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LEXINGTON, KY--Setting the world record for three-year-old trotting colts of 1:50 when winning at the Meadowlands earlier this year, Six Pack lowered his mark with a 1:49.1 harness racing performance and swept the 126th Kentucky Futurity, sponsored by Hunterton Farms, Stoner Manor Inc. and Menhammer Stuteri Ab, on Sunday, Oct. 7 at The Red Mile. Trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt got off the gate third behind Crystal Fashion leading the field and Met's Hall occupying the pocket. Svanstedt tipped the Muscle Mass colt off the rail past a :27.1 opening quarter, cleared control, and kept the pace hot through a :54.4 half. Six Pack's margin grew moving around the final turn as he passed three-quarters in 1:21.2 ahead of Crystal Fashion and Met's Hall chasing behind. Svanstedt urged his colt through the stretch and darted to the finish while Crystal Fashion narrowed on the leader a touch towards the outside in second. Met's Hall settled for third ahead of You Know You Do fourth. When asked if Six Pack was the best horse he ever trained, Svanstedt said "no." "Today, he was the best horse," said Svanstedt, who also trained and drove Ice Attraction and Plunge Blue Chip to world records on the Sunday card. Winning his ninth race from 12 starts this season and his 13th from 20 overall, Six Pack exceeded $1 million in earnings for owners Ake Svanstedt Inc., Little E LLC, Stall Kalmar Ff and Lars Berg. He paid $4.80 to win. Six Pack also won his Futurity elimination after plowing past Met's Hall in the stretch and holding off a late charge from Fiftydallarbill to win in 1:50.2. Met's Hall led the field to the quarter in :28.2 while Six Pack tracked from the pocket ahead of Fiftydallarbill third. Zephyr Kronos, positioned fourth, edged off the rail heading to the half and flushed Six Pack first over past a :56 half. Six Pack pressured Met's Hall first over around the final turn and continued to grind into the temposetter past three-quarters in 1:23.1. Met's Hall eventually gave way through the stretch as Six Pack slid away on the lead while Fiftydallarbill, fanning wide from the rail, sprinted to the wire to take second. Met's Hall settled for third with Patent Leather and Fashionwoodchopper, who scratched from the final, completing the top five. Unhurried off the gate, Tactical Landing cruised to the lead heading to the half and coasted to a 1:50.2 win in the other elimination for the Kentucky Futurity. You Know You Do cleared control into the first turn while Evaluate tried to get to the pylons in second wide of Eurobond parking him in third. Evaluate brushed to the top prior to a :27.3 first quarter and opted for the pocket after Tactical Landing progressed to the front heading to a :55.1 half. Eurobond, positioned fourth, flushed first over into the far turn tracked by 4-5 favorite Crystal Fashion. Matching strides with the tempo-setter by three-quarters in 1:23.3, Eurobond soon lost ground on Tactical Landing as the Muscle Hill colt kicked clear entering the eighth pole under a hand drive to win by open lengths. Eurobond held second from Crystal Fashion closing off cover in third while You Know You Do and Missile Hill rounded out the finalists. Owned by The Tactical Landing Stable, Tactical Landing won his sixth from 12 starts, collecting $369,100 in earnings. Jimmy Takter trained and drove the $4.80 winner. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY--Advancing uncovered into quick fractions set by pacesetter Caviart Ally, Shartin N powered to the front into the stretch and finished under wraps to take the $98,500 Fear The Dragon Allerage Farms Mare Pace, sponsored by Midland Acres, on Sunday, Oct. 7 at The Red Mile. Caviart Ally left for the top with Pure Country tucking into the pocket ahead of Inverse Hanover yielding for third. Past the quarter in :26.3, Caviart Ally continued unchallenged to the half in :54.3 while Shartin N, positioned fifth, began her charge first over. Matching strides past three-quarters in 1:21.3, Shartin N edged past Caviart Ally into the stretch and maintained a length advantage to the line while Caviart Ally gave pursuit to hold second. Pure Country finished third ahead of Blue Moon Stride rallying from last for fourth. "She's got big lungs," driver Tim Tetrick said after the race. "We got her off the gate good today but then going into the backside she kind of jammed up and I had to move her. She's used to sitting on the outside so I wasn't too worried especially when I could head Andrew's mare [Caviart Ally]; I knew my mare was going to give me a good run." Winning her 16th race in 21 starts since shipping from New Zealand and her 23rd from 34 overall, Shartin N has earned $623,978 for owners Richard Poillucci and Jo Ann Looney-King. Jim King Jr. conditions the five-year-old mare by Tintin In America and paid $4.80 to win. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY--After finishing second in the first heat to Plunge Blue Chip in a world-record equaling mile, Hambletonian winner Atlanta took command early and drew clear of her competition to take the $224,000 second heat of the 53rd Kentucky Filly Futurity, sponsored by the Father Patrick Syndicate and Diamond Creek Farms, in 1:51.1. Plunge Blue Chip, the Ake Svanstedt-trained Muscle Mass filly, bested Atlanta in the first heat of the Filly Futurity, sprinting to victory at the wire to equal her 1:49.4 world record. Atlanta, setting the first quarter in :28.2, yielded the lead to Manchego, leaving from post eight, and sat as she sped to the half in :54.4 and three-quarters in 1:22.4. Driver Scott Zeron angled Atlanta out of the pocket into the stretch and overtook Manchego with ease but could not withstand Plunge Blue Chip's three-wide stretch bid through the wire, settling for second. Manchego, faltering in third, scratched out of the final while Piranha Fury and Top Expectations advanced. Plunge Blue Chip, a $7.40 winner, races for Ake Svanstedt, Blue Chip Bloodstock, Tomas Andersson and Rick Zeron Stables. She won her 16th race from 22 starts, earning $913,791. Following the second-place effort, trainer Rick Zeron decided, despite hesitation, to pull Atlanta's shoes. "Everybody I noticed today was pulling shoes and I didn't want to pull the shoes and race her two heats. So I said to Scott 'If you can get us through the first heat and get into the final I'll pull the shoes off her.' [Trainer] George Ducharme came by and gave me a perfect set of bell boots for her because we didn't have any." Scott Zeron sent the Chapter Seven filly for the lead in the final while Plunge Blue Chip tucked into the pocket ahead of Lily Stride trotting into third. By the quarter in :28.2, Atlanta faced no pressure and rated to the half in :56.1. Plunge Blue Chip continued to track from the pocket. Atlanta's lead opened rounding the final turn as Plunge Blue Chip hit a wall and faded at the pylons, forcing the backfield wide. Seviyorum, pulling first over past the half, rushed into second with about a three-length deficit past the 1:24.3 third-quarter and continued to gain ground chasing through the stretch. Atlanta remained strong on the lead and hit the wire a length in front of Seviyorum at the wire. Nixie Volo closed for third and Top Expectations took fourth. "[Pulling the shoes] worked out so well," Rick Zeron said after the race, "and when Scott called on her around the last turn, I was in the paddock. Gone." "For him, it was a big move to make," Scott Zeron said. "But he was confident talking over it with me and we put some bell boots on her--I really think that helped her just that little bit