season, Milligan's School, a son of Yankee Glide out of the S J's Photo mare Tori Ann, paid $3.60 to win. He is owned by Stroy Inc. and trained by Julie Miller.   "A couple of them were living pretty good on the inside," Andy Miller said. "There was a little bit of movement into the first turn, and I just waited until we got to the backside. Corey [Callahan on Hititoutofthepark] made the front there and took a hold of his horse a little bit, so I let my horse trot up by him there and he was just strong the rest of the way."   "I think he's over them," Miller also said about Milligan's School's breaking issues. "It was a little bit unfortunate in the [Pennsylvania] Sires Stakes final [when he broke]; I thought he had a big shot at winning that, and the horse [Love Matters] began to run in front of him. David [Miller] was driving him that day, and when he moved him [Milligan's School] to go around that horse, he tipped over, so I don't really think it was his fault that day."   With the 1-5 favorite Love Matters breaking before the half, pocket-sitter Hollywood Highway pounced on the vulnerable leader Sliding Home to take the second division of ISS in 1:54.2.   On the lead, Sliding Home set fractions of :29.1, :57.2, and 1:26.4. By the far turn, only Hollywood Highway, and Desert Runner were in contact with the leader, but Desert Runner became rough gaited during his stretch bid, leaving Hollywood Highway and Sliding Home to compete for the top spot. Already out of the pocket, Hollywood Highway began to slide by Sliding Home by the eighth pole and extended to a three-length win over Sliding Home and Desert Runner.   Hollywood Highway, a son of Muscle Massive out of the Kadabra mare L A Freeway, returned $12.00 to win. He won his third race in six starts this season, and is owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, trained by Staffan Lind, and driven by Tim Tetrick.   "He was sold for $50,000 last year, and Staffan Lind's owner purchased him," Marvin Katz said. "They took him back to the farm and x-rayed him, and they really didn't like them. They called us and said 'Can we have our money back?' We said 'Sure, if you want, we'll take half; whatever you'd like.' They said they wanted their money back. So we took him back, sent him to Jimmy Glass's farm, and he did some vet work on him."   "He didn't go into training until near the middle of February," Katz also said. "Staffan [Lind] was the trainer who purchased him originally, so we sent him back to Staffan, and he has done a great job. He has really turned into a top-end colt."   "[Jimmy] Takter's horse made a break, but that happens," Tim Tetrick said. "Staffan really likes this horse; he's said he has been coming along good. Last week on the front, he just didn't like that and he fell asleep, but the colt raced good, trotted to the wire well. It was very pleasing."   Brooklyn Hill was game in his 1:53.1 effort in the fourth division of the ISS. Sitting second to Southwind Flash off a :27.4 first quarter, driver David Miller sent the Jonas Czernyson trainee around the leader and to the lead before the half. Once in control, he trotted fractions of :56.1 and 1:24.4 before experiencing serious opposition from Dog Gone Lucky, who pulled first over around the turn. They were throat to throat through the stretch, but Brooklyn Hill, despite losing the lead slightly in the battle, reemerged victorious.   Finishing third was Brownie Hanover.   Brooklyn Hill, a colt by Muscle Hill out of the Conway Hall mare Brooklyn, claimed his second win in 10 starts this season. He competes for the interests of Srf Stable.   "He raced really, really good," David Miller said. "He has been racing great all along, but he has just been up against Southwind Frank a lot. He might not have been at his best up in Canada [in the $283,480 William Wellwood Memorial], but he was definitely really good today."   "Yeah... We keep finishing second to him [Southwind Frank] all the time," Miller also said in regards to Brooklyn Hill's earnings of over $160,000 this season.   In the final ISS division, the Ake Svanstedt-trained Dupree scored his third win in eight starts this season with a 1:53.4 mile. He took control from Treasure Keys K through a :28.2 first panel, but then yielded to Bar Hopping heading to the half. He went :55.4 and 1:25.1 on the front and turned for home about two-lengths clear of Dupree, who just angled to the outside. By the midpoint of the stretch, Dupree began to approach Bar Hopping and was soon alongside the Jimmy Takter trainee, eventually pulling away from him and towards victory.   