posted on 10/5/2012 10:18 am
120th Kentucky Futurity caps off the Red Mile Grand Circuit meet for 2012 on
Sunday, October 7. Thirteen three year old trotting colts were declared for the
stake, resulting in two divisions carded as races five and six on the bill. The
top finishers will return for the second heat in race nine and if there is not
a repeat winner from heat one, the three winners will compete in a 'winner take
Christina Takter, John & Jim
Fielding and Brittany Farms' Little Brown Fox is the likely favorite in the
fifth race. Racing out of the Jimmy Takter barn, he will be driven by his
regular pilot, Yannick Gingras.
Such is not the case for the very
accomplished Archangel, who will be keeping company with Tim Tetrick in this
race. Owner Alan Hainsworth has been quoted as 'looking for a change' for
himself along with partners Clare Semer and owner/trainer Pete Arrigenna.
Tetrick drove the colt to a Vernon Downs win last summer, so they have history.
Divison two of heat one features all
three winner of last week's Transylvania Bluegrass Stakes. Appomattox was razor
sharp last week for driver Scott Zeron and picked up a shiny new speed badge of
1:52.2 in the race. Frank Antonacci conditions the beautifully bred son of
Yankee Glide for owners Lindy Racing Stable, A. Victor & Son, John Fielding
& Brittany Farms.
Money On My Mind is the pride of owner
Barry Guariglia's Black Horse Racing and reduced his record to 1:52.2 as well
last week. The Millers: Julie and Andy train and drive respectively.
Guccio has been solid since trotting
hopples were added a few starts ago by trainer/driver Jimmy Takter and this son
of Yankee Glide sprinted home in 26.1 on the end of his 1:52.1 win in the
Bluegrass. Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding and Falkbolagen are the
proud owners of this fella.
The Kentucky Filly Futurity follows the
same format and split into two divisions as well. The first division (race 3)
is the easier of the two, if only because Check Me Out is not in
Chilitodayhotamale was great last week,
winning in 1:52- for trainer Trond Smedshammer and owner Michael Andrew.
Jimmy Morrill gets the call for this one on Sunday.
Division two has the wonderful Check Me
Out, who trainer Ray Schnittker insists will not reurn for heat two.
Tetrick drives the champion Donato Hanover for owners Charles
Iannazzo and the trainer.
The wickedly fast pair of Win Missy B
and Bluff both drew this division, along with Hambo Oaks winner Personal Style
and the improving Valdonna. Something special may happen here if the pace sets
up like it could.
The undercard primarily consists of
the Allerage Farms Open Early Closers, so the best older horses around
are on the program.
The Allerage Open Trot has just six but
they are the right six. Chapter Seven, Arch Madness, Hot Shot Blue Chip, Mister
Herbie and Haulin Laser are joined by expatriate and 2010 Ky Futurity winner
Wishing Stone upon his return from Sweden.
The richest pacer ever, Foiled Again,
headlines the 'Mister Big' Open Pace. Just when it looks like he's lost a step,
'Foiled' reclaims his territory at the top of the heap.
The pacing mares are few as well, just
five in the opener, but there is just no telling how much these gals might
go with some pace to chage at. Drop The Ball is really fast and should relish
the clay surface.
Trotting mares offer a strong field in
the Walnut Hall Stock Farm event. Recent Miss Versatility final winner
Frenchfrysnvinegar might be the one to beat in this slugfest while
last year's Filly Futurity winner Cedar Dove looks to regain her winning edge.
Post time for the Grande Finale is one o'clock Sunday afternoon...then we must
wait another year for the magical Red Mile experience. Don't miss it.