Feel Like A Fool wins Bluegrass split in 1:49.4
October 16, 2010
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Feel Like A Fool scored a 1:49.4 victory in the second of three divisions of the $386,000 Bluegrass for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers on a sunny Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile, the fastest mile by a freshman in 2010. The time lowered the previous national season's mark for first-year pacers set by Prodigal Seelster at Mohawk in August by one-fifth of a second, and just missed the 1:49.2 world record of Sportswriter set last year. A gelding, Feel Like A Fool just missed the freshman gelding world mark held by Sheer Desire of 1:49.3.
Brian Sears moved Feel Like A Fool first-over from fifth against the leading Lookinforadventure, driven by Daniel Dube. Lookinforadventure had set fractions of :27.1, :54.2 and 1:23.1, but relinquished the lead in midstretch to Feel Like A Fool. Prana closed late for Jim Morrill Jr. to edge past Lookinforadventure for second-place honors.
A $30,000 yearling purchase by trainer George Teague Jr. in partnership with Kovach Stables and Ted Gewertz, Feel Like A Fool is a son of Art Major. The win was his fourth of the year in eight starts to increase his earnings to more than $380,000. His biggest check of the year came via a second-place finish in the $960,000 Metro final Sept. 4 at Mohawk.
"He can go a long ways fast," said Teague. "He's one of the fastest 2-year-old pacers I've seen. He's sound and I do very little work with him."
The last Bluegrass split for 2-year-old pacing colts resulted in a dead heat between Mystic Desire and Big Bad John, who caught the pacesetting Mystic Desire at the wire in 1:51.2.
Dave Palone drove Big Bad John for trainer Ron Potter and owner Winchester Bays Acres. Tim Tetrick was in the bike behind Mystic Desire for trainer Jeff Webster and owners Let It Ride Stables, Robert Cooper Stables and Angie Nessa.
Tim Tetrick fired Mystic Desire off the gate and the Real Desire colt lost two quarter boots as he paced away from the pack. Mystic Desire was a comfortable leader at the splits, hitting them in :27.4, :56 and 1:23.4, with as much as a four-length lead for part of the race.
Dave Palone had Big Bad John placed third at the pylons and finally tipped to the outside just before the field headed into the last turn. Palone briefly tucked in behind Mystic Desire before tipping outside again to take aim at the leader.
Mystic Desire is trained by Jeff Webster and owned by the Let It Ride Stable, Robert Cooper Stables and Angie Nessa of Illinois. The colt now has six wins in nine starts.
Big Bad John is owned by Winchester Baye Aces and trianed by Ron Potter. The Western Hanover qualified for the Breeders Crown final, but was scratched because he was sick.
In the first division, Yannick Gingras yielded the lead with Rollwithitharry to the Pat Lachance-driven Sir Ziggy's Z Tam past the half but popped the pocket midway through the final turn to go on to a 1:51.3 victory.
The time was a career best for the son of Rocknroll Hanover as he scored for the second time in 10 starts. Favored Westwardho Hanover rallied late for driver Tim Tetrick to take runner-up honors over Sir Ziggy's Z Tam.
Jimmy Takter trains the winner who was a $42,000 yearling purchase by Christina Takter, John Fielding, Jim Fielding and Louie Camara. The colt now has earnings of $194,168.