posted on 10/6/2013 5:27 pm
Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile
The historic fortnight of Grand Circuit racing at The Red
Mile came to an end on Sunday, with the track’s signature event, the Kentucky Futurity,
highlighting the grey and rainy afternoon. The older horses were in the shadow
of the spotlight, with the four divisions squaring off in the Allerage Opens.
A confident Royalty For Life,
cruising around the muddy Lexington oval, won the first elimination for the
$527,000 Kentucky Futurity in 1:53.3.
Floating towards the lead was
Royalty For Life entering the first turn, while Creatine was tracking his
helmet from second and Master Of Law tried to get into contention in third, but
broke in his attempt. Royalty For Life led by the quarter in :28. He trotted
with no adversaries alongside to the half in an easy :56.2 (:28.2).
E L Rocket spent the backstretch
trying to flush out cover, proving to be an unsuccessful mission. Yannick
Gingras gave him the cue to trot first over around the far turn and he would be
on Royalty For Life’s wheel at the three-quarter pole, reached in 1:25.2 (:29).
Royalty For Life wasn’t asked for
anything into the stretch. He was trotting easily on the lead, while Creatine
was trying to shake lose from second and E L Rocket was not progressing in
third. Royalty For Life went on to win the first elimination under a hand
drive, in a 1:53.3 (:28.1) mile. Creatine was second, E L Rocket was third,
Punxsutawney was fourth and Home Turf closed out the qualifying quintet.
Royalty For Life ($3.60) is a
three-year-old colt by RC Royalty, out of the mare Bourbon ‘n Grits by
Donerail. He is owned by Al Ross, Ray Campbell and Paul Fontaine, trained by
George Ducharme and Brian Sears was in the bike behind the Hambletonian
A change in tactics was a successful
move for Your So Vain, leaving the gate on the sloppy going and being put on
the lead at the half. He made his foes chase him around the final half of the
race, as he took the second elimination in 1:54.4.
Lindy’s Tru Grit was the first to
the pylons, securing command. Spider Blue Chip and Your So Vain left with him
as the field entered the first turn. Spider Blue Chip ventured his way to the
front just before the quarter, while Your So Vain tucked into third. Spider
Blue Chip led by the quarter in :29.4.
High Bridge never saw the pylons and
was first over in fifth entering the backstretch. He flushed out All Laid Out
as cover at the three-eighths pole, which then forced Your So Vain out of
third. Now first over, Your So Vain sprinted towards Spider Blue Chip and took
command through a leisure half of :59 (:29.1).
All Laid Out was now left with the
task to move first over entering the far turn. He came up to Your So Vain’s
wheel at three-quarters, in 1:26.2 (:27.2). Spider Blue Chip was locked in the
pocket down the stretch. Lindy’s Tru Grit had entered the flow around the turn
and was fanning three wide with a bid. Spider Blue Chip managed to get some room
to shake loose into the sixteenth pole, but Your So Vain had already secured
the victory in 1:54.4 (:28.2). Spider Blue Chip finished second, All Laid Out
was third, Lindy’s Tru Grit was fourth and Wheeling N Dealin finished fifth.
Your So Vain ($3.60) is a
three-year-old colt by Donato Hanover, out of the mare Tennis Lover by Muscles
Yankee. He is owned by P G Van Camp, trained by Bradley Maxwell and Tim Tetrick
was in the sulky.
Listed below was the field for the
second heat of the Kentucky Futurity.
1-Your So Vain-Tim Tetrick-Bradley
2-Royalty For Life-Brian
3-Spider Blue Chip-Ron Pierce-Chuck
4-Creatine-Mike Lachance-Bob Stewart
5-E L Rocket-Yannick Gingras-Ron
6-All Laid Out-David Miller-Noel
*8-Lindy’s Tru Grit-Scott
*9-Wheeling N Dealin-Sylvain
Filion-R. Dustin Jones
10-Home Turf-John Campbell-Noel
* Dignifies scratched horses from
the second heat of the Kentucky Futurity.
Within the blink of an eye, a late
charging Creatine overtook race leader Royalty For Life to upset in the 121st
running of the Kentucky Futurity, winning in 1:53.2.
Royalty For Life got the lead, with
Spider Blue Chip trotting into the pocket and Your So Vain was racing in third.
