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Lexington, KY - The eagerly anticipated Red Mile Grand Circuit meet kicks off with a ten race harness racing card on the evening of Thursday, September 28, post time is 7:00 p.m.   Freshman trotting colts will kick off the action when 41 of them spread over five divisions of the Bluegrass Stakes sponsored by Hickory Lane Horse Farms heralding their trotting stallion Uncle Peter, whose first crop offering rewrote the record books at the recently concluded Ohio Select Yearling sale.   Among the Bluegrass entrants are Peter Haughton Memorial winner You Know You Do, PASS champ Fashionwoodchopper, NYSS stalwart Fourth Dimension and NJSS final winner U Need Stones.   The top names in the game, both human and equine, will converge on Lexington to compete for more than $5 million in purses during the two week Grand Circuit meet over the famed red clay.   Racing is live at The Red Mile Thursday through Saturday at 7:00 p.m., switches to a 1:00 p.m. post on Sunday then resumes with matinee racing October 5 through 8.   The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale gets underway on Tuesday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. and will continue through Saturday evening with more than 600 royally bred yearlings consigned.   The Red Mile Clubhouse will be open for dining each day during the Grand Circuit meet and you may reserve a table by dialing (859) 255-0752.   A more detailed preview of Thursday's races will be released on Tuesday after the program has been made final.   Nick Salvi          

Lexington, KY - With 2017 The Little Brown Jug now history, the focus of the harness racing Grand Circuit shifts to the Bluegrass for a fortnight of top quality harness racing at The Red Mile and the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale.   Racing begins on Thursday, September 28 with a 7 p.m. post time which continues through Saturday, September 30. The 1:00 p.m. matinee cards start on Sunday, October 1 and return for the Thursday - Sunday schedule October 5-8.   The first draw is on Monday, September 25 with the box closing at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time. The condition sheet is available on the web. Electronic entry is encouraged and the Race Office & Judges contact information is available on the condition sheet.   All information pertinent to bringing your stable to The Red Mile (including stall applications which must be filed) may be accessed from this page.   The Clubhouse dining room will be open on all race dates, make your reservations by calling (859) 255-0752.   The Lexington Yearling sale where champions are sold kicks off on the evening of Tuesday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. and continues through Saturday.   The city of Lexington offers much in the way of entertainment available during your stay including fine dining and an active nighttime scene.   Come join the fun!   Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands Racetrack closes their short September meet with an intriguing Saturday night card on September 16 that offers full fields and competitive harness racing.   With the Friday card consumed by the Kindergarten series races, Saturday has a blend of paces and trots with classes ranging from young Non Winners types right on up the ladder to a head-scratcher of a featured pace with horses coming in from all directions and track sizes.   In the featured 6th race, a $15,000 condition pace, Jackie Green send out a two horse entry for owner Kellogg Racing that includes St Lads Moonwalk (Eric Abbatiello) who has been facing the 4-year-old opens at Yonkers and Saratoga Open stalwart Titus Seelster (Vincent Ginsburg).   Saratoga based Ashley's Husband seems to relish the Meadowlands mile oval and always steps up his game when Kyle Spagnola brings him to town for owner Michael Polansky as evidenced by his dominant 1:51 win last week for driver Montrell Teague.   If the races don't fill your action void, stick around for the Canelo vs Golovkin bout on the big screens in Victory Sports Bar afterwards.   All of the Meadowlands dining options are available, call for reservations.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - Those who appreciate 2-year-old harness racing will adore the Friday card at The Meadowlands where ten of the eleven races are Kindergarten divisions of the fourth leg and all but four horses on the entire eleven race program are rookies.   The Kindergarten races are comprised of two divisions each for pacing fillies and colts and three for each sex of the trotters, all of which will go for a purse of $10,000. Also on the table are points toward the $175,000e Kindergarten finals which will be raced at The Meadowlands on Saturday, November 4 after the last preliminary leg goes at Vernon Downs on October 26.   