If you have the ability and means, it is time to secure your hotel reservations in Lexington for the Grand Circuit meet at the Red Mile for this looks like it will be the year of the trotter. A subplot may be the European invasion of trotting royalty.
By the end of the Lexington meet, if not earlier, the all-time record of 1:49.3 set by Enough Talk at Colonial Downs will become history as Sebastian K and Market Share have shown they have come back sharp and looking to do battle this season. Last Saturday in the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial, the Swedish star (Sebastian K) and domestic star Market Share announced in their individual eliminations (1:50.1, 1:50.3 respectively) they are ready to do battle. We will see the first of hopefully many battles this year with these two in the Cutler Final.
However, it gets better. The performance of these two has prompted the owners of Ready Cash to put their star back in training after being retired briefly. The thought of one of the two previously mentioned horses setting the all-time world record has apparently has prompted the owners of the French-sired trotter to change their plans and send the French horse to the Takter stable at the end of the breeding season to get Ready Cash ready for some races before the Lexington meet so he may challenge the early favorites in the quest for a world record trotting mile.
So get ready to see Market Share, Ready Cash F, Sebastian K S, as well as others all season.
Of course, while these three have the spots on the marquee, there is a credible group of horses to fill out the cast. Expect to see Uncle Peter and Maven when they return from their European trip as well as Arch Madness to compete in the FFA ranks.
Some unknown horses in other ranks may become stars in their own right, but 2014 certainly looks like it is 'The Year of the Trotter'. Enjoy