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FRANKFORT, KY (AP) - Kentucky’s governor has signed legislation aimed at securing the legality of betting on historical racing machines. Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday that the measure protects the state’s thoroughbred  and standardbred industry. But he says more work remains to enact “a more fair and equitable tax structure.” His comments reflect calls by some lawmakers for a higher tax rate on historical racing operations. The slots-style historical racing machines allow people to bet on randomly generated, past horse races. The Red Mile has already resumed with historical racing machines going after the Senate passed the legislation. From the Associated Press

WHITLEY COUNTY — Officials are hopeful that the proposed horse racing facilities in Corbin and Williamsburg will continue moving forward despite the announcement from Keeneland and Red Mile that their historical racing operations would temporarily be closed after the Kentucky Supreme Court declined their petition to rehear a case regarding the legality of some games. Last year, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that at least some forms of historical race wagering did not meet the standard for pari-mutuel wagering. And last week, the high court declined to reconsider its previous ruling. The ruling stems from a dispute between racing interests and The Family Foundation, a conservative group that opposes expanded gambling. The foundation argued that historical horse racing machines do not meet pari-mutuel wagering standards under Kentucky law while attorneys for racing interests have insisted that historical horse racing is a valid form of wagering. Keeneland and Red Mile released the following statement Sunday on the Kentucky Supreme Court’s decision not to rehear the case: “We were disappointed the Kentucky Supreme Court denied our petition for rehearing. At this time, Keeneland and Red Mile have made the very difficult decision to temporarily close historical horse racing operations until there is more clarity surrounding the situation. We have confidence the Kentucky legislature will continue its efforts to protect jobs and state revenue generated by historical horse racing, as well as protect Kentucky’s signature horse racing industry.” Bruce Carpenter, the Director of the Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Corbin Industrial Development Commission said he was aware of both the Supreme Court’s decision, and Keeneland’s decision concerning historical waging at its Red Mile facility. Carpenter said both sides, Keeneland and Corbin, were now waiting to see what will happen next in Frankfort. “We feel like the legislatures will take that up into session and pass something that will allow that as a legislative act,” Carpenter told the Times-Tribune. When asked about the future of the track coming to Corbin, Carpenter said he was still hopeful that it could happen. “I’m still very optimistic it’s going to continue to become a reality,” he said. Despite this decision, Keeneland Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Vince Gabbert told the Times-Tribune on Monday that he is hopeful that the Corbin and Williamsburg racing facilities will not be affected. “We are disappointed in the ruling by the Supreme Court and their denial of a rehearing on the issue,” said Gabbert. “However, it has not dampened our enthusiasm for the projects in Corbin and Williamsburg and we are committed to a legislative remedy that would allow the projects to move forward. And we will be working to address the issue as the legislature reconvenes next week.” The Republican-led legislature will resume its 2021 session next week. Keeneland and its new partnership with the majority owners of Kentucky Downs announced in September a plan for a Standardbred racing facility in Corbin as well as a sister facility in Williamsburg. Keeneland has been in talks with the City of Corbin for several years with different visions for the racetrack from Thunder Gap for quarter horse racing in 2015 to Cumberland Run that was a partnership between Keeneland and Churchill Downs announced in 2017. On Oct. 20, 2020, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission met and approved the license application for race dates for a Corbin facility. Now the proposed facility would be a harness racing facility. The track is planned to be located at the land purchased by Keeneland off the Corbin bypass and the related track extension in Williamsburg will be off Exit 11. By Emily Adams-Bentley Reprinted with permission of the Times-Tribune

Keeneland Association and the Red Mile issued a joint press release Jan. 24 announcing the closure of historical horse race (HHR) gaming that the two tracks operate in partnership at the Red Mile harness racing track. The Sunday morning decision came three days after the Supreme Court of Kentucky ruled that it will not rehear an appealed Sept. 24 decision that told a lower court to re-examine the legality of the most crucial form of funding for purses in the commonwealth. “We were disappointed the Kentucky Supreme Court denied our petition for rehearing,” the press release stated. “At this time, Keeneland and Red Mile have made the very difficult decision to temporarily close historical horse racing operations until there is more clarity surrounding the situation. We have confidence the Kentucky legislature will continue its efforts to protect jobs and state revenue generated by historical horse racing, as well as protect Kentucky's signature horse racing industry.” An additional sentence was tacked on to that release on the home page of the Red Mile's website: “Red Mile will close at end of business on Sunday, January 24th. A reopening date has not been identified at this time.” HHR handled $2.2 billion during the commonwealth's most recent fiscal year, and revenue from that form of gaming annually contributes tens of millions of dollars to the Kentucky purses. This form of gaming has been operational—but challenged by opponents in the courts as illegal—for the better part of a decade on the grounds