The most accomplished of the freshmen racing in the Friday Kindergarten leg are a pair of Donato Hanover trotting colts come along in the ninth race. That split pits PA Sires Stakes final winner Fashionwoodchopper against Reynolds winner Farsetti Hanover ,who was a winner last week in leg three.   Fashionwoodchopper (PP #7) has but two wins in five starts but they were timely ones. A PASS win in August cemented his position in the $252,000 final and he converted that opportunity into a state crown at odds of 38-1 for driver David Miller and trainer Jim Campbell. Jules Siegel's Fashion Farms is the owner.   Farsetti Hanover (PP #4) was third in the Peter Haughton final, won the Reynolds and was an easy winner of his Kindergarten leg as the 2-5 choice last week. Marcus Miller drives for his father, trainer Erv who owns the colt in a partnership with George Golemes and David Prushnok.   The Kindergarten point standings may be viewed on The Meadowlands website.   All of the Meadowlands dining options are available all weekend, call for reservations.   Nick Salvi

Lexington, KY - The Kentucky Sire Stakes (KYSS) saw rookie pacers jockeying for a position in the upcoming $250,000 in the third and last preliminary leg of the harness racing series on Saturday night at The Red Mile.   Band Stand completed her sweep of the preliminary legs with a 1:53.1 triumph for driver Joe Bongiorno. Reserved in fourth through moderate early fractions, she took the uncovered route to victory, chasing down pacesetter and eventual third place finisher Let's Fall In Love in the stretch. Hurrikane Empress raced closed well, angled wide after a pocket trip for the place.   Band Stand is from the first crop of A Rocknroll Dance, was bred by Hunterton Farms and is trained by Tony Alagna for Brad Grant.   Fillies opened the card and Pure Paradise continued her ascent toward the top of the list with a comfortable 1:53 win. Tyler Smith took the favorite back to seventh and last through the early fractions as Newsday set a solid pace. Past the half the McArdle filly was activated into a first over move, engaged the leader by the last turn and sailed on by on her own. Dance Blue drafted behind the winner's cover and arrived second with Pleasant Beauty third.   Brian Brown trains Pure Paradise for Mark Robinson, Bob Mondillo, RBH Ventures Joe Sbrocco.   Alagna and Bongiorno came back to repeat with Key Advisor in the first of two colt divisions as he won for the second time in the KYSS, this one in 1:52. Bongiorno settled his charge in third off the break then moved the 3-5 fave to the lead passing the three-eighths marker. A comfortable 56.1 half followed by a 28.2 third panel with no one at his throat left Key Advisor with enough to sprint off early stretch then hold sway over the very impressive first time starter Lost In Time who endured a long uncovered trip and was still coming at the end. Decoy was third.   Key Advisor is a Somebeachsomewhere colt owned by Brittany Farm and Key Advisor Racing and was bred by Courant AB.   The second colt division was taken by Grand Teton, a Diamond Creek homebred and another by A Rocknroll Dance. Mark MacDonald let the dust settle early then moved the 1-9 favorite to the top at the 56.2 half, faced no pressure around the bend then took off in a 26.2 end to the 1:52 mile. Longshot Trajectory closed for second and Who's Better third. Jimmy Takter trains the winner.   The point standings will be up on the Kentucky Racing Commission website.   Next Sunday, September 17 The Red Mile will host the KYSS Super Night where all eight finals showcasing both two and three-year-olds will race for $1.75 million. The clubhouse dining room will be open for the evening, reservations may be made calling 859-255-0752.   Nick Salvi          

Lexington, KY - Harness racing freshman pacers return to The Red Mile on Saturday with the third and last preliminary leg of the Kentucky Sire Stakes (KYSS). Two divisions each of fillies and colts populate the first four races of the evening.   The filly races will comprise the Early Double with a pair of sevens. Pure Paradise and Band Stand are the solid morning line choices in the first and second respectively.   Pure Paradise has blossomed quickly over the red clay for trainer Brian Brown with a rallying third in leg one and a first-over 1:53.1 win in the second. The Buckeye-bred lass has been driven in each by Tyler Smith who has the lines on Saturday for owners Mark Robinson, Bob Mondillio, RBH Ventures and Joe Sbrocco.   Band Stand is unbeaten in her three career outings including the fastest mile of the series to date with her 1:51.4 win in the first leg. She has looked stronger with each race and starts from post four this week for her regular driver Joe Bongiorno, trainer Tony Alagna and owner Brad Grant.   