posted on 9/30/2012 10:31 am
Three sets of Bluegrass stakes were held on
Saturday, September 29. The trio consisted of the $431,000 two-year-old colt
pace Bluegrass, $141,000 three-year-old filly pace Bluegrass and $202,200
three-year-old colt pace Bluegrass.
Dovuto Hanover Paces Red Mile Season’s Mark in Bluegrass Division
In his first start in the Ryan Maxwell barn, Dovuto Hanover
proved to be a worthy gamble as he held off the challenge of Dedi’s Dragon to
win the first division of the Bluegrass in 1:51.1.
Dedi’s Dragon led the field rounding the clubhouse turn.
Dovuto Hanover pulled the pocket as they passed the quarter in :27.4. Dovuto
Hanover took over command as they paced by the three-eighths. Dress The Part
went off stride from fourth, making a 5 length gap between the field. Dovuto
Hanover was unchallenged by the half in :55 (:27.1).
Pacing into the far turn, the flushed out Emeritus Maximus
picked up cover from pocket-sitter Dedi’s Dragon approaching three-quarters.
Normandy Invasion was in the cover flow from fourth. Dedi’s Dragon was stride
for stride the Dovuto Hanover by three-quarters in 1:24.2 (:29.2)
Into the lane, Dovuto Hanover and Dedi’s Dragon dueled for
the lead throughout most of the three-sixteenth straightaway. Dedi’s Dragon
took a short lead, but Pierce found another gear and retook the lead with
Dovuto Hanover as they crossed the wire. Dedi’s Dragon was second, Emeritus
Maximus held on for third and Normandy Invasion finished fourth.
Dovuto Hanover ($3.60) is a son of Dragon Again, out of the
mare Daughterofortune by Jenna’s Beach Boy. He is owned by Martin Scharf,
trained by Ryan Maxwell and Ron Pierce was in the bike.
Fool Me Once Prevails in Second Bluegrass
Ron Pierce scored a driving double aboard the Mark Austin
Stable’s Fool Me Once, winning the second Bluegrass division in 1:51.3.
Our Dragon King was three wide as he left with Fool Me Once,
banking into the first turn. Our Dragon King cleared the front and led the
field by the opening quarter in :26.4. Down the backstretch, Fool Me Once
pulled the pocket and cleared the front approaching the half. Modern Warfare
was flushed out just by the half mile, timed in :54.3 (:27.4). He supplied cover
to Clint Westwood and Sir Richard Z Tam.
Into the far turn, Modern Warfare dueled with leader Fool Me
Once. Our Dragon King was locked at the pylons in third and Clint Westwood was
second over in fourth. As the field passed three-quarters in 1:24.3 (:30),
Clint Westwood and Sir Richard Z Tam began to rally off cover and first over
Modern Warfare was swallowed by the field.
Fool Me Once was still in front, while Sir Richard Z Tam was
surging down the center of the racetrack, but did not have enough to catch Fool
Me Once. Sir Richard Z Tam finished second, Clint Westwood was third and Just
Bettor came up the pylons to finish fourth.
Fool Me Once ($4.60) is by Art Major out of the mare Fool
That I Am by Jenna’s Beach Boy. He is owned by Mark Austin Stables and Daniel
Smith, trained by Mark Austin and Ron Pierce was behind the two-year-old pacer.
“This colts been drawing bad and racing from the back, I
thought to qualify him to tighten him up,” trainer Mark Austin said.
“He was a hot colt all spring and we got him to settle down.
I took him to Grand River to try the sulky first time and he adjusted to it
well,” Mark answered about when he knew the colt could race with the top
Amadeus Wins Third Bluegrass Via Disqualification
Rockin Amadeus received redemption as Odds On Equuleus, who
caused confusion to the trailing horses into the far turn, was disqualified
from first and Rockin Amadeus was placed as the winner.
Beach Memories left fast from the far outside, but failed to
find a pocket. She dropped back to last as Real Rocker took the lead. Rockin
Amadeus was in second and Teresa’s Beach was in third. Through an opening
quarter in :29,
Odds On Equuleus looked to make a backside brush, but was
hesitated as Rockin Amadeus came first over. Impatient, Campbell brought Odds
On Equuleus three wide to pass Rockin Amadeus. Once Rockin Amadeus cleared the
top, Odds On Equuleus came two wide then cleared the lead by the half-mile in
Into the far turn, Odds On Equuleus caused confusion to the
trail horses, while Johny Rock came first over to challenge the leader. Johny
Rock was up to Campbell’s wheel at three-quarters in 1:24.4 (:28.4).
