Lexington, KY — Kentucky Championship action continues at The Red Mile on Monday (Aug. 23) with the trotting freshmen entering their third preliminary of the state-bred series.
The colts and geldings compete in a lone $40,000 dash – carded as race six – with nine horses going to post. First-round winner Keg Stand (Bar Hopping-Palm Beach Bi) ships back to Kentucky following a second-place finish in a division of Pennsylvania Sires Stakes at The Meadows on Friday (Aug. 13). Dexter Dunn remains in the bike behind the Nancy Takter trainee from post four as he competes against S I P (Bar Hopping-Barbara Brooks), a Ron Burke trainee who scored in the second preliminary of the Kentucky Championship last week. Yannick Gingras will drive the Burke pupil from post nine.
Selfie Queen (Muscle Hill-Lady Lakewood) leads the single $40,000 split of the Kentucky Championship Series for trotting fillies, which goes as race ten. The Nancy Takter trainee made a break when in tight quarters in last week’s overflow field of 12 in the second round. Before that miscue, Selfie Queen scorched the red clay to post a 1:53 mile in rein to Dexter Dunn, who stays in the sulky from post 1. Her stablemate American Beauty (Walner-All The Time) – a winner in the first preliminary of the Kentucky Championship – starts from post four with Yannick Gingras in the bike.
Monday’s stakes action also includes six $20,000 divisions of the Kentucky Commonwealth Series – three for the colts and geldings and three for the fillies. First-race post time is 1 p.m.