Headlining Friday's races at The Red Mile are four divisions of the $340,000 Walnut Hall LTD Cup Bluegrass Stake for 2YO trotting colts and two splits of the Walnut Hall Stock Farm sponsored $270,000 Bluegrass for 2YO filly pacers.
Trotting colts will take the stage in races 4, 7, 9 & 11 and Ray Schnittker's Delano is the morning line choice in division one. The Credit Winner colt has won five of nine this season, including a track record 1:55.2f in a NYSS event at Tioga Downs. Ray bypassed the $175,000 NYSS final over the half-mile track at Saratoga to race this colt over Lexington's one mile clay strip, so he's here with a purpose.
The powerful Takter stable's only entrant in this stake is Little Brown Fox, who will come to the race as the linemaker's choice in race seven fresh off his third place finish in the rich Wellwood stakes at Mohawk. He's lightly raced and improving rapidly. Fashion Farm and trainer Jim Campbell have several impressive freshman trotters and will be well represented in the ninth race by Pekoe Fashion, who looks to rebound from his first career loss in the PASS final. In the eleventh race, the speedy American Gangster will attempt to redeem himself from an untimely break as the odds on favorite in the Wellwood final after setting a Canadian record in his elimination for owners, the Hausers and Tudiscos.
In the filly pace the undisputed queen of the castle, Brittany Farm's American Jewel, makes her Red Mile debut for trainer Jimmy Takter. The American Ideal filly has won all seven of her starts while amassing nearly $600,000 and lowering the World Record for her division to 1:50.2 in the process.
The wickedly fast Economy Terror has lost only two races in her brief career, both of those to the aforementioned American Jewel, and was in close attendance both times. Economy Terror has a speed standard of her own of 1:51.1f taken in the PASS final for trainer Chris Oakes. Marty Party set all the fractions for the PASS final, held game 'til the bitter end to be third and has her sights set on revenge.
The Red Mile and the USTA are very pleased to announce an immediate increase in the guarantee amount to $20,000 for Friday's Pick 4 pool. Bolstered by a $5609 carryover from Thursday night's card, both organizations are confident the betting public will find great value in Friday night's Pick 4 wager.
Post time for the Red Mile card is 7:00 PM on Friday and Saturday, with a 1:00 PM matinee on Sunday's Kentucky Futurity Day program. Visit http://www.theredmile.com/ for more information.