Pair of Bluegrass sophomore filly paces contested

by Kimberly Rinker, USTA Web Newsroom Correspondent

Lexington, KY — Two eight-horse fields of sophomore pacing fillies vied for $73,300 each in the Darlin’s Delight Bluegrass Series on Saturday night (Sept. 27) at The Red Mile.

Gettingreadytoroll posted a career best 1:49.2 victory in the first division.

Jimmy Takter harnessed Gettingreadytoroll to a decisive, career best 1:49.2 victory with Yannick Gingras at the lines in the first division. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Captain Holly-Cambest is owned by Christina Takter, along with John and Jim Fielding, and pushed her lifetime earnings to $238,143 with the win, the seventh of her career.

“She’s got tremendous ability but once she clears, her mind wanders a bit,” Gingras, who picked up his fourth win of the night, admitted. “I thought she was the best horse in the race and the second best horse was on my back, but I wanted to clear as late as I could to keep her mind on her business and the trip worked out great for us.”

Gingras kept the bay filly in mid-pack throughout most of the mile, letting the pace-setting Beautiful Lady (Tim Tetrick) do most of the work on the front-end through splits of :27.1, :55 and 1:22.3 before being overtaken by her seven rivals.

Gettingreadytoroll then hustled to the front, with Precocious Beauty (Brian Sears) right on her heels, and It Was Fascination (Scott Zeron) in hot pursuit. Neither of those last two, who finished second and third, respectively, could, however, catch Gingras’ filly.

Gettingreadytoroll is a full sister to Talking Blues p,4,1:52.2h ($151,349).

USTA/Mark Hall photos

Gallie Bythe Beach shook loose late to take the second division in 1:49 for driver Tim Tetrick.

Gallie Bythe Beach shook loose in the final 20 yards to take the second division in 1:49 for driver Tim Tetrick. Act Now (Brian Sears) was a close second, with Beach Gal (Scott Zeron) a close third.

Ali Blue (Brett Miller) looked strong on the front end, striding through fractions of :27 and :53.2, until Allstar Rating (Yannick Gingras) challenged first-over to the 1:21 three-quarter marker. As the leader began to tire, the field swarmed in around her, and Gallie Bythe Beach burst on the scene to nail the triumph just in front of her two aforementioned rivals.

“My mare had to earn this win, and fought hard in the stretch,” said Tetrick. “I know how talented a few of these others are, but my mare really was on her game tonight.”

Harnessed by Jim Campbell for Fashion Farms, the sophomore daughter by Somebeachsomewehre-Galleria-Artsplace, pushed her career earnings to $468,193 and now has eight career triumphs from 24 starts. She won her Jugette elimination with a similar rally and was fourth in the final just a week ago.

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