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LEXINGTON, KY-- A total of six divisions of International Stallion Stakes (ISS) compose part of the harness racing card at The Red Mile Friday, Oct. 4. Freshman trotting fillies compete in four divisions of the $290,200 ISS while the freshman pacing fillies race in two divisions of the $239,000 ISS. Love A Good Story, off a victory in an $83,000 division of Bluegrass, starts from the pylons in the first division of the filly trot. The Chapter Seven filly--owned by Pinske Stables, Kentuckiana Racing Stable and Daniel Plouffe--collected her seventh victory from nine starts when hitting the finish in 1:52.2 to pull a 7-1 upset last week. The winner of $216,187 will have Andy Miller in the bike for trainer Julie Miller. Crucial, a three-quarter sister to Ineffable (who sold for $600,000 at night one of the Lexington Selected Sale), will compete against Love A Good Story from post 3. The Ron Burke-trained daughter of Father Patrick enters off consecutive third-place finishes in the $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes Final and the $215,000 Kentuckiana at Hoosier Park. Chris Page steers the winner of $127,023 for owners Burke Racing Stable, William Donovan, J&T Silve-Prunel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Ramona Hill races widest of her seven foes in the second ISS split as she puts her unbeaten record on the line against Sister Sledge, who starts from post 1 after losing for the first time in eight starts last week. Trained by Tony Alagna for owners Brad Grant, Crawford Farms Racing, Robert Leblanc and In The Gym Partners, Ramona Hill blasted off a pocket trip under a hand drive to a 1:52.4 win in an $82,000 division of Bluegrass. The winner of $66,000 will try to stay undefeated in her fifth pari-mutuel bow and will have Andrew McCarthy in the sulky. Sister Sledge added Lasix when racing as the 1-2 favorite in an $82,000 division of Bluegrass but flattened through the lane and settled for third in a 1:54.1 mile. The Ron Burke-trained daughter of Father Patrick--who has banked $274,402 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi--neighbors on the gate the Per Engblom trainee Shishito, who won an $83,000 division of Bluegrass in 1:52 to up her bankroll to $222,776 for owners Black Horse Racing and John Fielding. Yannick Gingras drives Sister Sledge while Dexter Dunn drives Shishito. Trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt sends Common Sense S from post 8 in the third ISS division off a 1:53.3 win in an $82,000 division of Bluegrass where she bested Sister Sledge. Co-owned by Svanstedt Inc. with the S R F Stable, the Trixton filly has five wins to her credit from nine starts and $122,600 earned. Erv Miller upgrades Heaven to Grand Circuit company in the same division after the Father Patrick filly won a late-closing event last week at Lexington going wire to wire in 1:55.1 to break her maiden in her 11th start. Owned by Ervin Miller Stable, Louis Willinger, George Golemes and Happy Hour Racing, Heaven has earned $34,942 and will start from post 5 in rein to Marcus Miller. Doherty Memorial runner-up Sherry Lyns Lady leads the final ISS filly trot off a 1:54.2 victory in the Kentuckiana at Hoosier Park. Hitting the board in eight of nine starts but winning only twice, the Jim Campbell-trained Father Patrick filly has accrued $264,154 in earnings for owners Coyote Wynd Farms and will start from post 3 with Tim Tetrick driving. In the earlier division of ISS for two-year-old pacing fillies, Reflect With Me looks to reenter the winner's circle off two check-earning finishes in the She's A Great Lady. The Tony Alagna-trained Captaintreacherous filly--with $156,225 earned for owners Brittany Farms LLC and Brad Grant--will start from post 2 with Andrew McCarthy in the bike. Flanking the likely favorite, Looksgoodinaromper makes her first Grand Circuit foray. The Pet Rock filly thrived on the Ohio Sires Stakes circuit, hitting the board in all seven starts while collecting five victories and amassing $273,650 in earnings for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Chris Page drives the Ohio Sires Stakes champ from post 3 for trainer Ron Burke. Kentucky Sires Stakes champ Gai Waterhouse will attempt to rebound in the later ISS frosh-filly pace dash. The Domenico Cecere trainee--entering from a 1:50.3 pocket-popping score in the $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes championship--stalked the pacesetter again but gave chase to finish third as the 8-5 favorite in a $140,750 division of Bluegrass. The daughter of Western Ideal--earning $171,890 for owner Lindy Farms of Connecticut--will have Yannick Gingras in the sulky. The nine-race program also features two late-closing events for two-year-old trotting colts and a single late-closing dash for pacing fillies and mares. Racing gets underway Friday with first-race post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). by Ray Cotolo, for the Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- A seven-race harness racing card starts the second week of the Grand Circuit fortnight at The Red Mile with three divisions of the $276,300 International Stallion Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts highlighting the Thursday, Oct. 3 card. Rome Pays Off leads the opening division after finishing third in a $105,500 division of Bluegrass. The Marcus Melander-trained Muscle Hill colt closed from last with a :27.1 final quarter to finish eight lengths behind the winner. Brother Mattias Melander stays in the sulky as he pilots the winner of $177,494 for owner S R F Stable. Amigo Volo, who gave trainer Carter Pinske his first Grand Circuit victory, starts from the outermost post in the field of seven composing the second Stallion Stake split. Dexter Dunn piloted the Father Patrick gelding to a seven-length victory in a division of the Bluegrass and stopped the clock in 1:52.3, lowering the world record for a freshman trotting gelding. Dunn will again drive the winner of $168,646 for owners Pinske Stables and David J. Miller. Dunn also drove E L Ideal, racing from post 3 in the second division, to a maiden-breaking 1:52.2 victory in the Bluegrass last week. The Ake Svanstedt-trained Muscle Hill colt, racing for Emp Invest Oy, will have Andy Miller in the bike. Real Cool Sam fronts the final division as he tries to stay unbeaten in nine starts. With victories including a 1:53.1 victory in the $324,550 Peter Haughton Memorial and--more recently--a 1:53.4 win in the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship, the Fashion Farms homebred has accrued $420,038 in earnings. David Miller will maintain the reins as he steers the Jim Campbell trainee from post 5. Gangster Hanover, romping by nine-and-a-quarter lengths in his Bluegrass split, will start from post 7 in the final division. Trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt launched the Father Patrick colt after the pacesetter circling the final turn and sprinted to the finish in :26.2 to win in a lifetime-best 1:52.3 last week. Svanstedt, who co-owns the colt, stays in the bike behind the winner of $114,522 for co-owners S R F Stable and Brittany Farms. Kentucky Sires Stakes champion Ready For Moni will try to rebound as he faces Real Cool Sam from post 3. The Per Engblom-trained colt by Ready Cash led most of the mile in his $105,500 division of Bluegrass last week before jumping and veering into the safety lane through the stretch. He has earned $161,500 from six starts for owners John Fielding, Lindy Farms of Connecticut, Herb Liverman and Bud Hatfield, and will have Jimmy Takter in the bike. The Thursday, Oct. 3 program also features three late-closing events for two-year-old trotting fillies and a single late-closing race for two-year-old pacing fillies. Racing gets underway with first-race post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

