Lexington, KY --- The Saturday afternoon (Oct. 5) card at The Red Mile featured four divisions of the International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old male pacers.
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|Somestarsomewhere won his division in a lifetime best 1:49.2.|
In the $67,750 first division, Somestarsomewhere (Yannick Gingras) took over the lead heading to the half-mile marker and went on to a personal best 1:49.2 victory.
Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Michelle Yankek and Lawrence Karr, the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Lovely Assistant is trained by Ron Burke and won for the third time in eight lifetime starts, lifting his earnings to $64,637.
Somestarsomewhere ($4.40) got away second to Somewhere In L A at the opening quarter in :27.1, but brushed right to the lead as the field hit the backstretch.
The winner took the field by the :54.1 half-mile marker and was never caught through subsequent fractions of 1:22.4 and 1:49.2. Journeyman rallied from seventh at the three-quarter pole to finish second, two lengths behind the winner, and Idealbeach Hanover was third.
"I had a little bit of concern (at the half-mile marker)," said Gingras. "I tried to get a breather there in the third quarter, which I got. I thought it would take a pretty good last quarter to beat me from there."
The $68,750 second split saw Ideal Magic and Tim Tetrick brush to the lead on the backstretch and they paced in front the rest of the way in a 1:51.2 mile.
The Tony Alagna trainee is owned by Cheap Speed Stable, Joe Sbrocco, Eagles Soar Partners and Louis Willinger. The son of American Ideal-Special Magic won for the third time in eight career outings and he has now earned paychecks of $52,060.
Ideal Magic ($8.60) cut front end fractions of :55.2 and 1:23 and came home in :28.2 in holding off Ari Allstar (Jody Jamieson) by a head for the win. Smack Talk (Ron Pierce) finished third.
"He's a big powerful colt," said Tetrtick, "and he has a big long gait on him. Once he gets moving he can carry the mail pretty good.
"My horse fought him (Ari Allstar); at the top of the lane we raced. Jody got back in behind me for a while and bravened him up. I was a little worried about that. But when he popped out my horse fought him, so it was a good race all the way to the wire."
The $67,750 third division went to So Surreal and driver Tim Tetrick in a time of 1:49.4, a lifetime best for the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Must See.
Co-owned by trainer Ray Schnittker, along with Ted Gewertz, Jonathan Kurnit and Steven Arnold, So Surreal ($2.40) won for the third time in six trips behind the gate. He has now banked $91,547.
After sitting fifth for the opening half, So Surreal made a big move during the third quarter of the mile, engaging leader Carraccci Hanover at the 1:22.4 three-quarter pole, and then held that one at bay by a half-length in the 1:49.4 mile. He's Got It finished third.
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|Limelight Beach won the final division in the rain in a time of 1:57.1.|
The $68,750 final division was raced over a sloppy track due to late afternoon rain and Limelight Beach was the winner in a time of 1:57.1.
David Miller piloted the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Benear to his sixth win in 10 season's starts. Owned by James Stambaugh, Milton Leeman and Charles Wingfield, Limelight Beach has now earned $210,192 this year for trainer Brian Brown.
Stevensville and driver Ray Schnittker cut the fractions from post two in this mile, taking the field to the quarter in :29.1, the half in :59.3 and the three-quarters in 1:30.1.
Limelight Beach ($3.80) was first over from the half-mile marker on and finally wore down the leader at the wire to post the 1:57.1 score. Stevensville held for second, just a neck behind the winner, while Doo Wop Hanover finished third.