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Bluegrass Action Continues with Firey Freshmen Competition

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posted on 9/28/2013 3:08 pm

By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile


Day two of the fortnight of Grand Circuit action at the Lexington oval contested three divisions of the $270,300 two-year-old colt trot Bluegrass and three divisions of the $259,700 two-year-old filly pace Bluegrass on their eleven-race Friday night card.


The freshmen-colt trotting events were kicked off with the division leader, Father Patrick, coasting around the track in a 1:54 triumph over his other six foes.


The septet showed no speed off of the gate, so Speak The Truth inherited the lead into the first turn. Father Patrick tucked into second and Muscle Midas was in third. Speak The Truth passed the quarter in :28.4. Entering the backstretch, Father Patrick edged out of the pocket and circled by Speak The Truth to dictate the terms heading to the half. Father Patrick trotted leisurely passed the half in :58 (:29.1).


Dony Andreas led the two wide flow into the far turn, moving into third from fifth. Lightning Force and Kapow Hanover tracked his route towards Father Patrick, which began to look unsuccessful once Father Patrick edged away to a 2 length lead through three-quarters in 1:27 (:29). Without a tap or even sight of the whip, Father Patrick was striding his way home. Lightning Force was rallying into second and Raise The Curtain snuck up into third heading down to the wire. Father Patrick turned the final quarter-mile into a sprint, stopping the clock in 1:54 (:27).


Father Patrick ($2.10) is a two-year-old colt by Cantab Hall, out of the mare Gala Dream by Enjoy Lavec. He is owned by Father Patrick Stable, trained by Jimmy Takter and Yannick Gingras was the driver.


"He's a very, very special horse," driver Yannick Gingras said. "I haven't turned him loose yet. He can go so fast it's scary." Yannick also noted that he is yet to pull the plugs on the colt in his last six starts.


Division two was taken in a gate-to-wire fashion by Odds On Amethyst, winning in 1:54.2. 


Odds On Amethyst got the lead into the first turn, while Master Kemp tucked into second and Shift Into Glide was in third. Odds On Amethyst led the field by the quarter in :28.2. Nobody cared to challenge Odds On Amethyst at the half-mile stage, allowing him to sneak in a moderate :58 (:28.3) breather. Hillustrious was forced first over into the far turn, with Muscle Network tracking her move from fifth. That duo was no threat to Odds On Amethyst, who held a 2 length lead at three-quarters in 1:27 (:29).


Odds On Amethyst was flying his way through the stretch. Tim Tetrick had not raised the whip or remotely urged his colt in his sprint to the wire, winning by 3 lengths in 1:54.2 (:27.2) over Muscle Network, Shift Into Glide and Master Kemp.


Odds On Amethyst ($4.00) is a two-year-old colt by Muscle Hill, out of the mare Mystical Sunshine by Yankee Glide. He is owned by Odds On Racing, trained by Robin Schadt and Tim Tetrick drove him to a lifetime mark of 1:54.2.


"He did everything right," driver Tim Tetrick said. "He's got some ability, he's a little head-strong at times, but he let me do my thing with him and he relaxed for me.”


Once asked about Father Patrick, Tetrick said that, “He's pretty special. This horse is not going to embarrass himself if he stays trotting. He's made some mistakes, but he's on the right path right now. Today we didn't pull the plugs and he had plenty left. So can he go with Father Patrick? We'll have to see."


Odds-on favorite Southwind Spirit was defeated by pocket-sitter Outburst, in a world record mile of 1:53.1.


Southwind Spirit took the lead, while Outburst tucked into second and Damfoolrmillionair was in third. Southwind Spirit led by the quarter in :28.3 and continued unchallenged to the half in :57 (:28.2). Another Transcript made an attempt to get into the race from fifth, moving first over entering the far turn. He made little progress as Southwind Spirit and Outburst had 3 lengths on Damfoolrmillionair racing in third. Southwind Spirit took the field by three-quarters in 1:25.3 (:28.3).


Outburst began to edge out of the pocket entering the final eighth. Southwind Spirit began to dig in and cling to command as the wire approached. Outburst sat the better trip and got his nose in front to be named world champion in a 1:53.1 (:27.3) mile. Trixton closed to finish third and Damfoolrmillionair was fourth.

Outburst ($16.20) is a two-year-old gelding by Explosive Matter, out of the mare Exquisite Lady by Supergill. He is owned by Adam Victor and Son Stable, Mirva Bogucki and trainer Noel Daley, while Ron Pierce piloted him to a perfect pocket trip and upset Southwind Spirit in 1:53.1.


"We were [close]. My horse was hanging on the right line a little bit," Ron Pierce said on the stretch duel. "To get his nose past Yannick I had to just kind of turn his head loose a little bit and we got a little closer. I thought I nailed him [at the finish]”


The trio of freshmen-filly pacing divisions of the Bluegrass were underway after Precocious Beauty claimed victory in the first, pacing in 1:51.