It's a competitive group of colts that will assemble for the third race where Key Advisor is favored for the Alagna - Bongiorno duo. He's the fastest of the KYSS group to date by virtue of his 1:51.3 leg two victory. Brittany Farms and Key Advisor Racing signed the ticket for $200,000 to secure the son of Somebeachsomewhere at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale last fall.   There is an interesting new prospect in that first split as Jim Mulinix brings Lost In Time to Lexington for his stakes debut. He comes in off an eye-catching qualifier and is owned by the group that raced his sire A Rocknroll Dance who was also a Mulinix trainee. Don Harmon drives.   The road to the winner's circle in division two goes through Grand Teton who's been first and second in his two KYSS outings. He'll start from post four for Mark MacDonald, in to drive trainer Jimmy Takter's stock on Saturday. Diamond Creek Racing bred and owns the A Rocknroll Dance colt.   Post time is 7:00 p.m.   Nick Salvi  

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands will host a dozen harness racing live races on Saturday night (September 9) beginning at 7:15 p.m.   Among the features are higher class conditions for pacers, both male and female and three divisions of the popular "G-Note" series in which the top finishers returning for a larger purse final next Saturday.   The sixth race is a test of young versus old as the speedy sophomore Talent Soup, a 1:48.4 winner here on July 1, takes on a gritty field of eight veterans in a conditioned pace. The American Ideal colt has battled the best of his division making the finals of both the Meadowlands Pace and Empire Breeders Classic. Talent Soup is a Cotton and Julie Nash homebred trained by Bruce Saunders and Eric Abbatiello , who was aboard for the record mile, has the driving assignment on Saturday.   Saturday is also Battle For The Best BBQ night with local purveyors competing for hungry racing fans and cash prizes.   Live racing returns next weekend with a 7:15 post time.   More information and details are available on The Meadowlands website.   Nick Salvi

Lexington, KY - The third and last preliminary leg of the Kentucky Sire Stakes (KYSS) for harness racing freshman trotters went forth on Thursday night at The Red Mile.   Trotting fillies got the program underway in race two with Deschanel winning for the first time in 1:57. Driver Jeff Gregory moved her first over past the half, was clear by the 1:27.2 third station then Deschanel poured it on moving away from her rivals to an easy win. Bob Stewart trains the homebred Yankee Glide filly from Danae for owners Fredericka Caldwell and Bluestone Farms. Sarabi AS was second and first timer Found My Sloan third.   Lily Stride won as expected, giving driver Gregory an early double. The trip was an easy one as Lily Stride was moved for the front as the field approached the half and was given the respect due a 1-5 favorite. When they straightened for home up she found another gear and was gone equaling the 1:55.2 mark she took in leg two. Top Expectations and Sherry's Lady followed her in.   Mark Harder trains the Muscle Hill filly for owners Emilio and Maria Rosati.   Foxy Fantasy took the third split in 1:56.3 with a busy trip from post eight. Dave Palone sent out her for the lead, yielded to Bandol Rose, watched as that one fought off a challenge, shook loose late then held sway over a charging Nixie Volo for the win. The meet's leading trainer Anette Lorentzon is babysitting Foxy Fantasy in Kentucky for Ake Svanstedt who owns the Explosive Matter filly with Knutsson Trotting and Little E;LLC. Aperfectruby took third.   Wolfgang won for the second time in three series tries, this time reserved off the early fractions set by Cordoba Hall then grinding up to the lead as they turned home and widening as he pleased for trainer - driver Jimmy Takter in 1:56.2. Haveitalltogether rallied for second and Hat Trick Habit held third.   Wolfgang is from 2012 KY Futurity winner My MVP's first crop and is owned by Brixton Medical, Goran Falk, Hatfield Stable and his breeder Fair Island Farm. He's a likely favorite in the colt division for the upcoming finals.   Joe Bongiorno drove Brittany Farms, Alagna Racing and Robert LeBlanc's Dawson Springs to a popular 1:58.2 win as the favorite in the second colt division. The pair sat chilly at the rails as US Marshall had all the best of it through slow fractions with minimal pressure but when the filed turned home the leader bore out allowing passage up the inside for Dawson Springs and Crown Court who took third. That gives the Cantab Hall colt back to back KYSS leg wins for his connections and trainer Tony Alagna.   The next live racing at The Red Mile on Saturday night brings with it the third leg for the KYSS pacers.   The KYSS finals are set for Sunday, September 17 when both the two and three year old titles will be decided.   Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands reopens for live harness racing this Friday, September 8 with an exciting stakes card.   The last preliminary leg of the Miss Versatility series for trotting mares will go as Friday's second race with a compact field of four racing for a purse of $40,000 in the second race. Caprice Hill, trained by Tony Alagna for Tom Hill, and Broadway Donna, Jim Campbell trains for Fashion Farms, have each earned over $1 million in their illustrious careers and between them decided many of the top sophomore stakes for their division last season. Opposing that are PL Jill and Oho Diamond, stablemates in the Ronnie Morales barn for owner Dan Clements that don't have the lifetime resume of their rivals but both are currently in career form.   The Kindergarten Classic covers eight races on the Friday card, two each for all freshman divisions with the purse at $10,000.   The series was designed to provide races for the late bloomers and relative underachievers that need more racing lessons then some of their more advanced counterparts. Now with the various sires stakes programs concluded, the Kindergarten becomes a viable tool to get races for those horses against their own kind. There are several trainer who have used it to perfection and a few of those are well represented in this week's edition.   Erv Miller successfully trains a lot of young horses and has a keen eye for placement. Erv has seven in on Friday coming from many directions from various programs, the most accomplished being Farsetti Hanover who was third in the $360,000 Peter Haughton Memorial last month. Farsetti became a Grand Circuit winner by breaking his maiden in the Reynolds stakes and has returned nearly $70,000 on a yearling sale investment of $27,000 for Erv and partners George Golemes and David Prushnok.   Nifty Norman also has seven 2-year-olds in the Friday mix and Nifty is another horseman that trains a lot of royally-bred babies for high-profile clients. The reality is that everybody can't "Bee A Magician" and decisions must be made. Megadolce is perhaps the most promising of Nifty's Kindergarten lot. She is a homebred Cantab Hall filly from David McDuffee's successful race mare Bella Dolce who has been fast and consistent in her freshman campaign. Despite being winless in five outings, Megadolce has been second in four of those including a scant nose loss in the PASS consolations just last week.   John Butenschoen is a Kindergarten fan and it shows. He has entered a half dozen that fit the bill. John has a big barn of well-bred stakes types on both the trot and pace and got three colts to the Hambletonian final this year. The flip side of that kind of success and also an important component of operating at that high level is separating the prospects from the suspects. John will glean valuable information on who stays and who goes from Friday's races.   More information and details are available on The Meadowlands website.   Live racing continues on Saturday and next weekend as well with a 7:15 post time. Nick Salvi

Lexington, KY - The Kentucky Sire Stakes (KYSS) for harness racing 2-year-old trotters return for leg three, the last of the preliminary races with 24 fillies and 19 colts set to go on Thursday evening at The Red Mile.   Ladies first, they split evenly into three eight filly divisions and are carded as races 2, 3 and 4.   Lily Stride skipped leg one, dominated her rivals in the second leg and returns to start from the rail as the 6-6 morning line choice in the middle division on Thursday. The gifted daughter of Muscle Hill from Sterling Volo cost her Australian owners Emilio and Maria Rosati the hefty sum of $220,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale last fall and has already shown a considerable return on investment.   A winner thrice in five tries to go along with a second in her elimination race then third in the final of the prestigious Jim Doherty Memorial, Lily Stride has earned back nearly $90,000 thus far. She set a personal speed record of 1:55.2 in her effortless KYSS leg two score. Mark Harder trains and Jeff Gregory is back in town for the drive on Thursday.   The colts split into a pair of divisions and the seventh race came up loaded. No fewer than four previous KYSS leg winners along with impressive Indiana invader All On Black all drew into that split.   Hat Trick Habit and Wolfgang (Jimmy Takter) are among the very best of this lot and have drawn into the same division every time with the upcoming third leg serving as their personal rubber match.   Hat Trick Habit sat a tight pocket to Wolfgang for Dave Palone and edged past that stubborn rival on the wire after a stretch-long fight for the 1:55.2 win on behalf of owner Fred Monteleone and trainer Frank Antonacci.   Wolfgang has the fastest time of the series thus far via his 1:54.2 opening leg victory for driver/trainer Jimmy Takter. He's fast and consistent and will be in play again on Thursday owners Brixton Medical, Goran Falk, Hatfield Stable and Fair Island Farm.   Both Cordoba Hall and Haveitalltogether also have a KYSS win on their resume and will contest the issue in that seventh race as well.   The rookie pacers race the last leg of their KYSS prelims on Saturday as they jockey for a spot on the gate in the $250,000 finals for each on September 17.   The current point standings may be viewed on the KYSS website.   Post time on Thursday is 7:00 p.m.   Nick Salvi