Into the lane, Odds On Equuleus was holding off the
challenge of Johny Rock. Once Johny Rock dropped back, Rockin Amadeus pulled
the pocket and had one final surge to try to catch Odds On Equuleus, but his
surge was a failure. Odds On Equuleus won in 1:51.2, but was disqualified for
interfering with the trailing horses around the far turn.
Placed in first, Rockin Amadeus ($10) is by Rocknroll
Hanover out of the mare Kikikatie by Real Artist. He is owned by Lothlorien,
trained by Jimmy Takter and Yannick Gingras was in the bike.
Streak Ensues with Bluegrass Victory
Captaintreacherous scored his sixth-straight win in the
fourth division of Bluegrass stakes, winning in 1:51.3.
Hail The Taxi made a first over move to the lead at the
quarter in :27.4. My One Tru Desire was back in second and Good Day Mate was in
third. Captaintreacherous came first over to challenge at the half-mile in
My One Tru Desire pulled the pocket to retake the lead into
the far turn. Captaintreacherous was stalling first over and Hail The Taxi was
keeping up at the pylons. Tetrick called on Captaintreacherous at
three-quarters in 1:24.2 (:27.3).
Captaintreacherous took the lead into the stretch. Good Day
Mate came off the rail and was rallying down the center, while Hail The Taxi
was coming up the pylons. Captaintreacherous held off both challengers to win
in 1:51.3 (:27.1). Good Day Mate was second, Hail The Taxi was third and My One
Tru Desire finished fourth.
Captaintreacherous ($2.40) is by Somebeachsomewhere out of
the mare Worldly Treasure by Artsplace. He is owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin
Katz and Joe Sbrocco, trained by Tony Alagna and Tim Tetrick was in the bike.
Bonfire Comes from Clouds to Win Final Bluegrass
Twilight Bonfire chased down Modern Cruiser to pull off the
upset in the final division of the freshmen Bluegrass.
Thirty Two Red was caught wide into the first turn, in
pursuit of leader Urbanite Hanover. Thirty Two Red cleared the front at the
quarter in :26.3. Urbanite Hanover pulled the pocket and cleared the top
passing the three-eighths. Modern Cruiser came first over and took the lead
from Urbanite Hanover at the half-mile in :56 (:29.2).
Urbanite Hanover had broken equipment and made a break,
along with Muscle Beachboy. Modern Cruiser inherited the lead into the far turn
and drew away by 5 lengths. Thirty Two Red gave chase in second and Wake Up
Peter was being urged on in third. Modern Cruiser took the field by
three-quarters in 1:23.4 (:27.4).
Into the stretch, Twilight Bonfire began his rally after the
50-1 shot. He gained ground with every stride and took the lead from Modern
Cruiser. Twilight Bonfire then drew off by 2 lengths to win the final Bluegrass
in 1:52.1 (:28.2).
Twilight Bonfire ($25.80) is by The Panderosa out of the
mare Firelight Dancer by Cam Fella. He is owned by Robert Key, trained by Danny
Collins and John Campbell was in the bike.
Rebounds Off of Juggette Loss to Win Bluegrass Division
After losing as the favorite in the Juggette final,
Shelliscape paced a perfect mile to break Romantic Moment’s win streak in the first
division of Bluegrass for the three-year-old filly pacers.
Romantic Moment and Big Mcdeal were the fastest leavers
heading into the first turn. Big Mcdeal cleared the front by the eighth pole,
while Romantic Moment tucked in second and Lightning Paige paced along in
third. Big Mcdeal led the field by the quarter in :27.
Darena Hanover came first over as they paced by the
three-eighths. She cleared the front at the half-mile in :54.3 (:27.3). Into
the far turn, Ramalama came first over and flushed out Romantic Moment as they
approached three-quarters. Shelliscape was tracking their cover towards the
back of the field. Romantic Moment stuck her head in front of Darena Hanover at
three-quarters in 1:22 (:27.2).
Into the stretch, Romantic Moment was drifting slightly.
Shelliscape fanned off cover and was rallying down the center of the track.
