By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile
LEXINGTON, KY— On the undercard of closing day at The Red Mile, which also featured the 49th Kentucky Filly Futurity and the 122nd Kentucky Futurity, the quartet of aged divisions competed against their respective sex and gait in the Allerage Farms open events.
Creatine launched off the gate to secure a spot on the front, waited patiently to strike, and got his nose in front of Sebastian K to pull off a 31-1 upset in the $173,000 Allerage Open Trot in 1:51.2.
Taking the front, Creatine set a swift opening quarter of :26.4, with Sebastian K drafting in the pocket. Master Of Law, parked around the first turn, was forced to brush to the top, and took no prisoners in doing so by setting a :53.4 (:27) half.
Sebastian K was given his cue from Ake Svanstedt and effortlessly circled horses around the far turn. He was in front by 5 lengths at three-quarters in 1:21.4 (:28).
Master Of Law broke from second, allowing Creatine to shake free. He began to pursuit Sebastian K, who appeared to be clinging to control. The two hooked up in battle in the final hundred yards, with victory going to Creatine in 1:51.2 (:29.3). Wishing Stone closed for third, and Daylon Magician was fourth.
Now earning $1,106,850 in his career, the four-year-old son of Andover Hall-Berry Nice Muscles-Muscles Yankee is owned by Diamond Creek Racing, trained by Bob Stewart, and driven by Trace Tetrick. The 2013 Kentucky Futurity winner returned $64.80 to win, with the exacta returning $137.60 for $2.
“He [Scott Zeron] did a great job getting the horse [Master Of Law] out of the way, and I had a clear shot after that [with Creatine],” driver Trace Tetrick said. “I said ‘As long as I don’t mess up, we have a good second place finish right now.’ The horse [Sebastian K] got tired on the front, and I got him right there at the wire.”
“The last day of the meet here, at The Red Mile, has been very nice to us the last two years,” trainer Bob Stewart said. “It doesn’t get any better than this. We drew the outside, and we decided to take a shot, and it worked out.”
“If everything’s okay, we’ll be in Balmoral next week,” Stewart also said in regards to Creatine’s future. “Then, hopefully the Breeders Crown, and a race in Ohio. The owners [Diamond Creek Racing] have always wanted to race a horse in Europe, and I think this might be the right one.”
Mistery Woman followed Bee A Magician’s footsteps for the entire mile, then trotted right by her to win the $89,000 Allerage Mare Trot in 1:51.
Maven secured control, and maintained it through quarters of :27.4 and :55.1 (:27.2). D’orsay tracked in the pocket, and Cowgirl Hall trotted third.
Around the far turn, Bee A Magician had already begun her first-over journey, and was soon wheel-to-wheel with Maven at three-quarters. Mistery Woman was gapping cover, but soon closed her deficit. Bee A Magician stormed to the top through a 1:23 (:27.4).
Bee A Magician, encouraged to keep trotting, appeared clear heading to the finish, until Mistery Woman began to chase her down on the outside. Mistery Woman, upon matching strides with Bee A Magician, then stuck her neck in front to claim victory in 1:51 (:28) over Bee A Magician, Classic Martine, and Maven.
Trotting a lifetime best, the four-year-old daughter of Donato Hanvoer-My Dolly’s Dream-Pine Chip, owned by Millstream Stable LLC and Aldebaran Park, trained by Jonas Czernyson, and driven by Andrew McCarthy, returned $21.80 to win, with the $2 exacta, over 2-1 favorite Bee A Magician, returning $74.60. Mistery Woman has now earned $460,760 in her career.
“I wanted to stick with her [Mistery Woman],” driver Andrew McCarthy said about his only stakes drive on the card. “She had just been racing at Pocono, but she had been beating the boys, so I had a lot of confidence in her. She’d been racing great, and a little trip like that worked out good.”
“I had to come down and take a shot,” McCarthy also said. “She’d been racing great, and beating some nice horses, and closing really well; she loves to chase. She’s a really nice mare.”
Yagonnakissmeornot, sent off the 3/2 public choice, raced from the back of the pack, and rallied strongly down the center of the course to hit the line right before Shelliscape, stopping the clock in 1:49.3.
Anndrovette flaunted her agility by pacing from post 10 and right to the lead. Aunt Caroline also left, but sat second, with Krispy Apple sitting third and Shelliscape fourth. Anndrovette set fractions of :26.3 and :54 (:27.2).
Shebestingin attempted to brush to the top down the backstretch, but could not clear Anndrovette around the turn. Shelliscape rode her back, and was loaded with pace upon fanning three wide through a 1:21.3 (:27.3) third quarter.
