Gingras Hits Grand Slam In KYSS Finals
Driver Yannick Gingras visited the winner’s circle six times as he swept the remaining $50,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) consolations and collected victories in four of the eight $250,000 KYSS Finals on Sunday, Sept. 15 at The Red Mile.
Ready For Moni
Fade Into You
All photos by Nigel Soult
Gingras swept the early
double as he wired the KYSS consolation for three-year-old
trotting fillies with Fade Into You and held on by a neck to
win the KYSS consolation for two-year-old trotting fillies
with Bange Bi.
Fade Into You, a Ron Burke-trained daughter of Cantab Hall,
led the field unpressured through a :28.2 first quarter and
a :58 half. Ma Was Right then charged first over from third
and forced the pace to quicken passing three-quarters in
1:24.2, but faltered through the stretch. Fade Into You
finished two-and-three-quarter lengths in front of
pocket-sitter Mother Teresa to stop the clock in 1:54.4.
Nomo Volo finished third.
Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phillip Collura, J&T
Silva- Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Fade Into You
won her third race from 17 starts this season and her fourth
from 27 overall, earning $191,268. Bluestone Farms LLC and
Fredericka Caldwell bred the $3.80 winner.
Bange Bi, trained by Trent Stohler, sat third to the quarter
as Jasmine Volo and Shape Shifter battled through a :28.4
opening panel. Gingras then brushed the Manofmanymissions
filly to the top and withstood a first-over bid from 3-2
favorite Heaven after a :57.3 half and through
three-quarters in 1:27.2. She clung to command through the
stretch but managed to keep a neck in front of Creature Of
Habit, who kicked from second over to finish second in a
1:55.2 mile. Delovely Hall came from third over for third.
Owned by Trent Stohler Stable Inc., Stately Gaits Stable,
James Bafia and Hen-Shaut Stable, Bange Bi won her second
race from five starts, earning $38,400. M. Biasuzzi Stable
Inc. bred the $7.40 winner.
Asiago took the lead, yielded the lead and surged back to
the lead to win the KYSS final for three-year-old trotting
fillies in 1:50.4.
Driver Yannick Gingras floated Asiago off the gate while
Refined and French Cafe battled on the lead to a :27.2 first
quarter. Gingras then tipped the Muscle Hill filly from the
pylons and circled to the lead while tracked by Strip It
Down As. Strip It Down As overtook Asiago on the front after
a :54.4 half and continued to lead past three-quarters in
1:22.3, but failed to turn away Asiago in the stretch as the
Per Engblom trainee pounced from the pocket to a
three-and-a-quarter length victory. Strip It Down As settled
for second while Refined finished third.
Bred by James Wilhite Jr., Asiago won her sixth race from 14
starts this season and her seventh from 24 overall, earning
$387,985. She competes for owners Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld,
Sam Goldband and Black Horse Racing and paid $4.20 to win.
Gai Waterhouse converted a pocket trip into a victory to
down Baby Your The Best in the KYSS Final for two-year-old
Baby Your The Best, sent the 1-9 favorite, sat third as Gai
Waterhouse led to a :27.4 opening quarter. She then angled
off the pylons from third and brushed to the lead before a
:54.4 half and faced no pressure circling the final turn
towards three-quarters in 1:23.3. Gai Waterhouse gunned from
the pocket through the stretch, edging to a three-quarter
length victory in a 1:50.3 mile with Baby Your The Best
second. Blood Red, stalking the top two, held third.
Conditioned by Domenico Cecere for owner Lindy Farms of
Connecticut, Gai Waterhouse won his second race from four
starts, earning $155,000. Brittany Farms LLC and Melvin
Hartman bred the daughter of Western Ideal, and Yannick
Gingras sat in the bike. She paid $10.40 to win.
Gingras collected his third KYSS Final when Ms Savannah
Belle bested her competition to win the two-year-old filly
trot in 1:52.4.
Sent the 1-2 favorite, Ms Savannah Belle sat fourth to a
:27.3 first quarter set by Shishito, who then yielded
command to Ms Savannah Belle moving to a :56.2 half. Crucial
came first over from fourth entering the final turn and
ranged towards the leader nearing three-quarters in 1:25.3
but stalled through the stretch as Ms Savannah Belle held
firm to win by a length and a quarter. Shishito reclaimed
second from Crucial, who faded to third.
A homebred daughter of Muscle Hill for Al Libfeld, Ms
Savannah Belle won her third race from six starts, earning
$179,658. Per Engblom trains the $3.00 winner.
Gingras capped the card by sending Ready For Moni to the top
midway through the mile and holding control in progress to a
1:54.1 victory in the KYSS Final for two-year-old trotting
Expectations left for the lead from the outermost post while
pylon-starter Rays The Limits moved into second and odds-on
favorite Ready For Moni sat third passing the first quarter
in :27.4. Gingras then revved the Ready Cash colt from third
to the outside and advanced to the top past a :55.4 half.
