By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile
The historic fortnight of Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile came to an end on Sunday, with the track’s signature event, the Kentucky Futurity, highlighting the grey and rainy afternoon. The older horses were in the shadow of the spotlight, with the four divisions squaring off in the Allerage Opens.
A confident Royalty For Life, cruising around the muddy Lexington oval, won the first elimination for the $527,000 Kentucky Futurity in 1:53.3.
Floating towards the lead was Royalty For Life entering the first turn, while Creatine was tracking his helmet from second and Master Of Law tried to get into contention in third, but broke in his attempt. Royalty For Life led by the quarter in :28. He trotted with no adversaries alongside to the half in an easy :56.2 (:28.2).
E L Rocket spent the backstretch trying to flush out cover, proving to be an unsuccessful mission. Yannick Gingras gave him the cue to trot first over around the far turn and he would be on Royalty For Life’s wheel at the three-quarter pole, reached in 1:25.2 (:29).
Royalty For Life wasn’t asked for anything into the stretch. He was trotting easily on the lead, while Creatine was trying to shake lose from second and E L Rocket was not progressing in third. Royalty For Life went on to win the first elimination under a hand drive, in a 1:53.3 (:28.1) mile. Creatine was second, E L Rocket was third, Punxsutawney was fourth and Home Turf closed out the qualifying quintet.
Royalty For Life ($3.60) is a three-year-old colt by RC Royalty, out of the mare Bourbon ‘n Grits by Donerail. He is owned by Al Ross, Ray Campbell and Paul Fontaine, trained by George Ducharme and Brian Sears was in the bike behind the Hambletonian champion.
A change in tactics was a successful move for Your So Vain, leaving the gate on the sloppy going and being put on the lead at the half. He made his foes chase him around the final half of the race, as he took the second elimination in 1:54.4.
Lindy’s Tru Grit was the first to the pylons, securing command. Spider Blue Chip and Your So Vain left with him as the field entered the first turn. Spider Blue Chip ventured his way to the front just before the quarter, while Your So Vain tucked into third. Spider Blue Chip led by the quarter in :29.4.
High Bridge never saw the pylons and was first over in fifth entering the backstretch. He flushed out All Laid Out as cover at the three-eighths pole, which then forced Your So Vain out of third. Now first over, Your So Vain sprinted towards Spider Blue Chip and took command through a leisure half of :59 (:29.1).
All Laid Out was now left with the task to move first over entering the far turn. He came up to Your So Vain’s wheel at three-quarters, in 1:26.2 (:27.2). Spider Blue Chip was locked in the pocket down the stretch. Lindy’s Tru Grit had entered the flow around the turn and was fanning three wide with a bid. Spider Blue Chip managed to get some room to shake loose into the sixteenth pole, but Your So Vain had already secured the victory in 1:54.4 (:28.2). Spider Blue Chip finished second, All Laid Out was third, Lindy’s Tru Grit was fourth and Wheeling N Dealin finished fifth.
Your So Vain ($3.60) is a three-year-old colt by Donato Hanover, out of the mare Tennis Lover by Muscles Yankee. He is owned by P G Van Camp, trained by Bradley Maxwell and Tim Tetrick was in the sulky.
Listed below was the field for the second heat of the Kentucky Futurity.
1-Your So Vain-Tim Tetrick-Bradley Maxwell
2-Royalty For Life-Brian Sears-George Ducharme
3-Spider Blue Chip-Ron Pierce-Chuck Sylvester
4-Creatine-Mike Lachance-Bob Stewart
5-E L Rocket-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke
6-All Laid Out-David Miller-Noel Daley
7-Punxsutawney-Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen
*8-Lindy’s Tru Grit-Scott Zeron-Frank Antonacci
*9-Wheeling N Dealin-Sylvain Filion-R. Dustin Jones
10-Home Turf-John Campbell-Noel Daley
* Dignifies scratched horses from the second heat of the Kentucky Futurity.
Within the blink of an eye, a late charging Creatine overtook race leader Royalty For Life to upset in the 121st running of the Kentucky Futurity, winning in 1:53.2.
Royalty For Life got the lead, with Spider Blue Chip trotting into the pocket and Your So Vain was racing in third. Royatly For Life led by the quarter in :27.4. All Laid Out made a move first over at the three-eighths pole and flushed Creatine as cover. Creatine then got cover from Your So Vain as Royalty For Life sprinted to the half in :55.4 (:28).
