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Frosh Pacing Colts In Bluegrass Sat.

Published: September 26, 2019 1:10 pm ET

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Four divisions for the $324,800 Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Colt Pace headline the Saturday, September 28 program at the Red Mile, which also features a single 12-horse dash for the $163,100 Bluegrass Three-Year-Old Filly Pace.

Ohio Sires Stakes champion Elver Hanover, entering undefeated, will compete against Kentucky Sire Stakes champion Catch The Fire in the first Bluegrass division for freshman pacing colts.

Elver Hanover

Elver Hanover, a gelded son of Yankee Cruiser, has accrued $288,600 from seven starts for owners Burke Racing Stable, Bridgette Jablonsky, Jason Melillo, Jerry and Theresa Silva Stables and Purnel & Libby. Yannick Gingras will drive the Ron Burke trainee from Post 2.

Catch The Fire, a Captaintreacherous colt, scooted to a three-length victory in 1:49.4 when winning the Kentucky Sire Stakes Final in his most recent start. The John Ackley trainee has earned $237,333 from nine starts for owner Ct Stables LLC and has missed the board in only one race. Mike Wilder will steer the $15,000 Lexington purchase from Post 4.

Seeyou At Thebeach tops the second Bluegrass colt split off of a fourth-place finish in the Metro Pace. The Brian Brown-trained son of Somebeachsomewhere has recorded two wins from his eight starts — a 1:51.2 victory in a division of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and a 1:52.2 win in a division of Arden Downs. He has earned $100,930 for owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and Chris Page. Tim Tetrick will drive from Post 3.

Western Ideal colt Manticore leads the third Bluegrass colt dash. Having hit the board in all of his starts, the Bruce Saunders trainee is heading in off of a runner-up finish in the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship to Papi Rob Hanover, who finished second in the Metro Pace. M&L of Delaware LLC and M&M Harness Racing LLC own Manticore, who will host Brian Sears in the bike.

Kentucky Sire Stakes runner-up Roll With Jr will square off against Kentucky Sire Stakes Consolation winner Chief Mate in the final Bluegrass split for the colts.

In his most recent mile, which was also his first on lasix, Roll With Jr rode the pylons to a second-place finish behind Catch The Fire. He has notched two wins from eight starts and $101,916 in purses for owners Pollack Racing LLC and Jeff Cullipher, who also trains the Roll With Joe colt. Doug McNair will handle the $15,000 Lexington purchase from Post 2.

Chief Mate, who won his first two pari-mutuel starts, shipped to Canada from the Meadowlands Racetrack in late July before venturing south to the Kentucky Sire Stakes. Off of a sixth-place finish as the odds-on favourite, the Tony Alagna-trained Captaintreacherous colt won the $50,000 consolation with a gate-to-wire, four-and-a-quarter-length victory in 1:51.4. Montrell Teague, who drove him to victory in his last start, has retained the drive and will start from Post 3.

In the lone Bluegrass division for sophomore pacing fillies, Kentucky Sire Stakes winner Beautyonthebeach will ascend to the Grand Circuit level off of a 1:49.2 mile that secured a series sweep. The Gregg McNair-trained daughter of Somebeachsomewhere is owned by breeder James Avritt Sr. and will start from Post 6 with Doug McNair in the sulky.

Current division leader Tall Drink Hanover, who will start outside of the state-bred champ, will start from Post 8. The Captaintreacherous filly won a $128,103 Simcoe split in 1:49.1 on September 7 and has not raced since, but qualified on Sept. 22 at the Red Mile in 1:52.1. Tony Alagna conditions the winner of 14 of 22 races and $637,807 for owners Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing LLC. Andrew McCarthy will drive.

The eight-race Saturday card includes two late-closing events for two-year-old pacing colts and a 13-horse late-closing race for trotting fillies and mares. The first race of the card is set for 1:00 p.m. (EDT).

(Red Mile)

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