Royatly For Life led by the quarter in :27.4. All Laid Out made a move first
over at the three-eighths pole and flushed Creatine as cover. Creatine then got
cover from Your So Vain as Royalty For Life sprinted to the half in :55.4
Your So Vain was slowly making his
way to the leader into the far turn. Creatine was getting a second over trip,
while Spider Blue Chip was gapping in the pocket third. Brian Sears pulled the
plugs on Royalty For Life as Your So Vain wasn’t leaving without a fight
through a 1:24 (:28.1) third panel.
Royalty For Life had a stampede
charging him in the stretch. Spider Blue Chip managed to shake loose and split
Your So Vain and Royalty For Life entering the eighth pole. Creatine fanned
three wide, while third-over All Laid Out edged four wide. Creatine powered to
the top within a matter of strides, soon to be under pressure from an
upset-minded All Laid Out, but Creatine held off his challenge to light up the
toteboard in 1:53.2 (:29.2). All Laid Out finished second, Spider Blue Chip was
third and Your So Vain finished fourth.
Creatine ($33.80) is a
three-year-old colt by Andover Hall, out of the mare Berry Nice Muscles by
Muscles Yankee. He is owned by Diamond Creek Racing, trained by Bob Stewart and
Mike Lachance was in the bike to win back to back Kentucky Futurities.
Ma Chere Hall took the first heat of
the $293,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity over an upgraded-good surface, trotting
the mile in 1:52.4.
Mistery Woman and Classic Martine
were stride for stride at the gate’s dispatch. Shared Past went on a gallop at
the gate’s dispersal, as well. The two battled for command into the first turn
and Classic Martine claimed the lead. Ma Chere Hall was parked in fourth and
progressed her way to the lead passing the quarter. Mistery Woman was racing in
third and Frau Blucher was fourth through a :28.1 opening quarter.
Frau Blucher made her pursuit after
Ma Chere Hall before the half, pulling first over and taking command within a
matter of strides just passing the half-mile pole, timed in :56.1 (:28). Frau
Blucher was the new leader into the far turn, leaving Ma Chere Hall with the
pocket trip and Classic Martine racing in third. Handover Belle was providing
dead cover, first over from fifth, forcing To Dream On to move three wide
before three-quarters. Ma Chere Hall began to edge out of the pocket after Frau
Blucher at three-quarters, timed in 1:24 (:27.4).
Ma Chere Hall slingshot passed Frau
Blucher into the stretch. Classic Martine edged off of the pylons and was
quickly closing in on Ma Chere Hall. Mistery Woman was racing in third and Frau
Blucher was giving chase in fourth. Ma Chere Hall fought off Classic Martine’s
challenge and dug in to win the first heat of the Filly Futurity, in 1:52.4
(:28.4). Classic Martine was second, Mistery Woman finished third and Frau
Blucher was fourth.
Ma Chere Hall ($12.80) is a
three-year-old filly by Deweycheatumnhowe, out of the mare Margarita Hall by
Conway Hall. She is owned by Walnut Hall Ltd., Aldebaran Park and Joe Sbrocco,
trained by Jonas Czernyson and Corey Callahan guided the filly to victory.
“She’s been really good,” driver
Corey Callahan said. “I was able to get to the lead and get some sensible
fractions. Ronnie [Pierce on Frau Blucher] came at me hard and I turned him
lose; I figured I’d save her [Ma Chere Hall] as much as I could for the second
race. I popped her out there [in the stretch] and held off Timmy’s filly
[Classic Martine]; Timmy has a really nice filly. Ma Chere digs in through the
lane, so she’s impressed me every week.”
Listed below was the field for the
second heat of the Kentucky Filly Futurity:
1-Ma Chere Hall-Corey Callahan-Jonas
2-Classic Martine-Tim Tetrick-Chris
3-Mistery Woman-David Miller-Jonas
*4-Frau Blucher-Ron Pierce-Chris
5-To Dream On-Jimmy Takter-Jimmy
6-Time To Kill-John Campbell-Ross Croghan
*7-Handover Belle-Mike Lachance-Tony
9-Shared Past-Yannick Gingras-Ron
* Dignifies that the horse scratched
out of the second heat.
Ma Chere Hall trotted a tough first
over mile in the second heat, but To Dream On tracked her cover and flew in the
final stages to pull off the 13-1 upset in the Filly Futurity.