Petrossian As finished third.   A colt by Andover Hall out of the Muscles Yankee mare Hustle N Muscle, Dupree competes for the interests of Knutsson Trotting Inc. and Courant A B. With Ake Svanstedt in the sulky, Dupree paid $4.60 to win.   "We've always had high thoughts about this horse," assistant trainer Bernie Noren said. "He got a little sick in the middle of the season, but he really showed us the horse he's supposed to be. I knew he was going to race good in the [Pennsylvania] Sires Stakes final at The Meadows and the driver [Aaron Merriman] drove him carefully up there."   "Last week, the track was so heavy," Noren also said. "You can see today that the horse [Dupree] is running much faster. He's really good and showed he has a really good head, answering to the horse on the inside [Bar Hopping] and the outside [Petrossian As]."   "If everything works out okay and he works fine tomorrow we're going to go for the Breeders Crown, of course," Noren also said. "But this is a very tough group; very talented horses have won today, so it's going to be tough to come up there, too."   Live racing resumes tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 9, with three divisions of the $224,100 ISS 2-year-old filly pace and four divisions of the $272,000 ISS 2-year-old colt and gelding pace. First-race post is slated for 1:00pm.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Lexington, KY - Having been in existence since 1875, The Red Mile is the second oldest harness racing track in the United States. However, it will move into uncharted territory on Thursday afternoon's Grand Circuit program. A carryover in the 20-Cent Super Hi-Five of $50,398 will be the largest carryover in the 140-year history of the track. Track officials, in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program, have placed an 'Instant Guarantee' of $150,000 on Thursday afternoon's Super Hi-Five. The Super Hi-Five is a daily wager featured in the final race of each program, where fans must select the top five finishers in order. The wager features a 20-cent minimum. Wednesday afternoon's Super Hi-Five was made up of a 13-1 winner, followed in by a 9-1, 48-1, 6-1, and 4-1. Despite over $58,000 being wagered into the pool, there were no winning tickets, leaving the $50,398 carryover into Thursday afternoon's finale. The 10th and final race on Thursday afternoon is scheduled to go to post at 4:35 p.m. (EST). It will feature 12 two-year old trotters going to the gate in what appears to be a wide open crapshoot. The Perfect Lindy (Dave Miller) has been installed as the 7-2 lukewarm morning line favorite. Thursday afternoon's program will also feature a $10,000 guaranteed Pick 4 on races 7 - 10, and will be highlighted with five divisions of the $264,000 International Stallion Stake for freshman colt trotters. Live racing continues through Saturday, October 10th, with a first post of 1 p.m. The closing day card will feature over $1.8 million in purses, highlighted by the $527,000 Kentucky Futurity, third leg of the Trotting Triple Crown. Gabe Prewitt, The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- The final program of the season at The Red Mile contains a slew of harness racing stakes action, consisting of 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, set to go on Saturday, Oct. 10.   The Allerage Mare Pace gathers a field of four, who are Skippin By, Show Runner, Color's A Virgin, and Inittowinafortune. Color's A Virgin, a daughter of Always A Virgin out of the Allamerican Ingot mare Full Color, is the most distinguished in the group, earning $853,598 in her career as well as winning 24 in 43 starts. She's shipping in from Hoosier Park off a 1:52.1 win in an Indiana Sires Stakes elimination. She's conditioned by Brian Brown for the interests of Emerald Highlands Farms.   European sensation D'one makes her return in the Allerage Mare Trot after breaking in a Maple Leaf Trot elimination on Sept. 12. While campaigning in the United States, she has won two races, the $181,450 Fresh Yankee on Aug. 8 at the Meadowlands and the $177,000 Muscle Hill on Aug. 21 at Vernon Downs. The mare by Donato Hanover out of the Supergill mare Giant Diablo is owned by Stall Kenny 23 and conditioned by Roger Walmann. An earner of $1,060,355, D'one enters off of a 1:55 qualifier on Oct. 2 at The Red Mile.   