Ramalama attempted to split horses and Big Mcedeal came up the pylons with a
late surge. At the finish, Shelliscape edged out Romantic Moment to win the
first Bluegrass division in 1:49.1. Romantic Moment was second, Lightning Paige
rallied for third and Ramalama finished fourth.
Shelliscape ($11.40) is by Artiscape out of the mare Shell I
Scoot by Direct Scooter. She is owned by Bob McIntosh Stables, Al McIntosh
Holdings and C S X Stables, trained by Bob McIntosh and John Campbell was in
“The fast fractions set up [for us] well. I was third over
and the cover went up. I was in good striking range into the stretch and when I
tipped her out, she came up very strong,” driver John Campbell said.
Jewel Wins Incident Stricken Bluegrass Division
American Jewel returned from her loss in the Juggette to
emerge victorious in the second Bluegrass division for three-year-old filly
Destiny’s Chance took the lead from the far outside, while
Rockaround Sue tucked into second and American Jewel was in third. American
Jewel pulled the pocket and paced up to Gingras’s wheel at the quarter in
Sarandon Blue Chip was flushed first over at the half-mile
in :56.1 (:27.3). Economy Terror picked up the cover and Blackjack Princess was
third over. Around the far turn, Sarandon Blue Chip made a break and interfered
with Economy Terror, Blackjack Princess and Podges Lady, taking them out of
contention. It was a three horse break away at three-quarters in 1:23.3
Into the stretch, American Jewel drew off by 5 lengths.
Destiny’s Chance was drifting out with Rockaround Sue, but they were not going
to catch American Jewel, winning in 1:50.1 (:26.3). Finishing second was
Destiny’s Chance, Rockaround Sue was third and Economy Terror got up for
American Jewel ($3.20) is by American Ideal out of the mare
Trim Hanover by Camluck. She is owned by Brittany Farms, trained by Jimmy
Takter and Tim Tetrick was in the sulky.
Out Loud Charges Home in Record Final Quarter
Thinking Out Loud returned to the winners circle as he paced
on by rivals to win the first sophomore colt pace Bluegrass in 1:51.2.
Pet Rock cleared the lead from Bettor’s Edge as the field
banked into the first turn. Thinking Out Loud got away in third and Damon Blue
Chip was in fourth. Pet Rock paced by the quarter in :28.2. No one made a move
passing the half-mile in :57.1 (:28.4).
A Rocknroll Dance came first over heading into the far turn.
Verdad followed cover and Thinking Out Loud was flushed into the flow. Bettor’s
Edge pulled the pocket, forcing Thinking Out Loud three wide and A Rocknroll
Dance tracked his every footstep at three-quarters in 1:25.3 (:28.2).
It was a full-on sprint for home. Pet Rock was holding onto
the lead, while Bettor’s Edge was rallying in between horses and Thinking Out
Loud was pacing strong on the grandstand side. Thinking Out Loud passed rivals
at ease and won the first Bluegrass easily in 1:51.2 (:25.4). Bettor’s Edge was
second, Pet Rock was third and A Rocknroll Dance finished fourth.
Thinking Out Loud is by Ponder out of the mare Los Angeles
by Camluck. He is owned by Bob McIntosh stables, C S X Stables and Al McIntosh
Holdings, trained by Bob McIntosh and John Campbell was in the bike to score a
Mara Upsets Bolt The Duer in Second Sophomore Bluegrass
Mel Mara overtook command from Bolt The Duer and stormed
home to pull off the 6-1 mild upset in 1:49.4.
Escape The News took the lead, while Bolt The Duer was first
over on the outside. Bolt The Duer cleared the lead at the quarter in :27.2.
Down the backstretch, Sweet Lou came first over, supplying cover to Dapper
Dude. Mel Mara was flushed first over by the half-mile in :56.2 (:29).
Mel Mara took a short lead to the outside of Bolt The Duer
by three-quarters in 1:23.3 (:27.1). Into the lane, Mel Mara kicked away to a 2
length lead, while Sweet Lou was attempting to rally on the outside and Escape
The News was coming up the cones in third. Mel Mara was home free in the
sixteenth pole and he won in 1:49.4 (:26.1). Sweet Lou finished second, Escape
The News was third and Hillbilly Hanover split horses to finish fourth.
Mel Mara ($14.80) is by Lis Mara out of the mare M L
Revrac by Matt’s Scooter. He is owned by Brittany Farms, John Carver and
Riverview Farms, trained by Tony Alagna and Tim Tetrick was in the bike.