Lexington, KY - The Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for 3-year-old trotters and pacers were contested at The Red Mile on Thursday evening. The next stop for this harness racing group will be the $175,000 finals on Sunday, September 17.   Trotting fillies got underway in the third race as Cassandra AS made amends for a break in leg one with a 1:59.4 maiden breaker for Tyler Smith. She converted a perfect pocket trip behind barn mate and leg one winner Almondy AS into a stretch romp for breeder - owner ACL Stuteri and trainer Anette Lorentzon. Sheas Victory finished second after a long uncovered journey and Almondy AS held third.   Those same connections came right back to win the colt division with Starlight AS, this one driven by Elliot Deaton. That positions Starlight AS, last year's champ, for a series sweep as they look toward the final. Stanford rallied up for second and Master Royal third in 1:58.4.   V Power won again, making seven in a row and eight of ten on the year, this one in a new lifetime best of 1:51.4 for driver Dave Palone. The pair made front by the quarter at a cost of 26.4 with second choice Mt Sterling Mafia stinging the favorite then yielding for the pocket. Palone was able to wrangle an uncontested middle half breather for his mount, enabling V Power to sprint home in 27.3 and hold off the pocket sitter. Donna Gilson-Eferstein bred, raised and races V Power with a big assist from her husband Al.   Straightontherocks took the pacing filly division for Aaron Merriman, leading all the way in a 1:53.3 upset. Favored Al-Mar-Got A Fever followed up second over but didn't fire, creating large payoffs in the place and show pools. Straightontherocks took a new mark with the win for trainer Jason Borowski who owns the filly in partnership with Larry Hines.   Evening Qualifying Races   A few qualifying races went before tonight's pari-mutuel card, among them a pair of royally-bred trotting colts were winners. Tactical Landing won in 1:57 for Dave Palone in a photo over Steven W Hill and Gallant Man won in 1:59.3 for his trainer/driver Tony Alagna.   Late-Closers Due Tomorrow   If you are considering a Red Mile Late Closer for your horse, the due date is postmarked by September 1. Nick Salvi

For Friday, September 8 two separate classes have been written on The Meadowlands condition sheet.   There is an "Open to all amateur drivers" division that requires horses to fit:   Non Winners of $7,500 in Last 5 Starts. W/O $1,750 per start in 2017 or in 2016/2017 if less than 8 starts in 2017. Optional Claiming $17,500   There is also a "Senior" division with the following race conditions: Drivers must be 50 or older on race day   Horses: N/W $6,000 in Last 5 Starts. W/O $1,500 p/s in 2017 or in 2016/17 if less than 8 starts in 2017 Optional Claiming $15K   Drivers 65 or older - AE: horses who raced for a claiming price of $15K or less in Last 5 Starts   Why?   During the last month of the meet at The Meadowlands GSY Club amateur races did not fill. There were 4 weeks when the club tried to race and could not because members did not enter enough horses to fill a race.   The GSY Club exists to support The Meadowlands which in turn enthusiastically supports amateur racing and amateur races often are among the top betting handles of the night. GSY races go for relatively small purses, and with large handles these races play an important role in sustaining the track. It is no longer a surprise to see $200,000 bet on an amateur race at The Meadowlands, it is the norm.   Meadowlands COO/General Manager Jason Settlemoir said, "Amateur racing at the Meadowlands has been and continues to be an important part of our business plan going forward. With the growing horse shortage these amateur races are needed to fill our weekly races. I have been quite pleased over the last few years how well amateur racing has been wagered upon at the Meadowlands".   Club members voted with their lack of entries not to race with the club at The Meadowlands despite the venue still being "the mecca" to the GSY membership, offering the highest weekly purses in amateur racing and paying at least 3% of the purse to every horse who starts. Yes, The Meadowlands offers the highest purses and weekly races for amateurs and the club was unable to fill a race for a month. Clearly, change was in order.   