Lexington, KY --- The second week of Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile kicked-off on Thursday afternoon (Oct. 3) with three divisions in the International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old filly trotters.
|Lifetime Pursuit won the fastest division with a 1:52.3 score.|
In the $88,500 opening division, Brittany Farms' Lifetime Pursuit brushed to the lead at the half-mile marker and went on to score in a lifetime best 1:52.3, just one-fifth of a second off the world record set here last week by Designed To Be. Yannick Gingras was in the bike for trainer Jimmy Takter as the daughter of Cantab Hall-Queen Of Grace posted her sixth win in nine lifetime starts. Her share of the purse lifted her 2013 earnings to $264,120.
Goddess (John Campbell) went to the front from post four and took the field to the opening quarter in a time of :27.3 with Juniata Hanover (Tim Tetrick) second and Lifetime Pursuit third. Heading down the backstretch, Gingras pulled Lifetime Pursuit off the wood and she brushed to the front, clearing just before the half-mile time of :56.2.
Lifetime Pursuit ($8.00) was in total command from there, hitting the three-quarter pole in 1:25.1 and then trotting home in :27.2 to hit the wire in 1:52.3. Goddess held on for second, 2-3/4 lengths behind the winner, and Juniata Hanover was third.
For Lifetime Pursuit, the victory was sweet redemption after she made a break behind the gate last week as the 3-5 favorite in her Bluegrass division and finished sixth.
"She was actually very good last week," said Gingras. "Like I told Jimmy (Takter) after the race, I really had no explanation (on why she made a break). She was just going to the gate the same way she was going today and the same way she went to the gate in every one of her starts. She just took off running, no warning or anything like it. I didn't think it was somerthing to worry about. I'm glad they put her back in the box and she showed (today) what kind of filly she is.
"If I knew I was that close to it (the world record) I might have chased her a little bit. But you know they don't pay for world records and the Breeders Crown is next week (eliminations on Oct. 11) so I'm very confident going into it."
|Vanity Matters was a seven length winner in 1:53.2.|
In the $89,500 second division, Vanity Matters and driver Yannick Gingras made their move from third place as the field neared the halfway point and breezed to a seven length win in 1:53.2. Even-money favorite Heaven’s Door was second and Scream And Shout, who held the lead during the early part of the race, finished third.
Vanity Matters, sent off at odds of 6-1 after going off stride in a conditioned race last week at The Red Mile, notched her second win in 10 starts for owners Joe Sbrocco and Darlene McNulty. She was winless since capturing a division of the Pennsylvania All Stars in her debut on July 5 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.
The daughter of Explosive Matter-Vanity Plates is trained by Jonas Czernyson. Her family includes 1988 Hambletonian winner Armbro Goal.
“She was going to win last week and she kind of dove in on me,” Gingras said. “I wasn’t expecting her to do it; she actually runs out a little bit in the straightaways. She dove in on me and made a break, but she’s a talented filly.
“You look at the program and she’s not the best finisher sometimes, but they changed the bridle on her and I think she’s coming around at the right time.”
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|Outsourced Hanover gave driver Yannick Gingras a sweep of the three divisions.|
In the $88,500 final division, favorite Cee Bee Yes went off stride at the start and left the door open for the longshots. Outsourced Hanover gave Gingras his third stakes win of the day when she took advantage at odds of 11-1 on her way to a 1:54.4 victory.
Thisgirlisonfire led the field through fractions of :28.2 and :57.2, at which point Gingras and Outsourced Hanover were on the move from fourth place.
Outsourced Hanover opened up a wide lead on the field heading around the final turn and won by four lengths over Red Hot Spicy despite drifting out in the stretch.
“She was a little bit green finishing...but you can’t take anything away from her,” Gingras said. “She raced great.”
A daughter of Donato Hanover out of the mare Oaklea Opal, Outsourced Hanover is trained by Ron Burke, who owns the filly with Weaver Bruscemi and Howard Taylor. She won for the third time in 12 races and Burke said in the winner’s circle that she was finished for the season.
“I looked it over and I didn’t really see how we could win,” Burke said. “(Cee Bee Yes) ran behind the gate and Yannick put her in a great spot. It worked out perfect.”
Red Hot Spicy was 21-1 and third-place finisher Demoiselle Hanover was 12-1, triggering a $4,872.20 trifecta for a $2 wager. Second choice Chivaree Hanover, who went off at 3-2, was fourth.