that HHR does not meet the definition of pari-mutuel wagering. In its September judgment, the Supreme Court ruled 7-0 that HHR machines made by Exacta Systems do not “create a wagering pool among patrons such that they are wagering among themselves as required for pari-mutuel wagering.” Although the Supreme Court case only involves HHR machines made by Exacta Systems, whose machines are in use at the Red Mile, Kentucky Downs and Ellis Park, the gaming systems operate in broadly the same manner throughout Kentucky, meaning that a precedent established for one version is likely to affect all forms of HHR gaming. Churchill Downs, Inc., which owns the tracks and gaming licenses associated with Kentucky's Churchill Downs and Turfway Park, has already halted reconstruction on its demolished Turfway grandstand, vowing late in 2020 not to continue until HHR's legality gets sorted out. Although Thursday's Supreme Court decision was not entirely unexpected, it eliminated a judicial avenue for keeping HHR functional in Kentucky, making it clearer that getting HHR passed via new legislation remains the Thoroughbred industry's best path forward, according to some stakeholders. But the Kentucky legislature only meets for 30 days in odd-numbered years, meaning that there is increased time pressure to take up the issue before the 2021 session ends Mar. 30. By T. D. Thornton Reprinted with permission of the Thoroughbred Daily News

Both Tall Dark Stranger and Party Girl Hill were impressive 1:47.2 winners in their respective Tattersalls Pace divisions at The Red Mile on Sunday. Those two would get all 35 first-place votes with Tall Dark Stranger emerging on top with 21 votes to 14 for Party Girl Hill. Ramona Hill, who made a break in the Kentucky Filly Futurity, dropped to the #3 spot. Perfect Sting moved from #9 to #6 and both Bettor's Wish (#9) and Test Of Faith (#10) made it to the top ten list this week.  Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 14 – 10/13/2020 Rank   Name (First Place Votes)   Age/Gait/Sex   Record   Earnings   Points   Pvs   1   Tall Dark Stranger (21)   3pc   11-10-0-0   $1,177,681   335   1   2   Party Girl Hill (14)   3pf   13-13-0-0   $736,620   325   3   3   Ramona Hill   3tf   9-6-1-1   $915,615   255   2   4   Atlanta   5tm   10-5-3-0   $613,814   228   5   5   Gimpanzee   4th   9-6-1-1   $718,464   147   4   6   Perfect Sting   2pc   8-8-0-0   $304,300   139   9   7   Shartin N   7pm   7-5-2-0   $326,269   120   6   8   Kissin In The Sand   5pm   9-5-1-0   $257,484   104   10   9   Bettor’s Wish   4ph   9-4-1-2   $372,232   73   --   10   Test Of Faith   2pf   9-8-1-0   $500,000   50   --   ALSO: Sorella 49; Amigo Volo 19; Ready For Moni 15; Action Uncle, Tattoo Artist 11; Manchego 9; Donna Soprano 7; Charlie May 5; Southwind Gendry 4; Venerate 3; Cattlewash, Hypnotic AM, Peaky Sneaky, Reflect With Me, Southwind Tyrion, Warrawee Vital 2; Captain Corey, Cuatro De Julio, Love A Good Story, Pemberton 1.

LEXINGTON, KY—Bettor’s Wish grabbed the lead early and refused to let it go, winning the $150,000 Odds On Racing Allerage Open Pace—sponsored by Dana Parham and Best Bet Stables—in a harness racing track-record time on Sunday (Oct. 11) at The Red Mile. On the move by a :27.3 opening quarter, Bettor’s Wish took the lead from This Is The Plan moving up the backstretch while early leader Century Farroh was shuffled to third. Century Farroh then pulled and blitzed the pacesetter to a :54.4 half but could not clear the lead. Bettor’s Wish kept Century Farroh parked to three-quarters in 1:22 and accelerated into the stretch with just This Is The Plan in contention. Into the eighth pole This Is The Plan took a shot at Bettor’s Wish, but the four-year-old Bettor’s Delight stallion rebuffed the challenge to hit the finish first in 1:48—a track record for four-year-old pacing stallions. Backstreet Shadow closed for third with Brassy Hanover finishing fourth. “The thing I liked about him most is when we show him in the paddock,” said co-owner Art Zubrod of Fair Island Farms. “Usually the first time you show them in the paddock is the best they ever are, but the great ones get better… He got better every time. He was as good today as he’s ever been—I really think this was the best he’s ever been today.” Owned by Chris Ryder, Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm and Bettors Wish Partners, Bettor’s Wish won his fourth race from nine starts this season and his 22nd from 40 overall, earning $2,288,033. Chris Ryder trains the Brittany Farms-bred stallion while Dexter Dunn had the reins of the $5.20 winner. Kissin In The Sand also scored in track-record time, winning the $72,000 Harness Racing Update Allerage Fillies & Mares Open Pace in 1:48. Taking command past a :27.2 opening quarter, Kissin In The Sand held the helm to a :54.4 half and grew her advantage circling the final turn. Pocket-sitter Caviart Ally gave chase in second to three-quarters in 1:21.3 as Kissin In the Sand widened her lead into the stretch and to the finish. Treacherous Reign rallied down the center of the track for second while Caviart Ally held third and Warrawee Ubeaut settled for fourth.  “She’s probably my favorite, like ever, out of all the horses I’ve ever been associated with,” trainer Nancy Takter said after the race. “When the summer came along she kind of tailed off a little bit [because of allergies] but now with the colder weather she’s kind of more geared up and ready to go again.” Bred by Christina Takter, John Fielding and R A W Equine, Kissin In The Sand won her fifth race from nine starts this season and her 24th from 55 overall, earning $1,536,594 for owners Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables. Dexter Dunn drove the five-year-old Somebeachsomewhere mare who paid $2.60 to win. Even-money second choice Atlanta downed 4-5 favorite Gimpanzee with a 1:50 performance in the Allerage Farms Open Trot—sponsored by Jeff & Paula Gural and Allerage Farms. Atlanta pushed for positioning heading into the first turn with Gimpanzee to her outside. Gimpanzee slid to the front heading to a :27.1 opening quarter and rolled up the backside