The vast majority of GSY Club members treat their investment in amateur horses as a hobby, not a business. These members are employed in other businesses or have retired from careers outside harness racing and only participate for the love of racing, which is the primary purpose of having separate amateur races. Many, such as the man the beloved, late Sam McKee once called, "perhaps the top amateur driver in the history of harness racing," Robert Krivelin, have invested millions in harness racing over the last decades. When reached for comment, Krivelin said, "if you think you're as good at 70 as you were at 25, then you were not very good at 25."   Meadowlands Chairman, Jeff Gural said, "In golf and tennis they have senior events. Why is this different? Originally this was a fun thing, yet some have made it a business. With the continued horse shortage having the ability to host two amateur races weekly may be critical."   The vast majority of club members do not approach amateur racing as a business or career, which is of course a disconnect in every sense of what the word "amateur" means. Many current professional drivers began their careers with brief stints driving in amateur races and it has become convention in sports to have a separate division for participants over a certain age.   Beyond the track, more than $600,000 ($175,000 from the GSY Club alone) has been donated back to the children of professional horsemen via scholarships for continuing education and to other charities from the four largest Amateur Driving Clubs which are the GSY Club, Billings, NAADA and Florida Amateur clubs. These funds are derived from a combination of the 5% driver commission that all drivers donate, plus membership dues and race entry fees.   Nick Salvi

Lexington KY - The Kentucky Sire Stakes (KYSS) for harness racing 3-year-old trotters and pacers will be raced on Thursday night at The Red Mile.   Each division required a single division all of which will race for a purse of $15,000.   Kentucky based owner / breeder ACL Stuteri along with trainer Anette Lorentzon and driver Elliott Deaton combined to win both the colt and filly divisions of leg one with Almondy AS handling the fillies in a new mark of 1:58.4 while Starlight AS (owned in part by Kjell Johansson) won the colt trot easily in 1:57.2 Both return on Thursday enroute to the $175,000 finals.   Hall of Famer Dave Palone is in town for the evening and will drive the favorite in both pacing races.   In the colt and gelding division, V Power is the returning champ and was a 1:53.3 winner with Palone aboard for the first time on leg one. He'll leave from outside post seven for his breeder/owner/trainer Donna Gilson-Eferstein this week.   In the filly division Palone picks up the favorite in Al-Mar-Got A Fever who won the faster of the two leg one divisions with a powerful 1:52.2 score. A high speed filly possessing a wicked move when called upon, she'll begin from post five on Thursday for trainer Steve Carter and owners Chuck Grubbs, Neal Kresheck, Joe Whittaker and BRB Racing.   The point standings for the KYSS series thus far may be found on the Kentucky Racing Commission website.   The top overall point earners will contest the $1.75 million finals on Sunday, September 17.   Thursday's Pick-4 on races 7-10 opens with a head-start of $4,055 in carry-over cash on Thursday. If you need a little insight so far as wagering on the card (and who doesn't) check Gabe Prewitt's selections and observations on the web.   Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands will hold qualifying races on Friday, September 1st at 9:30 a.m. in anticipation of the upcoming live harness racing dates of September 8 & 9 and 15 & 16.   You may enter for the qualifiers by 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 31 online or by phone at 201-842-5130.   The condition sheet for September 8 & 9 will be online tomorrow, August 29.   Nick Salvi

Lexington KY - Harness racing rookie pacers contested leg #2 of the Kentucky Sire Stakes (KYSS) with a pair of $30,000 divisions for each sex on Sunday night at The Red Mile.   Youth was the order of the evening as Tyler Smith (age 24) and Joe Bongiorno (age 23) each scored a double in the stakes action.   Things got underway with ladies first in race four when Pure Paradise scored convincingly for Tyler Smith in 1:53.1. Landing in third early from the rail, Smith moved Pure Platinum uncovered on early leader Newsday around the last turn, wrestled the lead away mid-stretch and drew away late. Newsday held second and Tiffany Rocks AS was third.   Brian Brown trains the winner for owners Michael Robinson, Bob Mondillo, RBH Ventures and Joe Sbrocco who gave $65,000 for the McArdle x Odds On Hemera filly at last year's Ohio Select Yearling sale.   