The decision by the connections of Captaintreacherous to skip the Little Brown Jug prompted a debate about heat racing, but as evidenced by the 19 entries for the Jug, the allure of the race is still. The same can be said about the Kentucky Futurity as the trainers of three top colts are planning to race their horses in the race on Sunday, Oct. 6, at The Red Mile and then go on to the Breeders Crown, which is scheduled to have eliminations on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.
Trainer George Duchame told harnessracing.com on Tuesday morning that plans now call for his colt Royalty For Life to race in the Futurity. After the colt won the Hambletonian, Ducharme had mapped out a more conservative schedule, with a start in the Bluegrass the first week at Lexington and then skipping the Futurity. Royalty For Life's powerful victory in the Canadian Trotting Classic prompted the change in plans.
Trainer Chuck Sylvester also plans for Pennsylvania Sires Stakes champion and Hambo third-place finisher Spider Blue Chip to compete in the Futurity and then go on to the Breeders Crown. He is also racing in the Old Oaken Bucket on Jug Day.
Creatine, who won an elim for the Hambo and was impressive with his 1:53.2 victory in a Pennsylvania Sires Stakes consolation at The Meadows the same night Spider Blue Chip won. Trainer Bob Stewart said Creatine's schedule also presently calls for starts in the Futurity and the Breeders Crown.--By Kathy Parker