LEXINGTON, KY -- Entering from several off-the-board finishes, the harness racing Brian Brown trainee, Workin Ona Mystery, catapulted off cover to pace the quickest mile of the three divisions of the $267,400 Captaintreacherous Bluegrass Stakes--sponsored by the Captaintreacherous Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms--on Sunday, Sept. 29 at The Red Mile. Semi Tough took command from Dancin Lou entering the first turn and led the field to a :27.1 opening quarter while 4-5 favorite Captain Crunch sat fourth with Workin Ona Mystery on his back. The favorite then tipped from the pylons passing a :54.4 half and ranged towards the pacesetter while supplying cover to Workin Ona Mystery heading to three-quarters in 1:21.4. Captain Crunch took command from Semi Tough through the stretch but could not withstand Workin Ona Mystery as he darted past to a two-length victory in 1:48.1. Dancin Lou, off a pocket trip, finished third. "It's been a two-month struggle," Brian Brown said after the race. "It's like every time you turned around, there was something else wrong blood related--some infection; the white count was out of whack and then it'd knock his red count, his hemoglobin, out of whack. Just something all the time with him--and he's finally getting healthy again. Tim [Tetrick]'s helped with getting him rigged up. He's behaving much better; he's more relaxed. Hats off to his groom, his trainer--they've helped me get this horse back going." Bred by White Birch Farm and owned by Diamond Creek Racing, Stambaugh Leeman Stable, Alan Keith and Wingfield Brothers LLC, Workin Ona Mystery won his ninth race from 17 starts, earning $430,341. Tim Tetrick drove the Captaintreacherous colt who paid $4.60 to win. American Mercury motored off a pocket trip to a 1:49.3 victory in the second division of the Captaintreacherous. Driver Tyler Buter pushed for the front with American Mercury heading to the first turn but yielded command to Can't Beach That after a :27 first quarter. American Mercury stayed in the pocket through a :55 half and three-quarters in 1:23.3 while Can't Beach That endured far-turn pressure from De Los Cielos Deo. But De Los Cielos Deo faltered into the stretch, leaving room for American Mercury to slingshot from the pocket and to the lead through the stretch. He hit the finish two lengths better than Fabrice Hanover, who tracked De Los Cielos Deo's cover for second, with Can't Beach That finishing third. Winning his 10th race from 20 starts, American Mercury--sired by American Ideal--has earned $631,443 for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Northfork Racing Stable, Chuck Pompey and Scott Bice. Chris Oakes trains the $3.40 winner bred by Steve Stewart, Julie Nash and Charles Nash. American Mercury Bettor's Wish brushed past tiring horses circling the final turn to take the final Captaintreacherous split. The Chris Ryder trainee raced fourth while Air Force Hanover took control before a :26.4 first quarter. Pyro then pulled wide from third and surged to the lead nearing a :53.4 half but soon decelerated heading to the final turn. Driver Dexter Dunn angled Bettor's Wish from fourth and blitzed the pacesetter as he slowed to three-quarters in 1:22, then opened a four-length margin on the field through the lane. Air Force Hanover gave pursuit from second while Shake That House closed from third over to finish third in a 1:48.3 mile. "He impressed me even this week," Ryder said after the race. "I was saying to myself [that] he feels fresh; he doesn't feel tired. I had a little bit of trouble with him in the stall--he keeps spinning around; he's just got so much energy the last two or three weeks. He wanted to go race; he didn't want to be locked up. That's just the way he is." Accruing $1,426,000 in earnings for owners Chris Ryder, Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm and Bettors Wish Partners, Bettor's Wish--a son of Bettor's Delight bred by Brittany Farms--collected his 15th victory from 26 starts. He paid $2.20 to win. "This horse he has such a great personality; he's what I look for in a yearling," said Art Zubrod, co-owner through Fair Island Farm, after the race. "Every time you put him in the paddock with somebody he was the same... he just can't wait to get to the racetrack. Bettor's Wish "Last year I thought he was a top colt," Zubrod also said, "and Chris [Ryder] called me this winter, he said 'We've been offered quite a bit of money, what do you think?' And I said 'Man, I'm going to be honest with you: I know this horse is top three. Paul MacDonell last year took such good care of this horse--had a couple of races that he could've won if he went to the stick but he didn't go to the stick and I think it's really helped us this year." Grand Circuit action resumes at The Red Mile Thursday, Oct. 3 with the $350,000 (est.) International Stallion Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Racing gets underway with first-race post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

LEXINGTON, KY -- Surpassing $1 million in earnings, Greenshoe coasted to a 1:49.4 victory in the first of two divisions of the $192,200 International Moni Bluegrass Stakes--sponsored by the International Moni Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farm--as harness racing trainer Marcus Melander swept the pair of sophomore trotting events Sunday, Sept. 29 at The Red Mile. Greenshoe raced third to a :26.3 first quarter set by Chin Chin Hall with Union Forces sitting in the pocket. Driver Brian Sears kept Greenshoe in third through a :55.2 half before pulling wide and cruising to the top rounding the final turn. The Father Patrick colt--sent the 1-9 favorite--strode past three-quarters in 1:23 and sprinted to the finish in :26.4 under pursuit from stablemate Gimpanzee in second. Chin Chin Hall settled for third. "He's been behaving the whole year," Melander said after the race. "He's been here almost for three weeks now and he's very relaxed on this track. I'm always a little bit nervous when he goes out on the track to see how he behaves. But he's been behaving every start so I cannot complain. "I think he can go [1]:48," Melander also said. "If he gets a faster half or faster three-quarters. But he's so fast that he can do that for sure." Winning his 11th race from 15 starts, Greenshoe has $1,016,273 banked for owners Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist and Morten Langli. Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz bred the $2.10 winner. Melander's other star pupil, millionaire Green Manalishi S, delivered as the 4-5 favorite in the second International Moni division. Green Manalishi S Marseille moved for the top heading to a :27.1 first quarter while Osterc protected the pocket. Driver Tim Tetrick angled Green Manalishi S first over nearing a :55.4 half and ranged towards the pacesetter with Pilot Discretion in tow approaching three-quarters in 1:23. Green Manalishi S took command entering the stretch as Marseille battled towards the pylons and Pilot Discretion kicked off cover to give chase. The Melander-trained Muscle Hill colt stopped the clock in 1:50.4 and finished one length better than Pilot Discretion with Marseille holding third. "[Greenshoe's] probably a little better at the end of the day but [Green Manalishi S] keeps showing up and has put a lot of dollars on that right column," Tetrick said after the race. "My horse likes sitting on the outside there and grinding it out. He's never winning by four or five; he makes it close, but he will fight them." a Bred by Ab Svensk Reklamfinans and owned by Courant Inc., Green Manalishi S won his 11th race from 20 starts, amassing $1,149,395. He paid $3.60 to win. Grand Circuit action resumes at The Red Mile Thursday, Oct. 3 with the $350,000 (est.) International Stallion Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Racing gets underway with first-race post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY--Sent the 1-5 favorite, Ramona Hill sat second through the mile before tipping from the pocket and striding to a 1:52.4 victory under a hand drive in the final of four harness racing divisions for the $330,000 Norman Woolworth Memorial Bluegrass Stakes on Friday, Sept. 27. Panem pushed for the front moving to a :28 opening quarter with Ramona Hill floating into the pocket. Madame Sherry sat third up the backstretch as the field raced single file towards a :55.4 half. Ramona Hill then edged from the pocket passing three-quarters in 1:24.4 and lunged to the lead through the stretch as Madame Sherry gave chase in second and Panem settled for third. "We trained the mare, Lock Down Lindy, and this filly had a very similar frame to Lock Down Lindy, but she was an end-of-May foal so she was very immature at the sale but had a great look to her," trainer Tony Alagna said after the race on purchasing Ramona Hill for $70,000 at the Lexington Yearling Sale last fall. "Knowing how fast the mare was, I thought I'd take a shot at that number. "I didn't stake her to the [Jim] Doherty at the Meadowlands because she was a late foal and I told the partnership that I think this