Lexington, KY — On Sunday (Sept. 4), The Red Mile will host two $80,000 fourth round legs of the Kentucky Championship series, two $30,000 fourth round legs of the Kentucky Commonwealth series and six $15,000 fourth round legs of the Kentucky Golden Rod series for male and female freshman trotters and pacers on a 13-race card.
Kilmister seeks to remain undefeated when he takes on eight rivals in the Championship division for 2-year-old male trotters. Trained by Marcus Melander, Kilmister has post position two in the 13th race and will have regular pilot Brian Sears holding the lines. The son of Chapter Seven-Treviso is 2-1 on the morning line and will attempt to increase his $249,035 bankroll while collecting his sixth consecutive victory.
Kilmister captured his Peter Haughton Memorial elimination at The Meadowlands on July 29, before trotting to a four-length win in the $337,000 final on Hambletonian Day (Aug. 6).
Kilmister notched his fifth win in the third round of this series on Aug. 21 in a lifetime best 1:52.3. Excalibur Bi (Andrew McCarthy) and Point Of Perfect (Todd McCarthy) were second and third. Both horses are in this field.
Owned by Courant Inc., Kilmister was a $170,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase last year and was bred by Moni Market Breeders.
Sears will also steer early favorite Strong Poison in the Championship division for 2-year-old filly pacers. Trained by Ron Burke, the daughter of Always B Miki-Fiyonce will begin her mile from post position two in the field of five and is even money on the morning line. The filly seeks her second consecutive victory and third in this series in the 12th race.
On Aug. 22, Strong Poison was driven by Yannick Gingras, left from post position three and was in second right after the wings of the gate folded for the first quarter-mile. The filly was on the lead by the half-mile marker in :54.2. She clicked off three-quarters in 1:22.3 and stopped the clock in 1:49.3, a new lifetime best.
Owned by Burke Racing Stable, J&T Silva Stables, Knox Services and Beasty, Strong Poison’s record stands at 6-3-1-0 and she has earned $104,000 in purse money. Strong Poison was bred by Steve Stewart, Charles Nash and Julie Nash. She was a $50,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase.
The Red Mile will offer a $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 (races six through nine) in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering program.
Sire stakes action continues Monday (Sept. 5) and Tuesday (Sept. 6). First post is 1 p.m. (EDT).