to a :54.3 half. But the favorite grew leg weary into the final turn as Atlanta popped pocket to three-quarters in 1:23 and quickly put away her rival into the stretch. Gimpanzee continued to falter while Crystal Fashion rallied towards the leader late but settled for second. Majestic Player A closed for third with Lindy The Great finishing fourth. Atlanta downs Gimpanzee with a 1:50 performance​        --Amanda Stephens photo “I thought on paper it was a two-horse race,” said driver Yannick Gingras after the race on his decision to leave with Atlanta. “Me and Ronnie [Burke] were actually on the same page—we talked just before going onto the track. I just didn’t want Gimpanzee on a loose lead and have to come like from five or six lengths behind him. I respect the horse, I just wanted to stay close to him. I think if you can trip her out she’s incredible, but today I think she gutted it out and all credit’s to her.” A five-year-old mare by Chapter Seven, Atlanta won her fifth race from 10 starts this season and her 25th from 49 overall, earning $2,524,453 for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Brad Grant and Howard Taylor. Order By Stable bred the Ron Burke trainee who paid $4.00 to win.     By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- Harness racing driver Dexter Dunn secured a pocket seat for Amigo Volo and, with several horses making breaks over the "good" surface, had open road to pop and power to a 1:51 victory in the $444,000 128th Kentucky Futurity on Sunday (Oct. 11) at The Red Mile. Ready For Moni, the 2-1 second choice, made a break on his way to the gate and lagged from his second-tier starting spot while Amigo Volo pushed for position to the inside. Beads, launching from post 10, swept to the lead before a :27 opening quarter while Amigo Volo settled into second with EL Ideal third and 4-5 favorite Back Of The Neck fourth. Back Of The Neck made his move after the leader passing a :54.2 half and drew closer to the pacesetter into the final turn. Moving towards three-quarters in 1:22.3 Back Of The Neck broke stride, giving Amigo Volo room to tip out of the pocket straightening for the finish. Beads began to gallop while EL Ideal chased Amigo Volo through the stretch, settling for second. Third Shift ripped from the backfield to take third while Chestnut Hill weaved through traffic for fourth. "He was really good here last week--he was probably just a little bit short," Dunn said after the race of the Father Patrick gelding's second-place finish in the Bluegrass. "Nifty knew he was going to be better today and he was. Last year he used to shake his head bad and it cost him a couple of times. He didn't have as good of form when he came back as a three-year-old--he was a bit average. We were probably looking after him a little too much--he just likes to race. You get off the gate hard, that's when he gets excited and puts in good performances. "I did attempt to go [for the lead]--I came out for a little bit when we hit the back straight, but Beads was a little aggressive and took off so I ducked back into the two-hole there," Dunn also said regarding the trip. "Back Of The Neck came up outside of us around the last turn, and I was sort of 50-50 [on] whether I'd come out or stay in. And he ran, so that was probably a lucky trip in the last turn to get out, but the horse did a great job." Surpassing $1 million in earnings with the victory, Amigo Volo has won six races from 12 starts this season and 12 from 24 overall, banking $1,206,369 for owners Pinske Stables and David J. Miller. Richard "Nifty" Norman trains the gelding bred by Kentuckiana Farms LLC and Jorgen Jahre Jr. He paid $10.00 to win. The 128th Kentucky Futurity was sponsored by Hunterton Farms, Stoner Manor Inc. and Menhammer Stuteri Ab. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY—Off at odds of 27-1, Love A Good Story survived first-turn traffic trouble and marched with the outer flow before uncorking a furious stretch drive to land on the finish first in the $255,000 harness racing 55th Kentucky Filly Futurity on Sunday (Oct. 11) at The Red Mile. Carried three wide into the first turn, Love A Good Story eventually landed two wide to a :27 first quarter set by Panem. Hypnotic AM pushed from post 10 for the lead but yielded for the pocket as Sorella marched for the front up the backstretch. Once Sorella, cleared, 3-5 favorite Ramona Hill ranged uncovered towards the top but soon lost stride approaching a :54 half.  Sister Sledge carried the outer tier to the final turn with Crucial second over and Love A Good Story third over. Sorella continued to lead by three-quarters in 1:23.1 while Sister Sledge lost ground, Hypnotic AM pulled out of the pocket and Love A Good Story swung to the center of the track. Hypnotic AM dug into Sorella to take a slight lead into the eighth pole but Love A Good Story came charging past the dueling leaders in the final yards to stop the clock in 1:51.2. Sorella held third while Next Level Stuff finished fourth. “I thought if I could get anywhere close and not use her too much good things could happen,” winning driver Andy Miller said after the race. “You never know what’s going to happen [in a 12-horse field] and I got away towards the back of the back, but everybody kind of kept moving up. When [Ramona Hill] made the break, it changed the whole outlook of the race.”  Returning $56.60 to win, Love A Good Story nabbed her sixth win from 10 starts this season and her 13th from 20 overall, earning $671,634 for owners Pinske Stables, Kentuckiana Racing Stable and Daniel Plouffe. Julie Miller trains the Celebrity Farms-bred Chapter Seven filly. The 55th Kentucky Filly Futurity was presented by the Father Patrick Syndicate and Diamond Creek Farm.    