filly's special, but I don't want to push her early because I want to make sure we have a great three-year-old. That's what we've done by design and so far she's paying us off." Co-owned by breeder Crawford Farms with Brad Grant, Robert LeBlanc and In The Gym Partners, Ramona Hill has won in all four of her starts, earning $66,000. Andrew McCarthy drove the $2.40 winner. Shishito took the lead early and strode to a 1:53 victory in the opening division of the Bluegrass filly trot. Dune Hill dashed to the front moving to a :28 first quarter before yielding command to even-money favorite Shishito moving to the backside. Second-betting choice Senorita Rita angled first over from fifth passing a :56 half and ranged towards the pacesetter nearing three-quarters in 1:24.3. Senorita Rita continued to dig into Shishito through the stretch but could only manage second while Dune Hill gave pursuit from third. Bred by Diamond Creek Farm LLC and owned by Black Horse Racing and John Fielding, Shishito won her fourth race from eight starts, earning $222,776. Dexter Dunn drove the $4.00 winner for trainer Per Engblom. Common Sense S handed 1-2 favorite Sister Sledge her first loss when wining the second Bluegrass split. Trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt snagged the pocket with Common Sense S while Hello Tomorrow led the field to a :28.1 first quarter. Sister Sledge slid first over from fourth passing a :56.2 half and drew alongside Hello Tomorrow approaching three-quarters in 1:25.2. Hello Tomorrow kept Sister Sledge at bay through the lane but drifted from the pylons enough to create a seam for Common Sense S to shoot through late in the mile to win in 1:53.3. Sister Sledge settled for third. "I bought her in Sweden on a sale," Svanstedt said after the race. "It was because I trained her mother and grandmother and they were very successful--they made around a half- to two-million Swedish kronas. [Coming from the small tracks], it's good for them to come here and stretch out here on the big track." Co-owned by Ake Svanstedt Inc. with S R F Stable, Common Sense S won her fifth race from nine starts, earning $122,600. The Menhammer Stuteri Ab-bred Trixton filly paid $12.20 to win. Love A Good Story surged past 3-5 favorite Ms Savannah Belle late in the stretch to take the third Bluegrass split. In control through a :28.1 first quarter, Love A Good Story settled for the pocket past a :55.4 half after Ms Savannah Belle pushed first over for the front nearing the final turn. Seventimesalady floated first over approaching three-quarters in 1:26 but forced Love A Good Story to pop pocket heading for the top of the stretch. Seventimesalady lost ground and gave chase as Love A Good Story and Ms Savannah Belle matched strides towards the finish, with the favorite giving way in the final sixteenth to the Julie Miller-trained Chapter Seven filly in a 1:52.2 mile. Winning her seventh race from nine starts, Love A Good Story--bred by Celebrity Farms--has earned $216,187 for owners Pinske Stables, Kentuckiana Racing Stable and Daniel Plouffe. Andy Miller piloted the $17.80 winner. Each division of the Norman Woolworth Memorial was sponsored by Arden Homestead Stables, Et Gerry & Peter Gerry, Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg, Stoner Manor Inc., Menhammar Stuteri Ab, Jorgen Jahre Jr., LST Stables and Lawrence S. Devan. Grand Circuit action resumes at The Red Mile on Saturday, Sept. 28 with four divisions of the $324,800 Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Colt Pace and a single $163,100 Bluegrass division for three-year-old pacing fillies. Racing gets underway with first-race post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- After winning in his harness racing Grand Circuit debut yesterday, 24-year-old trainer Carter Pinske sent both winners in the $280,500 Artspeak Bluegrass Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies--sponsored by the Artspeak Syndicate and Winbak Farms--on the Friday, Sept. 27 card at The Red Mile. Marloe Hanover made her way to the top early and withstood the backfield's late rally to take the $139,750 opening Bluegrass division in a lifetime-best 1:50.4. Driver David Miller brushed the Carter Pinske trainee to the front past a :27.4 first quarter while Shouldabeenatd raced second. Beyond Ecstasy, the 6-5 favorite, angled first over from fourth heading to a :56 half and progressed towards the pacesetter while carrying Lady Lou on cover rounding the final turn. Beyond Ecstasy stalled passing three-quarters in 1:24 and retreated through the stretch as Marloe Hanover sprinted for the finish. Shouldabeenatd gave chase to secure second while Lady Lou kicked off cover for third. Winning her second race from seven starts, Marloe Hanover has earned $124,279 for owners Pinske Stables, David Hoese and Bridgette Jablonsky. She paid $12.40 to win. Sitting behind dueling favorites around the final turn, driver Dexter Dunn pulled Annabelle Hanover from the pylons and darted past 8-5 favorites Baby Your The Best and Gai Waterhouse to take the second Bluegrass division. Gai Waterhouse took command from Annabelle Hanover moving to a :27.4 opening quarter but soon bore a first-over challenge from Baby Your The Best heading up the backstretch. Baby Your The Best crossed over to control after a :55.3 half, leaving Love For Sail uncovered and Blood Red gapping from second over rounding the final turn. Annabelle Hanover wove through the two-wide gap passing three-quarters in 1:23.1 and surged by Baby Your The Best through the stretch to win drawing away in a 1:50.2 mile. Gai Waterhouse settled for third. "[She's] just a real gamey-looking filly," trainer Carter Pinske said after the race. "Just the right size, right build; [it's] what we look for in a Somebeach[somewhere]. There's a pretty big story behind this horse--it's about one of the craziest breaking stories ever... just to have her here is awesome. It took until about February until she was broke good. I just have to say thanks to Erv Miller and everybody down in Florida that helped get her to the track, let alone here." Owned by Pinske Stables, Lawrence Means and Curly Tall Curly Small, Annabelle Hnaover broke her maiden in her sixth start, collecting $115,233. The Somebeachsomewhere filly paid $7.20 to win. Grand Circuit action resumes at The Red Mile on Saturday, Sept. 28 with four divisions of the $324,800 Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Colt Pace and a single $163,100 Bluegrass division for three-year-old pacing fillies. Racing gets underway with first-race post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY--The nation's top harness racing three-year-olds will compete on the Sunday, Sept. 29 card at The Red Mile, which features three Bluegrass Stakes divisions for sophomore pacing colts and two splits for both three-year-old trotting colts and fillies. Tot.al purses are more than $677,000 Saturday North America Cup winner Captain Crunch fronts the opening division of the $267,400 Captaintreacherous Bluegrass Stakes, sponsored by the Captaintreacherous Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms. The millionaire Captaintreacherous colt looks to rebound off a fourth-place finish in the $253,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship. Scott Zeron steers the Nancy Johansson trainee from post 5 for owners 3 Brothers Stables, Christina Takter, Rojan Stables and Caviart Farms. Messenger Stakes champ American Mercury tops the second Bluegrass colt pace division off a third-place effort in the $384,000 second heat of the Little Brown Jug. With over $500,000 earned for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Northfork Racing Stable, Chuck Pompey and Scott Bice, the American Ideal gelding trained by Chris Oakes races from post 3 in rein to Tyler Buter. Bettor's Wish, another millionaire, starts from post 6 in the third division. The Chris Ryder-trained son of Bettor's Delight failed to qualify for the Little Brown Jug after finishing second in the Messenger Stakes. He rebounded two weeks later with a three-length 1:48.1 victory in the $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes Final. Regular pilot Dexter Dunn sits in the bike for owners Chris Ryder, Bell Racing, Fair Island Farm and Bettors Wish Partners. Hambletonian Oaks favorite and runner-up Millies Possesion will rematch Oaks winner When Dovescry in the first of two divisions for the $218,000 Bar Hopping Bluegrass Stakes, sponsored by the Bar