Your So Vain was slowly making his way to the leader into the far turn. Creatine was getting a second over trip, while Spider Blue Chip was gapping in the pocket third. Brian Sears pulled the plugs on Royalty For Life as Your So Vain wasn’t leaving without a fight through a 1:24 (:28.1) third panel.
Royalty For Life had a stampede charging him in the stretch. Spider Blue Chip managed to shake loose and split Your So Vain and Royalty For Life entering the eighth pole. Creatine fanned three wide, while third-over All Laid Out edged four wide. Creatine powered to the top within a matter of strides, soon to be under pressure from an upset-minded All Laid Out, but Creatine held off his challenge to light up the toteboard in 1:53.2 (:29.2). All Laid Out finished second, Spider Blue Chip was third and Your So Vain finished fourth.
Creatine ($33.80) is a three-year-old colt by Andover Hall, out of the mare Berry Nice Muscles by Muscles Yankee. He is owned by Diamond Creek Racing, trained by Bob Stewart and Mike Lachance was in the bike to win back to back Kentucky Futurities.
Ma Chere Hall took the first heat of the $293,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity over an upgraded-good surface, trotting the mile in 1:52.4.
Mistery Woman and Classic Martine were stride for stride at the gate’s dispatch. Shared Past went on a gallop at the gate’s dispersal, as well. The two battled for command into the first turn and Classic Martine claimed the lead. Ma Chere Hall was parked in fourth and progressed her way to the lead passing the quarter. Mistery Woman was racing in third and Frau Blucher was fourth through a :28.1 opening quarter.
Frau Blucher made her pursuit after Ma Chere Hall before the half, pulling first over and taking command within a matter of strides just passing the half-mile pole, timed in :56.1 (:28). Frau Blucher was the new leader into the far turn, leaving Ma Chere Hall with the pocket trip and Classic Martine racing in third. Handover Belle was providing dead cover, first over from fifth, forcing To Dream On to move three wide before three-quarters. Ma Chere Hall began to edge out of the pocket after Frau Blucher at three-quarters, timed in 1:24 (:27.4).
Ma Chere Hall slingshot passed Frau Blucher into the stretch. Classic Martine edged off of the pylons and was quickly closing in on Ma Chere Hall. Mistery Woman was racing in third and Frau Blucher was giving chase in fourth. Ma Chere Hall fought off Classic Martine’s challenge and dug in to win the first heat of the Filly Futurity, in 1:52.4 (:28.4). Classic Martine was second, Mistery Woman finished third and Frau Blucher was fourth.
Ma Chere Hall ($12.80) is a three-year-old filly by Deweycheatumnhowe, out of the mare Margarita Hall by Conway Hall. She is owned by Walnut Hall Ltd., Aldebaran Park and Joe Sbrocco, trained by Jonas Czernyson and Corey Callahan guided the filly to victory.
“She’s been really good,” driver Corey Callahan said. “I was able to get to the lead and get some sensible fractions. Ronnie [Pierce on Frau Blucher] came at me hard and I turned him lose; I figured I’d save her [Ma Chere Hall] as much as I could for the second race. I popped her out there [in the stretch] and held off Timmy’s filly [Classic Martine]; Timmy has a really nice filly. Ma Chere digs in through the lane, so she’s impressed me every week.”
Listed below was the field for the second heat of the Kentucky Filly Futurity:
1-Ma Chere Hall-Corey Callahan-Jonas Czernyson
2-Classic Martine-Tim Tetrick-Chris Oakes
3-Mistery Woman-David Miller-Jonas Czernyson
*4-Frau Blucher-Ron Pierce-Chris Oakes
5-To Dream On-Jimmy Takter-Jimmy Takter
6-Time To Kill-John Campbell-Ross Croghan
*7-Handover Belle-Mike Lachance-Tony Alagna
*8-Perfect Alliance-Andy Miller-Robert Bencal
9-Shared Past-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke
* Dignifies that the horse scratched out of the second heat.
Ma Chere Hall trotted a tough first over mile in the second heat, but To Dream On tracked her cover and flew in the final stages to pull off the 13-1 upset in the Filly Futurity.