By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY--The Bettor's Delight-Precocious Beauty colt Tall Dark Stranger demonstrated his dominance over the harness racing glamour boy division again, winning the first of two divisions for the $479,000 Crawford Farms Tattersalls Pace on Sunday (Oct. 11) at The Red Mile. Cattlewash crossed to the lead from post 9 before the first turn while Tall Dark Stranger pushed towards the front passing a :27.1 opening quarter. Into the backside Tall Dark Stranger strode uncontested by a :54.1 half and maintained his speed to three-quarters in 1:21.1 as Warrawee Vital ranged first over from third. Warrawee Vital inched closer to Tall Dark Stranger in the stretch but began to bear inside while giving pursuit to the 3-5 favorite, settling for second while Catch The Fire shook loose from a pylon trip for third and Captain Kirk closed for fourth. "Its actually a really nice group of three-year-olds this year so obviously nothing's going to be given to him for free," trainer Nancy Takter said after the race. "I think he makes us think he's working a little bit harder than he actually is for sure. He's just a super-nice colt. I'm actually running out of good things to say about him." Winning his 10th race from 11 starts this season and his 18th from 20 overall, Tall Dark Stranger has amassed $1,895,195 for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Marvin Katz, Caviart Farms and Howard Taylor. James Avritt, Sr. drove the $3.20 winner. Party Girl Hill stepped up to the challenge against the boys and bested her competition to win the second division of the Crawford Farms Tattersalls Pace in 1:47.2. No Lou Zing led the field by the quarter in :27 with Party Girl Hill sitting in the pocket. Into the backstretch driver Dexter Dunn pulled Party Girl Hill wide into the backstretch to circle to the lead and eventually cleared No Lou Zing through an accelerated pace to a :53.4 half. From there the Captaintreacherous filly gained separation from her rivals, hitting three-quarters in 1:21. No Lou Zing and Capt Midnight began to roll into the stretch and cut into Party Girl Hill's buffer, but the Chris Ryder trainee kept the late foes at bay to win by a length. Nou Lou Zing finished second with Capt Midnight third and Save Me A Dance well behind in fourth. "Today was the day because it was a mile and we didn't have much to lose," Ryder said after the race on his decision to move Party Girl Hill into open company. "Now we can go against the fillies in the Breeders Crown and just stay with the fillies. It was the last chance we had--we thought she could do it. She is just what she is... she just showed us that she's just a class of her own, and its just an honor to be out with her." Undefeated from 13 starts, Party Girl Hill has accrued $736,620 for owner-breeder Tom Hill. Off the 2-5 favorite, she returned $2.80 to win. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- Harness racing driver Yannick Gingras launched 7-5 favorite Peaky Sneaky from the pocket and hustled to a 1:48 victory in the second of two divisions for $225,000 Glen Garnsey Memorial--sponsored by the Sweet Lou Syndicate & Diamond Creek Farms--on Sunday (Oct. 11) at The Red Mile. Peaky Sneaky pushed for the lead but settled for the pocket as New Year strode to the top by a :27.1 first quarter. She continued on the lead unchallenged to a :54.3 and rolled unpressed into the final turn until Peaky Sneaky began to emerge from the pocket by three-quarters in 1:22.1. Within a matter of strides Peaky Sneaky surged to the front and widened her lead sprinting to the finish while Perfect Storm scooted through the inside to take second. Rocknificent rallied for third while New Year settled for fourth. Owned by Howard Taylor, Judith Taylor and Order By Stable, Peaky Sneaky won her fifth race from 12 starts this season and her seventh from 21 overall, earning $313,749. White Birch Farm bred the Bettor's Delight filly while Nancy Takter trains the $4.80 winner. Lyons Sentinel skirted around rough-gaited pacesetter Reflect With Me to score as the 6-5 favorite in the first division of the Glen Garnsey Memorial. Reflect With Me motored for the lead while Lyons Sentinel secured the pocket. Marloe Hanover raced third to a :28.2 opening quarter, where JK First Lady tipped first over from last. She flushed cover from Baby Your The Best moving to a :56.3 half, but Reflect With Me remained uncontested to the far turn. Nearing three-quarters Reflect With Me began to stumble in stride, quickly recorrecting but also forcing Lyons Sentinel to zip out of the pocket. JK First Lady came rolling three wide by three-quarters in 1:23.4 but Lyons Sentinel got the jump. Through the stretch the Jim King Jr. trainee held firm on the lead in progress to a 1:49.2 win with JK First Lady settling for second. Hen Party closed for third while Marloe Hanover finished fourth. Owned by Threelyonsracing, Lyons Sentinel won her second race from 11 starts this season and her 11th from 25 overall, earning $1,103,639. Tim Tetrick drove the Hanover Shoe Farms-bred Captaintreacherous filly who paid $4.40 to win. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY--Flawless Country flew up the inside as Insta Glam veered off the cones and strode to a 1:53 harness racing victory in the first of four divisions for the $304,000 International Moni International Stallion Stake Two-Year-Old Filly Trot, sponsored by the International Moni Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms, on Saturday (Oct. 10) at The Red Mile. Trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt sent Flawless Country for the front from post 7 while Gimme Shelter pushed for the pocket from the pylon post and Hello I Love You floated into third. Insta Glam raced headstrong from fourth and soon launched for the lead as the field marched to a :56.3 half. Insta Glam held command around the final turn, taking the group by three-quarters in 1:25.2. But when spinning off the turn, Insta Glam swung off the cones and began to falter while Flawless Country dashed through the seam to take the lead. Hello I Love You lunged wide to contest for the lead late but settled for second with Rose Run Whitney rallying for third and Ineffable finishing fourth. "I pulled the earplugs--it was the first time she had the earplugs--and then she picked up the speed and got a little scared and drifted in," Svanstedt said after the race. "She's a very good horse. The only thing is that she doesn't like to sleep over in other places--she