Hopping Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms. Nearing $500,000 in earnings, Millies Possesion has one loss from 11 starts, which came when chasing When Dovescry in a 1:50.2 mile on the first Saturday in August. She returned to the races to cap a Pennsylvania Sires Stakes sweep with a 1:53.4 mile in the $253,000 championship. Jim Campbell conditions the daughter of Possess The Will for owner-breeder Fashion Farms LLC. Dexter Dunn sits in the sulky. When Dovescry returned to the track one month after winning the Hambletonian Oaks, taking a $63,772 Simcoe Stakes division going wire to wire in 1:54.4. She raced first over as the odds-on favorite in the $282,000 Elegantimage Final but faltered to third in her most recent mile. Simon Allard will drive the Muscle Hill filly from post 6 for trainer and brother Rene Allard, who conditions the winner of $641,976 for owners Go Fast Stable, Yves Sarrazin, Kapildeo Singh and Lawrence Dumain. Evident Beauty leads the second Bar Hopping division off back-to-back Grand Circuit victories. Winning the Elegantimage final from off the speed, the Trixton filly shipped south to Hoosier Park, where she won as the 1-2 favorite in the $135,000 Moni Maker Trot. Richard "Nifty" Norman trains the winner of $735,398 for owners Melvin Hartman, Little E LLC and R A W Equine Inc. David Miller will drive from post 3. The first division of the $192,200 International Moni Bluegrass Stakes--sponsored by the International Moni Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms--features Marcus Melander's star Greenshoe, who would become a millionaire with a victory in the $96,100 opening split. The Father Patrick colt has won his three starts following a runner-up finish in the $1,000,000 Hambletonian; his most recent victory being a 1:50.3 effort in the $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes final. Greenshoe races for owners Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist and Morten Langli, and will have Brian Sears in the bike from post 3. Melander's other trotting star, Green Manalishi S, starts from post 6 in the second split of the International Moni. The Muscle Hill colt, owned by Courant Inc., surpassed $1,000,000 in earnings with a 1:52.4 victory in the $453,750 Canadian Trotting Classic final. Tim Tetrick will guide Green Manalishi S from post 6 as he competes against Pilot Discretion, the Tony Alagna-trained Muscle Hill colt who finished second in the Canadian Trotting Classic. Andrew McCarthy drives Pilot Discretion from post 8 for owners Robert Leblanc, David Anderson and John Fodera. The 10-race card Sunday at The Red Mile opens with three late-closing events, two on the pace and one on the trot. Racing gets underway with first-race post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY--Making his first foray into harness racing Grand Circuit company, Carter Pinske trainee Amigo Volo vaulted to the top entering the stretch to win in a world-record 1:52.3 when taking the third of three divisions of the $315,500 Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot--sponsored by Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz--on Thursday, Sept. 26 at The Red Mile. Odds-on favorite Ready For Moni floated to the front passing a :28 opening quarter while King Alphonso yielded for the pocket and Amigo Volo raced third. Ontopofthehill, positioned fifth, tipped first over into a :56.3 half and flushed Amigo Volo two wide into the final turn. Amigo Volo advanced to match strides with Ready For Moni passing three-quarters in 1:25.4 while King Alphonso slid from the pocket through a gap in cover straightening for the finish. Both King Alphonso and Ready For Moni lost stride through the lane as Amgio Volo strode clear of his competition, chased by Cafe Americano in second and Rome Pays Off in third. "He always showed talent down in Florida," Pinske said after the race. "He just lacked maturity. He's a little funky with his mouth; a little funky with his shoeing and stuff like that. It was one of those things where he'd train good one week and then he'd have a poor week. When we got him up north and we got him gelded, he turned into a horse then." Owned by the Pinske Stables and David J. Miller, Amigo Volo won his third race from seven starts, earning $168,646. The Father Patrick gelding was bred by Kentuckiana Farms LLC and Jorgen Jahre had Dexter Dunn in the bike and paid $14.40 to win. The prior world record for a two-year-old trotting gelding was 1:53.1 co-held by Outburst (2013) and Real Cool Sam (2019). Gangster Hanover hustled past 4-5 favorite Back Of The Neck to win the $104,500 opening Bluegrass division drawing away in a 1:52.3 mile. Trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt sat fourth with Gangster Hanover while Back Of The Neck led the field to a :27.1 opening quarter with stablemate Expectations sliding into the pocket. Svanstedt floated the Father Patrick colt from the cones passing a :55.4 half and blitzed Back Of The Neck circling the final turn. Gangster Hanover struck the front past three-quarters in 1:25.4 and widened his lead through the stretch as Stonefire US, off at 97-1, rallied towards the center of the course for second. Hobbs snagged third from Back Of The Neck fading to fourth. Co-owned by Svanstedt with S R F Stables and breeder Brittany Farms (which bought into 25 percent of the colt as a yearling after the Harrisburg Sale), Gangster Hanover won his third race from five starts, earning $114,522. He paid $18.20 to win. "It's the only horse I bought at Harrisburg," George Segal of Brittany Farms said after the race. "I liked the pedigree; I liked the horse. My advisors helped me and everything worked out fine. Normally [these horses] show their best right here. [Ake Svanstedt's a] great trainer. He's got great horses that he's developed here--Six Pack among others." Dexter Dunn also drove Svanstedt trainee EL Ideal to a maiden-breaking 1:52.2 mile when taking the second division of Bluegrass. It's Academic swept to the front from the outermost post in the field of eight while EL Ideal sat second to a :27.1 first quarter. Berkery J, racing third to the backside, pulled first over and crossed over to control passing a :55.4 half before It's Academic tipped from second to retake command rounding the final turn. EL Ideal tracked the pocket-popper's move and ranged past the new leader through three-quarters in 1:25. The Muscle Hill colt maintained command through the lane while pursued by 1-2 favorite Capricornus in second. Big Oil kicked off cover for third. "He's been in some really good races as a two-year-old," Dunn said after the race. "He was a little off his game last out but Ake and Sarah said that today he felt great and he showed it. He's a big-strong guy and the big track definitely felt like it helped him a lot." Bred by Erkki Laakkonen and owned by Emp Invest Oy, EL Ideal has earned $122,682 from six starts. He paid $18.20 to win. Grand Circuit action resumes at The Red Mile on Friday, Sept. 27 with a nine-race card highlighted by four divisions of the $330,000 Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Filly Trot and two divisions of the $280,500 Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Filly Pace. Racing gets underway with first-race post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY--Four harness racing divisions for the $324,800 Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Colt Pace headline the Saturday, Sept. 28 program at The Red Mile with a single 12-horse dash for the $163,100 Bluegrass Three-Year-Old Filly Pace also featured. Ohio Sires Stakes champion Elver Hanover, entering undefeated, competes against Kentucky Sires Stakes champion Catch The Fire in the first Bluegrass division for frosh pacing colts. Elver Hanover, a gelded son of Yankee Cruiser, has accrued $288,600 from seven starts for owners Burke Racing Stable, Bridgette Jablonsky, Jason Melillo, Jerry and Theresa Silva Stables and Purnel & Libby. Yannick Gingras drives the Ron Burke trainee from post 2. Catch The Fire, a Captaintreacherous colt, scooted to a three-length victory in 1:49.4 when winning the Kentucky Sires Stakes Final in his most recent start. The John Ackley trainee has earned $237,333 from nine starts for owner Ct Stables LLC, missing the board in only one race. Mike Wilder drives the $15,000 Lexington purchase from post 4. Seeyou At Thebeach tops the second Bluegrass colt split off a fourth-place finish in the $562,500 Metro Pace. The Brian Brown-trained son of Somebeachsomewhere has two wins