The Allerage Trot attracts D'one's stablemate Magic Tonight, who qualified in 1:55.4 on Oct. 2 at Lexington. Since shipping to America, the Andover Hall trotter, out of the Self Possessed mare Miss Possessed, owned by Srf Stable is winless in three starts, yet has 20 wins in 58 tries on his resume and $1,362,296 in earnings.   Against Magic Tonight are Il Sogno Dream, who won the $137,500 Dayton Trotting Derby on Oct. 2, and Obrigado, who scratched sick from the Dayton Trotting Derby. Il Sogno Dream, a Cantab Hall trotter, out of the Fill V mare Le Rev, trained by Christopher Beaver for connections Bill and Dan Manes and Leonard and Randy Christopher, has four wins this season and a mark of 1:52.2 taken at Scioto Downs. Obrigado, a gelding by Boy Band out of Malimony by Malabar Man and is conditioned by Paul Kelly for owners Paul Kelly Racing Stable, L. Higgins, W. Weaver, and Stable 45, has three wins this season, one of them being in the $200,000 Crawford Farms Trot.   Pacing sensation State Treasurer faces nine foes in the Allerage Pace. A winner of 30 races in 87 starts, the Real Desire pacer foaled by the Western Ideal mare Ideal Treasure has $1,796,214 to his credit, as well as wins in the $138,500 Dayton Pacing Derby, $513,750 Canadian Pacing Derby, and the $150,000 Roll With Joe. Doo Wop Hanover, one of the few pacers to beat him this season, draws better than the horse trained by Dr. Ian Moore for owners Sally and Paul Macdonald.   The first of two splits for the Glen Garnsey Memorial features the return of Bluegrass-division winner Wicked Little Minx. She meets up once more with Bettor Be Steppin, whom she defeated in the Bluegrass on Oct. 3. Owned by Courant A B and trained by Nancy Johansson, Wicked Little Minx, a filly by Rocknroll Hanover out of the Jenna's Beach Boy mare Beachy Lady, will start from post six. Bettor Be Steppin, racing for the interests Val D'Or Farms, Rojan Stables, and Ted Gewertz and trainer Joe Holloway, will start from post one. She's by Bettor's Delight out of Two Steppin' Sally by Western Hanover.   The latter division matches up the other Bluegrass-split winners Divine Caroline and Bedroomconfessions, trained by Joe Holloway and Tony Alagna respectively. Also entered is Devil Child, who makes her first start for her new interests of Susan Oakes and Crawford Farms, as well as for trainer Chris Oakes. The American Ideal filly out of the Astreos mare Kattimon finished second to Bedroomconfessions, owned by Riverview Racing and Alagna Racing, in her 1:54.1 win. Divine Caroline, winning her Bluegrass division in 1:53.2, is owned by Val D'Or Farms, Ted Gewertz, Rojan Stables, and Michael Ouriel.   The Kentucky Filly Futurity highlights a matchup between Mission Brief and Wild Honey, both of whom were Bluegrass winners on Oct. 3. Mission Brief, a Muscle Hill daughter out of the Varenne mare Southwind Serena owned by Burke Racing Stables, Our Horse Cents Stables, Jerry and Theresa Silva Stables, and Weaver Bruscemi, has won eight in 10 starts this season, taking a mark of 1:51.3 at the Meadowlands in her Hambletonian elimination. Wild Honey, the winner of the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herby Liverman and trained by Jimmy Takter. She has won five races in 12 starts this year, with her mark being 1:52.2 in the Hambletonian Oaks.   The Tattersalls gathers a field of 12 to compete, including Artspeak, Lost For Words, and In The Arsenal. Artspeak, finishing fifth in the final of the Little Brown Jug, competes for Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco, and In The Gym Partners. He has only won four races in 14 starts this year, but has a mark of 1:48.2 taken at Mohawk in a division of the Simcoe Stakes. Lost For Words, who was second in the Little Brown Jug, is a Well Said colt out of the Real Desire mare Thou Shalt Not owned by Country Club Acres, W. Robinson, Richard Lombardo, and Strollin Stable. In The Arsenal, returning off a 1:52.3 win in the Bluegrass, is owned by White Birch Farms and In The Arsenal Racing. Kelvin Harrison trains the American Ideal colt out of the On The Road Again mare Ladyotra.   The finale on the program is the Kentucky Futurity, which will be raced in one heat. Hambletonian winner Pinkman headlines the bunch, shipping in from a 1:53.3 win in the $532,000 Canadian Trotting Classic on Sept. 19 at Mohawk Racetrack. The Jimmy Takter-trained son of Explosive Matter from the Angus Hall mare Margie Seelster has 10 wins in 14 starts this season and $1,486,965 in earnings. In his career, he has won 16 of 22 starts and earned $2,053,925. He's owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Herb Liverman, and John Mc Clelland.   