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Kelvin Harrison's In The Arsenal won the fastest of the two splits for the $185,000 Bluegrass Stakes at the harness racing meeting in The Red Mile 3-year-old colt pace, winning in 1:52.3.   Sitting off a hot pace set by Paparazzi Hanover, including fractions of :27.4, :54.3, and 1:23, driver Brian Sears pulled the even-money choice off the pylons and around a tiring pocket sitter in National Seelster.   Catching Paparazzi Hanover at the top of the stretch, In The Arsenal progressed to the lead with Rock N' Roll World, following his move after the leader, beginning to challenge for control.   However, In The Arsenal dug in to the inside of Rock N' Roll World and held a half-length advantage in the end. Reggiano closed for third.   Getting the 13th win of his career and earning $885,973 in the process, the colt by American Ideal, out of the On The Road Again mare Ladyotra, returned $4.00 to win. He's owned by breeder White Birch Farms and In The Arsenal Racing, trained by Kelvin Harrison, and driven by Brian Sears.   "He raced well tonight," Kelvin Harrison said. "Like you said [to interviewer Gabe Prewitt], he was good here last year." " In the Messenger, he got it the way he likes it, and he got nailed."   "We had some sickness issues coming out of Tioga [in the Empire Breeders Classic], and still a little bit coming out of the Messenger, but I think we finally got him cleaned up."   "We'll be here next week for the Tattersalls Pace, and then hopefully everything's good because then we're going to the Breeders Crown," Harrison also said.   Flushing cover as he began his bid past the half, Split The House rallied down the center of the course and by speed-maker Penji Hanover to take the second split of the Bluegrass in 1:53.1.   Penji Hanover established fractions of :29.1, :57.1, and 1:25.3. Dude's The Man, flushed out by Split The House after the half, came up to challenge Penji Hanover at the top of the stretch.   Penji Hanover drifted off the pylons, allowing pocket-rider Blood Brother to sprint into contention through the stretch.   Off cover, Split The House managed to out sprint Blood Brother heading to the finish, doing so while besting third-place finisher Penji Hanover and fourth-place finisher Dude's The Man.   A recent purchase by owners Crawford Farms LLC and trainer Chris Oakes, the colt by Rocknroll Hanover out of the Camluck mare Shake That Junk claimed the eighth win of his career, and pushed his earnings to $241,481.   Driven to victory by Tim Tetrick, he paid $3.20 to win.   "It's really hard for these horses to go twice in one day," Chris Oakes said in regards to scratching Split The House from the Little Brown Jug final.   "He drew badly, and I hadn't had the horse that long, so not knowing him and his characteristics, I didn't want to put his future in jeopardy; I'd only had the horse a week at that point. He was good. You could see in the last turn, he was full of pace, and I figured he'd fire home pretty well, and he did."   "I kind of had my eye on him and I mentioned it to the Crawfords," Oakes also said in regards to purchasing Split The House. "I haven't even been with them that long and they knew all about this horse. As soon as he became available, they jumped on it."   "He wasn't paid in next week [to the Tattersalls], but he does have the Breeders Crown coming up and I'm pretty sure that's what we'll be pointing to," Oakes also said.   Ray Cotolo

LEXINGTON, KY-- Joe Holloway-trainee Divine Caroline put in the fastest mile of the three harness racing divisions for the $189,400 Bluegrass 3-year-old filly pace, winning in 1:53.2. The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven out of the Art Major mare Loving Caroline stalked a pace of :29.1, :57.4, and 1:26 set by Band Of Angels. Driver David Miller tipped the even-money favorite first over after the half, and applied pressure to the pacesetter nearing the top of the stretch. The two battled for control through the stretch, with Divine Caroline edging past race leader and forced to fend off the late-pacing Daut Full from off cover. She held Daut Full off, however, winning by about a length over the closer, with Band Of Angels finishing third and Storm Point fourth. Owned by Val D'Or Farms, Ted Gewertz, Rojan Stables, and Michael Ouriel, the $4.00 winner won the fifth race of her career, pushing her earnings to $396,633.   "She raced really well," David Miller said. "She's been really consistent this year and gives a good effort."   "The rail's very deep, still," Miller also said. "There's a little bit of a wind, and I guess they're [the track crew] working a little too hard on the inside."   "They're [Bettor Be Steppin and Divine Caroline] very good and they're very consistent," Joe Holloway said. "[Bettor Be] Steppin had been the better filly for most of the time, but [Divine] Caroline's been consistent and she may be the fastest. The next three to four weeks may be fun."   "We go here [for the Tattersalls Filly Pace] then to Canada for the Breeders Crown," Holloway also said.   Wicked Little Minx stalked the front for the entire mile until she had an opportunity to pace through a vacant slot in the stretch and sneak to the lead and to a 1:55.3 win in the first division. Bettor Be Steppin set the tempo after circling by early leader Invest In Art for control. Once on the lead, she put up fractions of :28.4, :57.2, and 1:27.1. Pressure came nearing the three-quarter pole from Invest In Art, who popped out of the pocket heading into the stretch. Bettor Be Steppin held her at bay in the stretch, but drifted off the pylons in the process, which allowed for Wicked Little Minx to pace by the 3-5 favorite who attempted to retake the lead approaching the finish, but settled for second. Invest In Art finished third. Wicked Little Minx, owned by Courant A B, paid $11.80 to win. This was the fourth win of her career, earning $193,679 to date. The daughter by Rocknroll Hanover, out of Beachy Lady by Jenna's Beach Boy, is trained by Nancy Johansson and driven by Brett Miller.   "She's gotten her things together from summer and onwards, and now she's going for it again," owner Anders Strom said. "Today's trip by Brett was perfect. And well done by the stable, trainer, groom, and everyone because this horse has a lot to do in the future."   "It's so fun to also be involved in the pacing business," Strom also said. "I'm a trotting person, but a few years back I told my friend Bernie Noren that I would like to get involved in pacing a little bit, and Bernie actually helped me pick this one out [Wicked Little Minx at the 2013 Harrisburg Yearling Sale]."   "Besides the Jugette, there's been many other races so far where I've gotten very bad trips with her," Brett Miller said. "Finally things worked out and we got a good trip."   "It's still tiring," Miller also said talking about the track surface. "They've [the track crew] done a great job with this track. With all the rain we had yesterday and as bad as it was last night, they've done a great job, but it's still very tiring."   Storming from the back of the pack down the center of the track, Bedroomconfessions fulfilled her duty as the 6-5 favorite by winning the second split of the Bluegrass 3-year-old filly pace in 1:54.1. Setting the pace was Devil Child, with fractions of :28.2, :56.3, and 1:26.2. Around the far turn, Triple V Hanover tipped first over, with Moremercy Bluechip and Bedroomconfessions tracking the cover. Triple V Hanover edged into second after pocket-sitter Happiness retreated at the top of the stretch, while Moremercy Bluechip fanned wide of her cover, as did Bedroomconfessions. Once rolling from the back, Bedroomconfessions soon rushed up to and by Devil Child and edged away to a two length victory.   Devil Child held on for second, Triple V Hanover finished third, and Moremercy Bluechip was fourth.   Returning $4.60 to win, Bedroomconfessions is by American Ideal, out of Jenna's Beach Boy mare Turnoffthelights. She's owned by Riverview Racing LLC and Alagna Racing LLC, trained by Tony Alagna, and driven by Tim Tetrick. She obtained her sixth win of her career, earning $372,893.   "My wife made me buy the dam, Turnoffthelights," owner and breeder Myron Bell said. "She's out of a sister to Keystone Horatio; that's a family that goes back to Smooth Fella and Happy Lady, and I always wanted to have a filly in this family. We bred her to American Ideal and Bedroom[confessions] was the first foal, so we're happy to have her."   "We bought her [dam Turnoffthelights] in Lexington about seven or eight years ago," Bell also said. "We raced her as a two-year-old. She had minor ability."   "She'll [Bedroomconfessions] be bred to the Captain[treacherous] either next year or the year after, it depends on how well she wants to race," Bell also said.   Live racing at The Red Mile continues on Wednesday, Oct. 7 with four divisions of the $268,000 International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters. Wednesday also begins the week of matinee cards, with first race post set for 1:00pm.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

The first of two divisions for the $220,000 Bluegrass Stakes 3-year-old colt trot at the harness racing meeting at The Red Mile went to Crazy Wow off a pocket trip in 1:55.4.   He took control through a :28.2 first quarter, but soon yielded to challenger and 4-5 favorite The Bank.   The Bank went on to set fractions of :57.3 and 1:27 before Crazy Wow readied to pounce out of the pocket.   Once out and moving in the stretch, Crazy Wow slid up to The Bank and past him after the eighth pole, advancing to victory over the favorite, Crescent Fashion, and Classic Venture.   Owned by Our Horse Cents Stables, Jerry and Theresa Silva Stables, and Deo Volente Farms, trained by Ron Burke, and driven by Tim Tetrick, Crazy Wow collected the 12th win of his career, earning $977,415.   The son of Crazed out of the Mr Vic mare No Pan No Gain paid $4.00 to win.   "Timmy [Tetrick] did a good job," Ron Burke said. "He could've gotten a bad spot, but Trond [Smedshammer on Donatomite] was not leaving him [out and parked] and just held his position. He [Tetrick] got in behind Yannick and out-tripped him."   "They [Our Horse Cents Stables, Jerry and Theresa Silva Stables, and Deo Volente Farms] bought him after his two-year-old season and, actually, he's been a surprise," Burke also said. "I thought he was a good horse, but he's been a little bit better than a good horse.   They're [the owners] are going to supplement him to the [Kentucky] Futurity next week, and then they're going to supplement him to the Breeders Crown, so he's going to get an opportunity to prove he is the best or one of the best."   "That [Crazy Wow supplementing] pretty much cements her into the [Kentucky] Filly Futurity," Burke said in regards to Mission Brief racing next week. "It seems stupid to race against your own money when you're supplementing one in, so she'll race against the fillies and then move on to the Breeders Crown."   Muscle Diamond defeated the 1-5 favorite Uncle Lasse in the second division of the Bluegrass, charging from the back of the field to a 1:56 victory.   The pace was set by Southwind Mozart, putting up fractions of :29.1, :58.2, and 1:27.3 before a challenge came from Uncle Lasse, who began his first-over move at the half.   He edged by leader Southwind Mozart in the stretch, but was soon confronted by Muscle Diamond towards the center of the course.   Uncle Lasse failed to trot with Muscle Diamond, finishing second to the 3-1 second choice. Honor And Serve was third.   Paying $8.80 to win, the colt by Muscle Hill out of the Lindy Lane mare Windylane Hanover collected the sixth win of his career, earning $502,459.   He's owned by Charles Keller III, Charles Keller IV, E. Bittle, and trainer Brett Bittle, and driven by John Campbell.   "It [the trip] worked out well. I was within striking range at the head of the stretch, and he kicked home the best he has in quite a long time," John Campbell said.   Ray Cotolo