Act Now flew off the gate after the lead, with Southwind Silence getting away in second and Beach Gal in third. Upfront Bad Girl was racing in fourth and Precocious Beauty got away fifth through a quarter of :27.1. Entering the backstretch, Southwind Silence pulled first over and Beach Gal followed her footsteps to the half. Southwind Silence had cleared the lead passing three-eighths, while Beach Gal got command at the half, timed in :54.2 (:27.1).


Precocious Beauty was taken first over at the half. She had moved up to third in the midst of the far turn, while Beach Gal held command. Precocious Beauty had rolled up to Beach Gal’s wheel at three-quarters in 1:24.3 (:30.1). With a couple taps of the whip, Precocious Beauty had taken the lead and had enough to win in 1:51 (:26.2). Southwind Silence came with a bid and settled for second, Beach Gal faltered to third and Act Now was fourth.


Precocious Beauty ($3.00) is a two-year-old filly by Art Major, out of the mare Precious Beauty by Jate Lobell. She is owned by James Avritt, trained by Gregg McNair and son Doug McNair was the pilot.


Even though she parked the entire mile from post 10, She’s Da Bomb emerged victorious in the second division of the Bluegrass, pacing the mile in 1:50.3.


Fiyonce took the lead, while Allstar Rating was wide into the first turn with Take That Hanover on her tail. Allstar Rating had cleared the lead passed the quarter in :27.2. Take That Hanover had soon made her way to the top nearing the three-eighths mark, while Lasting Appeal was tracking her second over. Lasting Appeal was the new leader at the half in :54 (:26.3). She’s Da Bomb had moved into third entering the far turn, while My Lady Day was being carried into the race second over. She’s Da Bomb was stride-for-stride with Lasting Appeal at three-quarters in 1:21.4 (:27.4).


Into the stretch, She’s Da Bomb had taken the lead. Allstar Rating angled off of the cones and was making a late bid towards the center of the track. She’s Da Bomb had enough to reach the wire first, stopping the timer in 1:50.3 (:29.1). Allstar Rating was second, Lasting Appeal was third and Fits Well closed for fourth.


She’s Da Bomb ($4.20) is a two-year-old filly by Art Major, out of the mare Armbro Bombay by Western Hanover. She is owned by Frank Bellino, trained by Tony O’Sullivan and Jody Jamieson was in the bike.


"This filly is a creature. She's unreal," said driver Jody Jamieson. "I didn't use her much before the half, but she did a lot of work from the half on. She was just waiting on them in the stretch; she wasn't all done. I'm ecstatic to have the chance to keep driving her and hopefully it's going to be a really productive year in the next couple of weeks."


The nightcap of both the race card and the night’s stakes action was won by Uffizi Hanover, sweeping from last to first in the stretch in a 1:50.3 effort.


I Need Hotstuff was the race’s early leader, while Beach Body cleared command into the turn. Bahama Blue was parked heading to the quarter, but tucked into the pocket as the quarter was reached in :26.4. I Need Hotstuff pulled first over immediately into the backstretch and cleared the lead heading to the half. Seashell Hanover was tracking I Need Hotstuff and took command at the half in :54.4 (:28).


Sister Stroll was left first over around the far turn, as Seashell Hanover was the new leader. Sister Stroll stalled on the outside heading to three-quarters. Gallie Bythe Beach was caught behind the dead cover and from fifth over in tenth, Uffizi Hanover tipped four wide for the stretch. Seashell Hanover led by three-quarters in 1:23 (:28.1).


Within a matter of strides, Uffizi Hanover had taken the lead from tenth. Gallie Bythe Beach was in an all-out-drive in second and I Need Hotstuff was keeping up well in third. Uffizi Hanover sustained her flight-like bid to take the final Bluegrass division of the night in 1:50.3 (:27.3). Gallie Bythe Beach was second, I Need Hotstuff was third and Delightful Dragon was fourth.


Uffizi Hanover ($14.20) is a two-year-old filly by Well Said, out of the mare Up Front Dragonfly by Dragon Again. She is owned by Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband, trained by Jimmy Takter and David Miller guided the filly to a lifetime best of 1:50.3.


"When I pulled her out, she hit another gear and took off," said driver David Miller. "I thought for sure I was too far out of it, but she set sail turning for home and got by."


Post time for tomorrow night’s race card is 7 p.m., with featured the $310,000 two-year-old colt pacing Bluegrass, $192,000 three-year-old colt pacing Bluegrass and the $122,000 three-year-old filly pacing Bluegrass. Overall, seven divisions of the Bluegrass occupy the ten-race card.