on his eight-race record--a 1:51.2 victory in a division of Pennsylvania Sires Stakes and a 1:52.2 win in a division of Arden Downs. He has earned $100,930 for owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and Chris Page. Tim Tetrick will drive from post 3. Western Ideal colt Manticore leads the third Bluegrass colt dash. Hitting the board in every start, the Bruce Saunders trainee exits a runner-up finish in the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship to Papi Rob Hanover, who finished second in the Metro Pace Final. M&L of Delaware LLC and M&M Harness Racing LLC own him while Brian Sears will sit in the bike. Kentucky Sires Stakes runner-up Roll With Jr contests Kentucky Sires Stakes Consolation winner Chief Mate in the final Bluegrass colt split. Roll With Jr, in his first start on Lasix, rode the pylons to a second-place finish behind Catch The Fire in his most recent mile. He has two wins from eight starts and $101,916 earned for owners Pollack Racing LLC and Jeff Cullipher, who also trains the Roll With Joe colt. Doug McNair handles $15,000 Lexington purchase from post 2. Chief Mate, winning in his first two pari-mutuel starts, shipped to Canada from the Meadowlands in late July before venturing south to the Kentucky Sires Stakes. Off a sixth-place finish as the odds-on favorite, the Tony Alagna-trained Captaintreacherous colt won the $50,000 consolation by four-and-a-quarter lengths going wire to wire in 1:51.4. Montrell Teague, who drove him to victory in his last start, retains the drive and starts from post 3. In the lone Bluegrass division for sophomore pacing fillies, Kentucky Sires Stakes winner Beautyonthebeach ascends into Grand Circuit competition off a 1:49.2 mile to secure a series sweep. The Gregg McNair-trained daughter of Somebeachsomewhere approaches $500,000 in earnings for owner-breeder James Avritt Sr. and starts from post 6 with Doug McNair in the sulky. Current division leader Tall Drink Hanover starts outside of the state-bred champ, racing from post 8. The Captaintreacherous filly won a $128,103 Simcoe split in 1:49.1 on Sept. 7 and has not raced since, but qualified on Sept. 22 at Lexington with a 1:52.1. Tony Alagna conditions the winner of 14 races in 22 starts and $637,807 for owners Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing LLC. Andrew McCarthy will drive. The eight-race card Saturday includes two late-closing events for two-year-old pacing colts and a 13-horse late-closing race for trotting fillies and mares. The card begins with first-race post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY--  Harness racing trotting and pacing two-year-old fillies front the Friday, Sept. 27 program at The Red Mile with four divisions of the $330,000 on the trot and two divisions of the $280,500 Bluegrass Stakes on the pace. Shishito tops the opening division of the filly trot. Trained by Per Engblom, the daughter of Father Patrick enters off a third-place finish in the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship and, recently, a second-place finish in the $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes Final. Dexter Dunn drives the winner of three races in seven starts--and over $180,000 in earnings--for owners Black Horse Racing and John Fielding. In the second filly-trot split Ron Burke trainee Sister Sledge will try to stay undefeated. Winning in all seven starts (including a 1:55.1 victory in the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship), the Father Patrick filly has banked $264,562. Yannick Gingras will drive from post 2 for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Jason Melillo, Jerry and Theresa Silva Stables, Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Kentucky Sires Stakes champ Ms Savannah Belle heads the third Bluegrass filly trot division. The Al Libfeld homebred won in both of her Kentucky Sires Stakes prelims before trotting to a career-best 1:52.4 mile in the $250,000 final. Yannick Gingras sits in the sulky behind the winner of three races in six starts--and $179,658 in earnings--for trainer Per Engblom. Tony Alagna's lightly-raced Muscle Hill filly Ramona Hill will put her unbeaten record on the line in the final Bluegrass filly trot division. After winning by open lengths in prelims of the Kindergarten at the Meadowlands in July, Ramona Hill sat on the sidelines until Sept. 12 when she qualified in 1:57.2. She ships to Lexington off a 1:54.2 victory in the $30,000 Kentuckiana Consolation at Hoosier Park. Andrew McCarthy sits behind the earner of $25,000 as she starts from post 2. The $139,750 opening division of the Bluegrass filly pace gathers eight with Rocknificent fronting the field. A winner of three races in six starts and $128,162, the Linda Toscano-trained daughter of Captaintreacherous enters from a fourth-place finish in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship after pulling first over but faltering into the stretch. Brian Sears will drive Rocknificent from post 6 for owners Enviro Stables Ltd., South Mountain Stables and Little E LLC. Gai Waterhouse starts from post 1 in the $140,750 second division off a 1:50.3 career-best performance when winning the Kentucky Sires Stakes final. The Domenico Cecere trainee has won two races from four starts and accrued $155,000 in earnings for owner Lindy Farms of Connecticut. Yannick Gingras will sit in the bike. Finishing second to Gai Waterhouse in the Kentucky Sires Stakes Championship, Baby Your The Best starts from post 6 in the same division. The Linda Toscano trainee has won two races from seven starts and finished no worse than second in every other outing. The Captaintreacherous filly--with $209,220 earned for owners Richard and Joanne Young--will have David Miller at the reins. The nine-race card at The Red Mile on Friday also features two late-closing events for two-year-old trotting colts and a single late-closing dash for pacing fillies and mares. Racing gets underway with the Grand Circuit meeting's now-regular first-race post time of 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY--The annual fortnight of Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile begins on Thursday, Sept. 26 with three divisions of the $315,500 Bluegrass Stakes for two-year-old harness racing trotting colts. Back Of The Neck fronts a field of seven in the opening Bluegrass division. The Marcus Melander-trained son of Ready Cash exits a third-place finish in the $277,500 William Wellwood Memorial after winning his elimination in 1:55. Mattias Melander will sit behind the winner of three races from six starts--with earnings surpassing $80,000--from post 5 for owners Order By Stable, Judith Taylor and Howard Taylor. Expectations, also trained by Marcus Melander, competes against his stablemate from post 7. The Muscle Hill colt, owned by Vicky Trotting Inc., finished second in the $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes final after winning in two prelims and finishing third two weeks prior in the $324,550 Peter Haughton Memorial. Brian Sears will drive the winner of two races in seven starts and $139,399 in earnings. Capricornus fronts the second division of Bluegrass. Another Marcus Melander trainee, the Cantab Hall colt rolled from off cover to finish second in the William Wellwood Memorial after winning his elimination by a neck in a lifetime-best 1:55.1. Jj Racing Stable Inc. owns the winner of three races from seven starts--with $155,458 banked--and will have Tim Tetrick in the sulky from post 2. A winner in an elimination of the Peter Haughton Memorial, Per Engblom trainee Synergy will try to rebound from an eighth-place finish in the William Wellwood Memorial. The Father Patrick colt--owned by Brittany Farms LLC, John Fielding, Herb Liverman and David Anderson--trotted a lifetime-best 1:54.4 when winning his elimination of the Haughton but finished fifth in the final. Yannick Gingras drives the winner of three races in six starts and $102,895. Engblom also conditions third-division frontman Ready For Moni, who enters off 1:54.1 victory in the Kentucky Sires Stakes Final. The son of Ready Cash failed to sweep the series--making a break in the first prelim--but has won in his other four starts, earning $161,500 for John Fielding, Lindy Farms of Connecticut, Herb Liverman and Bud Hatfield. Yannick Gingras will drive from post 6. The nine-race program to kickoff the Grand Circuit meet also features late-closing events for two-year-old pacing and trotting fillies. A $3,000 division of the Billings Amateur Trot starts the card with first-race post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- Harness racing driver Yannick Gingras visited the winner's circle six times as he swept the remaining $50,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) consolations and collected victories in four of the eight $250,000 KYSS Finals on Sunday, Sept. 15 at The Red Mile. Gingras swept the early double as he wired the KYSS consolation for three-year-old trotting fillies with Fade Into You and held on by a neck to win the KYSS consolation for two-year-old trotting fillies with Bange Bi. Fade Into You, a Ron Burke-trained daughter of Cantab Hall, led the field unpressured through a :28.2 first quarter and a :58 half. Ma Was Right then charged first over from third and forced the pace to quicken passing three-quarters in 1:24.2, but faltered through the stretch. Fade Into You finished two-and-three-quarter lengths in front of pocket-sitter Mother Teresa to stop the clock in 1:54.4. Nomo Volo finished third. Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phillip Collura, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Fade Into You won her third race from 17 starts this season and her fourth from 27 overall, earning $191,268. Bluestone Farms LLC and Fredericka Caldwell bred the $3.80 winner. Bange Bi, trained by Trent Stohler, sat third to the quarter as Jasmine Volo and Shape Shifter battled through a :28.4 opening panel. Gingras then brushed the Manofmanymissions filly to the top and withstood a first-over bid from 3-2 favorite Heaven after a :57.3 half and through three-quarters in 1:27.2. She clung to command through the stretch but managed to keep a neck in front of Creature Of Habit, who kicked from second over to finish second in a 1:55.2 mile. Delovely Hall came from third over for third. Owned by Trent Stohler Stable Inc., Stately Gaits Stable, James Bafia and Hen-Shaut Stable, Bange Bi won her second race from five starts, earning $38,400. M. Biasuzzi Stable Inc. bred the $7.40 winner. Asiago took the lead, yielded the lead and surged back to the lead to win the KYSS final for three-year-old trotting fillies in 1:50.4. Driver Yannick Gingras floated Asiago off the gate while Refined and French Cafe battled on the lead to a :27.2 first quarter. Gingras then tipped the Muscle Hill filly from the pylons and circled to the lead while tracked by Strip It Down As. Strip It Down As overtook Asiago on the front after a :54.4 half and continued to lead past three-quarters in 1:22.3, but failed to turn away Asiago in the stretch as the Per Engblom trainee pounced from the pocket to a three-and-a-quarter length victory. Strip It Down As settled for second while Refined finished third. Bred by James Wilhite Jr., Asiago won her sixth race from 14 starts this season and her seventh from 24 overall, earning $387,985. She competes for owners Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, Sam Goldband and Black Horse Racing and paid $4.20 to win. Asiago Gai Waterhouse converted a pocket trip into a victory to down Baby Your The Best in the KYSS Final for two-year-old pacing fillies. Baby Your The Best, sent the 1-9 favorite, sat third as Gai Waterhouse led to a :27.4 opening quarter. She then angled off the pylons from third and brushed to the lead before a :54.4 half and faced no pressure circling the final turn towards three-quarters in 1:23.3. Gai Waterhouse gunned from the pocket through the stretch, edging to a three-quarter length victory in a 1:50.3 mile with Baby Your The Best second. Blood Red, stalking the top two, held third. Conditioned by Domenico Cecere for owner Lindy Farms of Connecticut, Gai Waterhouse won his second race from four starts, earning $155,000. Brittany Farms LLC and Melvin Hartman bred the daughter of Western Ideal, and Yannick Gingras sat in the bike. She paid $10.40 to win. Gai Waterhouse Gingras collected his third KYSS Final when Ms Savannah Belle bested her competition to win the two-year-old filly trot in 1:52.4. Sent the 1-2 favorite, Ms Savannah Belle sat fourth to a :27.3 first quarter set by Shishito, who then yielded command to Ms Savannah Belle moving to a :56.2 half. Crucial came first over from fourth entering the final turn and ranged towards the leader nearing three-quarters in 1:25.3 but stalled through the stretch as Ms Savannah Belle held firm to win by a length and a quarter. Shishito reclaimed second from Crucial, who faded to third. A homebred daughter of Muscle Hill for Al Libfeld, Ms Savannah Belle won her third race from six starts, earning $179,658. Per Engblom trains the $3.00 winner. Gingras capped the card by sending Ready For Moni to the top midway through the mile and holding control in progress to a 1:54.1 victory in the KYSS Final for two-year-old trotting colts. Expectations left for the lead from the outermost post while pylon-starter Rays The Limits moved into second and odds-on favorite Ready For Moni sat third passing the first quarter in :27.4. Gingras then revved the Ready Cash colt from third to the outside and advanced to the top past a :55.4 half. Ready For Moni decelerated rounding the final turn, forcing Ontopofthehill to angle off the pylons and rush towards the leader nearing three-quarters in 1:25.4. Ready For Moni then accelerated into the stretch and faced little challenge when hitting the finish one-and-a-half lengths better than pocket-sitter Expectations. Rays The Limits took third. Owned by John Fielding, Lindy Farms of Connecticut, Herb Liverman and Bud Hatfield, Ready For Moni won his fourth race from five starts, earning $161,500. Per Engblom trains the Moni Maker Stable-bred colt who paid $3.60 to win. Ready For Moni Catch The Fire cleared control past the quarter and withstood a far-turn challenge before kicking three-lengths clear to win the KYSS Final for two-year-old pacing colts in 1:49.4. Moneyman Hill motored to the lead while Roll With Jr moved into second and Catch The Fire third. Past the first quarter in :26.3, Catch The Fire dashed from third and took control prior to a :54.2 half as Sea Of Life--moving first over before the half--drew closer to the front. Sea Of Life reached the leader's wheel coming to three-quarters in 1:23 but promptly retreated while Catch The Fire scooted away from his competition to win. Roll With Jr snagged second while Put To Right, rallying from last, finished third. Owned by Ct Stables LLC, Catch The Fire won his fourth race from nine starts, earning $237,333. Dr. Fred Kruszelnicki bred the Captaintreacherous colt while Mike Wilder sat in the sulky for trainer John Ackley. He paid $3.40 to win. Catch The Fire Greenshoe cruised to a 1:50.3 victory under minimal encouragement in the KYSS Final for three-year-old trotting colts. Chin Chin Hall protected position from the pylons and took control to the first turn while Thunder tucked into second and Greenshoe, the 1-9 favorite, third. Driver Brian Sears sent the Marcus Melander trainee for the front past a :28.2 first quarter and swept to command before a :55.4 half. He continued to lead past three-quarters in 1:24.1 as Super Schissel applied slight first-over pressure moving to the top of the stretch. Greenshoe strolled to the finish two lengths better than Chin Chin Hall, who took second, with Super Schissel another two lengths behind in third. Winning his eighth race from 10 starts this season and his 10th from 14 overall, Greenshoe has accrued $968,223 in earnings for owners Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist and Morten Langli. Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz bred the Father Patrick colt who paid $2.10 to win. Greenshoe Bettor's Wish bolted to the top from post 10 and sped clear of his competition to take the KYSS Final for three-year-old pacing colts in 1:48.1. Sent the 3-5 favorite, Bettor's Wish parked through the first turn as Can't Beach That, from post 9, also shot for the top and beat the odds-on choice to the pylons. Bettor's Wish pushed past Can't Beach That to lead the field following a :26.3 first quarter. He then maintained his speed through a :54.1 half and through three-quarters in 1:21.3 to kick three-lengths clear of Can't Beach That settling for second. Pyro gave pursuit from third. Bred by Brittany Farms LLC, Bettor's Wish won his ninth race from 13 starts this season and his 14th from 25 overall, earning $1,381,600. Chris Ryder conditions the Bettor's Delight colt and co-owns with Bella Racing, Ltd., Fair Island Farm Inc. and Bettors Wish Partners. He paid $3.40 to win. Bettor's Wish Beautyonthebeach completed her KYSS sweep with a 1:49.2 victory as the 1-9 favorite in the KYSS Final for three-year-old pacing fillies. Hydration hustled to the lead moving to the first turn while Beautyonthebeach and Summer Charm charged from outside posts towards the front. Beautyonthebeach cleared command past a :26.4 first quarter while Summer Charm took the pocket from Hydration yielding in third. Hydration then pulled first over into the final turn--with Blue Ivy in tow--and marched to the pacesetter's side through three-quarters in 1:22.3. However Hydration lost steam entering the stretch and Beautyonthebeach retook command and held off all late challengers to win by one-and-a-quarter lengths. Summer Charm settled for second while Blue Ivy kicked off cover for third. Owned and bred by James Avritt Sr., Beautyonthebeach won her fifth race from 12 starts this season and her 10th from 25 overall, earning $474,873. Doug McNair sat in the bike behind the Somebeachsomewhere filly for trainer Gregg McNair and paid $2.10 to win. Beautyonthebeach Stakes action resumes at The Red Mile when the Grand Circuit makes its annual stop to the Lexington oval starting on Thursday, Sept. 26 with Bluegrass Stakes encompassing the racing weekend. The Grand Circuit meet concludes on Sunday, Oct. 6 with the 127th edition of the Kentucky Futurity among other undercard stakes. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY--Ron Burke trainee Pyro survived a heated clip to take the quickest of two $30,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) harness racing divisions at The Red Mile on Saturday, Sept. 7.   Pyro sat third while Tony Alagna trainee U S Captain cleared command from post 7 before a :26 first quarter. Driver Elliott Deaton then tipped Pyro from third and circled to the front up the backstretch while U S Captain's stablemate, odd-on favorite Captain Ahab, rushed uncovered towards the top nearing a :52.3 half.   Captain Ahab failed to clear the lead from Pyro circling the final turn and began to backtrack past three-quarters in 1:21.2. Odds On Boca Raton circumvented his tiring stablemate entering the stretch and gave chase while U S Captain slipped from the pocket to challenge the leader late. Pyro kept a neck in front at the finish in 1:49 while U S Captain and Odds On Boca Raton settled for second and third respectively.   Returning $29.80 to win, Pyro collected his fourth victory from 15 starts this season and his sixth from 28 overall, earning $121,491. The Sweet Lou gelding--bred by Diamond Creek Farm LLC--races for owners Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, Phillip Collura and Weaver Bruscemi.   Dancin Lou darted from a pocket trip to deliver as the odds-on choice in the other KYSS colt split, winning in 1:49.2.   Leading the field past a :28.2 first quarter, Dancin Lou yielded command to Can't Beach That, who brushed uncovered from fourth moving to a :55 half. He slowed the tempo approaching three-quarters in 1:23 but failed to withstand a stretch bid from Dancin Lou, who pounced from the pocket to win by one-and-a-half lengths. Can't Beach That settled for second while Major Deception, stalking the top two, held third.   Bred by Anvil And Lace Farm, Dancin Lou won his eighth race from 13 starts this season and his ninth from 23 overall, earning $120,203. Tahnee Camilleri conditions the Sweet Lou colt for owners David Kryway and 1362313 Ontario Ltd. Marcus Miller drove the $3.20 winner.   Sent the 1-9 favorite, Beautyonthebeach nears a potential KYSS sweep as she collected her third-consecutive victory in preliminary competition when taking the sole $30,000 dash for three-year-old pacing fillies.   Driver Elliot Deaton dashed the heavy-betting choice to the top from post 8 moving to the first turn and faced little challenge from there. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere set fractions of :27.2, :55.1 and 1:23.2 on the lead while only enduring mild far-turn pressure from stablemate Prescient Beauty, who quickly gave way turning for the finish. Beautyonthebeach widened to a four-and-a-quarter length victory at the finish while chased by pocket-sitter Summer Charm. Alii Nui took third.   A homebred for James Avritt Sr., Beautyonthebeach won her fourth race from 11 starts this season and her ninth from 24 overall, earning $349,873. Gregg McNair trains the $2.10 winner.   The Red Mile will host the $250,000 KYSS finals and $50,000 consolations over two nights: Saturday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 15. A double draw will occur for both cards on with the entry box closing Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 9:30 a.m. The Saturday card, featuring the consolations, begins with first-race post at 7:00 p.m. (EDT) while the Sunday card, featuring the KYSS finals, starting at 3:00 p.m. (EDT).  By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

MILTON, ON--Tony Alagna's primary focus has been training younger horses, with his colt-turned-stallion Captaintreacherous providing him with Grand Circuit harness racing success. Now this weekend, Alagna is sitting pretty with the morning-line favourite in all four of Saturday's Champlain Stakes divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Reflect With Me starts Alagna's night in Race 3, the $94,299 first division of Champlain Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies. The Captaintreacherous filly lost in both of her starts stateside but has since been undefeated in stakes company at Mohawk Park. Yet, even in defeat in her early starts, Reflect With Me separated herself from the competition with back-to-back :25.1 final quarters in divisions of the Kindergarten. "She always showed that [speed]," Alagna said. "Training down, she would always be the filly that would be training late, coming late in the training sets in Florida. She just always had an incredible amount of finish, even from early on. I wish I could take credit for it, but that's definitely something she was born with because she just loves to chase horses down and its fun for her." Regular-reinsman Andrew McCarthy will steer the filly from post 4 for owner-breeder Brittany Farms LLC and co-owner Brad Grant. Alagna's next starter, another Captaintreacherous colt, competes from post 3 in the $90,938 first division of Champlain Stakes for pacing freshmen. Captain Kirk, who will be driven by Bob McClure for owner-breeder Brittany Farms LLC and co-owners Marvin Katz and Captain Kirk Racing, shipped north following a 22-1 upset victory in a division of Kindergarten on July 19 at the Meadowlands. "We always knew the colt had ability," Alagna said. "He was a little overshadowed by the other colts we had in that division because they had qualified a little better than him. But he was always a horse that, if he got the right kind of trip and shook loose, he had a huge turn of speed late. That's what happened that night, he got a great trip, and when he shook loose he was loaded with pace." Captain Kirk has finished third in all four of his starts at Mohawk Park. Three starts ago he finished behind OSS-star Tall Dark Stranger and in his last two starts he's given chase to his stablemates Capt Midnight and Captain Nemo. "I don't think it's so much that he's struggling. I think he's just run into two excellent colts in the other two colts of mine," Alagna said. "If you took those other two colts out of those divisions, those are the only two colts that have been able to beat him up there, so..." Capt Midnight competes in the other Champlain division, carded as Race 10 with a purse of $89,938. The Captaintreacherous colt lost in his first two starts, racing from off the pace in divisions of the Kindergarten at the Meadowlands. But the colt shifted tactics when shipping to Mohawk, winning all three of his starts either on or near the lead. "He won his first baby race in [1]:52 and change," Alagna said. "When he came back, he had some road trouble and got a little lost when he came first over in the one division of the Kindergarten, and in the other division of the Kindergarten he was too far back. Once he got to Canada it was his third start and he got his groove." McCarthy will also drive Capt Midnight, who starts from post 2, for owners Marvin Katz, Kenneth Jacobs, Brad Grant and Captain Kirk Racing. Alagna also sends another frosh filly, Lady Lou, from post 2 in the $95,298 second division of Champlain for two-year-old pacing fillies, carded as Race 6. The daughter of