Mission Brief put in an effortless performance in the first of two divisions of the $144,000 Bluegrass 3-year-old filly trot at the harness racing meeting at The Red Mile, taking the lead after the first quarter and striding away to a 1:54.4 win.   Classical Annie set the first quarter of :29.2 as Livininthefastlane edged towards the front first over, with Mission Brief on her back.   Taking the lead before the three-eighths pole, Mission Brief progressed towards fractions of :57.2 and 1:26.3.   Classical Annie, residing in third for most of the mile after losing the lead, circled around Livininthefastlane to take second, and Speak To Me charged down the center of the course to finish third.   Sent off the overwhelming favorite at 1-9, Mission Brief paid $2.10 to win.   The filly by Muscle Hill, out of Varenne mare Southwind Serena, is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stable, Jerry and Theresa Silva Stables, and Weaver Bruscemi, trained by Ron Burke, and driven by Yannick Gingras   She scored her eighth win this season, seventeenth lifetime, and has earned $1,356,062 in her career.   "Even here she's a lot different," Ron Burke said. "There's not as much noise and there's not as much action, so she's obviously going to calm down a little bit more. The track's obviously better than it was last night, but it's still nowhere near fast. Basically all we wanted to do is get around there without hurting her [Mission Brief], and just get a mile in her."   "By the same thing, the Breeders Crown is six days later," Burke also said in regards to Mission Brief's speed as a three-year-old compared to her 1:50.3 last season at Lexington. "Like I've said all along: I want to come in here, win three races, and just go home."   "Love it," part-owner Jerry Silva said in regards to the experience of watching Mission Brief race. "She stacks right now on the top of the list of the filly trotters that I've had. I hope she continues to be healthy and continues, with Ronnie [Burke] and Yannick [Gingras] making me a happy owner."   Grinding to control uncovered around the far turn, Jimmy Takter-trainee Wild Honey patiently attacked pacesetter I'm So Fancy to then edge away from her rivals and towards a 1:55.4 win.   On the lead, I'm So Fancy set fractions of :29, :57.4, and 1:27.1. Wild Honey generated the two-wide move at the half, with Gatka Hanover and Katniss tracking her into the turn. Approaching I'm So Fancy at three-quarters, Wild Honey quickly took the lead at the head of the stretch, powering away from closers Lilu Hanover and Lady Winona, who finished second and third respectively.   Collecting her fifth win this season, fifteenth in her career, Wild Honey, a daughter of Cantab Hall out of S J's Photo mare U Wanna Lindy, pushed her career earnings to $1,125,135.   She is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman, and was driven by John Campbell. Also a resounding favorite at 1-5, she paid $2.40 to win.   "She went a great trip up in Canada [in the Elegant Image] to finish second to Mission Brief," John Fielding said. "She was awesome tonight, and she has just been a terrific filly all along for us at two and now at three. She's small, but she's very gutsy, and it's just a privilege to be associated with her."   "I don't know yet," Fielding said in regards to Wild Honey entering the Kentucky Filly Futurity next week, Oct. 10. "I'll have to talk to Jimmy Takter."   Ray Cotolo

The $268,000 International Stallion Stakes (ISS) for 2-year-old filly trotters kicks off the second and final week of the Grand Circuit harness racing meeting at The Red Mile on Wednesday, Oct. 7.   Off a win in the $259,000 Bluegrass Stakes on Wednesday, Sept. 30, Celebrity Eventsy returns in the opening division of the ISS.   Winning her Bluegrass split in 1:56.1, the filly by Manofmanymissions out of American Winner mare Little Ms Queenie competes with two other Bluegrass starters, Jimmy Takter's I'm Outstanding, and Ron Burke's Silvia, who qualified in 1:59.2 on Friday at Lexington.   Celebrity Eventsy, conditioned by Staffan Lind, has won three of eight starts and earned $167,212 this year. She races for owner Celebrity Farms.   Unbeaten in five starts this season, the Jimmy Takter-trained Haughty shifts from late-closer action into the ISS, starting from post four in division two.   By Donato Hanover out of Letsjusttalkaboutme by Self Possessed, she won a late closer last week by five-and-a-half lengths in 1:58.2 as the 1-9 favorite.   She has also won three preliminaries for the Kindergarten Series, two of which were at The Red Mile. Banking $26,000 in her five outings, she races for Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and Sam Goldband.   Haughty's stable mate, Hollywood Hill, draws the rail in the third ISS split.   Owned by Goran Falk and Christina Takter, she ships back to Lexington after finishing fourth in a $207,300 division of the Kentuckiana Stakes at Hoosier Park.   She raced over this track last on Sept. 17, where she was second to Haughty in a prelim of the Kindergarten.   She has three wins to her credit this year, earning $51,889 in the process. She is by Muscle Hill, out of the Viking Kronos mare Lantern Kronos.   Up against Hollywood Hill is Ake Svanstedt's Dancing In Thehall, who finished third to Celebrity Eventsy in an off-the-pace performance last week.   She has one win in seven starts, and $42,208 in earnings. She begins from post three for owner Vanersol Inc.   The final division features a matchup between Jimmy Takter's Kathy Parker, who was second to Broadway Donna in the $389,450 Jim Doherty Memorial and $351,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes final, and Julie Miller's Womans Will, who finished fourth in the Jim Doherty Memorial and third in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes final.   Kathy Parker, racing for the interests of Christina Takter, Brixton Medical Ab, R A W Equine, and Joe Mc Clelland, has four wins in eight starts this season, and earnings of $276,848.   Womans Will, owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, also has four wins in eight starts this year, but has banked $199,506.   Kathy Parker ships in off a win in a $35,000 division of the Liberty Bell, while Womans Will enters with a second in a $207,500 division of the Kentuckiana.   The 10-race card is the first of four matinee programs during the Grand Circuit meeting, with first-race post set for 1:00pm.   Ray Cotolo

