posted on 9/29/2011 3:42 am
Bluegrass Is First Class
The Red Mile’s Grand Circuit meet gets underway on Thursday night in Lexington with three divisions of the Bluegrass Series for 2-year-old trotting fillies. As in recent years, RaySchnittker and company are well-represented during theGrand Circuit meet and the Bluegrass opener is no exception.Schnittker sends out Check Me Outin the first $109,000 Bluegrass split.The Donato Hanover filly is driven byTim Tetrick while Schnittker handlesthe training duties and heads theowning partnership.Check Me Out has won eight of 10this season, including the MerrieAnnabelle, and shows single-seasonearnings of $413,457, but has most recentlybeen second twice to WinMissy B in Peaceful Way action at Mohawk.The Charlie Norris-trained WinMissy B is just outside of Check MeOut in post four with Brian Sears up.“I think all she really needs to do israce the way she raced in Canadaand if she doesn’t run into any roadtrouble, she’ll probably be goodenough to win,” said Schnittker. “Win Missy B is in thereand she’s a pretty nice horse. Check Me Out is really thewhole package and she came out of the Canada races prettygood. We’ll see what happens.”Schnittker’s other Bluegrass starter is Real Babe, also adaughter of Donato Hanover, and out of Housethatruthbuilt,a winner of over $1 million, whose racing resume includeda 2004 Bluegrass win and a Kentucky Futurity filly winamong her Red Mile victories.