wants to go home. I think that was the reason she raced bad last week [she finished second in a Bluegrass division]. She felt better here after being here for two weeks." A Southwind Frank filly bred by Christian Stoltzfus, Flawless Country won her fifth race from eight starts, earning $323,121 for owners Ake Svanstedt Inc., Wolfgang A Stable Inc. and Borje Nasstrom. She paid $4.80 to win. With 7-5 favorite May Karp going on a gallop heading to the half, 9-5 second choice Beautiful Game picked up the pieces to win the second split of the International Moni. May Karp cleared control to a :28 opening quarter but began to gallop into the backstretch, leaving Piper Hanover on the front with Hot As Hill in the pocket and Beltassima in third. Past a :56.4 half, Beltassima pulled first over with Aunt Irene positioned second over and Beautiful Game third over. Beltassima applied pressure to Piper Hanover by three-quarters in 1:26.1 and continued to dig into the stubborn leader as the backfield fanned out for the stretch drive. Beltassima eventually ground past Piper Hanover to take a narrow lead, but Beautiful Game gathered momentum down the center of the course and powered by rivals in the final strides to win. Piper Hanover held third with Hot As Hill finishing fourth. Winning her second race from 10 starts, Beautiful Game has earned $179,425 for owners Melvin Hartman, David Mc Duffee and Enzed Racing Stable Inc. Richard "Nifty" Norman trains the Muscle Hill filly bred by Brittany Farms LLC, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld while David Miller drove the $5.60 winner. Beautiful Game Anoka Hanover hustled to the lead heading to the half and held firm to the finish, winning the third division of the International Moni in 1:53.2. Splash Blue Chip grabbed the lead moving to a :29.1 first quarter but faced a shuffle up the backstretch as Gotta Believe popped pocket as Material Girl mounted a bid for the lead. Gotta Believe settled for the pocket as Material Girl cleared before a :57.1 half, but Anoka Hanover ranged uncovered towards the top and became the new leader heading into the final turn. Adirondack angled first over and made slight gains on Anoka Hanover to three-quarters in 1:25 but began spinning her wheels into the stretch. Once-leader Splash Blue Chip, finding a spot third over, swung to the center of the track and dashed towards Anoka Hanover into the final eighth, but could only manage second. Gotta Believe finished third with Sweeping Rainbow taking fourth. Off the 4-5 favorite, Anoka Hanover scored her sixth win from 10 starts, earning $215,091 for trainer Noel Daley and co-owners L A Express Table LLC and Caviart Farms. Todd McCarthy drove the Hanover Shoe Farms-bred Donato Hanover filly who paid $3.60 to win. Anoka Hanover Iteration rolled down the center of the track late to nail her competition at the finish and win the final division of the International Moni in 1:53.3. Presto pushed for the lead but yielded control to 9-5 favorite You Ato Dream by a :29.1 opening quarter. You Ato Dream then accelerated up the backstretch as Mazzarati floated first over from fourth with Iteration in tow past a :56.4 half. The favorite kept the tempo hot while Mazzarati stalled to three quarters in 1:24.4, forcing the backfield to tip wide heading for the finish. Into the stretch Presto popped pocket to challenge You Ato Dream, who kept the challenger at bay into the eighth pole. Pub Crawl, sitting third the whole mile, swung wide and surged towards the front with Iteration moving to the center of the track with the most momentum. With four horses in a line at the finish, Iteration won the photo over You Ato Dream, with Pub Crawl third and Presto fourth. Trained by Marcus Melander for owner Courant Inc., Iteration won her fifth race from eight starts, earning $307,009. Order By Stable bred the Chapter Seven filly while Brian Sears sat in the sulky. She paid $15.60 to win. Iteration Grand Circuit action concludes at The Red Mile on Sunday (Oct. 11) with a 12-race card headlined by the $444,000 125th Kentucky Futurity and the $255,000 55th Kentucky Filly Futurity. First-race post time is slated for 1:00 p.m. (EDT).   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

LEXINGTON, KY -- Shifting tactics to race off the speed, Perfect Sting culled an anxious moment at headstretch with a powerful stretch rally to keep his perfect record while winning the second of three harness racing divisions for the $299,100 Betting Line International Stallion Stake Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace--sponsored by the Betting Line Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farm--on Saturday (Oct. 10) at The Red Mile. Summa Cum Laude left for the lead but yielded command to Literl Lad Hanover by a :27.2 opening quarter. Summa Cum Laude soon popped pocket into the backstretch and retook the lead by a :55 half. Meanwhile driver David Miller had Perfect Sting positioned sixth, and angled the Always B Miki-Shebestingin colt first over into the far turn. He grabbed cover from Bayfield Beach to three-quarters in 1:22.4 but Summa Cum Laude had scooted away to a near-three-length lead. Taking to the center of the track, Miller uncorked Perfect Sting straightening for the finish. The Joe Holloway trainee accelerated towards Summa Cum Laude with an eighth to go and reeled the leader in within the final strides, scoring the head decision at the beam of a 1:49.4 mile. Caviart Lotus closed for third with early breaker Abuckabett Hanover rallying for fourth. "He makes me work," David Miller said of his colt after the race. "He wanted it today--I was real proud of him; he wanted to put his head in front. When I got him off Dexter's back [driving Bayfield Beach] and got him going it looked like Yannick had about four [lengths] on me--and I know how good that horse raced last week. I wasn't sure I was going to track him down. So far he's been racing really hard and getting the job done." Undefeated in eight starts, Perfect Sting has banked $304,300 for owner-breeders Brittany Farms LLC and Val D'Or Farms. He paid $3.40 to win. Highlandbeachsbest grabbed