more." Winning her seventh race from 11 starts this year and her 11th from 21 overall, Atlanta surpassed $1 million in earnings for owner-trainer Rick Zeron along with partners Crawford Farms, Holland Racing Stable, Howard Taylor and Brad Grant. She paid $4.20 to win. The other elimination for the Filly Futurity went to Lily Stride in a 1:50.2 lifetime-best performance. Courtney Hanover cleared to the cones moving into the first turn as Supergirl Riley moved into second and Nixie Volo wide from third. Supergirl Riley edged off the rail and forced Nixie Volo three wide heading to the quarter, timed in :27.4, and snagged the pocket once Nixie Volo took the top. Lily Stride, sitting fourth, stalked the early shuffle and angled first over into a :55.3 half. Nixie Volo endured first-over pressure from Lily Stride passing three-quarters as the two trotted in tandem to the 1:23.3 station before Lily Stride powered to the lead. Pat Matters, from second over, kicked off cover and chased Lily Stride to the wire, cutting into her margin but finishing a neck away in second at the wire. Seviyorum, veering to an opening at the pylons, closed for third ahead of Nixie Volo holding off Supergirl Riley, who also scratched from the final, in a photo for fourth. Owned by Emilio & Maria Rosati and trained by Mark Harder, Lily Stride won her second race from 13 starts this season and her sixth from 26 overall, earning $445,608. Tim Tetrick drove the Muscle Hill filly and returned $7.40 to win. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile        

LEXINGTON, KY--The Ake Svanstedt-trained Muscle Hill mare Ice Attraction reeled into a fast pace late in the mile and slid clear of competition in progress to a 1:50.1 harness racing world-record victory in the $72,000 Libfeld & Katz Breeding Partnership Allerage Farms Mare Trot, sponsored by Al Libfeld & Marvin Katz, on Sunday, Oct. 7 at The Red Mile. Positioned sixth to the quarter, Ice Attraction sat off a :27.2 opening quarter set by Royal Witch asserting herself to the lead over Checkmate Time showing speed but settling into second. Broadway Donna, the 4-5 favorite, pulled from third entering the backstretch and circled to the top heading to a :55 half. Caprice Hill, from fourth, tipped first over heading into the far turn carrying Dream Baby Dream second over and Charmed Life third over. Dream Baby Dream broke stride, placing Charmed Life second over and Ice Attraction, shuffled to last in the pack, had room to angle third over. Caprice Hill and Broadway Donna drew away from the field to three-quarters as they matched strides in 1:23. Svanstedt fired Ice Attraction to the center of the track turning into the stretch. Caprice Hill continued to dig into Broadway Donna and inherited the lead midstretch when the favorite began to gallop. Ice Attraction continued to roll widest of all and swept to the front late in the mile to win. Caprice Hill held second from Charmed Life closing for third. Broadway Donna, finishing fourth, was disqualified to sixth for violating the breaking rule, placing Royal Witch fourth. "Last year [winning the Kentucky Filly Futurity] was a real shock. This year was just a nice suprirse," co-owner Jeff Gural said. "She's been racing good but she's had bad luck--she's just been shuffled too far back. And of course with a seven-horse race and a horse breaking that makes it a lot easier." Winning her second race in 13 starts this season and her 11th in 42 overall, Ice Attraction has accrued $613,500 for owners Ake Svanstedt, Douglas Sipple, Mal & Janet Burroughs and Little E LLC. She paid $22.80 to win. The 1:50.1 mile lowers the previous world record for four-year-old trotting mares on a mile track of 1:50.2 set by Ariana G at the Meadowlands this year. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile          

LEXINGTON, KY--Driver Andrew McCarthy sat patiently with Grand Teton while This Is The Plan blazed around The Red Mile and surged by all his competitors in the stretch to take the second of two harness racing divisions for the $225,000 Crawford Farms Tattersalls Pace, sponsored by Al & Michelle Crawford, in 1:48.1 on Sunday, Oct. 7. Ideal Feeling circled past This Is The Plan to lead heading through a :26 opening quarter but soon lost the lead as This Is The Plan sprinted back to the top heading to a :53.2 half mile. This Is The Plan widened his lead circling the final turn as Ideal Feeling chased from second and Dorsoduro Hanover advanced gradually from first over into third. Past three-quarters in 1:20.1, This Is The Plan slowed into the stretch and lost the lead to Dorsoduro Hanover sliding by first over. Grand Teton, from third over, came charging through the center of the course after Dorsoduro Hanover and eased past nearing the wire. Odds On Lauderdale, from last, rushed for third while This Is The Plan held fourth. A colt by A Rocknroll Dance, Grand Teton won his third race from 16 starts and his eighth from 28 overall, earning $454,152 for owner Diamond Creek Racing. Jimmy Takter trains the $9.60 winner. American History vaulted off cover and seized victory at the wire to take the other division of the Tattersalls in 1:48.3. Thinkbig Dreambig took the lead with Hayden Hanover in second and Done Well third. Past the quarter in :27.1, Thinkbig Dreambig continued his speed to the half in :54.4 while Courtly Choice, from fourth, tipped first over and supplied cover to Stay Hungry heading into the final turn. Courtly Choice drew closer passing three-quarters in 1:21.2 but stalled into the stretch while Thinkbig Dreambig dashed towards the finish. Stay Hungry moved three wide and American History four wide while Done Well weaved through competition and into contention late. American History had the most speed late to get a neck up on Stay Hungry in second while Done Well edged out Thinkbig Dreambig for third. Returning $17.40 to win, American History won his eighth race from 17 starts this season and his 11th from 21 overall, earning $592,065 for owners Brittany Farms LLC, Marvin Katz and American History Racing. Andrew McCarthy drove the Tony Alagna trainee. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

OCT. 6, 2018 - Eleventh hour victories secured a post-season berth for both Sweet Young Thing and Keystone Concrete as the harness racing two-year-old pacing colts and fillies wrapped up their Gold Series regular season at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday evening. With 38 points, Sweet Young Thing was sitting just below the cut off for next weekend's $225,000 Super Final when she lined up behind the starting gate for the second $97,200 pacing filly division. With driver Trevor Henry in the race bike, Sweet Young Thing got away second from Post 5 and then tucked in behind Grassroots champion Sports Flix, who led the field of nine to a :26.4 opening quarter and a :56.1 half. Heading for the 1:26 three-quarters Henry sent Sweet Young Thing up the outside and the Sportswriter daughter powered right by the pacesetter and on to a 1:54 victory over a track rated one second slower than normal. Sports Flix found another burst to finish just three-quarters of a length behind the winner, with Cinderella Delight hard on her heels in third. "She trained okay through the winter. She wasn't a very big filly, well she still isn't, and she trained well, she got progressively better, but she wasn't what I thought was one of my better ones," said trainer Tony O'Sullivan. "The first time we put the race bike on her she just was just different and as the year's gone on, even though I've raced her lightly, she's a happy filly, she's eating well, she just seems really happy to