Key Advisor pulled a mild upset in the first of the colt races by holding off the furious late rally of heavy favorite Grand Teton, handing that rival his first career defeat. It became a driver's race early when Joe Bongiorno sent Key Advisor right to the front while Brett Miller went shopping for a hole that never materialized with the favorite from his outside post. Bongiorno was able to steal a 57 half with no challenge until the last turn, leaving enough in reserve to sprint home in 26.3, holding a wide Grand Teton at bay. Whos Better was third.   The winner is trained by Tony Alagna for Brittany Farms and Key Advisor Racing who paid $200,000 for the son of Somebeachsomewhere from Credit Rating at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale last fall.   Alagna and Bongiorno came right back to win with Band Stand in a tight photo over Hurrikane Empress in 1:56.1. It was another slow early pace with Aaron Merriman on the brake with Hurrikane Empress through a 1:00.4 half and 1:29.3 three quarters as Bongiorno positioned Band Stand second over for the drive. They sprinted home in 26.3 on the timer with Band Stand up by a nose in the final strides. Let's Fall In Love was third.   Brad Grant owns the winner, a $40,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase from the first crop of A Rocknroll Dance from Al's Girl.   The final division had a surprise ending with 23-1 longshot Gone Again winning for Tyler Smith in 1:52.3. Bongiorno took his shot at three straight sending longshot Rush To Judgement from post ten and made front before the turn. Left alone through easy fractions, Rush To Judgement held the lead into the stretch when Gone Again wore him down through the 28 flat final quarter and drew clear to an easy win. McThirsty was just up on the wire to snap Rush To Judgement for second.   Timothy Lane trains Gone Again, a son of the late Dragon Again out of Campus Flirt for owners Bill Bailosky, Ernie Malas and Michael Crawford who bought the colt for $20,000 at the Ohio Select sale.   Racing resumes on Thursday with the second leg of the KYSS for 3-year-olds.   The KYSS Grand Finale with $1.7 million in purses is set for Sunday, September 17.   Nick Salvi

Lexington, KY - Kentucky Sire Stakes (KYSS) leg #2 for the harness racing pacing 2-year-olds will be raced over the clay oval at The Red Mile on Sunday, August 27. Two each of fillies and colts comprise races 4-7 on the evening with each of the four division carrying a purse of $30,000.   It's ladies first in the fourth race where the Ohio-sired McArdle filly Pure Paradise (Tyler Smith) is the slight morning line choice among a field of seven. She closed from well back to be third in the faster division of leg #1 and has drawn the rail this week. Brian Brown trains Pure Paradise for an ownership group that includes Michael Robinson, Bob Mondillo, RBH Ventures and Joe Sbrocco.   Making just her second start is Belle, a Lindy Farms homebred by top sire Somebeachsomewhere who made her pari-mutuel debut in leg one and was fourth in a dead-heat after an overland trip from post nine. This time she starts from the three hole with Dave Palone named to drive for trainer Frank Antonacci.   Both of the returning winners drew into the second filly division where Band Stand (PP #4) is the favorite off her convincing 1:51.4 win, her second win in as many starts. The lightly raced daughter of A Rocknroll Dance advanced uncovered and strode home confidently with Joe Bongiorno at the lines for trainer Tony Alagna and owner Brad Grant.   The royally bred Western Ideal filly Santa Rosa (PP #2) came from well back to win her division in 1:53.4 for the potent combination of trainer Jimmy Takter and driver Brett Miller to break her maiden for breeder - owner Brittany Farms.   Making her first start in the KYSS program is Charles (Cotton) and Julie Nash's Cuts Like A Knife. Another A Rocknroll Dance first-cropper, she is a multiple winner in the PASS program, the latest a 1:53 score at Pocono for trainer Bruce Saunders which precluded her Kentucky visit. Trace Tetrick is down to drive.   Grand Teton (PP #9) impressed with his in-hand 1:52.4 win for the Miller/Takter juggernaut last week. Reserved off the pace early, he vaulted past rival in the stretch with a powerful move that may have stamped him as the horse to beat in the series. He's also by A Rocknroll Dance and is a Diamond Creek homebred.   Decoy was the third winner out of the four KYSS divisions last week for the combination of trainer Takter and driver Miller and he is the odds-maker's choice in the seventh race. He also covered the course in 1:52.4, taking over before the half mile pole and lasting by a diminishing neck over Key Advisor. Decoy is by Somebeachsomewhere and races for the ownership group of Brixton Medical, RAW Equine and Joe Sbrocco.   Sunday post time is 7:00 p.m.   Nick Salvi      

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