Trainer Jimmy Takter has four other entrants, being French Laundry, The Bank, Uncle Lasse, and Canepa Hanover. Crazy Wow, winner of a Bluegrass division and is trained by Ron Burke, supplemented into this event. He's owned by Our Horse Cents Stables, Jt45, Jerry and Theresa Silva Stables, and Deo Volente Farms.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY -- The Red Mile hosted four divisions of the $268,000 International Stallion Stakes (ISS) for harness racing 2-year-old filly trotters on Wednesday, Oct. 7.   Celebrity Eventsy was uncontested in her wire-to-wire effort of 1:54 in the first division of the ISS. Sent off the 1-9 favorite, the filly by Manofmanymissions, out of the American Winner mare Little Ms Queenie, held off a late challenge by first-over rallier Lookin Sharp after setting fractions of :28.2, :57, and 1:25. Finishing third was Silvia, with Encore Gold claiming fourth.   Owned by Celebrity Farms and trained by Staffan Lind, Celebrity Eventsy obtained her fourth win in nine starts this year, returning $2.20 to win. She was driven by Brett Miller.   "She really is [talented]," Staffan Lind said. "Alot of times, it looks like she's going really hard fractions, but she does them easily." When asked about the Breeders Crown as her next step, Staffan Lind said that's what he's aiming towards. With a patient drive from Dave Palone, Haughty made her victory-worthy move in the final turn to take the second ISS split in 1:55. Stalking tempo setter Hot Curry and pocket-sitter Franniegetyourgun, Haughty waited through fractions of :28.2 and :57.1 before edging off the pylons. She approached Hot Curry in a 1:26.4 third-quarter before advancing to the lead. Franniegetyourgun tipped off the pylons and attempted to pursue Haughty, but settled for second, while Hot Curry faded to third. Also sent off a 1-9 favorite, Haughty, a filly by Donato Hanover out of the Self Possessed mare Letsjustalkaboutme, paid $2.20 to win. She's owned by Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and Sam Goldband, trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Dave Palone. She maintained her undefeated record, extending it to six wins in six starts. "She's just a pleasure to drive," Dave Palone said. "I didn't have to pull the plugs out. It's nice to prove the kind of horse she is." "We have confidence in Jimmy Takter," Marvin Katz said. "He was careful bringing her along, and once she started racing, he really liked her." "If she comes out of the race well, I think so [going to the Breeders Crown], but it's up to Jimmy [Takter]," Katz also said. Favorite Sunset Glider battled with Sweet Ashley T for control and faltered, allowing Dancing In Thehall to slide by with ease to a 1:55 win. In their conflict, Sunset Glider and Sweet Ashley T put up the first quarter in :29 and the half in :56.1 before Sweet Ashley T began to retreat. Hollywood Hill began to rally first-over around the far turn towards a 1:25.3 third-quarter, and Dancing In Thehall was winding up his move, which granted him the lead by the eighth pole. He slid clear of Hollywood Hill, closer Lindy's On Fire, and Sunset Glider. Paying $19.40 to win, the daughter of Cantab Hall from the Donerail mare Doin' The Town racked the second win of her season. She competes for the interests of Vanersol Inc. and trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt. "She raced very good last week, and it helped that they raced very fast to the half. She has the Goldsmith Maid. She's getting better with every start. The Anette Lorentzon-trained Ultimate Shopper sat off a mile pace established by Womans Will before pulling towards the center of the course and pursuing the lead en route to a 1:54 victory. Making her move after stalking a pace of :29, :58, and 1:26.2, Ultimate Shopper fanned wide of pocket-sitter and even-money favorite Kathy Parker. She was stride for stride with Womans Will about midway through the stretch until she edged by and advanced to a length and a half victory. Womans Will held on for second, Kathy Parker finished third, and Wildflower finished fourth. Owned by Acl Stuteri Ab, Anette Lorentzon, and Kjell Johansson and driven by Tim Tetrick, the filly by Yankee Glide out of the Conway Hall mare Adelaide Hall scored her first win in seven starts this season. "I