posted on 9/25/2013 4:00 pm
Saturday's Grand Circuit card at The
Red Mile features the glamor boy division and "The Captain" is
in to go. On a night when two and three year old pacing colt stakes dominate
the ten race card for total purses in excess of $650,000, the weather man
is predicting favorable conditions for a speed filled program.
Captaintreacherous will face a
solid group of six in the $95,500 Bluegress Stakes event titled for his sire
Somebeachsomewhere. He will begin from post five in the third race with
Tim Tetrick aboard the pride of Captaintreacherous Racing for trainer Tony
"The Captain" had a few
weeks away from racing after his Cane Pace win, then had a good tightener
last week at Hoosier Park. The winner of the 2013 Meadowlands Pace, North
America Cup and Max Hempt Memorial, he is harness racing's top seasonal money
earner with just a hair less that $1.5 million and a career total of $2.374
million in the bank.
A second division of the
Somebeachsomewhere goes for $96,500 in the eighth race with Little Brown
Jug heat winner Resistance Futile facing Battle of the Brandywine champ
Resistance Futile has long displayed
high speed and seemed to put it all together winning the fastest
"Jug' heat in 1:49.3, only eliminate himself from contention in the second
heat by going off stride while gaining ground on the final bend. Corey Callahan
retains the drive for trainer Blair Burgess, who owns the Real Desire colt in
partnership with JH Walker and Deo Volente Farms.
Sunshine Beach is the only horse to
finish in front of Captaintreacherous this season when he hung a narrow defeat
on that one in their memorable world record "Battle" of
the Brandywine at Pocono Downs. This Somebeachsomewhere colt has been raced
sparingly by trainer Mark Steacy and comes into this race three weeks
stale after skipping the "Jug" due to a minor health issue. John
Campbell gets the drive for owners Hudson Standardbred Stables, Conrad Leber
and Diane Bertrand.
Supporting the sophomore stars are
four divisions of the Bluegrass Stakes for two year old pacing colts where the
likes of recent Delaware star On Golden Ponder, NJSS champ and Metro runner-up
Western Vintage and PASS stars Limelight Beach and Sometimes Said will try
their luck over the red clay carpet.
Three year old filly pacers will go
in a single eleven filly division of the Bluegrass for $122,000 in the ninth
race. The good Bettor's Delight filly Shebestingin is the likely choice in this
one off a strong season that has seen her pick up over $300,000 on the strength
of seven wins for Val D'Or Farms, Ted Gewertz and L & L Devisser. Joe
Holloway trains and David Miller will drive the speedy lass.
Saturday post time is 7pm, the last
of the night cards for 2013. Sunday racing has a 1pm post time and that will continue
through the balance of the meet.