posted on 9/20/2013 12:24 pm
The Red Mile played host to the fourth and penultimate leg of the
Kindergarten Trotting Classic series on Thursday evening. Conditions were
ideal, as they often are in Lexington, KY, and seven divisions of the freshmen
trotters were performing before a crowd of their human counterparts for a purse
of $10,000 per split on “College Night” at the track.
Noel Daley has made a tidy living by being patient with his young stock and
that program is again paying dividends. The Explosive Matter two year old
gelding Outburst won for the third time in six outings, finishing a comfortable
1:59- mile with a 27.4 final quarter for driver Charlie Norris. A $33,000
Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase by Daley, Adam Victor & Son and
Mirva Bogucki, Outburst has the look of a contender for the late season stakes,
which are many and lucrative this year.
Speak The Truth is another making his first few career starts and he also looks
like a player in the division. He is from Muscle Hill’s first crop from the
accomplished race mare Tady’s Comer and cost Richard Gutnick $65,000 at
Harrisburg last fall. He’s now won two of three and now has a record of 1:55.3.
Brett Miller was in for the card and drove for trainer Linda Toscano. Great
Society, another Muscle Hill, flashed willing late foot to be second.
The first of four filly divisions came next and Goddess made amends for
disappointing her legion backers last week by trotting a strong 1:57.2 mile for
driver Randy Jerrell. The Donato Hanover lass cost trainer Paul Kelley and his
partners Joe Sbrocco and new Hall of Famer Bill Weaver $110,000 but looks like
a bargain at the price. She now won half of her six outings and sports a 1:56.1
record from earlier this summer in a Kindergarten division at The Meadowlands.
Trixton was the highest priced trotting yearling sold at auction last fall when
the Muscle Hill colt from a family of champions required a commitment of
$360,000 from Brixton Medical and Christina Takter to bring him home. After a
string of successes, he bounced back nicely after feeling the sting of defeat
for the first time in last week’s Kindergarten and took his division in 1:56-.
More impressive than the time on a perfect Lexington evening was the visual
presence the colt displayed, moving beautifully under no encouragement from
trainer/driver Jimmy Takter. He is a magnificent looking specimen….Trixton that
Takter came right back in the next event with one for the hunch players, as the
moon was full on Thursday night and his eighth race charge is named Moonlight
In Miami. The public knows and sent the Muscles Yankee filly away as the 6/5
choice. She rewarded their confidence with a maiden breaking 1:55- win, held
just off the fast fractions until the time was right. Takter trains the
$100,000 Harrisburg purchase for the Ontario power brokers, Katz, Libfeld &
Anonyme Hanover won right back for the Burke Stable equaling the 1:56.3 mark
she took last week in the process. The Explosive Matter filly held off the late
rally of race favorite Cee Bee Yes for Brett Miller and owners Burke Racing,
Weaver / Bruscemi and Matt Kakaley who gave $47,000 for her at Harrisburg.
Takter tripled up with the 1/5 fave Yoga in the last race. The
Muscles Yankee filly was a bargain at $31,000 for Christina Takter and
long-time patrons John & Jim Fielding. She was rated behind fast fractions
and sailed by under her own power in 1:55- for Jimmy in the night cap.
The Red Mile will host the Grand Circuit in a week, beginning Thursday,
September 26 with a 7pm post time. Over $6 million in purses will be offered
over the two weeks of top caliber stakes. Visit The Red Mile’s
website for more information.
Kindergarten series will resume on Friday, October 18 with the finals a week
later at Vernon Downs. Check the point