mean, she almost beat Broadway Donna last week, so I knew she'd give me a good run if I could just get out," Tim Tetrick said. "The slow fractions didn't really hurt her because she's not really big and really likes to sprint fast on the end, so it actually worked out perfect for her." "She was sick [in the Peaceful Way] elimination and they [Lorentzon and owners] decided that they really like the filly and want to try to protect her and get her ready for Lexington and the Breeders Crown," Tetrick also said. Live racing resumes tomorrow, Thurs., Oct. 8, with the highlighted event being five divisions of the $264,000 ISS for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First-race post is at 1:00pm. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Plenty of great wagering options await racing fans at the harness racing meeting on Wednesday (Oct 7) at The Red Mile, as racing transitions to a 1 p.m. post for the final week of Grand Circuit action. No one had Saturday night's 20-Cent Super Hi-Five, leaving a $6,548 Carryover into Wednesday afternoon's 10th race finale. The 10th race features an eleven-horse field and appears to be a wide open affair. Track officials, in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program, have placed a $30,000 guarantee on Wednesday's Super Hi-Five. The Pick 4 will continue to feature a $10,000 guarantee each afternoon. The Pick 4 covers races 7 - 10, and features a $1 minimum. Grand Circuit racing continues each afternoon through Saturday, October 10th, which will feature the $600,000 Kentucky Futurity, third leg of the Trotting Triple Crown. Also included on the closing day card will be the $600,000 Tattersalls Pace, the $350,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, and the $300,000 Glen Garnsey Memorial. First post each afternoon is 1 p.m. Gabe Prewitt

The Friday afternoon program at  the harness racing meeting at The Red Mile attracted three divisions for the $224,100 International Stallion Stakes (ISS) for 2-year-old filly pacers and four divisions for the $272,000 ISS for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers.   The opening freshmen filly ISS split features the return of undefeated Pure Country, owned by Diamond Creek Racing. The winner of seven starts and $342,618, the Jimmy Takter-trainee won a $81,000 division of the Bluegrass over a sloppy track in 1:56.1 as the 1-9 favorite on Oct. 2. By Somebeachsomewhere out of the Western Hanover mare Western Montana, she'll compete from post position six against Bluegrass starters Skinny Dipper, Upside Surprise, Mother Of Art, and Hug A Dragoness. Earning $250,136 this season, Call Me Queen Be highlights the second split. Sired by Somebeachsomewhere, out of the Western Terror mare Preppy Party Girl, she finished third as the 1-5 favorite in a $81,000 division of the Bluegrass on Oct. 2. Owned by Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Dana Parham, she has won four races in seven outings this season. Matching up with her once again is the Nancy Johansson-trained Jk Fannie, who finished third to the Ross Croghan-trainee in a $127,150 division of the Kentuckiana at Hoosier Park on Sept. 26. Bluegrass starters Kiss Me Onthebeach, Wine Snob, East Side Hanover, and Eloquent Grace also draw into this division.   The final division of the ISS filly pace gathers Bluegrass division winner Shezarealdeal and She's A Great Lady runner-up Darlinonthebeach. Shezarealdeal, sent off the 1-5 favorite in her division, she won her fourth race out of eight starts with a 1:56.4 mile over the slop. Darlinonthebeach enters this event with one win in seven starts, and earnings of $167,041 this season. She was recently second in a $125,900 division of the Kentuckiana Stakes, which followed her second-place finish in the $341,250 She's A Great Lady to L A Delight. The first of a quartet brings back Bluegrass starters Beach Ogre, I'm Some Graduate, Mr Right Hanover, and Ideal Rocky. In the Bluegrass, I'm Some Graduate and Ideal Rocky were sent off the 4-5 and 8-5 favorites respectively, with them also finishing fourth and third respectively. I'm Some Graduate, a colt by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Western Hanover mare Western Graduate owned by John Cancelliere, has won four races in six starts, and earned $109,927. Ideal Rocky, a Rocknroll Hanover colt out of Eternity's Delight by Bettor's Delight owned by William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick, has won four races in 