Greenshoe to start Thursday in KYSS at Red Mile
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The final preliminary Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) leg for 3-year-old trotters will be raced Thursday night, Sept. 5, at The Red Mile, and headlining one of two $30,000 divisions for colts and geldings is Greenshoe, who won his Hambletonian elimination and then was second in the same-day final in early August at the Meadowland.
Greenshoe, who needs to finish first or second to ensure himself a spot in the $250,000 KYSS final on Sunday, Sept.15, comes into Thursday’s race off a 1:52 victory in the $330,000 Harry M. Zweig Memorial on Aug. 17 at Vernon Downs. His 1:50.1 win in the $153,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial on July 13 at the Meadowlands is the fastest mile by a sophomore trotter in 2019.
Greenshoe has six wins and two seconds in eight starts this year, and Brian Sears, who has been behind the son of Father Patrick every time, will be in the sulky. Greenshoe will leave from post 2 in the first KYSS division (Race 2). Trained by Marcus Melander, Greenshoe’s seasonal earnings stand at $751,500 for owners Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist and Morten Langli.
Greenshoe’s competition includes Pilot Discretion, who finished fifth behind Greenshoe in the Hambletonian elimination and then was seventh in the final. Driver Andy McCarthy will leave from the outside post 8 with Pilot Discretion, who finished second in his lone KYSS appearance last time out on Aug. 24.
That division was won by Chin Chin Hall, who starts from post 4 for driver Peter Wrenn. A son of Cash Hall, Chin Chin Hall is two-for-two in KYSS competition this year. Starting from post 5 with driver Corey Callahan is Forecast, who won last year’s KYSS final for 2-year-old male trotters and has a second and fourth in his two appearances this year.
The second KYSS division for the male trotters is slated as Race 4, with the field including Don’t Let’em, who was second in his Hambletonian elimination before finishing 10th in the final after making a break. Don’t Let’em will start from post 2 with driver Jimmy Takter.
The two $30,000 KYSS divisions for filly trotters are slated as races 1 and 3. Race 1 includes Strip It Down As, who has won both her KYSS starts at double-digit odds, including a huge 120-1 shocker last time out on Aug. 24. Strip It Down As will start from post 2 with driver Elliott Deaton. The 2018 KYSS champion, Whispering Oaks, who has a pair of fourths in her KYSS preliminaries this year, starts from post 5 with driver Takter. Refined, who finished fifth in the Ohio Sires Stakes championship on Sunday night at Northfield Park, starts from post 6 with driver Brett Miller.
The lone winner in the KYSS preliminaries starting in the second split is French Cafe, who starts from post 5 with driver Andy Miller.
The 3-year-old pacers will vie in their final leg of KYSS competition on Saturday night, Sept. 7. The 2 year olds have already wrapped up their three-week KYSS preliminaries. The top-10 point-earners in each of the eight divisions for 2 and 3 year olds will return on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 15, for the $250,000 championships. Post time is 3 p.m. Consolations will be contested on Saturday night, Sept. 14.