Four-year-olds shine at Oak Grove

Lexington, KY — On Tuesday (June 21) at Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel, 4-year-old trotters and pacers strutted their stuff over the Bluegrass oval in the $50,000 second leg of the Kentucky-bred series. Winners Kildare King, Blue Diamond Eyes, Komodo Beach and Beltassima delivered on an exceptionally hot day.

Kildare King (Yannick Gingras) triumphed in gate-to-wire fashion in the first contest, a non-wagering event for trotting males, over his stablemate Flemsteen (Andrew McCarthy). Mon Amour (Scott Zeron) was third.

A son of Trixton-Exclusivity, Kildare King has now earned $137,725 in his career for owner/breeder Robert Goodman. The gelding is trained by Chris Beaver and tripped the timer in 1:53.3.

Track-record holder Blue Diamond Eyes (Gingras) illustrated her affinity for the five-eighths-mile track by taking charge at the start in the mare pace. The defending Kentucky champion led at every pole to record a victory in 1:50.1 over Classicist (McCarthy) and High Minded (Zeron) as the heavy favorite in the first race.

Blue Diamond Eyes is trained by Ron Burke. The daughter of Captaintreacherous-Aria Hanover has now collected more than $1.2 million in purse money for owners Thomas and Scott Dillion.

Komodo Beach (McCarthy) sailed to the wire in winning the $50,000 male pace over Mad Man Hill (Todd Warren) and Caviart Lotus (Tony Hall) in 1:49.

Komodo Beach (Somebeachsomewhere-Imagine Dragon) is trained by Noel Daley, owned by Morrison Racing Stables and was bred by Lindy Farms of Connecticut.

The heat did not slow down Beltassima (McCarthy) in the mare trot. The daughter of Trixton-Beltane Hanover improved her 2022 record to two-for-two. Last year’s New Jersey Sire Stakes champion was second in the $250,000 Kentucky Championship Series final.

Beltassima is approaching the $400,000 mark in purse money. She is trained by Tony Alagna, owned by Crawford Farms and was bred by D Farm.

The $50,000 third and fourth legs of the 4-year-old series take place on June 28 and July 12. The $150,000 finals are scheduled for July 19.

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