10 starts, earning $167,151. Big Top Hanover and Owen Hanover, both entering off of second-place efforts in the Bluegrass on Oct. 3, compete in the second division. Big Top Hanover, conditioned by Ron Burke for the interests of Jt45 and Burke Racing Stables LLC, has won one in nine starts this year. The son of Western Ideal out of the Art Major mare Blind Ambition has earned $121,621. Owen Hanover, by Cam's Card Shark out of On Her Way by Abercrombie, is owned by Jerry Clark and Tammy Crescenze. The winner of two races in 10 starts, earning $69,099 in the process, is conditioned by Noel Daley. Tony Alagna's American Passport, winner of a Bluegrass division in 1:56.1, faces world champion Spider Man Hanover in the third round of ISS. Winning a $23,100 division of the Standardbred at Delaware, Ohio in a world-record time of 1:51.4, beating the mark of 1:52.2 set by On Golden Ponder at Delaware and set by He's Watching at Yonkers Raceway, both occurring in 2013. From the Brian Brown barn, the Western Ideal colt out of Art Major mare Stolly Up Bluechip has won four in seven starts and earned $189,300. American Passport, an American Ideal colt out of Star Of The Show by Four Starzzz Shark, competes for the interests of Brittany Farms, Riverview Racing, Alagna Racing, and Jodi Siammis. He has won two of eight starts this year, banking $156,246. The last ISS split features Bluegrass-division winner Racing Hill and New York Sires Stakes champion Travel Playlist, who is undefeated in five starts. Winning going wire to wire from post 7 at Yonkers Raceway, the colt by Art Major out of the Rocknroll Hanover mare Village Madonna. He has earned $234,695 in his campaign. Racing Hill, a winner of three in seven starts, races for owner Tom Hill and trainer Tony Alagna. The colt by Roll With Joe out of the American Ideal mare Chasing Ideals has earned $83,576 this year. The 10-race card has a first-race post time of 1:00pm. Ray Cotolo

Celebrity Eventsy has turned a good number of her races into memorable occasions and trainer Staffan Lind hopes the 2-year-old female trotter continues to step out in style when she competes in the first of four International Stallion Stakes divisions Wednesday afternoon at the harness racing meeting at The Red Mile in Lexington. The International Stallion Stakes splits for 2-year-old female trotters kick off a busy week at The Red Mile, which also hosts five International Stallion Stakes divisions for 2-year-old male trotters on Thursday, International Stallion Stakes divisions for male and female 2-year-old pacers on Friday, and a stakes-filled card on Saturday highlighted by the Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-old male trotters. Celebrity Eventsy is the 7-5 morning line favorite in her International Stallion Stakes division on Wednesday, with Brett Miller driving. A daughter of Manofmanymissions out of the mare Little Ms Queenie, Celebrity Eventsy has posted three wins and four second-place finishes in eight races. She heads to the International Stallion off a victory in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes last week at The Red Mile. "She's a tough filly," Lind said. "She has a mind of her own, but she's using it very well on the racetrack. I think anytime you have a filly that wants to go forward at all times, that's a good thing. She can go high speed and she can do it effortlessly. She has a great gait." Celebrity Eventsy is owned by Sam Stathis' Celebrity Farms. Stathis bought the filly privately in January from Caviart Farms, which had purchased broodmare Little Ms Queenie in foal to Manofmanymissions for $10,000 at the 2012 Standardbred Horse Sale Mixed Sale. The winner of $167,212 so far this season, Celebrity Eventsy has posted victories in three of her most recent four races. Her only setback during that span was a second-place finish to Caprice Hill in the Peaceful Way final on Sept. 19 at Mohawk Racetrack. Her only off-the-board finish this year came in the final of the Jim Doherty Memorial on Hambletonian Day, Aug. 8, at the Meadowlands. Celebrity Eventsy went off stride from post one at the start, which Lind attributed to being distracted by photographers at the rail. "She looks at everything," Lind said. "But other than that time, she's never made a break ever." Following the International Stallion Stakes, Celebrity Eventsy will be pointed toward the Breeders Crown at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. Eliminations for the 2-year-old