Shared Past sprinted off the wings
of the gate and dictated the terms entering the first turn. Classic Martine got
away in second and Ma Chere Hall was racing in third. Mistery Woman got away in
fourth and To Dream On was at her flank, parked out to the quarter. Shared Past
was ruthless on command, trotting the opening panel in :26.4.
To Dream On was floating in the
center of the pack heading to the half, desperate for cover. Ma Chere Hall took
the bait and began a pursuit towards Shared Past through a :54.2 (:27.3) half.
To Dream On was breathing on Corey Callahan’s neck, anxious to move three wide
before three-quarters. Shared Past remained with the advantage over Ma Chere
Hall as the two battled past three-quarters in 1:23 (:28.3).
Ma Chere Hall took a short lead over
Shared Past into the stretch. To Dream On was racing in third and soon fanned
off her cover and lifted flight. Within a matter of strides, To Dream On had
taken command and kicked away to a 2-length lead. Shared Past was left in her
wake, while Ma Chere Hall was giving chase. To Dream On was a confident winner
in her final outing, scoring in 1:52.1 (:29.1). Ma Chere Hall was second,
Shared Past was third and Time To Kill finished fourth.
To Dream On ($28.00) is a
three-year-old filly by Credit Winner, out of the mare Satin Pillows by Conway
Hall. She is owned by Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband and is trained
and driven by Jimmy Takter.
“She kept being a little grabby like
she was in the first heat,” driver and trainer Jimmy Takter said. “I had a bad
horse in front of me [in the first heat] that didn’t take me anywhere, so she
was too grabby there. I kept her on the outside and as long as she didn’t get
excited, then I got good cover from Corey [Callahan on Ma Chere Hall]. I was
waiting, and waiting and waiting because she had been having problems this year
and this win was very sweet for her. It had been one long road with her and
thank God I have really good owners. I know she is a super horse.”
“Jimmy and I just agreed out here on
the racetrack that’s it, she’s retired,” co-owner Marvin Katz said. “Jimmy
suggested it and I’m all for that.”
Arch Madness proved that his victory
last week was no fluke, returning to win the $172,200 Allerage Open Trot in
Quick Deal blasted off the gate,
while My Mvp left and was being urged to take command. Quick Deal cleared the
front around the first turn, with Sevruga getting away in third. Quick Deal led
by the opening quarter in :27.1.
Mister Herbie committed to the first
over position heading passed three-eighths, but he managed to flush out cover
in the form of Arch Madness. Arch Madness edging off the cones then forced
Sevruga to take to the outside from third, so Sevruga led the two wide flow
passed the half in :55 (:27.4).
Sevruga took a short lead from Quick
Deal midway around the far turn. Arch Madness began to tip three wide, Mister
Herbie went four wide, Market Share five wide and Guccio was towards the dead
center of the track. Sevruga awaited the cavalcade behind him at three-quarters
in 1:24 (:29).
Arch Madness looked Sevruga in the
eye heading down the stretch and overtook him with ease. Mister Herbie was
coming strong at Arch Madness into second and Market Share was rallying well
down the center of the track into third, but it was a two horse race down to
the wire. Arch Madness had the lead at the inside; Mister Herbie was trying to
surpass him on the outside. At the line, Arch Madness held command to win the
Allerage in 1:51.3 (:27.3). Mister Herbie was second, Market Share was third
and Guccio finished fourth.
Arch Madness ($15.00) is a
nine-year-old gelding by Balanced Image, out of the mare Armbro Archer by S J’s
Photo. He is owned by Marc Goldberg and Willow Pond LLC and is trained and
driven by Trond Smedshammer.
The downpour commenced for the
$81,000 Allerage Mare Pace, in which a second over journey provided Shelliscape
with a 1:51.2 victory.
Drop The Ball went for the lead,
with Monkey On My Wheel getting away in second and Rocklamation in third. Drop
The Ball led by the quarter in :27.2. Drop The Ball was able to stroll to the
half uncontested, doing so in :56.3 (:29.1).
Rocklamation tipped first over from
third into the far turn, while Shelliscape tracked her cover. Camille entered
the flow third over as Drop The Ball still had the lead passing three-quarters
in 1:24.1 (:27.3).
Corey Callahan pulled the plugs on
Drop The Ball into the stretch, but she quickly began to falter. Monkey On My
Wheel tried to sneak up the pylons to take the lead, but the outer tier had the
advantage. Shelliscape fanned off of her cover and surpassed Rocklamation into
the sixteenth pole, while Camille was storming down the center of the track for
minor honors. Shelliscape got up to win the Allerage in 1:51.2 (:27.1), with
Camille finishing second, Rocklamation third and Drop The Ball faded to fourth.
