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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Manofmanymissions Wins Kentucky Futurity in Race-Off

In an exciting finish, Manofmanymissions was the winner of the 2011 Kentucky Futurity, defeating Dejarmbro in the 3rd heat race-off.  Dejarmbro was able to get by Manofmanymissions in the stretch, but to his credit, Manofmanymissions fought back to win in 1:54.3, which was made easier by Dejarmbro hanging in the stretch once he got past the eventual winner.

A third heat was necessary when Dejarmbro was unable to win the second heat of the Kentucky Futurity.  Manofmanymissions recovered from a first heat break to win the second heat in 1:52.4 by a long nose just getting by Dejarmbro at the wire.

Dejarmbro won the first heat in 1:53.4, defeating Broad Bahn by a head at the wire.  As been the case many times this year, Manofmanymissions broke stride in the final turn.  If Manofmanymissions stayed flat, there is a chance the Kentucky Futurity may have been a straight two heat affair.

The Kentucky Futurity reflects the kind of year it has been for the 3yo trotters; everyone taking their turn beating each other.  However, there is no doubt that Manofmanymissions would be a leading candidate for Horse of the Year if he was able to keep flat when it counted.    Right now, it looks like it is between San Pail and We Will See for Horse of the Year.  However, should See You At Peelers be able to come back from her illness and win the Breeders Crown, she would leap right back into contention for Horse of the Year.

It truly may come down to the Breeders Crown.

It is time for Buck I St Pat to be retired as she jumped off stride in the Allerage Farms Open Mare Trot.  She has not been herself all year and to keep racing her is just cheapening her as she has nothing to prove.  I am sure they will keep going with her this year and hope for some Breeders Crown magic, but win or lose at Woodbine, it is time to stop with her once this season ends.

How is this for winning your 6,000th career victory?  Jody Jamieson delivered a bomb when Friendly Amigo won the above mentioned Allerage Farms Open Mare Trot in 1:52.2.  Not too many people win their 6,000th career victory with a horse that pays $115.80.  I guess if you are going to do it, you may as well hit the milestone in style.

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