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Wolfgang returns to the winner's circle in Kentucky Sire Stakes action
Sunday, August 19, 2018 - from the Kentucky Sire Stakes

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Lexington, KY --- The 3-year-olds raced in the first of three $30,000 legs of the Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) over a fast track at The Red Mile on a perfect Kentucky Sunday (Aug. 19) evening.

Wolfgang outlasts Euro Bond in KYSS action at Red Mile on Sunday evening.

The colt trot featured several Hambletonian contenders and was the last of the divisions, but the most intriguing as Wolfgang (Jordan Stratton) bounced back from a disappointing effort on the above-mentioned classic event to hold on in a tight photo over longshot Eurobond (Domenico Cecere) in 1:53.2.

Race favorite and Hambletonian heat winner Tactical Landing (Takter) went off-stride just before the start from his rail post with two horses trailing, losing too much ground to threaten the top two, though he did recover to be third.

Stratton put Wolfgang on the front and had his own way for much of the race until Euro Bond joined him on the final turn as the passed the three-quarters in 1:26.1. That pair slugged it out through the length of the stretch with Euro Bond gaining a slight edge, but Wolfgang was game and dug back in for the win.

The winner is trained by Jimmy Takter and is owned by Brixton Medical, Goran Falk, Hatfield Racing and breeder Fair Island Farm.

The son of My MVP was a $60,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase.

Twenty-two trotting fillies were spread over three divisions and the first group took the track for race two. Urban Legend (Marcus Johansson) shaved two-fifths of a second off her career best with a 1:54.2 win over Byway (Jordan Stratton) in her first start for new owner Perry Soderberg and trainer, Nancy Johansson. Johansson settled her in early from post two then moved to the front as they passed the half in :56.3. The rest was easy as Urban Legend comfortably held the challenge from Byway and won in hand. Diamond Creek Farms bred the winner who was a $70,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale product.

Last year’s KYSS final winner in the class, Top Expectations (Jordan Stratton) took the second division for trainer Erv Miller in 1:55.4. She also moved to the front after everyone had settled, got easy fractions then sprinted home in :27.1 to hold the late moving Deschanel (Trace Tetrick) at bay with something left. Daniel Plouffe owns Top Expectations, who was another Lexington Selected Yearling Sale by for $120,000.

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Dance Blue equaled her career best of 1:50.2 with a powerful victory at Red Mile for her connections.

Live Laugh Love (Peter Wrenn) won the third and fastest of the filly events in 1:52.2, using every bit of a :28 final quarter to hold off the charge from longshot Pat Matters (Jimmy Takter) by a diminishing neck. Wrenn had her moving early from the outermost post, cleared at the :28.2 quarter then rated the mile evenly for the win.

Diamond Creek Farms and Mel Hartman bred the winner and added Dave McDuffee as a partner after she went through the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale ring for $90,000.

Pacing fillies numbered fifteen with Fine Art (Josh Sutton) winning the first of two divisions in 1:55. In the style of the evening, Josh Sutton moved his charge to the front as they went into the final turn then used a :27 flat sprint home to outlast pocket sitter Tipp City (Hugh Beatty). Fine Art, a $67,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, is trained by Nick Surick for his interests and Louis Willinger.

The Johanssons took the second filly pace with the improving Dance Blue who equaled her career best of 1:50.2 in the process. Johansson brushed his filly by the early leader and eventual place finisher Neverforgetwhour (Elliott Deaton), then flew home with a fast :26.3 close to hold that rival safe.

Marvin Katz, Sam Goldband and Goran Anderberg own the winner, who was a $50,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase from breeders Steve Stewart and Cotton & Julie Nash.

Jimmy Takter pupils finished one-two in the single pacing colt division, but the order was something of a surprise with the trainer driving Grand Teton to a win over heavily favored Thinkbig Dreambig (Jordan Stratton).

Beginning from the outermost post ten in the bulky field of twelve, Takter had Grand Teton crossed over to the front by the :27.4 quarter then rated even fractions while Stratton chose a long uncovered grind for Thinkbig Dreambig who dueled with the leader through a :26 flat end to the 1:51 mile but could not get by.

Adam Bowden owns the winner, a homebred, as Diamond Creek Racing.

Racing returns to The Red Mile on Thursday at 7 p.m. with Wiener Dog racing as the highlight.

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