Shared Past sprinted off the wings of the gate and dictated the terms entering the first turn. Classic Martine got away in second and Ma Chere Hall was racing in third. Mistery Woman got away in fourth and To Dream On was at her flank, parked out to the quarter. Shared Past was ruthless on command, trotting the opening panel in :26.4.
To Dream On was floating in the center of the pack heading to the half, desperate for cover. Ma Chere Hall took the bait and began a pursuit towards Shared Past through a :54.2 (:27.3) half. To Dream On was breathing on Corey Callahan’s neck, anxious to move three wide before three-quarters. Shared Past remained with the advantage over Ma Chere Hall as the two battled past three-quarters in 1:23 (:28.3).
Ma Chere Hall took a short lead over Shared Past into the stretch. To Dream On was racing in third and soon fanned off her cover and lifted flight. Within a matter of strides, To Dream On had taken command and kicked away to a 2-length lead. Shared Past was left in her wake, while Ma Chere Hall was giving chase. To Dream On was a confident winner in her final outing, scoring in 1:52.1 (:29.1). Ma Chere Hall was second, Shared Past was third and Time To Kill finished fourth.
To Dream On ($28.00) is a three-year-old filly by Credit Winner, out of the mare Satin Pillows by Conway Hall. She is owned by Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband and is trained and driven by Jimmy Takter.
“She kept being a little grabby like she was in the first heat,” driver and trainer Jimmy Takter said. “I had a bad horse in front of me [in the first heat] that didn’t take me anywhere, so she was too grabby there. I kept her on the outside and as long as she didn’t get excited, then I got good cover from Corey [Callahan on Ma Chere Hall]. I was waiting, and waiting and waiting because she had been having problems this year and this win was very sweet for her. It had been one long road with her and thank God I have really good owners. I know she is a super horse.”
“Jimmy and I just agreed out here on the racetrack that’s it, she’s retired,” co-owner Marvin Katz said. “Jimmy suggested it and I’m all for that.”
Arch Madness proved that his victory last week was no fluke, returning to win the $172,200 Allerage Open Trot in 1:51.3.
Quick Deal blasted off the gate, while My Mvp left and was being urged to take command. Quick Deal cleared the front around the first turn, with Sevruga getting away in third. Quick Deal led by the opening quarter in :27.1.
Mister Herbie committed to the first over position heading passed three-eighths, but he managed to flush out cover in the form of Arch Madness. Arch Madness edging off the cones then forced Sevruga to take to the outside from third, so Sevruga led the two wide flow passed the half in :55 (:27.4).
Sevruga took a short lead from Quick Deal midway around the far turn. Arch Madness began to tip three wide, Mister Herbie went four wide, Market Share five wide and Guccio was towards the dead center of the track. Sevruga awaited the cavalcade behind him at three-quarters in 1:24 (:29).
Arch Madness looked Sevruga in the eye heading down the stretch and overtook him with ease. Mister Herbie was coming strong at Arch Madness into second and Market Share was rallying well down the center of the track into third, but it was a two horse race down to the wire. Arch Madness had the lead at the inside; Mister Herbie was trying to surpass him on the outside. At the line, Arch Madness held command to win the Allerage in 1:51.3 (:27.3). Mister Herbie was second, Market Share was third and Guccio finished fourth.
Arch Madness ($15.00) is a nine-year-old gelding by Balanced Image, out of the mare Armbro Archer by S J’s Photo. He is owned by Marc Goldberg and Willow Pond LLC and is trained and driven by Trond Smedshammer.
The downpour commenced for the $81,000 Allerage Mare Pace, in which a second over journey provided Shelliscape with a 1:51.2 victory.
Drop The Ball went for the lead, with Monkey On My Wheel getting away in second and Rocklamation in third. Drop The Ball led by the quarter in :27.2. Drop The Ball was able to stroll to the half uncontested, doing so in :56.3 (:29.1).
Rocklamation tipped first over from third into the far turn, while Shelliscape tracked her cover. Camille entered the flow third over as Drop The Ball still had the lead passing three-quarters in 1:24.1 (:27.3).
Corey Callahan pulled the plugs on Drop The Ball into the stretch, but she quickly began to falter. Monkey On My Wheel tried to sneak up the pylons to take the lead, but the outer tier had the advantage. Shelliscape fanned off of her cover and surpassed Rocklamation into the sixteenth pole, while Camille was storming down the center of the track for minor honors. Shelliscape got up to win the Allerage in 1:51.2 (:27.1), with Camille finishing second, Rocklamation third and Drop The Ball faded to fourth.