the front early and never looked back in progress to a 1:50.2 score in the opening division of the Betting Line. Pirate Hanover pushed for the lead to a :28.1 opening quarter with Highlandbeachsbest positioned second, but driver Tim Tetrick promptly vacated pocket with the Nancy Takter trainee to take the helm heading up the backstretch. By the half in :56.1, Highlandbeachsbest faced mild first-over pressure from Almanac circling the final turn and clipped three-quarters in 1:24. Almanac began to falter into the stretch while Pirate Hanover gave pursuit out of the pocket, making only a slight gain on Highlandbeachsbest to secure second well ahead of Emblaze Hanover in third. Beach Party took fourth. A homebred for Highland Thoroughbred Farm, Highlandbeachsbest won his third race from 11 starts, earning $124,002. The Somebeachsomewhere colt paid $3.40 to win. Highlandbeachsbest Odds-on choice Southwind Gendry stormed uncovered for the lead and kept all late challengers at bay to take the final division of the Betting Line in a 1:50 mile. Positioned fifth to a :27.2 opening quarter, Southwind Gendry stayed put in midpack while Commanding Officer overtook early leader Always A Miki heading to a :54.4 half. Driver Yannick Gingras gave Southwind Gendry his cue moving into the far turn and rolled by a tiring leader after three-quarters in 1:22.3. Southwind Petyr, tracking the favorite's cover, swung off a helmet into the stretch and dug into Southwind Gendry while Always A Miki rallied off a pocket trip up the pylons late. Southwind Gendry kept a neck in front of Southwind Petyr to the finish while Always A Miki settled for third and Lou's Pearlman leapt from last for fourth. "You can do whatever you want with the horse--he's perfect to drive," Gingras said after the race. "I was hoping to get a covered trip for sure, it's always tough coming first up a long, long way. But he's a game horse; when they come to him, that's when he goes." Collecting his eighth victory from 10 starts, Southwind Gendry has banked $409,269 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Phil Collura, Knox Services and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby. Ron Burke trains the Southwind Farms-bred Always B Miki gelding who paid $2.60 to win. Southwind Gendry Grand Circuit action concludes at The Red Mile on Sunday (Oct. 11) with a 12-race card headlined by the $444,000 125th Kentucky Futurity and the $255,000 55th Kentucky Filly Futurity. First-race post time is slated for 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

The "Big Three" in harness racing's Top 10 poll -- Tall Dark Stranger, Ramona Hill, and Party Girl Hill -- will be in action Sunday (Oct. 11) at The Red Mile, with each looking to add a big win to their  resume. Tall Dark Stranger and Party Girl Hill will compete in separate $239,500 divisions of the Tattersalls Pace for 3-year-olds, with Party Girl Hill attempting to become only the second female pacer in 30 years to beat male foes in a race worth more than $100,000. Ramona Hill, who earlier this season bested the trotting boys in the Hambletonian, faces 11 rivals in the $255,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity for 3-year-old female trotters. Sunday's card also includes the $444,000 Kentucky Futurity, with a field of a dozen 3-year-old male trotters led by morning-line favorite Ready For Moni, two divisions of the Glen Garnsey for 3-year-old filly pacers, and Allerage Farm stakes for older pacers and trotters. Tall Dark Stranger is the 9-5 favorite in the first of the two Tattersalls divisions and will have Yannick Gingras in the sulky. The son of Bettor's Delight-Precocious Beauty has won nine of 10 races this season and $1.05 million for trainer Nancy Takter. His victories include the Meadowlands Pace, North America Cup, and Cane Pace. In his two most recent races, both at Red Mile, he won a division of the Bluegrass Stakes by a half-length over Little Brown Jug winner Captain Barbossa and the Kentucky Sire Stakes championship by a neck over Fortify. Tall Dark Stranger, who has won 17 of 19 career races and $1.77 million, is owned by Crawford Farms Racing, Marvin Katz, Caviart Farms, and Howard Taylor. "He's never one that's going to win by five (lengths), but he just keeps winning," Gingras said. "What else can you ask? You can't ask anymore from that horse. He just goes on the track and does his job. He's not flashy, he's a fighter; he just wants to beat them. He's just a tremendous racehorse. It's going to be hard to find another one like him." Tall Dark Stranger leads the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll with 18 first-place votes and 329 points. Party Girl Hill has the second-most first-place votes, 10, but trails Ramona Hill, who received the remaining seven first-place votes, by two points, 302-300. It is the first time in at least a decade that three horses received at least 300 points. Party Girl Hill, who was unraced at 2, is undefeated in 12 races this year with earnings of $616,870 for breeder/owner Tom Hill and trainer Chris Ryder. Only one 3-year-old filly pacer who was unraced at 2 ever banked more, Yellow Diamond, with $1.31 million in 2009. A daughter of Captaintreacherous-Look Cheap, Party Girl Hill enters her Tattersalls split off a Bluegrass division win by 3-1/4 lengths over Lyons Sentinel in 1:48. She is the 5-2 favorite, with Dexter Dunn driving, from post one. Her other victories this year include the Jugette, where she won her elimination with a 1:49.3 world record for a 3-year-old filly pacer on a half-mile track, as well as the Fan Hanover Stakes and the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. See You At Peelers is the only pacing filly in the last 30 years to defeat male rivals in a race worth six figures. She won the 2011 Art Rooney Pace. "People have been talking about us (taking on the boys) for a while; I just thought it was the right time to try it," Ryder said. "It'll be on a mile (track) and, obviously, she's done good enough to give it a shot. That kind of goes without saying. She's thriving, she's doing as good as a horse can do. So, now's the