posted on 8/28/2012 11:32 am
The second leg of Kentucky Sire Stakes (KYSS) for 2 year olds will be
contested Thursday night, Aug. 30, at The Red Mile, setting the stage for the
$2 million Super Night scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 9. The 3 year olds will be
in KYSS action on Saturday, Sept. 1, which will finalize the fields for the
eight finals worth $250,000 each.
On Thursday, the 13-race card kicks off with a lone $30,000 five-horse
KYSS division for 2-year-old filly pacers. Interestingly, the five are lining
up behind the gate in the exact order of their finish in the Aug. 19 opening
KYSS round, starting from the inside with Ohmybelle, who was driven to a 1:54.2
victory—her eighth in nine starts—by trainer-driver Randy Jerrell.
There is also one $30,000 KYSS division for 2-year-old colt pacers,
with 11 going postward. The division was split into two fields in the opening
KYSS leg, and the pair of winners, Jude Hall and Blatantly Best, will start
Thursday night from posts seven and eight, respectively.
Jude Hall, a gelded son of Southwind Lynx bred by Walnut Hall Ltd. and
Steve Katz, was purchased as a yearling for $10,000 by Cary Grady. Trained by
Joseph Carroll, his 1:53.3 KYSS win last time out was his first in six starts.
As for Blatantly Best, the son of Cambest remained perfect in three
starts with a 1:53.1 KYSS victory for driver Trace Tetrick and trainer Erv
Miller. Bred by Denim Stable, Blatantly Best was purchased for $9,000 as a
yearling by Mary Jane Anderson and Tim Towne.
There are two $15,000 KYSS divisions for 2-year-old colt trotters on
the card, with first-leg winners Caveat Emptor and Mystical Dew—both sons
of Deweycheatumnhowe—drawing in together in the first split. Banco Solo,
a son of Master Glide who won the third KYSS division last time out, landed in
the second division.
Caveat Emptor romped to a 5 ¾-length win in a career-best 1:57.1 in the
first leg, his second victory in five starts. Bred by Walnut Hall Ltd., Caveat
Emptor is a $60,000 yearling purchase by trainer-driver Ray Schnittker and
Caveat Emptor Stable. Mystical Dew made it two-for-two in his young career
after his 2 ¾-length win in 1:57. A $20,000 yearling purchase by Mystical
Marker Farms from breeder Walnut Hall Stock Farm, Mystical Dew is trained by
Jeff Smith and driven by Tyler Smith.
Banco Solo is a homebred of Atlantic Trot Inc., trained by Ken
Oscarsson and driven by Dan Shetler. Banco Solo is three-for-five for his
career after his 1:57 KYSS opening-round victory.
Three $15,000 KYSS divisions for 2-year-old filly trotters rounds out
the action, with first-leg winners Ma Chere Hall (Deweycheatumnhowe), Simone
Hall (Deweycheatumnhowe), Andie Sophia (Like A Prayer) and True Day Dream (Infinitif)
all hoping to repeat.
First-race post time Thursday at The Red Mile is 7 p.m. Admission,
programs, hot dogs and beer are each just $1 on Thursday nights.