LEXINGTON, KY-- Earning his second win of the season, American Passport took the first of three divisions of the $292,200 Bluegrass 2-year-old colt pace in wire-to-wire fashion over the sloppy harness racing track at The Red Mile on Friday, Oct. 2.   The Tony Alagna trainee cleared the top easily and generated fractions of :29.1, :59, and 1:28 on the lead. The only challenge came from Rodeo Rock first over, with Big Top Hanover and Pretty Boy Hill tracking him two wide. American Passport easily kicked away at the top of the stretch, leading by 2 lengths over Big Top Hanover and Pretty Boy Hill, who began their bids down the center of the track. The two merely followed American Passport to the line and finished second and third, respectively, to the 7-2 third choice in his 1:56.1 win.   A $9.40 winner, owned by Brittany Farms, Riverview Racing LLC, Alagna Racing LLC, and Jodi Siamis, Scott Zeron steered the son of American Ideal out of the Four Starzzz Shark mare Star Of The Show to victory. He has earned $156,046 this season.   Jim Campbell's Katies Rocker also pulled off a wire-to-wire score, but did so in 1:57 at odds of 7-1. Andrew McCarthy sent the Rocknroll Hanover-Just Wait Katie-Real Artist colt for the lead, putting up times of :30.2, :59.3, and 1:29.1. Approaching the top of the stretch, Mr Right Hanover edged out of third and began a move first over, carrying 8-5 favorite Mindtrip behind. The two faded in the stretch, however, and were overtaken for the second and third spots by closers Talk Show and Fine Diamond.   Katies Rocker was a 3 length winner, paying $16.60 to win in his fourth win of the season. He pushes his earnings to $119,348.   Racing Hill, stalking in the pocket behind pacesetter Owen Hanover, drifted in his pouncing-stretch move but still managed to pull off a 2 length victory in the final division, doing so in 1:57.2. Owen Hanover led the field through panels of :30, :59.3, and 1:28.3 before losing control. Ideal Rocky, the 8-5 favorite, led the two-wide movement after Owen Hanover in the far turn, where Racing Hill began to edge off the inside and towards the center of the course. Once fed racetrack, he surpassed the 37-1 race leader and advanced to the wire in front, while Ideal Rocky finished third.   Driven by Brett Miller for trainer Tony Alagna and owner Tom Hill, the Roll With Joe colt, out of Chasing Ideals by American Ideal, paid $10.40 to win. This was his third win of the season, banking $83,576 in earnings.   Live racing at The Red Mile continues tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 3, with the $189,000 Bluegrass 3-year-old filly pace, $144,000 Bluegrass 3-year-old filly trot, $220,000 Bluegrass 3-year-old colt trot, and $185,000 Bluegrass 3-year-old colt pace. First race post is at 7:00pm.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

LEXINGTON, KY-- Jimmy Takter's Pure Country, who has won all six of her tries this season, continued her harness racing streak over the sloppy track at The Red Mile on Friday, Oct. 2 by claiming one of three divisions of the $243,000 Bluegrass 2-year-old filly pace.   Getting away fourth through a :30.2 quarter set by Lyons River Pride, driver Brett Miller pulled the 1-5 favorite first over after a :58.4 half. Pure Country progressed towards the leader to within a length of the top at three-quarters in 1:28 and managed to pass the tempo setter in the stretch despite drifting in her bid, and advanced to a three-length 1:56.1 victory.   Sired by Somebeachsomewhere, out of Western Hanover mare Western Montana, Pure Country pushes her seasonal earnings to $342,618. Competing for Diamond Creek Racing, she paid $2.10 to win.   Tipton Teeez circled race leader Blue Moon Stride around the far turn en route to a 1:56 win at 16-1. Setting splits of :28.3, :57.1, and 1:27.2, Blue Moon Stride was uncontested on the front until the top of the stretch, when Tipton Teeez pulled from third and charged first over. The two hooked into a duel midway through the stretch, with Tipton Teeez prevailing and edging to a neck victory over Blue Moon Stride, with pocket-rider and 1-5 favorite Call Me Queen Be finishing third. Returning $34.20 to win, Tipton Teeez collected her fifth win of the season, with her seasonal earnings now at $103,871. She's owned by Jennifer Brown and Richard Lombardo, conditioned by Brian Brown, and driven by Tim Tetrick. Shezarealdeal, who brushed past race-leader East Side Hanover after sitting in the pocket for the first quarter, gained the lead nearing the top of the stretch and sustained control in her 1:56.4 win. Stationary of a :28.1 initial quarter, driver Scott Zeron tipped out of the pocket after a :56.3 half-mile and soon overtook the leader into the far turn. Edging closer into the 1:26.4 third-quarter were Skinny Dipper and Mother Of Art, who could only chase Shezarealdeal in the stretch and secure third and second, respectively.   Shipped off the 1-5 favorite, the Western Ideal filly out of Real Artist mare Shezarealceasar paid $2.40 to win. She is owned by Let It Ride Stables and Dana Parham and trained by Ross Croghan. This was her fourth win this season, with her seasonal earnings accumulating to $163,067.   Live racing at The Red Mile continues tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 3, with the $189,000 Bluegrass 3-year-old filly pace, $144,000 Bluegrass 3-year-old filly trot, $220,000 Bluegrass 3-year-old colt trot, and $185,000 Bluegrass 3-year-old colt pace. First race post is at 7:00pm.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation's Drive for Youth, the organization's annual fall fundraiser, is just around the corner, but there is still time for and trainers, drivers, horse owners and others from across the country to participate. Drive For Youth is a week-long national effort, kicking off on October 4 and running through October 10, culminating on Kentucky Futurity Day at The Red Mile. Owners, trainers and drivers can pledge either a percentage of their earnings during Drive for Youth week, or they can pledge a flat amount as Executive Director Ellen Taylor explains. "We always appreciate the support of horsemen at the local level and we invite the horseman across the country to participate. This broad based support ensures the continued success and expansion for our programs including our summer camps and scholarships, as we head into our 40th anniversary year." To make a pledge to Drive for Youth, download the pledge form from http://www.hhyf.org/drive-for-youth, You may also contact Ellen Taylor by phone at 317- 867-5877, or by e-mail: Ellen@hhyf.org for additional information. Additionally, HHYF representatives will be at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale on Tuesday evening. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. Keith Gisser  

Freehold, NJ --- A spokesman for the Fayette County (Kentucky) Coronor’s office has confirmed the death of Ole Bach, 57, following a motor vehicle accident Thursday night (Oct. 1) on Red Mile Road in Lexington. Bach, a bloodstock agent and owner of Danam Bloodstock, was struck by a car while crossing Red Mile Road Thursday night at about 10:45 p.m. He was treated at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, but did not survive his injuries. A native of Denmark, Bach lived in the United States for several decades, and made his home in New Jersey. He leaves a wife, Becky and three children, a young adult son and twin daughters in elementary school. by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications 