time. "She seems to be getting better and better. The Jugette was good and she was tremendous last week. So, here we are." Ramona Hill has won six of eight races this year and earned $915,615. In addition to her stakes-record-equaling 1:50.1 Hambletonian win, her triumphs this season include the Elegantimage Stakes, Del Miller Memorial, and Zweig Memorial for fillies. She has won 12 of 15 career races and $1.32 million. A daughter of Muscle Hill-Lock Down Lindy, she is owned by Brad Grant, breeder Crawford Farms, Robert LeBlanc, and In The Gym Partners. She is trained by Tony Alagna and driven by Andy McCarthy. Ramona Hill enters the Kentucky Filly Futurity off a second-place finish to Ab'sattitudexpress in a Bluegrass division last week. She is the 7-2 second choice behind 3-1 favorite Sorella. Ramona Hill drew post three, Sorella post four. "I know she wasn't quite herself last week, I think she was a little sick, and I'm expecting a much better effort this week," McCarthy said. "In mid-stretch, I could tell she was getting tired and that's not her at all. Usually, that's when she's getting ready to take off. Turn the page on that one. "When she won the Elegantimage, I think she felt as good as she's ever felt. I've got a good draw (Sunday) and I definitely think I've got the best horse in the race, so I've just got to figure it out." Gingras will drive the morning-line favorites in both the Kentucky Filly Futurity and Kentucky Futurity. The Takter-trained Sorella captured a Bluegrass division last week, beating Spoiled Princess and Hypnotic AM both by a nose, and has won seven of 10 races this season with $485,424 in purses. She is ranked No. 7 in the Top 10. "She was really good last week," Gingras said. "It was three tough fillies at the wire and we were lucky to come out on top. It was real close, I had no idea who won the race. "Ramona Hill is the one to beat, for sure, but I think mine is coming into the race good and we're going to go from there. She's got a good post and I think she'll definitely give a good account of herself." Ready For Moni, also trained by Takter, will start the Kentucky Futurity from the second tier's post 11 and is 5-2 on the morning line. Marion Marauder won the 2016 Kentucky Futurity from post 11 to complete a sweep of the Triple Crown. "Of course, you would always rather have your nose on the gate, but it's not the worst spot in the world," Gingras said. "I think we'll get away fairly close and take a shot from there after that. I'd rather have (post) 11 than the outside with the way the race shook out." Ready For Moni has won five of seven races this year and $575,670. He finished second in the Hambletonian but came back to win the Zweig Memorial for colts and geldings and both his elimination and final of the Goodtimes Stakes. A break in the Canadian Trotting Classic halted his win streak. He is ranked No. 8 in the Top 10. "He made a break his last start, so that's not ideal, but before that he was super sharp," Gingras said. "From what I heard, they did a little bit of work on him, changed his shoes and he's really good now. I'll find out on Sunday. I think when he's on his game, he's as good as anybody." Gimpanzee and Atlanta, ranked No. 4 and No. 5, respectively, in the Top 10, meet in the $148,500 Allerage Farms Open Trot. Gimpanzee is 9-5 on the morning line and Atlanta is 2-1. One other horse in the Top 10, Kissin In The Sand, will be in action Sunday at Red Mile. She is the 3-2 favorite in the $72,000 Allerage Farms Mare Pace. Racing begins at 1 p.m. (EDT) Sunday at Red Mile. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

The $150,000 Allerage Open field at The Red Mile this Sunday is the fastest harness racing field in history and is set to create a possible world record performance. The 12 entered are the highest earning aged horses in 2020. When the also eligibles come out, the field of ten starters will have a combine earnings of $11,949,803. This may not be the richest field in history but it certainly will be close and it will certainly be the fastest. In a racing year that has been short through the Covid pandemic, there has only been two races that has gone faster than 1:47.2 and they were the three-year-old Papi Rob Hanover (by Somebeachsomewhere) who paced in 1:47.1 and the four-year-old Hurrikane Emperor (by Hurrikane Kingcole) who paced in 1:47.  I do not believe that one cannot compare any in this Allerage Open field (in terms of share speed) to the world record holders Lather Up 1:46 who took his record as a four-year-old at The Meadowlands or Always B Miki who took his record of 1:46 at The Red Mile, but who knows what could happen with this great field this Sunday, having so much speed attached to there records. Records are made to be broken! The slowest winning mile in 2020 for all the eligible starters in this race, the $150,000 Allerage Open, is 1:49.2. The fastest is held by the son of Sweet Lou, Dancin Lou at 1:47.2. Three of the starters this year have taken records of 1:47.2 (Dancin Lou by Sweet Lou), 1:47.3 (Bettor's Wish by Bettors Delight) and 1:47.3 (the Australian bred horse Our Major Dan A by Art Major). The fastest sub 1:49 starters are 1:48.4 (Dorsoduro Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere), 1:48.3 (Escapetothebeach by Somebeachsomewhere), 1:48.1f (Filibuster Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere), 1:48.1 (Brassy Hanover by Well Said), 1:48.1f (Backstreet Shadow by Shadow Play) and the New Zealand horse The Devils Own N by Art Major who is the fastest horse in Canada this year at 1:48 flat. The 1:49 starters are 1:49.1f (This Is The Plan by Somebeachsomewhere), 1:49.2 (Sintra by Mach Three) and 1:49 (Century Farroh by Mach Three). The field for the $150,000 Allerage at The Red Mile on Sunday set to go at 2:15pm The fastest horse in The Allerage (1:47.2) is Dancin Lou by Sweet Lou The fastest horse in Canada in 2020 (1:48) is The Devils Own N by Art Major Harnesslink Media

Lexington, KY - A live stream of the the Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile will be available via the track's YouTube page on Saturday and Sunday.      

