Lexington, KY — He may not have been dropped into the box for the Kentucky Championship or Commonwealth Series events, but Arson served notice he may be scorching any surface his hooves are upon when capturing the final of the $50,000 Kentucky Goldenrod Series for freshman male pacers at the Red Mile on Tuesday (Sept. 19) in 1:51.1.
Steered by Todd McCarthy, Arson commenced his mile as the public’s top choice and deservedly so, having captured his previously three starts in this company. He extended his winning streak by defeating Steely Knife (Yannick Gingras), who gave Arson all he could handle, by a neck. Nuclear (Andy Miller) was third.
Owned by Thestable Arson Group and Hutchinson Harness, the the regally-bred son of Captaintreacherous-Western Montana is conditioned by Eric Patalan. Arson was bred by Diamond Creek Farm and was purchased for $85,000 at the 2021 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale.
The colt is the fifth foal out of his dam to exceed $100,000 in purse earnings. He is a half brother to champion Pure Country (Somebeachsomewhere, $2.43 million), Grand Teton (A Rocknroll Dance, $564,639), Territory (Sweet Lou, $215,453) and Charleston (Downbytheseaside, $630,447). Arson is also a half-brother to the unraced Geothermal, who is the dam of this season’s top-ranked pacer, Confederate.
Keep My Secret no secret in Goldenrod pacing final
Keep My Secret (Tony Hall, $2.96) used a last quarter of :26.4 to score in 1:49.4 for trainer Anette Lorentzon in the contest for 3-year-old pacing fillies. The daughter of Captaintreacherous-Life’sliltreasure is owned by her breeder, Dr. Fred Krusnelziki.
Every Mans Dream (Gingras, $3.54) scored as the favorite in the final for 2-year-old pacing fillies. The daughter of Always B Miki-Lindy’s Nightmare is trained by Ron Burke for owners Thomas and Scott Dillon, and she was bred by Lindy Farms.
Congressional (Tim Tetrick, $7.90) captured the pacing division for sophomore colt and geldings in 1:49. The son of Always B Miki-Betterluck Hanover is trained by Noel Daley for the partnership of Michael Hall, KDP Stable and CTC Stable. He was bred by Roll The Dice Stable.
Picaboo Lady hides from her competition in Goldenrod trot
Gingras and Picaboo Lady hit the line in 1:53.3 to win the division for 3-year-old filly trotters by a neck. Picaboo Lady is co-owned by her conditioner, Chris Beaver, with Donald Robinson, Rufenacht Stable and Gilbert Short. She was bred by Walter Fister.
Swan Explosion (Peter Wrenn, $9.64) visited the winner’s circle in the 2-year-old colt and gelding trot after trotting home in 1:55.2. Melanie Wrenn is the trainer for owners Bottom Line Racing, Wrenn Racing and Timothy Wittmer. Swan Explosion was bred by Gabriella’s LLC.
The Roxbury (David Miller, $11.50) won the division for freshman filly trotters. The daughter of Walner-Paint The Corners is trained by Carter Pinske for owner-breeder Al Libfeld.
Buckhead Ridge (Scott Zeron, $22.82) won the contest for 3-year-old male trotters in 1:52.3. The son of Nuncio-Tuonela is owned by trainer Gregg McNair together with Dean Lockhart and Brady Doyle. He was bred by Russell Williams.