After an enjoyable, but then again an unsuccessful harness racing competition against the Spaniards in Mallorca, Spain, "Hurricane Hannah" Miller picked up where she left off before leaving the good ole USA and reined a winner in a Billings Trot at the Red Mile in Lexington, Ky. On Thursday, October 1st. With the recent proliferation of amateur racing two NAADA trots also went to post that evening at Yonkers Raceway with Dein Spriggs winning his split while Allan Sisco scored in the other. At Lexington's Red Mile Hannah Miller, the point leader in the Billings Series, added more to her resume when she guided Jacks To Open to a 2:00.2 victory over at racetrack rated good. After going off-stride behind the starting gate Miller got her charge back trotting and although they never went down along the pylons until the homestretch the veteran trotter proved to be the strong horse and went on to a 1-1/2 length triumph over the race's pace-setter, Speed Hanover, who was driven by "Lawbook Larry" Farley. Third place went to Majestic Lady Jo and driver Richard "the Lionhearted" Bertrand. "The track last night was very bad and my horse was not getting over it very well," Miller explained, and then added "luckily he came back trotting quickly after he ran behind the gate." Miller is a member of multiple amateur driving organizations and as a representative of the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) she was one of four who recently ventured to Mallorca, Spain for an international driving competition. She returned to the States on Tuesday (Sept. 29) and was asked about her experience racing overseas. "The Spain trip was amazing, I had such a good time over there. The racing is much different and I didn't seem to have much luck but it was still a good experience and I'm so glad I went," Miller said. Jacks To Open, owned by her driver and the Nick Surick Stable and trained by Surick, paid $3.40 for win. Meanwhile at Yonkers Raceway earlier that evening Dein Spriggs showed why he was named National Amateur of the Year by the US Harness Writers. He not only won his non-betting split behind Saint Patty's Doll in a time of 2:00 which was his 20th driving victory of the season but it was also his 404th of his prolific amateur career. Spriggs, known as "the Jupiter Gem" when competing in the Billings Series, used the front-end route to victory behind the 6-year-old Conway Hall mare. They rebuffed a late charge from Sam's Honeybee and driver Tony Verruso. Three more lengths in the rears was third place finisher Super Chuck, driven by Brad Rathbone. Saint Patty's Doll is owned by Karma Racing, Inc. and trained by Rob Harmon. The other NAADA trot went to Allan Sisco with Magglio in a time of 1:58. After they who scooted away to open lengths on the field they were never in trouble and chugged home a solid 10-length winner over Mari Bi who was in rein to Joe Faraldo. Hallanet, with Paul Minore in the sulky, garnered the show dough. The winner, trained by Sisco, is owned by Stephen Oldford and the Oldford Farms LLC. For Joe Faraldo it was his first drive since returning from Mallorca where he unsuccessfujlly led his team in a competition with the Spanish amateurs. "They kicked our butts but no one seemed to really care", Faraldo explained. "Besides visiting many special sites on Mallorca we raced and then broke bread together each evening. After all, amateur racing is a great excuse for human relations." by John Manzi for the Billings and NAADA

LEXINGTON, KY-- Night two of the Grand Circuit meeting at The Red Mile was highlighted by four divisions of the $289,000 Bluegrass Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old colt trotters, which were contested on Thursday, Oct. 1.   Milligan's School sat a pocket trip after failing to clear the lead into the first turn, and slid up a seam in the stretch to draw off to a 2-length win in 1:56.3 in the opening Bluegrass round. Holding the top spot through fractions of :29.3, :58.3, and 1:28 was Dominion Beach. Into the far turn, Waitlifter K supplied a challenge from first over, while Metatron had an opportunity to fan off the cones and prepare for a wide stretch drive. While in control, Dominion Beach drifted slightly off the pylons, which prompted Milligan's School to trot by to his inside. Metatron was the fiercest closer down the center of the track, but could not out-sprint Milligan's School and Andy Miller at the finish. Waitlifter K held on for third, while Make Or Miss got fourth.   Sent off the 6-5 favorite, Milligan's School, a $4.40 winner, is owned by Stroy Inc. and trained by Julie Miller. The earner of $128,494 in 10 starts this season was bred by Richard and Joyce McClelland.   "That's still pretty fresh on my mind, what happened the other night [his break on Sept. 11 at The Meadows]," Julie Miller said. "When we were sitting in the two hole here I said 'Come on, let's make sure we take advantage of this big opportunity.' It was a misfortune [the break], but we bounced back tonight. That's all you can do."   "I've been really pleased with this horse," Miller also said. "From the word go, he's just done everything I've asked. Andy [Miller] gets along with him great, and I expect a lot of good things from him."   The second split was claimed by Taco Tuesday, who benefitted from a patient drive and battled home to finish narrowly in front of Hollywood Highway in a 1:58.2 mile. Runner-up Hollywood Highway set the tempo for most the mile, putting up fractions of :30.2, :59.4, and a third-quarter in 1:29.1 thanks to the pressure of first-over Desert Runner. Taco Tuesday tracked Desert Runner two-wide into the far turn, tipping wide into the stretch. Desert Runner held the lead shortly during the stretch, while Hollywood Highway continued to battle for control, and Taco Tuesday edged into a length of the battle. Into the final sixteenth, he got a neck in front of Hollywood Highway to pull off a 12-1 upset. Finishing third was Desert Runner, and fourth was Honor Above All via disqualification of Coughlin for a lapped-on break.   