by Paul Ramlow, USTA Internet News Manager
Lexington, KY — The Friday (Oct. 22) card at The Red Mile featured three divisions in the $265,900 International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters.
Breeders Crown champion Manofmanymissions made his first start since winning that $600,000 final in the $88,300 middle division and was a very impressive winner in 1:55. Andy Miller was in the bike for trainer Erv Miller as the Yankee Glide-Armbro Vanquish colt won for the fourth time in six trips behind the gate. He has banked $432,900 for owners Mystical Marker Farms, M Biasuzzi Stable and John Carver.
Manofmanymissions settled in third in the early going as Way Back When and David Miller took the field to the opening quarter in a time of :29.1. Andy Miller pulled his charge off the wood soon thereafter and Manofmanymissions took over the lead at the half-mile marker in :57.4 and was still in command at the 1:27.1 three-quarter pole.
Turning for home Manofmanymissions was engaged by Blue Porsche (Trevor Ritchie) and this pair dueled down the lane. However, Manofmanymissions put away his challenger midway down the lane and hit the wire on top by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:55. Blue Porsche held second while Mr Web Page (Dave Magee) earned the show dough.
“He was pretty comfortable the whole way,” said Andy Miller. “I never asked him to go. The main thing is to keep his mind on his business.
“I think he still needs a little time to mature; he’s a growthy colt.”
In the $88,300 opening division, Luckycharm Hanover (Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover) lowered his mark to 1:55.3 with an impressive victory over favored Neal. Owned by Arthur Rudolph, Rudolph Stables Inc. and Bernard Owen, the Jeff Webster trainee was driven to victory by John Campbell. The $90,000 yearling purchase was victorious for the second time in 10 lifetime trips behind the gate, lifting his earnings to $170,727.
Luckycharm Hanover left the gate very quickly and grabbed the front end by the opening quarter in :29.1. Swan In A Million (David Miller) was the first to move and challenged the leader at the :58.1 half-mile marker. Swan In A Million cleared to the front on the backstretch, but made a break while on the lead just prior to the 1:27.4 three-quarter pole.
Luckycharm Hanover reclaimed the lead by the top of the stretch and then braced for the challenge of Neal (Brian Sears) as they turned for home. However, Luckycharm Hanover trotted strongly in the stretch and actually drew off from his challenger down the lane. Neal held on for second place money, 1-3/4 lengths behind the winner, with Pegasus Blue Chip (Jody Jamieson) finishing third.
“My horse trotted strong the last quarter,” said winning driver John Campbell. “I was worried about Neal coming at me because he was strong last week, but so was my horse.”
Campbell made it a stakes double when he captured the $89,300 final division behind Wayne Zollars and Slaughter Racing Stable’s Kash’s Cantab. The Cantab Hall-O’cala Kash colt, trained by Danny Collins, posted his third win in 10 career tries with the personal best 1:56.3 score. He has banked $132,628 in 2010.
The winner got away second behind Fort Valley AS (Andy Miller) who charged out of the eight hole to take the field to the opening quarter in :28.3. Campbell had Kash’s Cantab out and rolling as they straightened out on the backstretch and they took over the lead in a half-mile clocking of :58. A moderate third quarter time of 1:28 left the winner in great position.
Down the stretch, Kash’s Cantab was never seriously threatened and he was a 1:56.3 winner by 1-1/4 lengths over Spring Goal (David Miller) and Big Rigs (Tim Tetrick). The longshot returned $45.20 to win.
“I thought he had a real good shot,” said trainer Danny Collins. “Last week he was on the left line (in finishing fourth in a Bluegrass division) and beared out. This week he warmed up great and trained great.”