posted on 9/26/2013 5:13 pm
The Red Mile Grand Circuit concludes week one with a
thirteen race matinee card on Sunday. The program features five divisions of
the Bluegrass Stakes for sophomore trotters, three colt divisions and a pair
for the fair sex.
A pair of eliminations for the Allerage Farms Open stakes,
containing the stars of the mature set highlight the program. When Racing
Secretary Billy Perkins opened the box at 10am this morning, he found an
overflow of declarations in both events, necessitating several byes being
offered to get both fields down to ten starters.
On the pacing side, top seasonal earner and division leader
Pet Rock was the first to have the option to accept a free pass into next
Sunday's $175,000 final on the strength of his 2013 bankroll of
$644,070. His connections, trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. and owner Frank
Bellino, accepted the offer and he will join the top nine finishers from this
Sunday's elimination in the final.
Left to battle for the remaining berths are the titans of
the division including no less than five from the Ron Burke stable headed up by
the razor sharp Clear Vision. A Rocknroll Dance, Bolt The Duer, Sweet Lou
and Golden Receiver (returning from a month long freshening) are chief
among the contenders.
Thirteen were declared for the Allerage Open Trot and
the bye process took more effort to implement, as several trainers chose to
bypass the free roll and race in the elimination. The pot is sweetened by
the chance to win the right to select their post position for next week's
final with a victory in this race.
At the end of the process, Guccio, Southwind Pepino and
Wishing Stone will go directly to the $170,000 final next Sunday.
That left an awfully good field of horses to race for the
remaining seven slots.
Leading seasonal earner Sevruga leaves from post four with
Andy Miller set to drive for owner KDM Stables Corporation. Market Share
is also racing and will start just outside Sevruga as he makes his bid for the
win. Tim Tetrick has driven him in each of his eight seasonal starts and will
again call the shots for trainer Linda Toscano and owners Richard Gutnick, TLP
Stable and Bill Augustine.
The fun starts at 1:00pm and the weather forecast remains
positive with a warm early fall afternoon predicted. Be reminded that The Red
Mile clubhouse will be open each racing day and you may reserve
a table by calling (859) 233-0814. Parking is free and admission is a
mere $2 for a great day of harness racing.
The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale begins on Tuesday,
October 1st at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion. Find further sale info at their