LEXINGTON, KY --Ake Svanstedt trainee Southwind Tyrion strolled to the front from the pylon post and sped to a 1:51.1 victory, setting a world and stakes record in beating Walner's mark of 1:51.4 in the first of three divisions for the $258,800 Six Pack International Stallion Stake Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot--sponsored by the Six Pack Syndicate and Deo Volente Farms--on Friday (Oct. 9) at The Red Mile. Svanstedt sent the Muscle Hill colt to the top while In Range secured the pocket and 4-5 favorite Venerate floated off the car into third. By the quarter in :27.4, Southwind Tyrion continued unchallenged to a :55.1 but faced pressure into the far turn as Venerate marched first over from third. But Venerate broke stride by three-quarters in 1:23.2, leaving Southwind Tyrion to his own devices through the stretch. In Range kept in contention but gave pursuit from second with Cricket Fashion finishing third. "My plan was to sit behind Venerate," said Svanstedt after the race, "but I pushed [Southwind Tyrion] a little when Tetrick [driving In Range] was coming and then he was a little grabby, so he was too fast for Venerate to come. He felt good the whole mile." Owned by S R F Stable, Knutsson Trotting, Brittany Farms & Riverview Racing, Southwind Tyrion won his fifth race from seven starts, earning $280,797. Southwind Farms LLC bred the $4.40 winner. Jean Pierre Dubois' grandson Louis Badron landed the drive on local startup Cuatro De Julio and kept all challengers at bay, taking the second division of the Six Pack in 1:51.3. Badron blasted Cuatro De Julio for the lead from post 5 and took the field by the quarter in :27.4 with Johan Palema sitting second and Delayed Hanover third. The field continued single file by a :55 half but began to tighten into the final turn as Cuatro De Julio trotted to three-quarters in 1:23.4. Delayed Hanover ranged first over towards the tempo setter heading for the stretch drive and dug into the Trixton colt's lead while drifting through the stretch. Cuatro De Julio responded to the challenge and held strong on the lead to the finish, nabbing his ninth win from 13 starts. Delayed Hanover settled for second with Jack Fire closing for third and Swingforthefences finishing fourth. "I got off a plane to drive this horse today," Badron said after the race. "[Marie Otolan Bar] just told me to 'do your best' and she did great work with the horse. He's so fast... he's so fast." Bred by Dream With Me Stable and owned by D Farm LLC, Cuatro De Julio has accrued $129,275 in earnings. Marie Ortolan Bar trains the $6.20 winner. With three horses going on a gallop early in the mile, Zenith Stride inherited a pocket trip and popped to a 1:53.2 victory in the final division of the Six Pack. Unwritten Chapter broke at the start as Locatelli left for the lead along with Moonstone S to the pylons, but Fly Light landed in the pocket after Moonstone S went on a gallop circling the first turn. Locatelli led to the quarter in :27.3 and broke loose on the lead before breaking stride moving up the backstretch. Fly Light overtook control to a :55.3 half with Zenith Stride positioned second. By three-quarters in 1:25, Fly Light held a diminishing lead into the stretch. Zenith Stride angled from the pocket and took aim at the leader, going by into the eighth pole chased by Sevenshadesofgrey splitting horses late but managing only to give chase for second. Magical Muscle Man took third while Fly Light faltered to fourth. "I think [he's just had] practice," said trainer Mark Harder, talking about the colt's improvement through the season. "Even training down as a young horse in the winter he'd do goofy things. On his day he'd do things great and trot nice--he'd always trot nice. We did some bloodwork [after last week] and we did find something that we could do to help him health wise. I don't know if he was 100 percent today, but he was better." Collecting his second win from eight starts, Zenith Stride has banked $204,825 for owners Emilio & Maria Rosati. Brian Sears drove the Fair Winds Farm Inc.-bred Muscle Hill colt who paid $12.40 to win. Grand Circuit action resumes at The Red Mile on Saturday (Oct. 10) with a total seven divisions of International Stallion Stakes--three for the $299,100 Betting Line Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace and four for the $304,000 International Moni Two-Year-Old Filly Trot. Racing gets underway at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

LEXINGTON, KY -- New York star Test Of Faith rolled to her seventh-straight victory when winning the opening division of the $262,000 Arlene Siegel Memorial International Stallion Stake Two-Year-Old Filly Pace, sponsored by Jules Siegel and Fashion Farms at The Red Mile. Sent the 1-5 favorite, driver David Miller moved Test Of Faith for the front from post 7, clearing command from Marsala Hanover past a :27.2 opening quarter. The Art Major filly maintained her speed up the backstretch, clipping the half in :54.1 as Lady Midnight committed first over moving to the final turn. Caviart Audrey tracked cover to three-quarters in 1:22.2 and fanned three wide into the stretch, but Test Of Faith already got a jump on the field. Spinning for the finish, Miller kept Test Of Faith straight and sped to a 1:48.4 victory chased by Notorious Pink, who shook loose from a shuffled trip to take second. Marsala Hanover snagged third while Caviart Audrey settled for fourth. "She's always been perfect--if you had 20 horses like her you wouldn't have much of a job to do," Pelling said after the race. "She's surprised me. We've always really liked her, but that's going to another level, what she's done the last three weeks. Jimmy Marohn [Jr.] did a great job with her and he always came back and said 'Man, I can't wait to pop those plugs and ask her to step.'" Just a tick off the world record, Test Of Faith now has eight victories from nine starts and $500,000 earned for owners Melvin Segal, Kentuckiana Racing Stable and Eddie Gran. The Fred Hertrich III-bred filly paid $2.40 to win. The second division of the Arlene Siegel Memorial saw Fire Start Hanover move forward early and front the field to the finish for her fifth-straight victory. Leaving from post 2, driver Dexter Dunn cleared command with Fire Start Hanover to a :28.1 opening quarter and increased the speed slightly to a :55.4 half. Continualou angled first over from fourth moving to the far turn, locking 2-1 second choice Blue Diamond Eyes at the pylons. With a breather to three-quarters in 1:24, Fire Start Hanover straightened for a sprint to the finish. The Richard "Nifty" Norman-trained daughter of Somebeachsomewhere held firm to the finish of a 1:50.3 mile with Blue Diamond Eyes shaking loose and splitting horses late to take second. JK Alwaysbalady rallied for third with Thebeachiscalling finishing fourth. "I was very nervous [watching her race], but we really have fun coming down here," co-owner David Hoese said after the race. "This [filly is the best I've owned] by far." Winning six races from nine starts, Fire Start Hanover has earned $211,336 for owners Pinske Stables, David Hoese and Lawrence Means. She paid $3.60 to win. Grand Circuit action resumes at The Red Mile on Saturday (Oct. 10) with a total seven divisions of International Stallion Stakes--three for the $299,100 Betting Line Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace and four for the $304,000 International Moni Two-Year-Old Filly Trot. Racing gets underway at 1:00 p.m. (EDT).   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

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