posted on 9/30/2011 3:41 pm
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Broad Bahn, ManofmanymissionsHead Kentucky Futurity FieldAlthough the calendar is turning to October and there areonly two full months left on the stakes schedule, divisionalhonors for 3-year-old colt trotters are still up for grabs. Ahorse must win two heats to capture the Futurity, with arace-off possible if there are two different first and secondheat winners.Heading into Sunday’s 119th renewal of the $490,000 KentuckyFuturity at The Red Mile, it is Broad Bahn and Manofmanymissionswho appear to have an edge over their peersand each would likely take theadvantage with a victory in thethird jewel of trotting’s TripleCrown. Included among BroadBahn’s victories this year are theHambletonian and a division ofthe Zweig Memorial, whileManofmanymission’s wins include the Colonial Trot and adivision of the Stanley Dancer Memorial.“Somebody needs to finish up real well here at the end towin it,” acknowledged Erv Miller, Manofmanymission’strainer.“If one horse comes out and wins this race and the BreedersCrown, that’ll be the horse,” agrees Noel Daley, thetrainer of Broad Bahn. “If my horse wins one of these Iwould think it would be him.”Broad Bahn tuned up for the Futurity with a 1:53.2 winningeffort in a qualifier at The Red Mile on Tuesday morning,Sept. 27, with Daley assistant James Rattray driving. Thetime was just two-fifths of a second off Broad Bahn’s clockingin the $1.5 million Hambletonian, and came on a RedMile racetrack that might have been as much as two secondsoff due to recent rain. Trotters were especially