Taurasi, Prince Of Honor extend streaks in Kentucky finals

Lexington, KY — On Monday (Sept. 19) and Tuesday (Sept. 20), the Red Mile hosted six $100,000 Kentucky Commonwealth series finals and eight $50,000 Kentucky Golden Rod series finals for 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Taurasi and Prince Of Honor visited the winner’s circle in their respective events.

On Monday (Sept. 19), Taurasi and Devon Tharps paced away from the field after the first quarter mile for a seventh consecutive victory — and a Kentucky championship — in the $100,000 Commonwealth series final for 3-year-old male pacers. Boston (Dexter Dunn) was second and Threshold (Brian Sears) was third.

Taurasi extended his win streak to seven with a 1:49.1 win in his Kentucky Commonwealth Series final.

Taurasi took over from Boston after the :26.1 first quarter and led the rest of the mile in :53, 1:20.2 and 1:49.1. The Racing Hill-Voluminous gelding has earned seven consecutive victories since a sixth-place finish in his debut at Oak Grove Racing and Gaming on June 27.

Taurasi, who paid $2.64 to win, competes as a homebred for M T Pockets Stables and Victoria Howard, and is trained by Tony Alagna. He has a record of 8-7-0-0 and has banked $128,300.

On Tuesday (Sept. 20), Prince Of Honor remained undefeated with a 1:53.1 triumph in the Kentucky Golden Rod series final for 2-year-old mail trotters. The son of Walner-Princess Aurora remains undefeated in four pari-mutuel engagements. Mohatu As (Tim Tetrick) was second and Grizz Wyllie (David Miller) was third.

Prince Of Honor remains perfect through four starts. Amanda Stephens photos.

Prince Of Honor has earned $47,500 and paid $4.28 to win.

Hungry For Love, Queen Of Success lead off triumphs in Commonwealth Series

Hungry For Love and David Miller assumed command after the first quarter mile to hit the line in 1:51.1 in the Commonwealth final for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Constellation (Todd McCarthy) was second and Seashell (Andrew McCarthy) was third. A Brittany Farms-bred daughter of Stay Hungry-Lover Of Art, Hungry For Love is trained by Ron Burke for owners Thomas and Scott Dillon. Hungry For Love now has a record of 9-6-1-0 and has earned $145,000. The filly paid $2.30 to win.

Queen Of Success (Andrew McCarthy) paced a :25.4 last quarter mile to fend off Lock Bridge (David Miller) and Style For A Mile (Dunn) to capture the Commonwealth series final for 3-year-old pacing fillies. Trained by Alagna, the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Cashaway is now eight-for-21 and has banked $230,467. Queen Of Success, who paid $2.68 to win, was bred by Brittany Farms and Marvin Katz, and is owned by Alagna Racing, Caviart Farms and Robert LeBlanc.

Commonwealth Series

Iwon’t Backdown As (Tony Hall) won the final for 3-year-old male trotters for conditioner Anette Lorentzon in 1:51.2. Ken’s Walner (Todd McCarthy) was second and Just For Trix (Dadiv Miller) was third.

Espresso (Chapter Seven-Biscotti) and Andy Miller took the 2-year-old male trot in 1:53.3. Brodeur (Hall) was second and Sayinwhatimthinkin (Tim Tetrick) was third.

Tetrick and Alagna collected another victory with Yes Please (Father Patrick-Speak To Me) in the 2-year-old filly trot, winning in 1:53.4. Railee Something (Dunn) was second and Hush Moni (Yannick Gingras) was third.

Golden Rod Series

Grande (Chapter Seven-Ariana G) stopped the clock in 1:54.4 for trainer Nancy Takter with Gingras in the bike. Picaboo Lady (Todd McCarthy) was second and Sadie Hanover (Andy McCarthy) was third in the final for freshman trotting fillies.

Gingras and Fly Like An Angel flew home in 1:50.4 to win the 3-year-old filly pace final for trainer Linda Toscano. Kentukylady (Tetrick) was second and Acrimony (Devon Tharps) was third.

Ezra and Atlee Bender captured the final for sophomore trotting colts for trainer Erv Miller in 1:53.1. Aggiornamento (Tetrick) was second and Prank Me (David Miller) was third.

Admiral Hill (Sweet Lou-Laura Hill) and Dunn won the Golden Rod series final for 2-year-old male pacers in 1:50 for trainer Chris Ryder. Larceny (David Miller) was second and Captain Albert G (Todd McCarthy) was third.

Unleashed Kemp and Andy McCarthy won the sophomore filly trot in 1:52.3 for trainer Noel Daley. Saffron Girl (Gingras) was second and Blue Bayou Deo (John MacDonald) was third.

Soft Spot (Nob Hill High-Ideal Love) and David Miller won the 2-year-old filly pace final for trainer Brain Brown in 1:52.2. My Nay Nay (Dunn) and Caviart Sabrina (Tharps) were third.

Peter Foley’s charge Outwit Outrun captured the 3-year-old male pace with Andy McCarthy holding the lines in 1:51. Danger Zone (Tetrick) was second and Ovanight Celebrity (Dunn) was third.

The Red Mile is on hiatus until Sept. 29, when the Grand Circuit arrives in Lexington.

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