Sweet Lou has one win on her record but has given chase to better fillies in recent starts, including stablemate Reflect With Me as well as OSS phenom Alicorn. "We had confidence in her when we sent her up there because you know I don't like to send them up if I don't think they can be a player in those stakes," Alagna said. "She's another one [who's] been overshadowed by Reflect With Me but this is a very nice filly in her own right. She's been stuck first over I think her last three starts. I think one of these days things are going to go her way and she's going to get her payday but like I said she's a very nice filly in her own right." Amid the freshmen in competition, Alagna will also send his sophomore pacing filly Tall Drink Hanover to the track in the $168,557 Simcoe Stakes, carded as Race 8. The Captaintreacherous filly, Alagna said, has had things "go her way--I don't think she was any worse than she is now; I don't think she's gotten any better. I think things have finally started to go her way as far as post-position draws and trips." She enters the Simcoe off four-consecutive victories in stakes, including wins in a division of the Adioo Volo and the $100,362 Shady Daisy final. Andrew McCarthy will sit in the sulky from post 4 for owners Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing LLC. Saturday's stakes program at Mohawk Park is the second of four weekends of Grand Circuit racing at the Milton oval. The 12-race program kicks off with first-race post at 7:10 p.m. (EDT). by Ray Cotolo, for Woodbine Entertainment

LEXINGTON, KY-- Hambletonian runner-up Greenshoe vaulted off cover at the top of the stretch and soared to a six-length victory in a 1:50.4 mile when winning the first of two $30,000 divisions of Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for three-year-old harness racing trotting colts on Thursday, Sept. 5 at The Red Mile.   Driver Brian Sears placed the Father Patrick colt in the pocket while Guaranteed battled Thunder through a :27.4 opening quarter. The pacesetting duo continued to match strides through a :55.1 half and past three-quarters in 1:24.3, but began to falter turning into the stretch as Sears mounted his charge three wide.   Greenshoe glided to the front and widened his lead through the stretch while under pursuit from Pilot Discretion in second. Chin Chin Hall finished third.   Winning his seventh race from nine starts this season and his ninth from 13 overall, Greenshoe has accrued $843,223 in earnings for owners Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist and Morten Langli. Marcus Melander conditions the Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz-bred colt who returned $2.20 to win.   Super Schissel held off a pocket-popping charge from odds-on favorite Don't Let'em to take the second KYSS colt split.   Also driven by Brian Sears, Super Schissel followed cover rounding the first turn as Don't Let'em floated towards the lead after a :29.2 opening quarter. He accelerated up the backstretch as Super Schissel drew alongside before yielding command to the Per Engblom trainee past a :56.4 half. Super Schissel then cruised to three-quarters in 1:25 in progress to a 1:52.3 victory. Don't Let'em finished a neck behind in second while Manatlas finished six lengths farther back in third.   An Uncle Peter colt bred by Coyote Wynd Farms, Super Schissel won his second race from 10 starts this season and his sixth from 23 overall, earning $324,067. Al Libfeld and Perry Soderberg own the $4.60 winner.   Super Schissel   French Cafe cruised off a pocket trip to a three-and-a-quarter length victory in the first of two KYSS divisions of sophomore trotting fillies.   Caterina Hall cleared command from French Cafe heading to a :28 opening quarter while Queen Of Trixs raced from third. She continued on the front through a :55 half but faced a challenge around the final turn as driver Andy Miller moved French Cafe off the cones. Miller pushed French Cafe to the lead passing three-quarters in 1:24.3 and extended her lead through the stretch, trotting to a 1:52.3 victory while Queen Of Trixs gave chase in second. Celebrate It All closed from last for third.   A homebred for Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, French Cafe won her third race from seven starts this season and her sixth from 16 overall, earning $132,900. Julie Miller trains the daughter of Father Patrick who paid $3.80 to win.   French Cafe   Strip It Down As surged back to the lead when headed in the stretch to win the first KYSS filly division.   Driver Elliott Deaton dashed the odds-on favorite to the front heading to a :29.1 opening quarter. She faced no challenge through a :57.4 half but lost the lead when Dark As A Pocket lunged outside from fourth and stuck a head in front nearing three-quarters in 1:26.4. Dark As A Pocket clung to the lead through the stretch but gave way as Strip It Down As powered through the inside to win by one-and-a-quarter lengths in 1:54.1. Refined kicked off cover for second while Dark As A Pocket settled for third.   Owned by breeders Acl Stuteri Ab and Kjell Johansson, Strip It Down As won her third race from five starts this season and her fifth from 12 overall, earning $75,929. Anette Lorentzon conditions the Archangel filly who paid $3.40 to win.   Strip It Down   KYSS action resumes at The Red Mile on Saturday, Sept. 7 with two $30,000 divisions for three-year-old pacing colts and a single $30,000 split for three-year-old pacing fillies. The card starts with first-race post at 7:00 p.m. (EDT).   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

LEXINGTON, KY--Driver Scott Zeron kept Brian Brown trainee Fortify towards the front and fired past the late-race leader to take the quickest of two $30,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) divisions for two-year-old harness racing pacing colts on Sunday, Sept. 1 at The Red Mile.   Zeron placed the Sweet Lou colt in the pocket to Golden Sand heading to a :27 first quarter before circling to the front approaching a :54.4 half. Starship, racing fourth, ventured first over moving to the far turn and overtook Fortify nearing three-quarters in 1:22.   Fortify then vacated the pocket at head stretch and dug into Starship before surging three-quarter lengths in front and stopping the clock in 1:50.3. Starship settled for second while Lottery Winner took third.   A homebred for Diamond Creek Farm LLC (owned by Diamond Creek Racing), Fortify won his first race from six starts, earning $28,250. He paid $5.60 to win.   Zeron also steered Brian Brown trainee Moneyman Hill to a 1:50.4 victory to take the other KYSS division for frosh pacing colts.   The Somebeachsomewhere colt raced third as Roll With Jr ripped to the front before a :26.3 first quarter. Pocket-sitter Its Showtime went off stride approaching the backstretch, giving the pocket to Moneyman Hill as the odds-on favorite stalked the pacesetter through a :54.4 half and through three-quarters in 1:24.1. Moneyman Hill slipped from the pocket through the stretch and zipped to a four-and-a-half length victory while Put To Right took second in a 1:50.4 mile. Roll With Jr faded to third.   A homebred for Tom Hill, Moneyman Hill won his second race from six starts, earning $49,730. He paid $3.40 to win.   Baby Your The Best survived a first-half sprint to take the sole KYSS dash for frosh pacing fillies as the 1-9 favorite with a 1:51.3 mile.   The Linda Toscano trainee sparred around the first turn with stablemate Shining Beauty, who parked to a :26.4 first quarter when leaving from post 10. Shining Beauty promptly retreated into the backside while Baby Your The Best maintained her speed while chased by pocket-sitter Gai Waterhouse through a :53.1 half.   Driver David Miller rationed the Captaintreacherous filly's speed rounding the final turn--passing three-quarters in 1:23.1--and turned away a pocket-popping bid from Gai Waterhouse to win by one-and-a-quarter lengths. Blood Red rushed from off the pace to take third.   Winning her second race from five starts this season, Baby Your The Best has accrued $83,720 in earnings for owners Richard and Joanne Young. Steve Stewart, Conquest Acres Lp and Michael Robinson bred the $2.20 winner.   KYSS action resumes at The Red Mile on Thursday, Sept. 5 with the third preliminary for three-year-old trotting colts and fillies. The card starts with a first-race post at 7:00 p.m. (EDT).   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

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