Sired by Cantab Hall, out of the Yankee Glide mare Be My Baby, the James Wilhite-bred colt is owned by Lindy Farms of Connecticut, R. Rudolph, and F. Baldassare, trained by Frank Antonacci, and driven by Andy Miller. Taco Tuesday, in his maiden-breaking score, pushes his seasonal earnings to $39,565 in six starts.   "If you watch how we are with our two-year-olds, we don't race them very early," Frank Antonacci said. "This guy I had staked to the Peter Haughton, so I really thought a lot of him all winter. Then you fall into some bad grooves and make some baby mistakes, and it doesn't take long to be in October and have $7,000 on your card."   "He just got into a couple of bad spots where he got too aggressive," Antonacci said in response to the colt's history of breaking. "When you're trying to race horses and get them back mentally, it's a little challenging sometimes. But it was nice to have Andy [Miller] qualify him last week [at Lexington]. Obviously it paid off tonight."   The pocket trip resulted in victory again in the third division, with Lagerfeld stalking tempo-setter Southwind Flash before pouncing out of the pocket in progress to a 1 1/4 length victory in 1:57.4. Southwind Flash passed the quarter in :30.3 and the half in 1:00.4 before being challenged by Mavens Way, who broke into the first turn due to interference by Sutton, also off stride. Mavens Way broke before three-quarters, leaving a gap for Lagerfeld to edge out of the pocket. Timed in 1:29.4, Lagerfeld began his bid in the final quarter of a mile. By the final eighth, his nose emerged in front of Southwind Flash and the margin gradually grew as the 6-5 favorite hit the line in front. Claiming the third and fourth spots were Brownie Hanover and Kanthaka.   Trained by Jimmy Takter, the son of Yankee Glide, out of Yankee Paco mare Southern Senorita, paid $4.60 to win. He's owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman. Lagerfeld has now earned $279,709 in eight starts this season, with this win being his third.   "He got the perfect trip," Jimmy Takter said. "He got a little lucky with a couple of horses breaking in the first turn, but it's a tricky track tonight and last night was the same. It's maybe slightly better today, but it's very sticky at the rail and a lot of horses have a problem to find some legs there."   "It's normally like that when it's a very windy day with two-year-olds," Takter also said in regards to the benefit of coming off the pace. "It's always tough to cut the mile, and on the backside there's a very tough wind. We got a perfect trip, but I don't want to take anything away from this horse. He almost made $300,000 and he's a great potential colt."   In a wire-to-wire performance, 7-2 third choice Dupree was a winner in 1:57.3 over 1-2 favorite Bar Hopping, who began to challenge for the lead heading into the far turn. Dupree set fractions of :29.3 and :59.4 before being confronted by Bar Hopping first over. The two were stride for stride through a 1:30 third quarter before Dupree edged away from Bar Hopping after he drifted off the turn. Bar Hopping could not recuperate the lost ground off that turn and solely chased Dupree to the line while holding off third-place finisher Cloud Nine Hanover and fourth-place finisher Celebrity Pilatus.   Owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc. and Courant A B, the Andover Hall colt out of the Muscles Yankee mare Hustle N Muscle paid $9.40 to win. This was his second win out of seven starts this season, with the victory pushing his seasonal earnings to $114,031. He is trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt.   "He's a real nice horse," assistant trainer Bernie Noren said. "We've always had high thoughts for him and today he showed up as the horse we thought he was gonna' be. I think he likes the big track, but he raced really good last time [in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes final]. He was sick before that, but he's come back and we gave him two races, and now he's getting back to himself again."   Grand Circuit action resumes tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 2, with three divisions of the $243,000 Bluegrass 2-year-old filly pace and the $292,200 Bluegrass 2-year-old colt pace. Post time is 7:00pm.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile    

LEXINGTON, KY-- The opening night of the Grand Circuit harness racing meeting at The Red Mile began with two divisions of the $259,000 Bluegrass Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters on Wednesday night, Sept. 30.   Broadway Donna escaped defeat in a stretch-drive duel against Ultimate Shopper, winning the opening division by a nose in 1:59. The 1-9 favorite controlled the pace for a majority of the mile, circling early pacesetter I'm Outstanding, who established the first quarter in :30.4, before the half to obtain the lead. Drawing away off a half of :59.4 and three-quarters in 1:29.2, Broadway Donna led by about 5 lengths at the top of the stretch. Ultimate Shopper, sitting third for the entire mile, edged first over into the stretch and gave pursuit to Broadway Donna, coming up to her wheel by the eighth pole. However, Broadway Donna faced the challenge and claimed victory. Finishing third and fourth were Twice Is Right and Southwind Pearl.   A $2.10 winner, Broadway Donna, sired by Donato Hanover out of the mare Broadway Schooner by Broadway Hall, is owned and bred by Fashion Farms, trained by Jim Campbell, and driven by David Miller. Broadway Donna remains undefeated in nine starts this season, piling $531,286 in career earnings.   "She's been terrific all year," Dave Miller said. "Tonight might have not been a good night for her, and maybe the front [was] not a good place to be, but she held tough."   "The rail [was] pretty deep," Miller also said. "I tried to stay off the rail, but it was getting to her late."   The other split went to Celebrity Eventsy, who battled for the lead with All The Time throughout the mile, progressing to a 1:56.1 victory. The second choice at 6-5, driver Brett Miller sent Celebrity Eventsy to the lead and through a :28.3 first quarter. All The Time, the 4-5 favorite, tipped off the pylons and brushed to the top after a :58 half. Controlling the pace at three-quarters in 1:27.2, Celebrity Eventsy popped out of the pocket into the stretch and drifted in her bid after the favorite. She eventually edged past All The Time in the sixteenth pole, winning by a neck. Dancing In Thehall finished third, and Miss Tezsla was fourth.   