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Super Saturday At The Red Mile


Published: October 8, 2009 11:06 am ET

Last Comment: October 9, 2009 4:46 pm ET | 2 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Last Saturday, Muscle Hill, shoe-in for Trotter of the Year, took centre stage at the Red Mile during Grand Circuit week. This Saturday, the top ranked pacer in the world, Well Said, will headline a stakes-packed card in Lexington.

Could Somebeachsomewhere's 1:46.4 world record fall? Well Said, the first winner of the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace and the Little Brown Jug since Precious Bunny turned the trick in 1991, will face a stiff set of seven foes in one of two $295,500 divisions of the Tattersalls for sophomore pacers. Ron Pierce will guide the Western Hanover - Must See colt from Post 5 in Race 11 on the afternoon card. Trained by Steve Elliott for Jeffrey Snyder of New York, NY and Sue Grange's Lothlorien of Cheltenham, ON., Well Said faces a tough group including Little Brown Jug runner-up If I Can Dream (PP6, Tim Tetrick), Meadowlands Pace elim winner Hypnotic Blue Chip (PP1, Andy Miller), the consistent Chasin Racin (PP3, David Miller), returning NA Cup elim winner Dial Or No Dial (PP4, Brian Sears), and KYSS Champion Sheer Desire (PP7, Dave Palone).

The first Tattersalls division goes to post in Race 9 with Adios and Cane Pace champ Vintage Master (PP7, Dan Dube) to likely be favoured against a strong yet lighter group of pacers, including Annieswesterncard (PP3, driver TBA) and Carnivore (PP4, Ron Pierce).

With Muscle Hill taking the week off before the Breeders Crown eliminations, the three-year-old trotting colt division receives slight reprieve in the three $102,000 divisions of the Bluegrass. The first division, Race 3, features Canadian-owned New York Sire Stakes heavyweight Russell Hill (PP2) for John Campbell and Jimmy Takter. Russell Hill's $374,000 seasonal bankroll tops the group of nine. Campbell and Takter also send out Yonkers Trot champ Judge Joe (PP7) in the second division, Race 7, while World Record holder Explosive Matter (PP4, Ron Pierce) headlines the third division in Race 10.

Aged horses compete in finals of the Allerage. Lanson (PP7, Mike Lachance) won last week's Open Trot at the Red Mile and will look to repeat this week in the $133,200 Allerage Open Trot. Divisional leader Buck I St Pat (PP3, Tim Tetrick) will look to topple four older female trotters in the $73,000 Allerage for filles and mares.

Canadian-owned and campaigned Breeders Crown winner Hana Hanover (PP5, George Brennan) will face off against stablemates Southwind Tempo (PP3, Tetrick) and Tug River Princess (PP6, Campbell) in the $80,000 Allerage Open Pace for fillies and mares, while Shark Gesture (PP4, Brennan) will aim for two milestones in the $149,000 Allerage Open Pace - a win would vault the Cams Card Shark stallion past the million dollar mark in seasonal earnings and the $2 million mark lifetime. Shark Gesture's competition includes reigning divisional heavyweight Mister Big (PP2, Brian Sears), fleet-footed Shadow Play (PP8, David Miller) and Breeders Crown winner Won The West (PP10, Jim Morrill, Jr.).

First race post time for the 12-race card is 12:30 p.m.

October 9, 2009 - 4:46 pmWell said a great horse but

Well said a great horse but hope The Beach's record is not beat

October 8, 2009 - 10:58 amWow! What an exciting day of

Wow! What an exciting day of racing! An unbelievable card! I can't wait to see the whole thing unfold on Saturday.I love watching Well Said do his thing.Another "amazing" animal.Good luck to all involved.

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