Its My Show Favoured In Kentucky Sire Stakes Final

Its My Show
Published: May 12, 2024 04:12 pm EDT

Fresh off a gutsy 1:50.2 win in second-round preliminary action last week, 2023 North America Cup and Little Brown Jug winner Its My Show will seek the Kentucky Sire Stakes title for four-year-old male pacers in Monday's $100,000 USD final at Oak Grove.

The millionaire gelded son of Sweet Lou-Put On A Show dug deep in the stretch to parry Blue Lou and win the first start of his 2024 campaign, and he has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favourite from post seven in Monday's final. Scott Zeron will again drive the Richard and Joanne Young homebred for trainer Linda Toscano.

Among Its My Show's seven rivals are Admiral Hill, who swept his preliminary divisions in 1:50.2 and 1:51.3, and is the 5-2 second choice. The Sweet Lou-Laura Hill gelding is undefeated in four starts since being transferred to trainer Per Engblom, having also won a $37,162 Winners-Over event at The Meadowlands in April before shipping to Kentucky. Yannick Gingras retains the drive.

The four-year-old pace, carded as race seven, is the last of the four $100,000 USD Kentucky Sire Stakes finals on Monday's 13-race program.

In the mare pace, carded as race one, Nancy Takter trainee Always B Naughty (2-1, Andy McCarthy, post two) and Anette Lorentzon pupil Keep My Secret (5-2, Tony Hall, post six) will face off as the only two entrants to finish in the top three in both preliminary rounds. Breeders Crown elimination winner Strong Poison (7-2, Gingras, post one) and first-round winner Zanatta (9-2, Andy Miller, post seven) round out the top four morning line favourites.

Takter will have a second chance at a Kentucky Sire Stakes title in the male trot, carded as race four. Her Bestfriend Volo staved off multiple challengers en route to a 1:52.3 second-leg win after sweeping the New Jersey Maturity. Dexter Dunn drives the Walner-Bank Of Newport gelding, who is the 8-5 morning line choice, from post four. French Wine, who won in round one before lifting from the pocket to just miss Bestfriend Volo last week, is the 2-1 second choice from post seven for driver Andy Miller and trainer Julie Miller.

The mare trot likely goes through Mambacita, who is the 3-5 early choice in the six-horse field after sweeping the preliminary rounds with a pair of open-length victories. Dunn retains the drive on the Tactical Landing-Bills Lady mare for trainer Tony Alagna.

In total, more than $540,000 USD will be at stake on the Monday card at Oak Grove. First post is 3 p.m. CDT. Free past-performance pages and The Players' Guide, featuring commentary from racing analyst Ray Cotolo, are available on the Oak Grove website at

(With files from Oak Grove)

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