Celebrity Eventsy, from the first crop of Manofmanymissions out of the mare Little Ms Queenie by American Winner, was bred by Kentuckiana Farms, and races for the interest of Celebrity Farms. She is conditioned by Staffan Lind and was driven by Brett Miller. She has now won three races this season, and has earnings of $167,212.   "[If] you go by the times of the rest of the races, this was a very good mile," Brett Miller said. "She raced very well in her last start in the Peaceful Way. I actually turned the guy [Could It Be Magic] loose at the half, and I'm not so sure if it didn't cost me the race. She's a very nice filly."   Grand Circuit action continues tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 1, with four divisions of the $289,000 Bluegrass Stakes for 2-year-old colt trotters. Post time for the 10-race card is 7:00pm.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- A trio of harness racing divisions were carded for the $292,200 Bluegrass two-year-old colt pace and the $243,000 Bluegrass two-year-old filly pace, set to go on Friday, Oct. 2 at The Red Mile. The opening split of the Bluegrass filly pace kicks off the Grand Circuit program, with seven fillies set to line up on the gate. Pennsylvania Sires Stakes final runner-up Call Me Queen Be headlines the event off a win in a $127,150 division of the Kentuckiana Stakes at Hoosier Park on Sept. 26. Owned by Let It Ride Stables and Dana Parnham, the Ross Croghan-trainee will face New Jersey Sires Stakes champion Blue Moon Stride, who enters off a 1:55.1 qualifier at Pocono Downs. She's owned by Emilio and Maria Rosati and is trained by Mark Harder.   Pennsylvania Sires Stakes champion Pure Country, competing for the interests of Diamond Creek Racing, will be competing for her seventh win-in-a-row in the second division. Up against the Jimmy Takter-trained filly is She's A Great Lady finalist Upside Surprise, drawing in after finishing fourth in a New York Sires Stakes split at Batavia Downs on Sept. 16. Trained by Ross Croghan, she'll start from post 1.   Shezarealdeal leads the final division, shipping in after a win in a $35,000 division of the Liberty Bell at Harrah's Philadelphia. The $122,567 earner also had to her credit a fourth in the $350,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes final. Ross Croghan trains for interests Let It Ride Stables and Dana Parnham.   Ron Burke's pacer East Side Hanover is another contender in the last episode, coming into this race after finishing third in a division of the Liberty Bell. The Somebeachsomewhere filly's grand accomplishment came in the $40,000 Stallion Series, where she won by 12 1/2 lengths in 1:54.2. She'll start from the rail.   Prefacing the final filly group is the premier colt split, going for $97,400. Tony Alagna-trained American Passport, starting from post 5, broke his maiden in his last mile, winning in 1:52.2 in the $150,150 Elevation at Hoosier Park. He also finished second in an elimination of the Metro Pace and a $59,543 division of the Nassagaweya at Mohawk. The American Ideal colt competes for connections Brittany Farms, Riverview Racing, Alagna Racing, and Jodi Siamis.   Improving into this event is Thomas Cancelliere trainee I'm Some Graduate. Debuting in mid-July, he has since made five starts, with four wins and one second. His wins have come from a division of The Stallion Series, an overnight, a division of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes and the $50,000 consolation. Owned by John Cancelliere, I'm Some Graduate will race from post 8.   The second split of colts features Biggie, who won a split of The Stallion Series at The Meadows in 1:51.4. Trained by Ron Burke, he has won two races in six outings, with the other being in an overnight at Harrah's Philadelphia. Competing for Jerry & Theresa Silva Stables, T L P Stables, and Deo Volente Farms, rivaling him are maidens Mindtrip and Fine Diamond, with both entering off of second-place efforts. Mindtrip placed to stable-mate American Passport in the Elevation on Sept. 26, while Fine Diamond was second at 67-1 in the $225,000 New York Sires Stakes final at Yonkers Raceway. Ron Burke trains Fine Diamond for owners Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi, Lawrence Karr, and Panhellenic Stable. Mindtrip races for Alagna and Crawford Racing, Joe Sbrocco, John Fodera, and Tangie Massey.   The last colt division also caps the Friday program. Winner of the $85,400 Lou Babic Memorial Ideal Rocky competes from post 1. John Butenschoen trains the four-time winner in nine miles for owners William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schickwith. The Rocknroll Hanover colt's notable achievements being a second in a Metro Pace elimination and a fifth in the final. Racing Hill, another Metro Pace finalist, will neighbor Ideal Rocky on the gate. The son of Roll With Joe, owned by Tom Hill, has won two races in six tries and draw into this race off a 1:52 qualifier at Lexington. Trained by Tony Alagna, he was seventh in the Metro final, but followed that performance with a fourth in a $88,055 division of the Champlain at Mohawk. The 11-race program slated for Friday, Oct. 2 commences at 7:00pm. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile      

Lexington, KY --- The $289,000 Bluegrass Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters, going on Thursday (Oct. 1) at The Red Mile, was split into four divisions when 25 horses dropped into the box. The first of three $72,000 divisions goes as the third race on the program. Julie Miller-trained Milligan's School headlines the six-horse field off a 1:57.2 qualifier at Harrah's Philadelphia. Owned by Stroy Inc., the son of Yankee Glide-Tori Ann has three wins to his credit, including an elimination of the Peter Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands and a division of the Tompkins-Geers at Tioga Downs. Jimmy Takter's Earn And Burn is also a major contender, with his resumé consisting of $65,551 in earnings, a second in a Peter Haughton Memorial elimination, and a third in the Peter Haughton final. Earn And Burn is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Brixton Medical Ab. Kindergarten series star Hollywood Highway leads the second split, entering off wins in both prelims of the series held at Lexington. Trained by Staffan Lind, the