posted on 10/3/2013 4:23 pm
By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile
The opening race card for week two of the Grand Circuit meet
at The Red Mile was held on Thursday afternoon, highlighted by the $266,500
International Stallion Series for two-year-old trotting fillies.
Lifetime Pursuit recovered from her miscue in the Bluegrass
last week to crush her division in the opening of three International Stallion
Stakes in 1:52.3.
Goddess cleared the front, with Juniata Hanover getting away
in second and Lifetime Pursuit was under a hard hold in third. Goddess trotted
by the opening quarter in :27.3. Heading towards three-eighths, Lifetime
Pursuit edged out of the pocket and quickly made her way to the top before the
half. Goddess was left in the pocket and Juniata Hanover was racing in third,
through a half-mile timed in :56.2 (:28.4).
Tweet Me was the first to go two wide entering the far turn.
Struck By Lindy tracked her cover from sixth and was soon third over, as
Juniata Hanover decided to lead the flow onward to three-quarters. The tempo
was still set by Lifetime Pursuit, passing three-quarters in 1:25.1 (:28.4).
Lifetime Pursuit entered a world of her own at the head of
the lane, kicking away from Goddess under a hand drive. Juniata Hanover was
racing in third and Struck By Lindy was passing dull cover into fourth as
Lifetime Pursuit was sprinting to the wire, stopping the clock in 1:52.3
(:27.2). Goddess finished second, Juniata Hanover was third and Struck By Lindy
Lifetime Pursuit ($8.00) is a two-year-old trotting filly by
Cantab Hall, out of the mare Queen Of Grace by Yankee Glide. She is owned by
Brittany Farms, trained by Jimmy Takter and Yannick Gingras was in the bike.
“She was actually very good last week,” driver Yannick
Gingras said. “Like I told Jimmy [Takter] after the race, I really had no
explanation [on her break last week]. She was just going to the gate the same
way she was going today and the same way she went to the gate in every one of her
starts. She just took off running, no warning or anything like it. I
didn't think it was something to worry about. I'm glad they put her back in the
box and she showed what kind of filly she is.”
“If I knew I was that close to it [the world record] I might
have chased her a little bit. But you know,
they don't pay for world records and the Breeders Crown is next week, so I'm
very confident going into it.”
Vanity Matters pulled off a mild upset in division two,
winning by open lengths over post-time favorite Heaven’s Door in 1:53.2.
Several fillies launched off the gate for a spot, including
Vanity Matters, Royal Tabs and Scream And Shout. Vanity Matters protected the
pylons and got command entering the first turn. Scream And Shout was wide
around the turn, but cleared the lead heading to the quarter. At that point,
Royal Tabs was hard to handle in third and David Miller took her first over to
sweep to command, passing the quarter in :28.3.
Royal Tabs took the lead entering the backstretch. Scream And
Shout took back into the pocket and Vanity Matters was racing in third. Vanity
Matters pulled to the outside from third just before the half and flew to
command. Herroyalhighness tracked her move as Vanity Matters led by the half in
Vanity Matters kicked away to a 4 length lead entering the
far turn. Herroyalhighness was left in second and Scream And Shout was racing
in third, beginning to tip out. Heaven’s Door was making up ground from fifth
and had a long ways to go to catch Vanity Matters, who was long gone at
three-quarters in 1:24.2 (:28).
Vanity Matters was being chased home by Yannick Gingras
through the stretch. Under minor encouragement, she went on to victory over
Heaven’s Door, Scream And Shout and Highest Peak closing for fourth, in 1:53.2
Vanity Matters ($14.00) is a two-year-old filly by Explosive
Matter, out of the mare Vanity Plates by Conway Hall. She is owned by Joe
Sbrocco and Darlene McNulty, trained by Jonas Czernyson and was driven by
“She was going to win last week too and she, at the last
minute, kind of dove in on me [made a break],” driver Yannick Gingras said.
“She runs out a little bit in the straight-aways. When you look at her program,
she isn’t the best finisher sometimes, but they changed the bridle on her and I
think she’s coming around at the right time.”
Yannick Gingras returned to the winners’ circle again, this
time aboard Outsourced Hanover, pulling off an 11-1 upset in a 1:54.4 stroll.
Post-time favorite Cee Bee Yes went off-stride at the start.
Red Hot Spicy and Thisgirlisonfire launched off the gate, with Thisgirlisonfire
getting command. A Sundae On Sunday got away in third and Outsourced Hanover
floated into fourth. Thisgirlisonfire led by the quarter in :28.2.
Thisgirlisonfire was left uncontested to the half-mile pole,
until Outsourced Hanover took first over. A stalling Chivaree Hanover, with
Demoiselle Hanover tracking her, flushed Outsourced Hanover to the half.
Outsourced Hanover trotted to the half in :57.2 (:29).
Outsourced Hanover was the new leader entering the far turn,
while A Sundae On Sunday became the new leader of the two wide flow, trotting
first over to three-quarters. Chivaree Hanover continued to stall second over,
while Thisgirlisonfire was trying to keep up in the pocket. Outsourced Hanover
trotted to three-quarters in 1:25.3 (:28.1), sprinting well clear of the field.
Outsourced Hanover began to drift into the stretch, but was
kept to her task. Red Hot Spicy came up the pylons into second and Demoiselle
Hanover was trotting passed her dead cover into third, but they were still well
clear of Outsourced Hanover, who trotted to the wire in 1:54.4 (:29.1).
Outsourced Hanover ($25.00) is a two-year-old filly by
Donato Hanover, out of the mare Oaklea Opal by Mr Lavec. She is owned by Burke
Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Howard Taylor, trained by Ron Burke and
Yannick Gingras completed his sweep of the International Stallion Stake aboard
“She raced good, a little bit green finishing, but she felt
really good going to the half,” driver Yannick Gingras said. “Ronnie [Burke]
told me to race her for a check, and I don’t really drive a lot to get checks,
I like to drive to win. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but this
time it did.”
“It was a very good effort, I looked it [the race] over and
didn’t see how we could win, then Andy [Miller] ran behind the gate and Yannick
put her in a great spot,” trainer Ron Burke said. “It worked out perfect. [Her
break in the Kindergarten] Was a one-time thing, I think Brett had her wound up
that night. That was the only reason we kept her here, she had two breaks but a
lot of trot.”
The Red Mile meet continues tomorrow, with the $223,900
International Stallion Stakes for two-year-old filly pacers and the $260,500
International Stallion Stakes for two-year-old colt trotters on tap for Grand
Circuit action. Post time for tomorrows card is 1 PM.