With 379 horses dropped into the entry box for Sunday and Monday at The Red Mile, the Lexington racetrack will have 16 races on Sunday and 18 the following night, with both programs highlighted by Kentucky Sire Stakes contests.
On Sunday, there will be three divisions each for 2-year-old colt pacers and 2-year-old filly pacers. The 2-year-old colt trotters have been divided into a pair of splits while there will be a single division of 2-year-old filly trotters.
On Monday, there will be lone divisions for 3-year-old colt trotters and 3-year-old filly trotters, while there will be two divisions for sophomore filly pacers and three divisions for 3-year-old colt pacers.
The fall meet opened on Thursday under hot and sweltering conditions which produced fast times on the racetrack. Althoug Roman Shark dazzled with his fourth straight win in 1:53.4 in a late-closer division, he was upstaged the following race by the $4,000 claimer Icyunvme who romped home by what announcer Gabe Prewitt called "a three wood" in 1:53.
Icyunvme's win was his third straight, coming off a pair of victories at Scioto Downs in which he had an interference break and break, in those respective efforts. Driven by Jeremy Smith, Icyunvme led Monday at every call, widening his margin throughout the way. He led through fractions of :27, :55.3 and 1:25.2 before drawing clear by 12 3/4 lengths.
A 7-year-old gelded son of Perfect Art, Icyunvme is trained by Lamar Moody for owner Todd Cross.
As for Roman Shark, he remained perfect in four starts this year with a three-length win for trainer-driver Dan Shetler. The 3-year-old son of Cam's Card Shark's first three victories came at Hoosier Park, the last being a career-best 1:52.4 effort June 16. He had prepped for his start at The Red Mile with a third-place qualifying effort at Hawthorne July 25.
Shetler shares ownership of Roman Shark with Bowl Stables and Daniel Palley.