Muscle  Massive-L A Freeway colt has hit the board in three of four starts, with $14,000 banked. Jimmy Takter sends a Kindergarten contender in Honor Above All, who has hit the board in the Kindergarten preliminaries but is still seeking his maiden win. He's owned by Order By Stables. Winner of the $351,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes final, Jimmy Takter's Lagerfeld highlights the third division. Owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman, he has entered the winner's circle twice this season in seven starts, with the other victory being in a $36,030 Sires Stakes division. Another state-bred star will line up on the gate with Kanthaka. Third in the $225,000 Ohio Sires Stakes final, the Triumphant Caviar-Elena colt won four legs of the Ohio Sires Stakes leading into the final, accumulating $135,054 this season. He was recently fourth in a $35,061 division of the Ohio Breeders Championship. He's owned by trainer Christopher Beaver in partnership with Wilbur Stoll Lang.  The final round goes for $73,000 and features seven trotters. It also features the return of Jimmy Takter-trainee Bar Hopping, who enters off a 1:57 qualifier at The Red Mile. Owned by Christina Takter, Hattfield Stables, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld, he has one win this season, coming in a preliminary of the New Jersey Sires Stakes at the Meadowlands. He makes his first pari-mutuel start since scratching sick from a division of the Reynolds in late August. He was fourth in the Peter Haughton Memorial after finishing second in an elimination for the Haughton and in the $100,000 New Jersey Sires Stakes final. He'll be competing against improving trotters Celebrity Pilatus, who enters off a fourth in a $50,000 division of the Standardbred at Delaware, Ohio, and Ake Svanstedt's Dupree, who finished third in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes final.  The quartet of Bluegrass Stakes holds the spotlight for Thursday's program, which consists of 10 races and kicks off at 7 p.m. by Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Bidders at the the upcoming Lexington Selected Yearling Sale will have the opportunity to bid on one horse who will neither pace nor trot. An unusual horse sculpture, fashioned by a Danville, Kentucky artist  from nearly 1,000 repurposed scrap metal parts, will be auctioned on Tuesday, October 6 at Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion in Lexington, Kentucky, to benefit the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. The sculpture will be sold just prior to the start of the second night of the sale. The sculpture stands 31 inches from hoof to withers; 55 inches from hoof to tip of ear and 45 inches long from nose to tail and will be available for inspection at Barn 10 (Brittany Farms) beginning Friday, October 2 at noon. Bids can be made in person or by phone. Potential phone bidders should contact HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor at 317.908.0029 or email ellen@hhyf.org for more information. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with  harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people’s lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. Keith Gisser

The $289,000 Bluegrass stakes for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters at the harness racing meeting at The Red Mile, going on Thursday, Oct. 1, was split into four divisions when 25 horses dropped into the box. The first of three $72,000 divisions goes as the third race on the program. Julie Miller-trained Milligan's School headlines the six-horse field off a 1:57.2 qualifier at Harrah's Philadelphia. Owned by Stroy Inc., the son of Yankee Glide has three wins to his credit, including an elimination of the Peter Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands and a division of the Tompkins-Geers at Tioga Downs. Jimmy Takter's Earn And Burn is also a major contender, with his resume consisting of $65,551 in earnings, a second in a Peter Haughton Memorial elimination, and a third in the Peter Haughton final. Earn And Burn is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Brixton Medical Ab. Kindergarten series star Hollywood Highway leads the second split, entering off of wins in both prelims of the series held at Lexington. Trained by Staffan Lind, the Muscle Massive colt has hit the board in three of four starts, with $14,000 banked. Jimmy Takter sends a Kindergarten contender in Honor Above All, who has hit the board in the Kindergarten preliminaries but is still seeking his maiden win. He's owned by Order By Stables. Winner of the $351,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes, Jimmy Takter's Lagerfeld highlights the third division, owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman. He has entered the winners' circle twice this season in seven starts, with the other occasion being in a $36,030 sires stakes division. Another state-bred star will line up on the gate with Kanthaka. Third in the $225,000 Ohio Sires Stakes, the Triumphant Caviar colt won six legs of the Ohio Sires Stakes leading into the final, accumulating $135,054 this season. He was more recently fourth in a $35,061 division of the Ohio Breeders Championship. He's owned by trainer Christopher Beaver in partnership with Wilbur Stoll Lang. The final round goes for $73,000 and features a septet of trotters. It also features the return of Jimmy Takter-trainee Bar Hopping, who enters off a 1:57 qualifier at The Red Mile. Owned by Christina Takter, Hattfield Stables, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld, he has one win this season, coming in a preliminary of the New Jersey Sires Stakes at the Meadowlands. He makes his first pari-mutuel start since scratching sick from a division of the Reynolds in late August. He was fourth in the Peter Haughton Memorial after finishing second in an elimination for the Peter Haughton and in the $100,000 New Jersey Sires Stakes final. He'll be competing against improving trotters Celebrity Pilatus, who enters off a fourth in a $50,000 division of the Standardbred at Delaware, Ohio, and Ake Svanstedt's Dupree, who finished third in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes final. The quartet of Bluegrass stakes holds the spotlight for Thursday's program, which consists of 10 races and kicks off at 7:00pm. Ray Cotolo

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