By Frank and Ray Cotolo
(BC) denotes Breeders Crown eligible
Breeders Crown hopefuls competed in the final week of Grand Circuit competition at The Red Mile, including the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings in four divisions of the $262,000 International Stallion Stakes (ISS) on Saturday, October 8, three-year-old trotting colts and geldings in the $431,000 Kentucky Futurity and aged pacers competing in the $112,500 Allerage Filly & Mare Pace and in the $138,000 Allerage Open Pace on Sunday, October 9.
Dragnet Alert flew home to win the first division of the ISS in a world-record mile of 1:49.2 over Odds On Delray (BC-Somebeachsomewhere) and Filibuster Hanover (BC-Somebeachsomewhere). Owned by Crawford Farms Racing, trained by Chris Oakes, and driven by Brian Sears, he paid $29.80 to win.
Kicking off cover at the head of the stretch, Chip Walther (BC-Art Major) swept past his rivals to win the second ISS split in 1:50.3 over Normandy Beach (BC-Somebeachsomewhere) and Mcthriller (BC-McArdle). Owned by Ervin Miller Stable Inc., Paymaq Racing, Nick Surick Stable LLC and Louis Willinger, trained by Erv Miller, and driven by Marcus Miller, he paid $84.80 to win.
Huntsville (BC-Somebeachsomewhere) won his fourth-consecutive race in his world-record equaling 1:49 victory in the third division of the ISS, besting Fear The Dragon and R J P (BC-Somebeachsomewhere). Owned by trainer Ray Schnittker along with partners Ted Gewertz, Charles Iannazzo and Steven Arnold, and driven by Tim Tetrick, he returned $2.80 to win.
Brian Brown-trainee Downbytheseaside (BC-Somebeachsomewhere) also won in a world-record equaling mile of 1:49 in the final ISS division, beating Boogie Shuffle (BC-Well Said) and Eddard Hanover. Owned by Country Club Acres Inc., Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo, and driven by David Miller, he paid $3.20.
Hambletonian and Yonkers Trot-winner Marion Marauder (BC-Muscle Hill) completed the Triple Crown to become its ninth champion in the $431,000 Kentucky Futurity Final, winning in 1:52.3 from off the pace over Southwind Frank (BC-Muscle Hill) and the 9-5 favorite Bar Hopping (BC-Muscle Hill). Owned by Marion Wellwood and Devin Keeling, trained by Paula Wellwood, and driven by Scott Zeron, he paid $9.20.
Prairie Sweetheart, a three-year-old filly, defeated her older foes in the $112,500 Allerage Filly & Mare Pace, ripping out of the pocket and advancing to a 1:49.1 win over Bedroomconfessions (BC-American Ideal) and Venus Delight (BC-Bettor’s Delight). Owned by Let It Ride Stables Inc., trained by Ross Croghan, and driven by Matt Kakaley, she returned $14.80 to win. The 1-5 favorite Lady Shadow (BC-Shadow Play) finished eighth.
Grabbing the lead before the half, Jimmy Takter-trainee Always B Miki (BC-Always A Virgin) sprinted around the track and progressed to pace an all-time world-record mile of 1:46 over Shamballa (BC-Somebeachsomewhere) and All Bets Off (BC-Bettor’s Delight). Owned by Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter, and driven by David Miller, he paid $2.10.
By Frank and Ray Cotolo