Shelliscape ($13.80) is a four-year-old mare by Artiscape, out of the mare Shell I Scoot by Direct Scooter. She is owned by Bamond Racing LLC, trained by Richard “Nifty” Norman and Tim Tetrick was in the bike.
After another rain delay, the Allerage Open Pace went to post. Golden Receiver had sprinted off the gate and pulled off the upset in a wire-to-wire 1:50 mile.
Golden Reciever got command, with Bolt The Duer racing in second and Clear Vision getting away in third. Golden Receiver kicked away to a 2 length lead passed the quarter in :28.1. He got to the half-mile uncontested and in front in :55.3 (:27.2).
Clear Vision pulled first over as Sweet Lou was looking to flush cover from fourth entering the far turn. A Rocknroll Dance was third over, but quickly dropping back around the turn. Golden Receiver held command, but Clear Vision was right at his throat, passing three-quarters in 1:22.4 (:27.1).
Clear Vision took a short lead from Golden Receiver in the stretch. Bolt The Duer was giving chase in third and Sweet Lou was to his flank in fourth as they watched Golden Receiver emerge from the pylons with the lead. In a display of soul and athleticism, the eight-year-old Golden Receiver won the Allerage Open Pace in 1:50 (:27.1). Clear Vision finished second, Sweet Lou was third and Bolt The Duer settled for fourth.
Golden Receiver ($27.80) is an eight-year-old gelding by Village Jove, out of the mare Royal Gold by Towner’s Big Guy. He is owned by Our Horse Cents Stables and Nina Simmonds, trained by Mark Harder and Corey Callahan drove him to victory.
Maven traveled a first over journey to win the $76,000 Allerage Mare Trot in 1:52.3.
Real Babe was chasing the gate entering the first turn, while Check Me Out was chasing Real Babe. Real Babe cleared command, but Check Me Out wanted the front and got it at the quarter, in :27.4. Check Me Out soon had 3 lengths on the field entering the backstretch. Real Babe was in second, Maven was racing third and Bax Of Life was fourth as Check Me Out trotted to the half unchallenged in :55 (:27.1).
Maven made her move and pulled first over into the far turn. Bax Of Life was tracking her cover from fourth as she was slowly pursuing the leader. Check Me Out remained in control at three-quarters, timed in 1:23.3 (:28.3).
Maven began to drift in her bid at the top of the stretch. Check Me Out was in an all out drive, desperately holding onto command. Maven, though veering to the right, continued progressing towards the lead. The two of them equaled strides into the sixteenth pole and it came down to Maven’s nose, going up in the air to nip Check Me Out in a 1:52.3 (:29) thriller. Bax Of Life was third and Real Babe finished fourth.
Maven ($3.20) is a four-year-old mare by Glidemaster, out of the mare M Stewart by American Winner. She is owned by William Donovan, trained by Jonas Czernyson and Yannick Gingras was the pilot.
The Kentucky Futurity card also featured a race under saddle as an exhibition event, going for $16,000. Helene Gregory aboard Master Pine was crowned victorious in a 1:58.4 mile.
Harlequin and Riina Rekila set the tempo early on, while Chinese Cuisine was being asked to take command with Tina Duer. Chinese Cuisine had cleared the lead just passed the quarter, timed in :30.2. Master Pine was sent after the lead from third nearing the three-eighths pole. He cleared the lead from Chinese Cuisine and trotted away to a three-length lead at the half in :59 (:28.3).
Master Pine held his strong lead into the far turn. Chinese Cuisine was giving chase in second and A Penny Earned began circling by horses into third. Master Pine wasn’t being asked for much as he held command at three-quarters in 1:28.1 (:29.1). A Penny Earned slowly drew closer as the wire came near, but Master Pine had enough to hold on and win the race under saddle in 1:58.4 (:30.3). A Penny Earned was second and Chinese Cuisine was third.
Master Pine is a ten-year-old gelding by Master Lavec, out of the mare Pine Career by Pine Chip. He is owned by Mark Moger and Albert Delia Jr., trained by Julie Miller and Helene Gregory was aboard.