do her job. "After last week (Sept. 28) I had my doubts (about the Super Final), because we were at the mercy of an 11-horse field and Trevor couldn't find a spot," the horseman added. "She ended up on the outside the whole mile, but he didn't beat her up and she came out of that race great, so it probably worked in our favour." With Saturday's victory Sweet Young Thing boosted her point tally to 88 and moved into fifth spot in the standings. In her three previous Gold Series starts the Sportswriter daughter had finished second, fourth and fifth. O'Sullivan conditions Sweet Young Thing for owner-breeders Lorne and Jean Keller of Exeter, Ontario and the Cambridge resident was delighted to score the win for the couple. "Snowbird, which is Sweet Young Thing's dam, is the first horse I trained for them," the horseman explained. "I trained Snowbird and we've had horses together since then. We've had some really good times and we've had a couple lean years. They are really nice people. I'm lucky; I have some really good owners." Sweet Young Thing The other pacing filly division went to point leader Better Single, who rocketed from last to first with a :27.1 final quarter, hitting the wire in a personal best 1:53.1. Fan favourite Powerful Chris bobbed and weaved her way down the stretch into second, two and one-quarter lengths behind the winner, and Ideation Hanover was another length back in third. Louis Philippe Roy piloted Better Single to the win for trainer Anthony Beaton of Waterdown and his partner David Mercer of Sydney, Nova Scotia. In five regular season appearances the Betterthancheddar daughter recorded three wins, one third and one fifth for a total of 167 points. Better Single Pacing colt Keystone Concrete also leapt into the post season with a victory in the second $96,400 division for the pacing colts and geldings. Starting from Post 2 driver Louis Philippe Roy settled the Bettors Delight colt in third as heavy favourite Bronx Seelster took the field to a :27.3 quarter and :57.3 half. Stuck on the rail as a herd of horses powered up the outside at the 1:27.2 three-quarter mark, Roy found a lane up the inside in the stretch and Keystone Concrete roared by Bronx Seelster to a 1:54.1 victory. Division leader Bronx Seelster was two lengths back in second and pocket-sitter Fast N First was third. "We were very lucky, and I know that as a horse trainer. We were very lucky," said Rob Fellows. Saturday marked Keystone Concrete's first start since August 28. The colt was not eligible to the open stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park in September and after a month-long break Fellows did not feel the youngster was fit enough for the Sept. 28 Gold event, so he had his fingers crossed that Keystone Concrete could score enough points to extend his season another week. In five previous starts the pacer had posted three wins, two of them in Grassroots action, and two seconds. "I didn't stake this guy because, he did nothing wrong, but he wasn't flashy," said Fellows. "He did everything right training down, his first qualifier was disappointing, and after that he was very, very good." The Rockwood resident trains Keystone Concrete for his wife Yolanda Fellows, Arpad Szabo of Bradford, Ontario and Blair Corbeil of Beaumont, Alberta and figures the colt will need another dose of luck to tackle the division's best in the Oct. 13 Super Final. Keystone Concrete "Stag Party is a dominant horse in this division, and Bronx Seelster, a dominant horse, and then you look at Bettors Wish," said the trainer. "So hopefully with some post position luck and some racing luck, I think with a trip we could be fourth. I think to be better than that we're going to have to overcome someone else's bad luck, because I have so much respect for those three horses." Bettors Wish captured the other pacing colt division with an impressive 1:51.1 mile as the rain started to fall at the Campbellville oval. With regular reinsman Paul MacDonell in the race bike the fan favourite took command going by the half and never looked back, cruising to a two and one-half length win over Better Up. Twin B Watching was well back in third. Chantal Mitchell trains the Bettors Delight son for Chris Ryder of Allentown, NJ, Bella Racing Ltd. of Delaware, OH, Fair Island Farm Inc. of Versailles, KY and Kenneth Solomon of Coral Springs, FL. In five regular season appearances Bettors Wish netted three wins, one second and one third for 187 points and second place in the standings behind Bronx Seelster. Bettors Wish The top 10 point earners from both divisions will return to Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday, Oct. 13 for the season ending Super Final. Post time for the $1.8 million Super Final card is 7:10 pm. Ontario Racing

Don’t hold your breath hoping for any northern races to be given automatic qualifying status for the New Zealand Trotting Cup.   That’s the clear message of the committee which decided Northview Hustler’s stunning win in the Spring Cup was only good enough to elevate him five spots on the crucial ranking list.   The big team of owners who greeted Northview Hustler after he ran his rivals ragged at Alexandra Park last Friday night not surprisingly started making plans to attend cup week in Christchurch.   With cup second favourite Star Galleria behind him, along with eight ranked Jack’s Legend and 14th ranked No Doctor Needed, hopes were high that he would jump from 23rd place to be inside the 15-horse cut.   But when the new ranking order was finally released today Northview Hustler was only 18th, sparking questions from his connections why the race didn’t carry the same free ticket to the cup as the Maurice Holmes Vase and New Brighton Cup which qualified Thefixer and Letspenddanitetogetha.   The group was also looking for answers on how Northview Hustler, who ran the second fastest 2200 metre stand in history, was still ranked below a clearly out-of-form Classie Brigade (15th).   So who decides the rankings?   Harness Racing New Zealand’s southern based handicapper Andrew Morris heads the four-man committee along with long time Addington secretary Brian Rabbitt and Addington board members Barry Dent and Peter Evans. Northern based handicapper Kevin Smith doesn’t get a say.   When the committee met this week Morris says the main topic of discussion was where to place Northview Hustler and it weighed on the members’ minds so much they delayed a decision until Wednesday morning.   Morris says there was no denying the merit of Northview Hustler’s performance - “he won and he ran time.   “To my mind this race was the next highest of interest behind the Group races run this season.   “He ran the second fastest 2200 metres in history and he beat good horses, even though he had a head start on them.’’   But Morris says the committee had no appetite to elevate the horse ahead of New Zealand Derby winner Sheriff, and because Sheriff was ranked one lower than Classie Brigade it meant Northview Hustler couldn’t go any higher than 18.   Late entry Australian Alleluia also jumped onto the list, coming in at 15, courtesy of his third in the Group I Blacks A Fake at Albion Park in July.   Morris says Northview Hustler only just got the nod to leap frog Forgotten Highway, who ran third equal in the Group III New Brighton Cup.   Sadly the Spring Cup isn’t Group rated and there’s little to no chance it will ever be added to the list of three races gifting free entry to the cup. Friday night’s Canterbury Classic at Addington actually gifts spots to the first three home.   “I lobbied for the Holmes DG (run at Auckland on Friday week) to be a cup qualifying race but the others said no.   “Some might argue the cup is New Zealand’s race but it’s actually NZ Met’s race - they run the race and pay the money.   “They want to keep the optimum races for Addington and get the best lead-ups there that they can.’’   It’s a marketing strategy that the New South Wales Harness Racing Club uses, for example, giving Miracle Mile invites to horses who compete in their lead-up events at Menangle.   “If Northview Hustler runs well in the Holmes DG that would elevate him further,’’ says Morris. “Now that he’s built up capital, he wouldn’t have to do much more to supplant those other two horses (Classie Brigade and Sheriff). I could see second placing being good enough to shift him again.’’   Morris says while Classie Brigade might be racing well below his best, he still had credit for a number of good performances in Group races, including three Group III wins in the Rangiora Classic, Invercargill Cup and Central Otago Cup.   Those Group performances were actually two seasons ago - Classie Brigade raced only three times last term - but under the club's guidelines they still seem to carry more weight than current form.   Northview Hustler’s Group form isn’t too shabby either - he ran fifth to Vincent, Titan Banner, Heaven Rocks and Star Galleria in the Group I Auckland Cup, fourth to Vincent, AG’s White Socks and Titan Banner in the Group II Franklin Cup and fifth behind Eamon Maguire, Star Galleria and AG’s White Socks in the Group I Harness Jewels.   Morris isn’t sure that the committee would favour dropping horses down the order if they perform badly, a logical enough strategy after their initial ranking on last season’s form.   “I’m happy to put it up for review but at the moment we only elevate horses for performing well. The more you bring in, the more complicated it gets and the committee doesn’t want it getting too murky.   “In previous years there was some artistic licence taken but I think we’re getting it pretty right now. It’s a robust process.’’   But you have to ask is it right that a race like the Methven Cup, run on grass on Sunday week, will carry more weight than the Spring Cup, because it is designated a Group III race, and run over 3000 metres, closer to the conditions of the New Zealand Cup. Shouldn’t the strength of the field be a crucial factor too?   On the positive side, Morris believes Northview Hustler has a good shot at making the field just on natural attrition with the likely sale of Classie Brigade and trips to New Zealand hinging on the upcoming performances of Alleluia, Chicago Bull and Tiger Tara.   Barry Lichter    

He’s Watching has begun his stud career in fine fashion by siring the first two-year-old qualifier of the harness racing season in New Zealand! Eagle Watch (He’s Watching – Eagletons Girl) looked mighty impressive when finishing a close second to his three-year-old stablemate About Turn at Cambridge yesterday. The mile rate was a good 2:02.5 (well inside qualifying time), with the last half cut out in a slick 58.6. Trainer Mike Berger has always had a very good opinion of Eagle Watch and the plan now is to press on with him, hopefully towards the Young Guns Series. Eagle Watch comes from He’s Watching’s debut crop and he is displaying the same traits that made his sire a great horse. An undefeated US Two-Year-Old of the Year, He’s Watching showed incredible gait, speed and attitude to not only win all eight of his starts in his debut season but also set multiple world and track records. We continue to hear tremendous reports on the progeny of He’s Watching from trainers across New Zealand and Australia which gives us great confidence that he will make an immediate impact. Eagle Watch is just the beginning. He’s Watching stands at Alabar NZ.

McWicked and driver Brian Sears paced the second fastest mile in the history of harness racing with a 1:46.2 victory over Lazarus in the $179,000 Allerage Farms Open Pace at the Red Mile Saturday. The eighth race feature saw Western Fame and driver Brett Miller leave from post nine and take the early lead away from Filbuster Hanover (Matt Kakaley). Also, on the move was Australian import Heaven Rocks and driver David Miller and by the opening quarter mile in :26.1 they were in command of the field. Past the half mile marker in :52.1, Filibuster Hanover and Kakaley started up first-over and was followed on the outside by McWicked and Sears. Following McWicked third over was Lazarus (Yannick Gingras). They raced past the three-quarters in 1:19.1 as McWicked and then Lazarus started to fan out and come after Heaven Rocks. McWicked was able to collar and pass by Heaven Rocks in the stretch and then hold off Lazarus to win by one length in 1:46.2. Filibuster Hanover was third. It was a lifetime record for McWicked and the $89,500 winners share of the purse pushed his earnings over $1 million in 2018 for trainer Casie Coleman and the SSG Stables of North Boston, NY.   McWicked has now tied his rivalry with Lazarus at 2-2. To see the race click here.  Sired by McArdle, McWicked is seven years old and now sports career earnings of $3,375,376. He paid $5.00 to win. “This horse,” said trainer Casie Coleman. “I’ve never had one this old before and wow, 1:46.2, I’ve never had a horse go that fast and that makes him pretty special. “I’ve always liked this big horse,” Coleman added. “When we got him at age 3 he earned $1.5 million and won some of the big stakes races. He still racing now and going strong. “We got invited to Yonkers next week to race for a half a million,” Coleman said. “I didn’t think the owner wanted to go there but he said yes so it looks like we are going to Yonkers.” By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink  

LEXINGTON, KY--Sent the 1-5 favorite, Kissin In The Sand sat pocket to Youaremycandygirl, intent to cut the mile, and popped pocket past the pacesetter to take the second of two divisions for the $225,000 Glen Garnsey Memorial, sponsored by Diamond Creek Farms, in 1:47.4 on Saturday, Oct. 6 at The Red Mile. Youaremycandygirl cleared the front heading into the first turn with Kissin In The Sand securing the pocket and Baron Remy floating into third. Scott Zeron pulled Kissin In The Sand off the rail past the :27.2 opening quarter in an attempt to brush to the lead but Youaremycandygirl accelerated and forced the favorite into the two hole heading to a :53.4 half. The speed continued into the final turn as Youaremycandygirl paced to three-quarters in 1:20.3. Kissin In The Sand tipped wide of the leader entering the stretch and drew alongside into the final sixteenth before edging to victory. Youaremycandygirl settled for second while Baron Remy finished third and Alexa's Power fourth. Winning her 10th race in 14 starts this season and her 17th in 28 overall, Kissin In The Sand, owned by Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables, has compiled $967,670 in earnings. The Nancy Johansson trainee paid $2.40 to win. Drafting the swift tempo-setter, Double A Mint pounced from the pocket into the stretch and charged to the wire an open-length winner in 1:47.3 to take the first split of the Glen Garnsey. The Ron Burke-trained filly by Bettor's Delight dashed to the lead heading into the first turn with Wisdom Tree rolling wide into contention. Wisdom Tree, the 1-2 favorite, cleared control prior to the :27.2 opening quarter and paced uncontested through a :54.2 half. Wisdom Tree continued to speed on the front rounding the far turn with Double A Mint tracking from the pocket and the rest of the field chasing single file in behind. Past three-quarters in 1:21.1, Gingras pulled Double A Mint off the rail, slid by Wisdom Tree entering the eighth pole and widened her lead to the line. Wisdom Tree held second from I'm Trigger Happy in third and Mcvenus fourth. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Dandy Farms, Jerry & Theresa Silva, Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi, Double A Mint won her first race in 14 starts this season and her fifth in 24 overall, earning $301,971. She paid $20.20 to win.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY -- With fast fractions set before him, Homicide Hunter ranged towards the center of the track into the stretch and slingshot past tiring trotters to become the fastest trotter in harness racing history with a 1:48.4 victory in the $145,000 Allerage Farms Open Trot, sponsored by Jeff & Paula Gural, at The Red Mile on Saturday, Oct. 6. Homicide Hunter's 1:48.4 mile lowered the all-time trotting mark previously set by Hannelore Hanover, who beat the boys in the Allerage Farms Trot last year with a 1:49.2 mile. The time also lowers the record for gelding trotters of 1:49.4, set by Jl Cruze at the Meadowlands in 2015. Guardian Angel As took the lead from Pinkman firing at the rail while Lindy The Great floated for position into third. Lindy The Great brushed to the lead by the quarter in :26.2 as Will Take Charge, away fourth, angled off the rail and began his move for the lead, clearing before a :53.2 half. Will Take Charge faced first-over pressure from Guardian Angel As around the far turn with Pinkman positioned second over and Homicide Hunter third over. Guardian Angel As inched to the lead past three-quarters in 1:22 and fought for command into the eighth pole. However Homicide Hunter, poised from his setup, accelerated past the field with ease and trotted to the wire going away from Guardian Angel As holding second. Pinkman finished third while Lindy The Great weaved into fourth. A six-year-old gelding by Mr Cantab out of the Like A Prayer mare Evening Prayer, Homicide Hunter won his eighth race in 13 starts and his 38th in 75 overall, surpassing $1.4 million in earnings. The Chris Oakes-trainee, returning $5.20 to win, races for Crawford Farms Racing and had Brian Sears in the bike. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Chicago Bull’s driver Gary Hall Jnr forecasted improvement in the six-year-old ahead of last night’s Group 2 J.P. Stratton Cup (2130m) and, sure enough, he delivered one of his best performances yet this campaign. The returning Talktomeurmattjesty made Chicago Bull work for the lead in the early stages of the $50,000 event. Hall Jnr initially took a sit behind Talktomeurmattjesty, before he made his move to the front on the turn out of the home straight the first time. Despite having to run a slick 37.0 lead time to eventually find the front, Chicago Bull never looked in any danger of being beaten throughout the run and went on to win by 8m. Talktomeurmattjesty and Argyle Red finished second and third respectively. Chicago Bull flies out for Victoria on Wednesday, before his first run on the east coast in the Victoria Cup next Saturday. Owner Glen Moore said he wasn’t concerned by the early speed Chicago Bull had to use to find the front. “It worked out very well for us early,” he said. “We had the plan that Junior was going to be aggressive early because we had the gut feeling the one horse (Talktomeurmattjesty) may hand over. “Junior had to work around the bird cage bend a bit, but then he relaxed nicely.” Moore said he was confident Chicago Bull was ready for his first trip to the east coast and indicated there could be even more improvement left in the gelding. “We’re really happy with him,” he said. “We’ve left a bit of improvement in him because we haven’t been doing too much at home. “His coast is still a little dull, so we think he is on the way up. “They have to prove themselves when they travel. “We’re comfortable with the fact that we think he will travel alright.” Chicago Bull completed a winning treble on the night for the Gary Hall Snr and Jnr combination, after Overboard Again and King Of Swing saluted earlier in the night. The news wasn’t as good for the Hall’s other short price favourite on the night Speed Man, who had little luck in the Perth Plasterboard Centre Pace (2536m). Last season’s leading driver Shannon Suvaljko also enjoyed a double at the meeting with Shes Turbo Charged and Always Arjay. Tim Walker

LEXINGTON, KY--The Ron Burke-trained Sweet Lou filly Warrawee Ubeaut decimated the world-record mark for two-year-old pacing fillies when winning the $61,250 Roll With Joe division of the International Stallion Stakes (ISS), all sponsored by Blue Chip Stallions, on Friday, Oct. 5 at The Red Mile, pacing to the mile in 1:48.3. Her stablemate Youaremycandygirl held the previous mark of 1:50 set at The Red Mile last year. Beautyonthebeach seized control from post seven and fronted the field to a :27 opening quarter with Queen Of The Pride in second and Zero Tolerance in third. Yannick Gingras positioned Warrawee Ubeaut fifth and began her brush for the lead in the backstretch, clearing command following a :55.1 half. Warrawee Ubeaut kept her speed rolling to three-quarters as she passed three-quarters in 1:22. Queen Of The Pride paced into second as Zero Tolerance angled off the rail and also gave chase in third. Warrawee Ubeaut held firmly to the line and won by two-and-three-quarter lengths in the end. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, Jerry & Thersa Silva, Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi, Warrawee Ubeaut won her sixth race from nine starts, earning $300,393. She paid $3.60 to win. Burke came back to win when St Somewhere posted a 1:50.4 victory in the $61,250 Shadow Play ISS division. Art Lecture left for the lead from post seven while Margret Hill took the pocket and St Somewhere pushed into third. Gingras slid off the rail and sent St Somewhere for the lead past the :28.1 opening quarter, clearing after a :55.4 half. The field tightened when St Somewhere cleared the lead. Margret Hill, from third, broke stride as Treacherous Reign and Prescient Beauty moved off the rail in pursuit of the pacesetter. St Somewhere remained in front as Treacherous Reign pressured her through three-quarters in 1:23.4 before parking into the stretch. Art Lecture shot through the pylons into second as St Somewhere paced steadfast on the lead. Prescient Beauty tipped off cover to take third while Treacherous Reign faded to fourth. Winning her fourth race in 11 starts, St Somewhere, a Ron Burke-trained filly by American Ideal, competes for Burke Racing Stable, Philip Collura, Jerry & Theresa Silva Stable, Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. The earner of $168,768 returned $8.20 to win. Tall Drink Hanover took the top past the quarter and strolled to a 1:50 victory in the $61,250 Bettor's Delight ISS split. The Tony Alagna-trained Captaintreacherous filly marched towards early leader Sylph Hanover heading to the quarter. Timed in :28, Tall Drink Hanover swiftly slid to the lead and maintained her speed through the half in :55. Undefiable, positioned fourth, pulled first over moving into the final turn. She paced up to the leader's wheel by three-quarters in 1:23.1 but was turned away into the lane as Tall Drink Hanover sped into the stretch under a hand drive. Undefiable took second from Sylph Hanover in third while She's Allright, riding the rail, held fourth. Winning her sixth race from nine starts, Tall Drink Hanover has earned $343,914 for owners Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing LLC. Andrew McCarthy drove the $3.20 winner. With 6-5 favorite Louphoria losing stride around the