Powering to the top, Shelliscape continued under strong encouragement on the lead. Krispy Apple weaved her way through competition, and dived to the inside to try and take control. Appearing on the center of the course was Yagonnakissmeornot, who began to put in a furious sprint towards the leader. She managed to gain 2 lengths in the final hundred yards, and survive a photo finish to be crowned the winner in 1:49.3 (:28). Shelliscape held on for second, with Krispy Apple finishing third.
Owned by Allard Racing Inc., Yves Sarrazin, and Kapildeo Singh, trained by Rene Allard, and driven by Ron Pierce, the five-year-old daughter of The Panderosa-Artstopper-Artsplace has now earned $759,154 in her career. She returned $5.00 to win.
“She’s been just like a dream,” trainer Rene Allard said. “She had a bleeding issue; we put her on Lasix, and she’s just been awesome all year. She’s a beautiful, big mare, and does everything right.”
“I have to thank the owner[s] because they had the guts to follow me with supplementing her [for $9,500],” Allard also said. “I told them ‘the mare is feeling real good right now.’ Even though she has a lot of starts, she still feels really fresh. Like yesterday: we were walking her along the backside, and she was rearing up on her back leg. She feels like she’s fresh.”
“As a three-year-old, we wanted to buy her in the fall,” Allard also said, in regards to their purchase of Yagonnakissmeornot in the January Sale at the Meadowlands this year. “The Teagues [George Teague Jr.] bought her back, but I followed her since, and when she went in the sale again, I said I’ll make sure I get her this time.”
“We’re considering supplementing her to the Breeders Crown,” Allard also said. “If everything stays good. Why not; last week, she went really easy, and she was just awesome today.”
State Treasurer stalked the pace for most of the mile, and was a part of a five-horse sprint to the finish in the stretch, besting his foes in 1:48.3 in the $160,500 Allerage Open Pace.
Sweet Lou paced quickly for the front, with stable-mate Bettor’s Edge sitting in second, and Fool Me Once in third. Sweet Lou paced the opening quarter in :26.3. His other stable mate, Foiled Again, was flushed by State Treasurer down the backside. He applied pressure to Sweet Lou through a :54.1 (:27.3) half and 1:21.4 (:27.3) third quarter.
Soon under pressure from a cavalcade of closers, Sweet Lou turned for home in front. Foiled Again was game in his challenge, and continued to try and take the lead. State Treasurer tipped off his cover, and soon came alongside Foiled Again approaching the sixteenth-pole. Bettor’s Edge, riding the pocket the whole way, attempted to split horses, and Modern Legend was marching down the center of the course. At the finish, State Treasurer nipped Foiled Again to claim victory, with Bettor’s Edge holding onto third, and Modern Legend finished fourth. The mile went in 1:48.3 (:26.4).
Earning $850,856 in his lifetime, the five-year-old son of real Desire-Ideal Treasure-Western Ideal is owned by Sally Macdonald and Paul Macdonald, trained by Dr. Ian Moore, and driven by Tim Tetrick. He paid $19.00 to win.
“I got to follow the ‘Six-Million Dollar Horse’ [Foiled Again] all the way to the promise land,” driver Tim Tetrick said. “My horse never gave up. My horse kept fighting, and he got his head by him. I was real happy with his effort.”
“Doc [Ian Moore] said I could be aggressive,” Tetrick also said. “I could put him on the lead, or any way I’d want to do it. But the way the track has been playing, I decided to keep close, and try to be second over, third over, and follow live cover. It couldn’t have worked out any better.”
Also contested on closing day was a non-pari-mutual Racing Under Saddle (RUS) event, carrying a purse of $10,000. In Nomine Patri, guided by Therese Lindgren, pursued tempo-setter Chinese Cuisine, claiming the prize in 2:00.3.
Tina Duer, aboard Chinese Cuisine, took command with ease, and coasted for the first three-quarters of the mile. Alone through fractions of :31.2, 1:02 (:28.3), and 1:32.1 (:30.1), she held a near 5-length lead for most of the way. In Nomine Patri, as well as Flowing James, were the lone duo attempting to gain control as they turned for home.
Within a matter of strides, In Nomine Patri came alongside Chinese Cuisine, soon trotting by at the sixteenth-pole. Flowing James gave chase in third, and Rock With It trotted fourth, as In Nomine Patri crossed the line in 2:00.3 (:27.3).
The six-year-old Credit Winner-Blue Skies Hanover-Donerail gelding is owned by trainer Liisa Vatanen and American Dream Racing Stable.