Cloud Nine Fashion, Zero Tolerance front fillies for Friday Stallion StakesOctober 3, 2018,
by Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile
Lexington, KY — Looking to remain undefeated in seven starts, Jim Campbell-trainee Cloud Nine Fashion races from post three in the fifth of five divisions for the $324,500 International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters at The Red Mile on Friday (Oct. 5). Four divisions of the $245,000 ISS for 2-year-old filly pacers also highlights the program, with Joe Holloway’s Heston Blue Chip filly Zero Tolerance, winning seven races from nine starts this year, racing in the second division.
Owned by Fashion Farms, Cloud Nine Fashion continued her unbeaten streak with a 1:55.3 victory from post 10 in her division of the Bluegrass last week. The earner of nearly $100,000 contests against The Ice Dutchess, who comes into the ISS red-hot with a three-race win streak on the line. The Muscle Hill filly, owned by Coyote Wynd Farms, also has wins in the $296,450 Peaceful Way and $357,450 Jim Doherty Memorial on her resume as well as nearly $400,000 in earnings.
Tim Tetrick picks up the drive on Cloud Nine Fashion this week as David Miller sided with the Linda Toscano-trained Chapter Seven filly Hanna Dreamgirl. The Ice Dutchess will have her usual pilot Yannick Gingras.
Opening the frosh trots as well as the card, Princess Deo starts from post three off a 1:55.1 rail-trip victory in her division of the Bluegrass. Owned by trainer Noel Daley along with Deo Volente Farms and John Fodera, the filly by Trixton has two wins from eight starts and $72,106 in earnings. Andrew McCarthy will drive.
Doherty Memorial elimination winners Special Honor and Starita meet in the second ISS division. Trained by Julie Miller for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, Special Honor enters off an off-the-pace second-place effort as the favorite in her division of the Bluegrass. A winner of two races from seven starts and more than $100,000 in earnings, Andy Miller will drive the filly by Father Patrick from post three.
Trained by Joe Holloway, Starita has three wins from 10 starts and $129,223 in earnings for owners Val D’Or Farms and Ted Gewertz. The filly by Trixton finished second to The Ice Dutchess in her division of the Bluegrass, timed in 1:54.4, and starts from post five this week with David Miller in the bike.
Winning her Bluegrass split in 1:54.4 as the even-money favorite, Richard “Nifty” Norman-trainee Evident Beauty returns to the track in the third ISS division. Competing for Melvin Hartman, Little E and R A W Equine Inc., the filly by Trixton has two wins from six starts and $146,332 on her card. She races from post five with David Miller at the reins.
Kentucky Sires Stakes champ Whispering Oaks enters the fourth ISS split off a fourth-place finish to Cloud Nine Fashion in the Bluegrass. The Jimmy Takter-trained filly by Father Patrick has accrued $232,094 in earnings for owners Brixton Medical Inc., Herb Liverman and R A W Equine Inc. in just 10 starts this season, three of which she won. Yannick Gingras will sit in the bike from post five.
Zero Tolerance races from post six in the second division of the filly pace. Earning $241,291 for owners Val D’Or Farms and Ted Gewertz, she charged through the stretch with a :26.2 final quarter to win her Bluegrass division by less than a length in 1:51, a lifetime best. Regular driver David Miller will have the controls.
Beating Zero Tolerance in the $207,000 Kentuckiana Filly Pace at Hoosier Park, Warrawee Ubeaut returns to compete against the Holloway trainee. Trained by Ron Burke, the Sweet Lou filly has five wins from eight starts and $269,768 in earnings for owners Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Yannick Gingras will drive from post two.
Trainer Brett Bittle tries his filly Darn Tootn Hanover against Grand Circuit competition this week as the Sweet Lou filly jumps from late-closing action at The Red Mile into the first ISS division. Adding Lasix in her last start, Darn Tootn Hanover broke her maiden in a late-closing split with a three-quarter length, 1:55 victory. Corey Callahan sits in the bike from post five for owners Charles Keller III, Charles Keller IV, E. Dan Bittle and Brett Bittle.
Prescient Beauty and St Somewhere, finishing one-two in their Bluegrass split, compete against each other once more in the third split of the ISS. A homebred for James Avritt Sr., Prescient Beauty kicked off cover to catch speedster St Somewhere by a length in 1:51.1 as the odds-on favorite. The Gregg McNair trainee, with four wins from nine starts, has earned $178,537 and will have Doug McNair driving from post one.
St Somewhere, a Ron Burke-trained filly by American Ideal, rushed to the lead from post nine and quickened the tempo before being outsprinted in the stretch to finish second in her rebound mile. She lost her previous start, the $225,000 New York Sires Stakes final, as the even-money favorite after making a break before three-quarters. A winner of three races from 10 starts, St Somewhere has earned $138,143 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Philip Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Yannick Gingras will drive from post three.
She’s A Great Lady winner Tall Drink Hanover enters the final division of the filly pace off her 1:51.1 victory in the $454,300 Grand Circuit event at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Tony Alagna-trained filly by Captaintreacherous has not missed the board in eight starts — winning five — and earning $313,289 for owners Alagna Racing, Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing. Andrew McCarthy sits in the bike and will start from post seven.
The ISS action Friday features a variety of sponsored events with three divisions of the Walner filly trot sponsored by the Walner Syndicate and two of the Muscle Hill sponsored by Southwind Farms. Blue Chip Stallions sponsors all four divisions of the filly pace, naming a division for American Ideal, Roll With Joe, Shadow Play and Bettor’s Delight. The 12-race matinee Friday gets underway with first-race post scheduled for 1 p.m. (EDT).
- Big week for Avritt in Lexington (Wednesday, October 03, 2018)
It’s been nearly 23 years since Jim Avritt Sr. bought Dominique Semalu to serve as a broodmare, but Avritt is reminded regularly about the impact she’s had on his life. Dominique Semalu’s impact is apparent this week in Lexington. On Tuesday night, Avritt sold pacer Tall Dark Stranger for $330,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. The colt is the second foal out of Avritt’s homebred star Precocious Beauty, whose granddam is Dominique Semalu. Precocious Beauty’s first foal, now 2-year-old filly Beautyonthebeach (above), is a Kentucky Sire Stakes champion and races Friday in a division of the International Stallion Stakes at Red Mile. In addition, Precocious Beauty’s full sister, Prescient Beauty, also races in a division of the International Stallion.