posted on 9/24/2013 4:02 pm
Grand Circuit racing continues on
Friday at The Red Mile with three divisions each of the Bluegrass Stakes
for two year old colt trotters and filly pacers. Those
freshmen will compete for total purses well in excess of a half
million dollars and the "top of the crop" for each group are among
trotters will compete in the Walnut Hall Limited Cup, carded as races five,
seven and ten, each a seven colt field for a purse of $90,100.
has been nothing short of sensational this season. The Cantab Hall colt has won
the Peter Haughton Memorial at The Meadowlands by ten lengths and more recently
the William Wellwood Memorial at Mohawk, where he established a new Canadian
record for baby trotters of 1:53.4 in a five length romp. A winner of $436,507
this year, the only loss in Father Patrick's eight start career was a
photo out in an overnight at The Meadowlands.
trains the colt for the Father Patrick Stable and Yannick Gingras will steer
him as he has in every start this season.
On the distaff
side, the fillies will race for just shy of $260,000 split three ways, race
eight, nine and eleven. The "Belle of the Ball" thus far has been Jim
Avritt's homebred Art Major filly Precocious Beauty. From his mare Precious
Beauty, who produced North America Cup champ Sportswriter, Jim kept the filly
he has described as "a perfect specimen" and she has lived up to his
vision and then some. A winner of four straight in Ontario including the She's
A Great Lady final and Eternal Camnation stakes, Precocious Beauty has amassed
just shy of $360,000 on the strength of five wins and a pair of seconds from
seven starts. Her 1:50.2 speed badge puts her just a fifth off the current
world record for the division.
conditioner Gregg Mc Nair developed the filly and sends her out on Friday with
her regular pilot, one of racing's brightest young stars, his son Doug.
time will be 7pm. The Red Mile is available at a simulcast venue near you
or you may view the races by opening an account on our account