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Last KYSS 2-year-old legs set for Red Mile
Wednesday, September 05, 2018 - from the Kentucky Sires Stakes

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Lexington, KY --- The third and final Kentucky Sires Stakes preliminaries for 2-year-old trotters is set for Thursday night (Sept. 6) at The Red Mile, with the last KYSS leg for 2-year-old pacers scheduled for Saturday night (Sept. 8). Post time each night is 7 p.m.

The $30,000 races give the freshman set a final chance to earn enough points to advance to the $2 million KYSS finals program on Sunday (Sept. 16). The top 10 point earners in each division will race for a purse of $250,000 on the card that is the centerpiece of the new Fayette County Fair.

Super Schissel, who swept both his preliminaries for colt trotters, will aim for a sweep when he starts from post eight in the first of two KYSS divisions (race one) on Thursday night. Super Schissel is sandwiched on the starting gate between fellow prelim winners Forecast and Don’t Let’em, the latter a stablemate of Super Schissel in the barn of trainer Jimmy Takter.

Takter will drive Super Schissel while Yannick Gingras will be in the sulky behind Don’t Let’em, who early last month captured the $422,350 Peter Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands.

On the filly trotting side, Taylor Swiftly has been nothing but trouble for her rivals as she swept her way to wins in the opening two KYSS rounds. She’ll start from post seven in the last of three divisions on Thursday night (race five) with Scott Zeron driving for trainer Domenico Cecere. Lindy Pearl, who was a 24-1 upset winner in round two with Zeron aboard for Cecere, will line up in post four in the first division (race two), joined by post seven starter French Café, the Team Miller filly who won a round one division.

On Saturday night, Captain Trevor, who is aiming for a KYSS sweep, and Can’t Beach That, will line up side by side respectively in posts six and seven in the second of three pacing colt divisions (race three). Andy McCarthy drives the Tony Alagna-trained Captain Trevor while Peter Wrenn directs the Nifty Norman-conditioned Can’t Beach That.

Hurrikane Emperor, who has a first and second in the opening two KYSS rounds, starts from post five in the first division (race one) with Daniel Dube driving for trainer John McDermott Jr. Blood Money and Magic Joe Lindy, who also have a first and second in the KYSS prelims, will square off in the third division (race five). McCarthy drives the Takter-trained Blood Money from post two, with Dube in the sulky behind the Cecere-trained Magic Joe Lindy from post four.

Beautyonthebeach, who is eyeing a sweep of the KYSS for filly pacers, will start from post seven in the first of two divisions (race two) with McCarthy driving for trainer Gregg McNair. Round two winner Edge Of Eternity will line up in post four in that split for driver Cameron McCown and trainer Brian Brown.

With only a few exceptions, nearly all of the participants in the first two KYSS legs will be in action on Thursday and Saturday, but there are also a few newcomers. With 50 points rewarded for a victory, the newbies still have a chance to earn a spot in the rich finals.

The KYSS championship card on Sept. 16 has a first-race post time of 3 p.m. The Fayette County Fair will run from noon until 6 p.m. Admission is free and the fair will include food trucks, local craft breweries, bourbon tastings and an arts and crafts market.

Several music acts will play on two stages (one inside and one outside), with rising country star and Lexington native Walker Montgomery, Avery Crabtree and Conch Republic among the performers. The racing program will kick off with a horse parade of various breeds and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation will offer a hands-on equine experience.

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