By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile
LEXINGTON, KY— A duo of divisions for the $146,600 Bluegrass Stakes was contested for three-year-old filly pacers on Saturday, September 27 at The Red Mile.
After blazing fractions established by Ali Blue, Gallie Bythe Beach traveled third over and stormed by her rivals to win in 1:49.
Ali Blue sprinted to the front, while Allstar Rating paced into second and Act Now into third. Gallie Bythe Beach sat fourth through a :27 first quarter.
Under restraint, Ali Blue remained on the motor through a :53.2 (:26.2) half and was to be contested after a 1:21 (:27.3) third quarter.
Allstar Rating led the charge to the front, but lacked late pace. Act Now tipped to her outside and was soon the new leader. From third over, Gallie Bythe Beach began to rally down the center of the course and edged by Act Now for victory. Beach Gal closed for third and Ali Blue held onto fourth in 1:49 (:28).
With lifetime earnings at $468,193, the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Galleria-Artsplace is owned by Fashion Farms, trained by Jim Campbell and driven by Tim Tetrick. Her 1:49 mile is a lifetime best.
“My mare had to earn it,” driver Tim Tetrick said. “Brian’s mare [Act Now] made the lead and had a length on me at the old tunnel, but my mare fought back and got up for the win.”
“I know how good she is [Act Now],” Tetrick also said in regards to his past drives on Act Now. “I know how bad she can pull up. I didn’t think I was going to catch her in the last strides, but my mare kicked in late and I got up to get her.”
Gettingreadytoroll, after getting away fifth, journeyed easily first over and powered by Beautiful Lady to win the other Bluegrass division in 1:49.2.
The outer trio, Sweetnsinful, Beautiful Lady, and It Was Fascination, barreled straight towards the front. Beautiful Lady secured to the top, but It Was Fascination brushed by through a :27.1 first quarter.
Beautiful Lady popped to the outside and reclaimed the lead heading to the half. Gettingreadytoroll was given her cue to close through a :55 (:27.4) half.
With Precocious Beauty tracking her, Gettingreadytoroll applied pressure to Beautiful Lady at three-quarters in 1:22.3 (:27.3). By the eighth-pole, Gettingreadytoroll powered by Beautiful Lady, while Precocious Beauty fanned off cover and rallied down the center. Regardless, Gettingreadytoroll was kept to her task and progressed to victory in 1:49.2 (:26.4). Precocious Beauty finished second, and It Was Fascination was third.
Owned by Christina Takter and John and Jim Fielding, trained by Jimmy Takter, and driven by Yannick Gingras, the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Captain Holly-Cambest traveled a lifetime-best mile. Paying $3.60 to win, she has earned $238,143 this season.
“She has tremendous ability, but once she clears, her mind wanders a little and you got to keep her to her task,” driver Yannick Gingras said. “She can go plenty, it’s just a matter of in her head.”
“I thought she was the best horse in the race,” Gingras also said. “The second best horse was on my back [Precocious Beauty]; I was a little worried about that, but I wanted to make sure I cleared as late as I could, so that way she keeps her mind on business.”
Live racing resumes on Sunday, September 28, with the $173,400 Bluegrass for three-year-old filly trotters and the $187,200 Bluegrass for three-year-old colt trotters. Post time is slated for 1:00pmEDT.
Race replays of action from The Red Mile can be found on our YouTube channel: Red Mile Harness.