Track Records Fall At Michigan Fair

Published: July 10, 2024 09:00 am EDT

Decades-old track records were broken on both gaits during the two-day meeting at the Mecosta County Free Fair, which took place on Monday, July 8 and Tuesday, July 9.

Monday's Michigan Colt Stakes card featured two-minute miles in all three events for sophomore pacers, capped by a 1:58.2 track record performance from Kourageous Key in the lone $15,000 Colt Stakes event for three-year-old male pacers. The Manhart-Kwani Key gelding set fractions of :29.4, :59.1 and 1:29.2 before being driven out to evade pocket rival Deciding Factor by nearly three lengths and knock two-fifths of a second off the previous all-age track record for pacers, set in 1993 by Lon Todds Power and driver Vince Copeland.

Brad Kramer drove Kourageous Key to his second win in three starts this season for trainer Kelly Goodwin, who shares ownership with Sarah Goodwin.

Kramer and Goodwin also teamed up with Forever A Flirt, who posted a 1:59.4 mile in winning the second $7,671 division for sophomore pacing fillies and improved to three-for-three on the season. Fancywontletyadown took the first split in 2:00 for Kramer and trainer Al Tomlinson.

The team of driver David Lake, trainer Kent Hess and owner/breeder Marjorie Deshetsky enjoyed another lucrative night of racing, winning with two-year-old trotting filly Kaa Dee Carol (2:08), two-year-old pacing filly Kaa Dee Polly (2:07.2) and three-year-old trotting gelding Kaa Dee Archie (2:05.3), all of whom are now three-for-three on the circuit. They also won with three-year-old trotting filly Kaa Dee Kate (2:05.4). Lake was joined by Kramer in notching grand slams on the 12-race card.

During the overnight portion of Tuesday's 13-race card, Lases Racing's Chanceitlikeitis and trainer/driver Paul Cloer Jr. got within a tick of Kourageous Key's day-old track record, winning in 1:58.3, before Judy Roegner's homebred Rankin rolled to a 2:01.4 track record mile in a $1,370 Free-For-All Trot.

With Kramer at the lines, Rankin sprinted to an 12-length lead over Randall Howey T through a :57 first half-mile. Although he tired considerably through the second lap, the three-year-old Enterprise-Luvaformiles gelding still had roughly six lengths of clearance over runner-up Wonderful Day at the finish line, upending the 2:02.1 trotting mark set in 2000 by Mr Blackwell and Danny Davidson.

Kramer led all drivers on Tuesday with three wins. Don Harmon, Bart Stimer and Paul Cloer Jr. all registered doubles.

The Michigan fair circuit moves to the Barry County Fair in Hastings for a three-day stand commencing on Friday, July 12 and continuing through Sunday, July 14. First post each day is 12 noon.

(Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association)

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