posted on 9/30/2013 3:26 pm
Daytime Grand Circuit racing returns
to The Red Mile on Thursday, October 3 with post time set for 1:00pm, as will
be the case through the balance of the meet.
divisions of the $266,500 International Stallion Stakes for two year old
trotting fillies are the Thursday feature, with two of the three winners
returning from last week's Bluegrass tests.
Lindy took a record of 1:53.1 here at The Red Mile last week and returns in
race five on Thursday for her connections. From the impressive first crop of
Explosive Matter, she has won half of her eight career starts and amassed over
$160,000 this season for owners Mel Hartman, RAW Equine, Inc. and Adam Victor
& Son Stable. Dave Miller is listed to drive for trainer R. "Nifty"
Hanover is also looking to complete the "Lexington Double" by winning
on both weeks of the Grand Circuit stand in Kentucky. She is from Muscle Hill's
first crop and has exhibited both speed and consistency over the course of her
young racing career for owner / trainer Gregg McNair. She has won three times
in six outings and earned a 1:56.3 mark to go along with her rapidly escalating
bankroll of $92,113. Doug McNair is back in town to drive the family horse in
the tenth and final race of the day.
those two, race nine appears to be a handicapping puzzle, with several
promising fillies looking to make their mark while in Lexington. Heaven's
Door has blazing speed and impressed many with her Merrie Annabelle elimination
effort where she finished third after an early break.
Croghan gave her time to collect herself after The Meadowlands meet and spoke
of her eccentricities in an interview last week. She responded with another
strong effort, putting up some pretty fancy numbers on the lead for driver John
Campbell and holding sway for the place behind Struck By Lindy, who sat the
pocket and sailed by for the win. Heaven's Door was timed in 1:54.1 there and
if John is able to settle the Muscle Hill filly into slightly less frenetic
fractions she could get her first win for Let It Ride Stable, Robert Cooper and
J & T Silva Stables.
Circuit meet continues with matinee racing at 1:00pm through Sunday,
culminating with the Kentucky Futurity on closing day. Visit The
Red Mile website for further details. Clubhouse dining reservations
may be made by calling (859) 233-0814.
The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale starts on
Tuesday evening at 7:00pm and the catalog is brimming with potential winners.