first turn, Annie Hill took control, yielded for the pocket and crept through the pylons late to win the $61,250 American Ideal ISS split in 1:51.4. Annie Hill took the lead before the quarter with Louphoria pacing in third before going on a gallop and Renaissance Lady K in fourth. By the opening panel in :27.2, Annie Hill soon backed for the pocket as Renaissance Lady K marched for command in the backstretch and cleared the top prior to a :55.3 half. Bestseller Hanover angled first over heading into the far turn and progressed into third by three-quarters in 1:24.1. Renaissance Lady K clung to the lead in the stretch as Annie Hill, locked in the pocket, waited for a seam to the inside of Bestseller Hanover. With a slight opening, Annie Hill inched through the inside and past Renaissance Lady K to claim victory. Cruise, trailing throughout, launched through the center of the track for third while Bestseller Hanover faded to fourth. Owned by Tom Hill, Annie Hill won her fourth race from seven starts, earning $64,919. Andrew McCarthy piloted the Captaintreacherous filly for trainer Chris Oakes and returned $6.80 to win. Grand Circuit action continues at The Red Mile on Saturday, Oct. 6 with Lazarus N headlining the program in the $179,000 Mister Big Allerage Farms Pace sponsored by Muscara Standardbreds. Five divisions of the $312,000 Captaintreacherous ISS Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace, sponsored by the Captaintreacherous Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms, along with two divisions of the $225,000 Glen Garnsey Memorial sponsored by Diamond Creek Farm and the $145,000 What The Hill Allerage Farms Trot sponsored by Jeff & Paula Gural, are also slated on the program. Racing gets underway for the 11-race matinee with first-race post time scheduled for 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY--Turning the final sixteenth into a sprint, When Dovescry soared through the inside and outkicked 4-5 favorite The Ice Dutchess to take the fifth of five divisions of the $324,500 International Stallion Stake (ISS) Two-Year-Old Filly Trot in 1:52.3 on Friday, Oct. 5 at The Red Mile. Simon Allard placed the Rene Allard-trained Muscle Hill filly on the lead early before sitting pocket to Ma Was Right clearing control from post eight. By the quarter in :27.4, Ma Was Right maintained command to the half in :56.1 while The Ice Dutchess, from third, began her bid for the lead, supplying cover for Cloud Nine Fashion moving into the turn. The Ice Dutchess trotted to within a neck of the lead as Ma Was Right tripped three-quarters in 1:25.2 before faltering into the stretch. The Ice Dutchess trotted to the lead in the center of the track while When Dovescry, with plenty of room towards the inside, lifted flight and mounted a bid for the front into the sixteenth pole. When Dovescry accelerated to the lead nearing the line while The Ice Dutchess settled for second ahead of Cloud Nine Fashion in third and Hanna Dreamgirl fourth. Returning $21.00 to win, When Dovescry won her third race in five starts, earning $51,310 for owners Go Fast Stable, Yves Sarrazin, Kapildeo Singh and Lawrence Dumain. Asiago stayed towards the front and surged past 1-2 favorite Princess Deo to take the first ISS split in 1:55. Soutwhind Storm swept to the lead from post seven with Asiago following suit to her inside. Princess Deo trotted away fourth through a :30.3 opening quarter as Asiago edged off the rail and brushed for the lead heading to the backstretch. Princess Deo tracked that move and advanced first over, strung out by Asiago, before clearing command past a :56.3 half. Princess Deo slowed the tempo rounding the final turn, prompting Asiago to pull out of the pocket by three-quarters in 1:27. Asiago slid to the lead through the stretch as Princess Deo chased in second ahead of Stone In Love rallying off cover into third and Atonement closing for fourth. Trained by Jimmy Takter for owners Marvin Katz, Sam Goldband, Al Libfeld and Black Horse Racing, Asiago, a filly by Muscle Hill, broke her maiden in her seventh start career, earning $78,960. Yannick Gingras drove the $7.80 winner. Special Honor pulled pocket around the final turn and held off a late charge from Fade Into You to win the second ISS division in 1:54.2. The Julie Miller-trained Father Patrick filly led early before Starita cleared control following a :28 opening quarter. On the front, Starita slowed to the half, timed in :57.1. Andy Miller pulled Special Honor out of the pocket heading to three-quarters and drew alongside the pacesetter by the 1:26.3 station. Starita soon gave way as Fade Into You tracked Special Honor into second moving into the stretch. Fade Into You gained on Special Honor approaching the wire but finished a neck shy in second. Golden Tricks, riding the rail, snuck into third with Amanda Blue Chip fourth. Owned by Brittany Farms LLC, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, Special Honor won her third race from eight starts, earning $149,324. She paid $4.60 to win. Evident Beauty kicked off cover and trotted to a 1:54.4 victory in the third ISS division. Windy Corner trotted to the top heading around the first turn with Susy in second and Matter of Fact third. Past the quarter in :28.2, Susy inherited the lead in the backstretch as Windy Corner went on a gallop. Susy trotted unchallenged to the half in :58.3 as Fate Smiled pulled first over, supplying cover to Evident Beauty. Fate Smiled ranged towards the leader passing three-quarters in 1:27.2 and carried 4-5 favorite Evident Beauty within two lengths of the lead heading into the stretch. David Miller fanned the Richard "Nifty" Norman-trained filly by Trixton three wide and sprinted clear to the line with Global Pageant, from third over, sweeping into second. Fate Smiled held third from Matter Of Fact slipping through the pylons for fourth. Winning her third race in seven starts, Evident Beauty has compiled $178,582 in earnings for owners Melvin Hartman, Little E LLC and R A W Equine Inc. She paid $3.60 to win. Scooting through the cones, 4-5 public choice Whispering Oaks trotted past race-leader Speed Titan to take the fourth ISS split in 1:54.3. Yannick Gingras sent the favorite to the lead as Conway Kellyanne trotted into second and Jezzys Legacy third. Conway Kellyanne pulled to circle to the lead as Jezzys Legacy lost stride past the :28.4 opening quarter. Speed Titan, positioned fourth, moved off the rail and for the lead into the backstretch, taking control to the half in :57. Speed Titan continued on the lead past three-quarters in 1:26. Conway Kellyanne tipped of the rail and belatedly rallied at Speed Titan while Whispering Oaks gained ground towards an opening at the pylons. Whispering Oaks proceeded to the lead heading to the line and outsprinted Conway Kellyanne. Speed Titan faded to third while Fashion Rachel closed from second over for fourth. Whispering Oaks, a Jimmy Takter-trained filly by Father Patrick, won her fourth race in 10 starts, earning $264,844 for owners Brixton Medical Inc., Herb Liverman and R A W Equine Inc. She paid $4.60 to win. The ISS Two-Year-Old Filly Trot had three divisions named for Walner sponsored by the Walner Syndicate and two divisions named for Muscle Hill sponsored by Southwind Farms. Grand Circuit action continues at The Red Mile on Saturday, Oct. 6 with Lazarus N headlining the program in the $179,000 Mister Big Allerage Farms Pace sponsored by Muscara Standardbreds. Five divisions of the $312,000 Captaintreacherous ISS Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace, sponsored by the Captaintreacherous Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms, along with two divisions of the $225,000 Glen Garnsey Memorial sponsored by Diamond Creek Farm and the $145,000 What The Hill Allerage Farms Trot sponsored by Jeff & Paula Gural, are also slated on the program. Racing gets underway for the 11-race matinee with first-race post time scheduled for 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

