The first of a plethora of stakes events on Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile was Race 3, the first division of the $273,000 International Stallion Stake (ISS) for 2-year-old male pacers, which went to Somestarsomewhere in a track-record 1:49.2. The last division was contested in monsoon-like conditions, with the last race of the day, a late-closer, cancelled because the downpour had reduced visibility to the point that drivers considered it dangerous to race. The cancelled race will be held at 12:45 pm on Sunday.
As for the first division for 2-year-old colt pacers, driver Yannick Gingras has seemed to find the recipe for success this year at The Red Mile as he once again employed the "move to the lead at the three-eighths" as he sent his charge to the front down the backstretch, seizing control well before the :54.1 half. Somestarsomewhere contended with a first-over challenge by the David Miller-driven Somewhere Fancy around the final turn, but the bid was rebuffed past the 1:22.4 three-quarters clocking.
Somestarsomewhere closed out his mile with a final quarter of :26.3 to hold off runner-up Journeyman and Mike Lachance, with Idealbeach Hanover and Jody Jamieson third in the $67,750 division.
A $110,000 yearling purchase, the winning son of Somebeachsomewhere is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Michelle Yanek and Lawrence Karr. Third in his Bluegrass division at The Red Mile last week at odds of 45-1, Somestarsomewhere returned just $4.40 this time around. The win was his third in eight starts, bringing his earnings to more than $68,000.
Tim Tetrick got away fourth with Ideal Magic in the second $68.750 ISS split, but he too made a backstretch move to the front and never looked back. After a :55.2 half, Ideal Magic found himself contending with an outer flow, including a three-wide bid by Parnu Hanover and Gingras. Tetrick kept after Ideal Magic, who tripped the three-quarter timer in 1:23. Jamieson came up alongside in midstretch with Ari Allstar but Ideal Magic remained game to the wire to fend off his rival in 1:51.2. Smack Talk and Ron Pierce finished third.
A son of American Ideal, Ideal Magic is owned by Cheap Speed Stable, Joe Sbrocco, Eagles Soar Partners and Andy Willinger. Trained by Tony Alagna, the win was his third in eight starts, sending his earnings past the $50,000 mark. Ideal Magic returned $8.60 to win.
Tetrick came back to win the third $67,750 ISS division with heavy favorite So Surreal in 1:49.4. So Surreal was able to move past a stubborn Carracci Hanover and driver Gingras in deep stretch for the career-best score. He's Got It and David Miller finished third.
A $125,000 yearling purchase, So Surreal is owned by trainer Ray Schnittker, Ted Gewertz, S. Kumit and Steve Arnold. The son of Somebeachsomewhere has three wins and three thirds in six starts for more than $90,000 in earnings.
The monsoon struck The Red Mile minutes before the fourth $68,750 ISS division went to post. Contested under a driving rain that made the race hard to see, Limelight Beach and Miller were first across the wire in 1:57.1--nearly eight seconds slower than the first ISS split as a result of the heavy rain and "sloppy" track conditions.
Stevensville and Ray Schnittker finished second, with Doo Wop Hanover and Ron Pierce third.
Limelight Beach becomes a double Grand Circuit winner in Lexington, having captured a Bluegrass division last week in a career-best 1:49.4. The $25.000 yearling purchase is trained by Brian Brown for owners Jim Stambaugh, Milt Leemon and Charles Wingfield. A son of Somebeachsomewhere, Limelight Beach has six wins in 10 starts for earnings of more than $210,000.