Lexington, KY — On Tuesday (June 28), Yannick Gingras piloted three of the four winners in the third round of $50,000 legs of the Kentucky-bred series for 4-year-olds at Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel.
Gingras set the stage in the first race, as he and Goldie’s Legacy took the lead at the gate to score in 1:50.1 in the leg for male pacers. The duo, however, had some anxious moments in the stretch as Komodo Beach (Andrew McCarthy) laid down the gauntlet. Each horse paced their last quarter-mile in :25.4. Caviart Lotus (Tony Hall) was third.
After failing to deliver his best in last week’s leg, Goldie’s Legacy recorded his fourth win from his last five starts. The son of Always A Virgin-AG-N-AU Bluegrass is owned by Pollack Racing and Jeff Cullipher, trained by Cullipher and was bred by Dave Yoder. Goldie’s Legacy has now earned $439,910 lifetime and has a record of 46-15-4-2. The defending Kentucky champion paid $6.80 to win.
Gingras picked up right where he left off with Kildare King in the leg for male trotters. The gelding sat off leader Jula Muscle Pack (Andrew McCarthy) until the stretch drive and hit the line in 1:51.4. Flemsteen (Joey Putnam) closed to be second with Platinum As (Hall) in third.
Owned and bred by Robert Goodman, the son of Trixton sports a record of 31-8-4-3 and has earned $162,725 in his career. This was his second triumph in the series after finishing second to track-record holder Cuatro De Julio in the first leg.
Track record holder Blue Diamond Eyes was responsible for Gingras’ third victory in Tuesday’s series leg for mare pacers. The daughter of Captaintreacherous assumed command after the first quarter-mile from eventual runner-up High Minded (Kevin Wallis) to pace home in 1:50. Classicist (Andrew McCarthy) was third.
Blue Diamond Eyes has now earned more than $1.22 million for owners Thomas and Scott Dillion. She is trained by Ron Burke, was bred by Brittany Farms, and captured the 2021 Kentucky Championship Series final.
Andrew McCarthy took his turn in the winner’s circle after guiding Beltassima to the finish line in the series leg for female trotters. Trained by Tony Alagna, she stopped the clock in 1:54.3 and won in gate-to-wire fashion. Shenzi As (Todd Warren) was second and Highly Acclaimed (Dan Shetler) was placed third.
Beltassima is owned by Crawford Farms and is now three-for-three this season after sweeping her three legs of this series. Bred by D Farm, the mare has earned $397,947 in her career.
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The $50,000 fourth legs of the 4-year-old series take place on July 12. The $150,000 finals are scheduled for July 19.
Racing at Oak Grove is conducted on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at 3 p.m.