YONKERS, N.Y. – Winning the Elitlopp this year with Ringostarr Treb was surreal for Jerry Riordan, but the trainer quickly realized the experience wasn’t for the claustrophobic. Just after the race, Riordan and driver Wim Paal led Ringostarr Treb up the track along the outside rail. The track apron at Solvalla is elevated from the racing surface and the thousands of fans along the fence leaned over and reached out. Their extended arms hung over the trainer, driver, and horse, enclosing them in a tunnel of humanity. The newly crowned Elitlopp winner took it all in stride. “If you have a horse that can deal with it, it’s always nice to bring them over to the public,” Riordan said. “The horse, he’s such a cool horse, an easy-going kind of a guy. At one point, there was an old lady in a wheelchair that reached up and grabbed his shadow roll and was pulling him over so she could pet him and he didn’t care. We had taken the sulky off, we were just letting him walk along. “I was with the horse and we have this entourage behind us and we were only going to do it for a little bit, but as we were going up the fence, there were people waiting for him,” Riordan continued. “That’s my biggest memory of the post-race celebrating on the track. The people here are so enthusiastic, and they’ve been watching races all their lives. It was just a real pleasure to be able to have that fun and have so many people patting me and Paal on the back and rubbing the horse between his ears. He was loving it, he was fantastic.” Riordan’s journey with Ringostarr Treb began after owners E.V.A.M. Racing transferred the trotter to his care from former conditioner Holger Ehlert. Although he was a claimer at 2 and 3, Ringostarr Treb won the Group 2 Sweden Cup for Ehlert before coming to Riordan. When the son of Classic Photo showed up in the barn, Riordan realized he knew little about the horse he’d been competing against for years before. “When I saw him, I had the wrong impression of the horse completely from racing against him. I just thought he was a horse that leaves fast and finishes really strong, and when he came to the barn, I went around the corner and saw him in his stall and he was this beautiful horse,” Riordan recalled. “He’s not very big, but he’s gorgeous, beautiful head, really intelligent looking. “For all the horse owners out there, they should always have hope. This horse was racing in a 10-claimer when he was 3 years old. Nobody claimed him,” Riordan said. “It just goes to show, once in a while, it happens.” Riordan stripped most of Ringostarr Treb’s equipment off and changed the horse’s racing style. Instead of gunning the lead in every start, Riordan raced Ringostarr Treb from behind. The changes worked. Ringostarr Treb won a Gulddivisionen trot in his debut for Riordan, finished second in the 2017 edition of the Group 1 Hugo Åbergs Memorial, and won the Group 1 Sundsvall Open Trot.  Despite Riordan’s early success with Ringostarr Treb, the stallion didn’t reach his full potential until after a bout in France competing at the prestigious winter meet at Hippodrome de Vincennes. Although he was only third in the Group 2 Grand Prix du Bourbonnais and was off the board in his next three starts, including a seventh in the Group 1 Grand Prix d’Amérique, Ringostarr Treb blossomed physically racing in the long distances of the French classics. “The biggest thing, when I saw the horse really improve was after that winter meet in Paris. The horse just came out of it like a bull,” Riordan said. “He had terrible luck, he was interfered with in the Prix d’Amérique. But the real positive was, after the winter meet down there, he just got so much stronger. Going those type of speeds over the long distance just really seemed to bring him to another level because this spring he was just really, really good.” Ringostarr Treb returned to Sweden a winner, taking the Group 1 Olympitravet in track record time April 28. He followed it up with his two-heat Elitlopp score, improving his record to 30 wins in 86 starts with 12.9 million Swedish krona earned.  Although Ringostarr Treb’s Elitlopp victory on the last Sunday in May was impressive – he beat Propulsion by a length in 1:51 – the star wouldn’t return to the races until the fall. He scratched out of the Oslo Grand Prix June 16 after getting an infection in a joint, which was initially only made worse with treatment. “He had an infection. The doctor injected an ankle and there was a reaction to it,” Riordan said. “It shouldn’t have been that big of a deal, but the clinic overreacted. It created a worse problem than the actual infection. That was what knocked him out for the whole summer, the reaction to the reaction.” Although Riordan won last year’s Yonkers International Trot with Twister Bi, with that trotter moved to a new stable by his owners and with Ringostarr Treb on the sidelines, the conditioner didn’t think he’d make it back to New York for this year’s renewal of the $1 million stakes. “Honestly, I never thought I’d be back with him,” Riordan said. “We never had any particular objective, but we knew it was possible to make Yonkers. We were ready.” With an International Trot invitation accepted, but without a race since May 27, Riordan entered Ringostarr Treb in a 1,640-meter overnight for winners of at least 475,001 Swedish krona at Solvalla September 26. Ringostarr Treb raced at the back of the pack early with Torbjörn Jansson at the helm. When he pulled three wide around the final turn and began to advance, Ringostarr Treb made a break in stride, finishing sixth. “When I raced him the other night, a lot of things combined to create the situation. The regular driver was suspended, it rained like hell and they put sand on the track. He’s a horse that will make a break every now and then if you don’t know him,” Riordan said. “When he tipped him out, he was really hanging onto him and he didn’t want him to go too fast, he was on the bit pretty good and he was going to win. He was three-wide and he touched himself and lost it.” Despite the break, Riordan was pleased with the effort. He saw an explosive move on the turn before Ringostarr Treb galloped and knew the horse still had his desire to win. However, once Riordan realized Ringostarr Treb would need a clean line to compete at Yonkers, he plotted his next move. He entered his star in a qualifier at Hamburg Trabrennbahn Wednesday (October 3). With Wim Paal back at the controls, Ringostarr Treb breezed around the track, putting down a clean line and getting another tightener over the 2,200-meter distance. “Probably it’s exactly what he needs, another start in the sulky. It’s like we went 6 furlongs with him last Saturday and now we’re going to give him a little longer workout. I think he’ll be coming to New York just right,” Riordan said. “We’ll put a good, clean line on him and it will pick him up a little more too, so everybody will be in a good mood when we put him on the plane to send him over.” Ringostarr Treb will face nine rivals in the Yonkers International Trot: Arazi Boko (Italy), Ariana G (United States), Cruzado Dela Noche (Sweden), Lionel (Norway), Marion Marauder (Canada), Pastore Bob (Sweden), Slide So Easy (Denmark), Up And Quick (France), and Will Take Charge (Canada). Riordan thinks the mare is the one to beat. “If Ariana G can get around the turns and can handle that extra quarter mile, it could be interesting with her in there,” he said. “It’s a nice field, it’s a balanced field. I’d like to think that ‘Ringo,’ if he’s in as good a shape as I hope he’ll be, can beat these. I think that Ariana G, with her speed and her form, she could be very dangerous.” The $1 million Yonkers International Trot is slated for Saturday, October 13 at Yonkers Raceway. The card will also feature a pair of $250,000 invitationals, the Harry Harvey Trot and Dan Rooney Pace. For more information on the event and its participants, visit www.internationaltrot.com. by Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