Ready For Moni decelerated rounding the final turn, forcing
Ontopofthehill to angle off the pylons and rush towards the
leader nearing three-quarters in 1:25.4. Ready For Moni then
accelerated into the stretch and faced little challenge when
hitting the finish one-and-a-half lengths better than
pocket-sitter Expectations. Rays The Limits took third.
Owned by John Fielding, Lindy Farms of Connecticut, Herb
Liverman and Bud Hatfield, Ready For Moni won his fourth
race from five starts, earning $161,500. Per Engblom trains
the Moni Maker Stable-bred colt who paid $3.60 to win.
Catch The Fire cleared control past the quarter and
withstood a far-turn challenge before kicking three-lengths
clear to win the KYSS Final for two-year-old pacing colts in
Moneyman Hill motored to the lead while Roll With Jr moved
into second and Catch The Fire third. Past the first quarter
in :26.3, Catch The Fire dashed from third and took control
prior to a :54.2 half as Sea Of Life—moving first over
before the half—drew closer to the front. Sea Of Life
reached the leader’s wheel coming to three-quarters in 1:23
but promptly retreated while Catch The Fire scooted away
from his competition to win. Roll With Jr snagged second
while Put To Right, rallying from last, finished third.
Owned by Ct Stables LLC, Catch The Fire won his fourth race
from nine starts, earning $237,333. Dr. Fred Kruszelnicki
bred the Captaintreacherous colt while Mike Wilder sat in
the sulky for trainer John Ackley. He paid $3.40 to win.
Greenshoe cruised to a 1:50.3 victory under minimal
encouragement in the KYSS Final for three-year-old trotting
Chin Chin Hall protected position from the pylons and took
control to the first turn while Thunder tucked into second
and Greenshoe, the 1-9 favorite, third. Driver Brian Sears
sent the Marcus Melander trainee for the front past a :28.2
first quarter and swept to command before a :55.4 half. He
continued to lead past three-quarters in 1:24.1 as Super
Schissel applied slight first-over pressure moving to the
top of the stretch. Greenshoe strolled to the finish two
lengths better than Chin Chin Hall, who took second, with
Super Schissel another two lengths behind in third.
Winning his eighth race from 10 starts this season and his
10th from 14 overall, Greenshoe has accrued $968,223 in
earnings for owners Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist
and Morten Langli. Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz bred the
Father Patrick colt who paid $2.10 to win.
Bettors Wish bolted to the top from post 10 and sped clear
of his competition to take the KYSS Final for three-year-old
pacing colts in 1:48.1.
Sent the 3-5 favourite, Bettors Wish parked through the
first turn as Cant Beach That, from post 9, also shot for
the top and beat the odds-on choice to the pylons. Bettors
Wish pushed past Cant Beach That to lead the field following
a :26.3 first quarter. He then maintained his speed through
a :54.1 half and through three-quarters in 1:21.3 to kick
three-lengths clear of Can’t Beach That settling for second.
Pyro gave pursuit from third.
Bred by Brittany Farms LLC, Bettors Wish won his ninth race
from 13 starts this season and his 14th from 25 overall,
earning $1,381,600. Chris Ryder conditions the Bettor’s
Delight colt and co-owns with Bella Racing, Ltd., Fair
Island Farm Inc. and Bettors Wish Partners. He paid $3.40 to
Beautyonthebeach completed her KYSS sweep with a 1:49.2
victory as the 1-9 favourite in the KYSS Final for
three-year-old pacing fillies.
Hydration hustled to the lead moving to the first turn while
Beautyonthebeach and Summer Charm charged from outside posts
towards the front. Beautyonthebeach cleared command past a
:26.4 first quarter while Summer Charm took the pocket from
Hydration yielding in third. Hydration then pulled first
over into the final turn—with Blue Ivy in tow—and marched to
the pacesetter’s side through three-quarters in 1:22.3.
However Hydration lost steam entering the stretch and
Beautyonthebeach retook command and held off all late
challengers to win by one-and-a-quarter lengths. Summer
Charm settled for second while Blue Ivy kicked off cover for
Owned and bred by James Avritt Sr., Beautyonthebeach won her
fifth race from 12 starts this season and her 10th from 25
overall, earning $474,873. Doug McNair sat in the bike
behind the Somebeachsomewhere filly for trainer Gregg McNair
and paid $2.10 to win.
Stakes action resumes at The Red Mile when the Grand Circuit
makes its annual stop to the Lexington oval starting on
Thursday, Sept. 26 with Bluegrass Stakes encompassing the
racing weekend. The Grand Circuit meet concludes on Sunday,
Oct. 6 with the 127th edition of the Kentucky Futurity among
other undercard stakes.