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Kentucky to crown Sires Stakes champs Sunday

August 19, 2016

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The Red Mile hosts Kentucky Super Night on Sunday, Aug. 21, with total purses of $1.4 million offered. The program features eight Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) finals for 2 –and 3-year-old pacers and trotters of both sexes, with each contest worth $175,000.

The historic racetrack in Lexington will soon mark the one-year anniversary of the opening of its new gaming parlor that houses 902 Historical Racing machines as well as a remodeled simulcasting area.

Last year's Kentucky Super Night was dominated by winning favorites and with two preliminary rounds are already in the books and several dominating performances, it could lead to a repeat night of bettors' choices reaching the winner's circle.

There was no more dominant a winner in the early rounds than He's On A Mission, who looks to be an overwhelming favorite to capture the KYSS final for 2-year-old male trotters. Driven by Charlie Conrad for trainer and co-owner Stacey Ruddick, the son of Groton Hall has cakewalked to two victories, scoring by six lengths in round one and then romping to an 18 ½-length score in round two. He's On A Mission starts from the outside post 6 in Race 12.

Favored in the five-horse final for 2-year-old filly trotters is Mystic Stella, who had no problems in her first two KYSS starts with wins by 6 ¾ and 9 ¼ lengths, respectively. Tom Jackson drives the daughter of Groton Hall for trainer Pete Foley from post 4 in Race 3.

Prelim winners In The Dark (Cambest) and Al-Mar-Got A Fever (Third Straight) are favored in the KYSS final for 2-year-old filly pacers (Race 6), while Kirsch (Cambest) and V Power (Prince Chablis) appear the ones to beat in the KYSS final for 2-year-old male pacers (Race 4).

A trio of 3 year olds are back to defend their KYSS titles of a year ago. The group includes Erica America (Northern Kid), who starts from post 1 in the KYSS final for 3-year-old filly trotters (Race 2) after finishing 5p8 and second in her preliminaries. Erica America will take on the likes of leg winners Cash In My Genes (Groton Hall) and Sea Shore (Tsunami Ranger).

After two impressive victories in the opening two rounds, Barryscourt looks primed to defend his title in the KYSS final for 3-year-old male trotters. The son of Northern Kid will be driven by Josh Sutton for trainer Bobby Brower in Race 7. Lakeisha Hall, who is also two-for-two in the early legs, is the likely favorite in the KYSS final for 3-year-old filly pacers (Race 11) starting from post 5, but the Dave Palone-driven, Ron Burke-trained daughter of Third Straight will have to contend with two-time runner-up Bellatricks (Third Straight) who starts from post 1 for driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. and trainer Virgil Morgan Jr.

A new divisional champ is sure to be crowned in the KYSS final for 3-year-old male pacers, with the contenders headed by Best To Hurst (Cambest) and Cracker Cam (Cambest), who traded one-two finishes in the first two legs.

Post time for the first race on Sunday is 7 p.m. (EDT). The Red Mile will also offer a Pick 4 on races 7-10, with a $10,000 guaranteed pool. (KYSS)

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