Shelliscape ($13.80) is a four-year-old
mare by Artiscape, out of the mare Shell I Scoot by Direct Scooter. She is
owned by Bamond Racing LLC, trained by Richard “Nifty” Norman and Tim Tetrick
was in the bike.
After another rain delay, the
Allerage Open Pace went to post. Golden Receiver had sprinted off the gate and
pulled off the upset in a wire-to-wire 1:50 mile.
Golden Reciever got command, with
Bolt The Duer racing in second and Clear Vision getting away in third. Golden
Receiver kicked away to a 2 length lead passed the quarter in :28.1. He got to
the half-mile uncontested and in front in :55.3 (:27.2).
Clear Vision pulled first over as
Sweet Lou was looking to flush cover from fourth entering the far turn. A
Rocknroll Dance was third over, but quickly dropping back around the turn.
Golden Receiver held command, but Clear Vision was right at his throat, passing
three-quarters in 1:22.4 (:27.1).
Clear Vision took a short lead from
Golden Receiver in the stretch. Bolt The Duer was giving chase in third and
Sweet Lou was to his flank in fourth as they watched Golden Receiver emerge
from the pylons with the lead. In a display of soul and athleticism, the
eight-year-old Golden Receiver won the Allerage Open Pace in 1:50 (:27.1).
Clear Vision finished second, Sweet Lou was third and Bolt The Duer settled for
Golden Receiver ($27.80) is an
eight-year-old gelding by Village Jove, out of the mare Royal Gold by Towner’s
Big Guy. He is owned by Our Horse Cents Stables and Nina Simmonds, trained by
Mark Harder and Corey Callahan drove him to victory.
Maven traveled a first over journey
to win the $76,000 Allerage Mare Trot in 1:52.3.
Real Babe was chasing the gate
entering the first turn, while Check Me Out was chasing Real Babe. Real Babe
cleared command, but Check Me Out wanted the front and got it at the quarter,
in :27.4. Check Me Out soon had 3 lengths on the field entering the
backstretch. Real Babe was in second, Maven was racing third and Bax Of Life
was fourth as Check Me Out trotted to the half unchallenged in :55 (:27.1).
Maven made her move and pulled first
over into the far turn. Bax Of Life was tracking her cover from fourth as she
was slowly pursuing the leader. Check Me Out remained in control at
three-quarters, timed in 1:23.3 (:28.3).
Maven began to drift in her bid at
the top of the stretch. Check Me Out was in an all out drive, desperately
holding onto command. Maven, though veering to the right, continued progressing
towards the lead. The two of them equaled strides into the sixteenth pole and
it came down to Maven’s nose, going up in the air to nip Check Me Out in a
1:52.3 (:29) thriller. Bax Of Life was third and Real Babe finished fourth.
Maven ($3.20) is a four-year-old
mare by Glidemaster, out of the mare M Stewart by American Winner. She is owned
by William Donovan, trained by Jonas Czernyson and Yannick Gingras was the
The Kentucky Futurity card also
featured a race under saddle as an exhibition event, going for $16,000. Helene
Gregory aboard Master Pine was crowned victorious in a 1:58.4 mile.
Harlequin and Riina Rekila set the
tempo early on, while Chinese Cuisine was being asked to take command with Tina
Duer. Chinese Cuisine had cleared the lead just passed the quarter, timed in
:30.2. Master Pine was sent after the lead from third nearing the three-eighths
pole. He cleared the lead from Chinese Cuisine and trotted away to a
three-length lead at the half in :59 (:28.3).
Master Pine held his strong lead
into the far turn. Chinese Cuisine was giving chase in second and A Penny
Earned began circling by horses into third. Master Pine wasn’t being asked for
much as he held command at three-quarters in 1:28.1 (:29.1). A Penny Earned
slowly drew closer as the wire came near, but Master Pine had enough to hold on
and win the race under saddle in 1:58.4 (:30.3). A Penny Earned was second and
Chinese Cuisine was third.
Master Pine is a ten-year-old
gelding by Master Lavec, out of the mare Pine Career by Pine Chip. He is owned
by Mark Moger and Albert Delia Jr., trained by Julie Miller and Helene Gregory