LEXINGTON, KY -- The final day in the harness racing Grand Circuit meeting at The Red Mile drew 12 sophomore colts to compete in two six-horse eliminations for the $620,000 Kentucky Futurity on Sunday, Oct. 7 while 16 fillies dropped into two eight-horse eliminations for the $320,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity. Elimination one gathers Crystal Fashion, who set a world record winning his Hambletonian elimination, against Tactical Landing, entering off a 1:51.1 lifetime-best performance when winning his division of the Bluegrass Stakes. Crystal Fashion, a Jim Campbell-trained gelding by Cantab Hall, has won nine races from 13 starts this season, including the $253,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championship and the $512,050 Canadian Trotting Classic. Also finishing fourth in the $1,000,000 Hambletonian, the newly-minted millionaire will have Tim Tetrick in the bike from post two for owner Fashion Farms LLC. Tactical Landing, third in the Hambletonian, starts from post six with trainer Jimmy Takter at the reins. The Muscle Hill colt has won five races from nine starts this season, including an elimination for the Hambletonian, and earned $313,600 for The Tactical Landing Stable. Six Pack, the Ake Svanstedt-trained world champion by Muscle Mass, starts from post one in the second Futurity elimination. Owned by Ake Svanstedt inc., Little E LLC, Stall Kalmar Ff and Lars Berg, Six Pack, as well as post-six starter Fiftydallarbill, supplemented into the race for $63,700. Ake Svanstedt will drive the earner of nearly $900,000 as he makes his first start since winning an $86,750 division of New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) on Sept. 11. Fiftydallarbill, trained by William Crone for owner John Barnard, finished third in the Canadian Trotting Classic two starts ago. A Breeders Crown winner at two, he's collected 14 victories in 29 outings and approaches $700,000 in career earnings. Brett Miller gets the drive. Met's Hall, also in the second elimination, starts from post three off a 1:51.2 victory in his Bluegrass split. Also second in the Canadian Trotting Classic and the Hambletonian, the Zweig champion has nine wins from 20 starts and $964,754 in earnings. Andy Miller will sit behind the Cantab Hall colt for trainer Julie Miller and owners Stroy Inc. and Andy Miller Stable Inc. Supergirl Riley leads the first elimination for the Filly Futurity from post four with Marcus Miller driving. The Erv Miller-trained Muscle Mass filly enters on a three-race win streak, most recently taking her Bluegrass division in 1:52.2. A winner of nine races from 23 starts, she's earned $375,763 for owners Paymaq Racing, George Golemes and Harvey Eisman. Elimination two features a matchup between Atlanta, Plunge Blue Chip and Manchego. Atlanta, beating the boys in the Hambletonian, has since been toppled by Manchego (in the $103,360 Casual Breeze) and by Phaetosive (in the $261,800 Elegantimage). The Rick Zeron-trained Chapter Seven filly has won 10 races from 20 starts, earning $889,189 for owners Rick Zeron, Crawford Farms, Holland Racing Stable, Howard Taylor and Brad Grant. Scott Zeron will steer from post three. Plunge Blue Chip, the fastest three-year-old trotter ever with a 1:49.4 win in the Del Miller Memorial, competes from post six with trainer Ake Svanstedt driving. A winner of 15 races from 21 starts, she enters off a seven-length victory in the $225,000 NYSS championship. She has amassed $889,791 in earnings for owners Ake Svanstedt, Blue Chip Bloodstock, Tomas Andersson and Rick Zeron Stables. Accruing over $1.5 million on her card, Manchego enters off a three-length victory in the $172,000 Moni Maker at Hoosier Park. The Jimmy Takter-trained filly by Muscle Hill has won 19 times in 23 tries, including a 1:50 stakes-record performance in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, and starts from post eight with Yannick Gingras driving for owners Black Horse Racing, John Fielding and Herb Liverman. The top five finishers from each elimination of the filly futurity advance to the $224,000 final while the top five from each elimination for the futurity advance to the $434,000 final. The 53rd renewal of the Filly Futurity is sponsored by the Father Patrick Syndicate and Diamond Creek Farms while the 126th Kentucky Futurity is sponsored by Hunterton Farms, Stoner Manor Inc. and Menhammer Stuteri Ab. Sophomore pacing colts compete on the program in two divisions of the $450,000 Crawford Farms Tattersalls Pace, sponsored by Al and Michelle Crawford. Courtly Choice, off a 1:49.4 neck victory in the $436,560 Little Brown Jug final, contests millionaire Stay Hungry in the first division. The Blake MacIntosh-trained Art Major colt has 12 wins from 26 starts and is approaching one-million dollars in earnings. David Miller drives the Meadowlands Pace champ from post three for owners Hutt Racing Stable, Mac & Heim Stables, Daniel Plouffe and Touch Stone Farms. A Breeders Crown winner at two, Stay Hungry starts from post five off a 1:48.2 win in his Bluegrass division. The Tony Alagna-trained Somebeachsomewhere colt has earned $1,239,459 and won 12 races from 22 starts for owners Brad Grant and the Irwin Samelman Estate. Doug McNair will sit in the bike. Adios winner and Jug runner-up Dorsoduro Hanover fronts the second Tattersalls split. The Ron Burke-trained Somebeachsomewhere gelding is nearing one-million dollars in earnings for owners Burke Racing Stable, Jerry and Theresa Silva, Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi and Wingfield Five. Matt Kakaley drives the winner of 10 races out of 29 starts from post four. The $72,000 Libfeld & Katz Breeding Partnership Allerage Farms Mare Trot, sponsored by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, opens the closing-day card. Broadway Donna, off a victory in the $107,000 Miss Versatility, the Jim Campbell-trained five-year-old mare by Donato Hanover has 22 wins from 43 starts and $1,430,985 in earnings for owner Fashion Farms LLC. David Miller pilots from post four. Winning 15 races from 20 starts this season, Jim King Jr. trainee Shartin N heads the $98,500 Fear The Dragon Allerage Farms Mares Pace, sponsored by Midland Acres. The Kiwi import, with 22 wins total from 33 starts and $847,728 on her card, has bested the mare-pacing division this season including in the $281,200 Roses Are Red, $197,400 Lady Liberty and $161,000 Artiscape Pace. Regular-driver Tim Tetrick will sit at the helms. Caviart Ally, off a 1:51.2 victory in the $196,350 Milton Stakes, races to Shartin N's left flank in post four. The Noel Daley-trained Bettor's Delight mare recently passed the million-dollar plateau for owner Caviart Farms and will have Andrew McCarthy driving. Racing gets underway on closing day with first-race post time slated for 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

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