female trotters will be Oct. 16 and the final is Oct. 24. "We're going to take it one start at a time, but for right now that's the plan," Lind said. The favorites in the three remaining International Stallion Stakes on Wednesday all hail from the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter. Haughty (Donato Hanover-Letsjustalkaboutme), a perfect 5-for-5 this year and half-sister to stakes-winner Aldebaran Eagle, is the 6-5 morning line choice in the second division. Sunset Glider (Cantab Hall-Highland Glider), the Kentucky Stallion Management winner, is 2-1 in the third division. Kathy Parker (Andover Hall-Mallelujah), runner-up in the Doherty Memorial and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, is the 9-5 pick in the fourth division. Thursday's International Stallion Stakes for the 2-year-old male trotters is highlighted by the appearance of Southwind Frank (Muscle Hill-Flawless Lindy), who has won eight of nine races this season including the Peter Haughton Memorial and William Wellwood Memorial stakes. Complete entries for the Lexington cards can be found at this link. Ken Weingartner

The Thursday, Oct. 8 harness racing program at The Red Mile is headlined by five divisions of the $264,200 International Stallion Stakes (ISS) for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters.   The premier split features Milligan's School, who won the fastest division of the $289,000 Bluegrass on Oct. 1, timed in 1:56.3.   Owned by Stroy Inc. and trained by Julie Miller, the son of Yankee Glide, out of S J's Photo mare Tori Ann, has earned $132,494 in 10 starts this season, with four of them being wins.   Jimmy Takter's Honor Above All, Ron Burke's Make Or Miss, and Ake Svanstedt's Metatron all also return to Lexington after competing in the Bluegrass.   Split two is highlighted by the Jimmy Takter-trained Love Matters, whose record was tainted by a break in the $351,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes final.   The winner of six races in seven starts qualified in 1:56.2 at The Red Mile on Sept. 25.   He's sired by Explosive Matter, and foaled out of the Andover Hall mare Lotsa Love. He's owned by Christina Takter, Brixton Medical Ab, John Fielding, and Herb Liverman.   He's competing against Bluegrass starters Labatt Hanover, Hollywood Highway, Coughlin, Desert unner, and Sliding Home, who finished second in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes final on Sept. 11.   Division leader Southwind Frank races in the third division, shipping from Canada after winning the $283,480 William Wellwood on Sept. 19.   Trained by Ron Burke, the Muscle Hill colt, out of the Cantab Hall mare Flawless Lindy, has won six of his seven starts this season, banking $450,319.   He races for the interests of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Our Horse Cents Stables, and Jerry and Theresa Silva Stables.   He'll face Bluegrass-division winners Lagerfeld, trained by Jimmy Takter, and Taco Tuesday, trained by Frank Antonacci.   Jonas Czernyson-trainee Brooklyn Hill competes in the fourth split.   Owned by Srf Stable, the winner of one in nine starts and an earner of $162,100 last raced in the William Wellwood Memorial, where he was fourth to Southwind Frank.   The colt by Muscle Hill, out of the Conway Hall mare Brooklyn, has five place finishes on his record, including in a William Wellwood elimination, $88,055 Champlain division, $34,244 Reynolds division, and the $349,850 Peter Haughton Memorial.   Bluegrass starters Dominion Beach, Brownie Hanover, Celebrity Pilatus, Cloud Nine Hanover, and Southwind Flash also draw into this division.   The final ISS division matches up Dupree and Bar Hopping, who finished one-two in a Bluegrass division last week.   Sent off the favorite in that race, Bar Hopping, a Muscle Hill colt out of Credit Winner mare Cocktail Hour owned by Christina Takter, Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld, stalled in his first-over move after Dupree, resulting in his second-place finish.   A winner in one of six starts, he has banked $87,238 to date.   Owned by Knutsson Trotting and Courant A B, Dupree, sired by Andover Hall out of the Muscles Yankee mare Hustle N Muscle, has won two of seven starts, and earned $114,031.   Petrossian As and Sutton, who also started in the Bluegrass stakes, also start in this split.   The 10-race card has a first-race post time of 1:00pm.   Ray Cotolo

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