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My MVP wins 120th Kentucky Futurity

October 07, 2012

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My MVP, who finished a close third in the Hambletonian final in early August at the Meadowlands, scored a decisive straight-heat victory in Sunday afternoon's $508,000 Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-old colt trotters at The Red Mile.
Driven by Mike Lachance, My MVP got away fourth in the second heat as Money On My Mind took the early lead, followed by Another Amoretto and first-elim winner Archangel. Tim Tetrick quickly tipped Archangel coming out of the opening turn and cleared to the front just past the opening quarter of :28.4. Lachance then moved My MVP to the outside at the :57.1 half and continued first-over to a 1:25.3 three-quarters.
My MVP cleared to the front at the top of the stretch but as he trotted down the lane a late-charging Appomattox and Scott Zeron began to surge closer. My MVP came home in :27.2 to score in 1:53, defeating Appomattox by one length. Another Amoretto held for third. Yonkers Trot winner Archangel faded to seventh, beaten 4 1/4 lengths.
Trained by Tony Alagna, My MVP was an $85,000 yearling purchase from breeder Dunroven Stud by Brittany Farms, Joe Sbrocco and Modern Family Partners. His two wins on Sunday were his fourth and fifth of the year now in 18 starts. The son of Cantab Hall also finished third in a photo finish in the $1.5 million Hambletonian in early August at the Meadowlands. His earnings ballooned to more than $725,000 for his two-heat efforts.
"I didn't expect that, but I should have for sure expected it," said Lachance, who won his third Kentucky Futurity, joining Whiteland Janice in 1991 and Self Possessed in 1999. "In the backstretch I was just sitting on him. In the stretch he was super."
A field of six lined up behind the gate in the first Futurity elimination but the contest was pared quickly to four contenders when Gym Tan Laundry began to pace behind the gate and eventually make a break before driver Ron Pierce could gather his charge, and Fogelberg went offstride.
That left an easy path for Tim Tetrick to direct Archangel to the front, with Little Brown Fox and Yannick Gingras content to sit second. At the :27.3 quarter Archangel and Little Brown Fox opened up over Another Amoretto and Lindys Jersey Boy who were in pursuit behind. Turning for home Gingras tried to urge Little Brown Fox toward Archangel, but the Yonkers Trot winner had too much as he trotted clear to the 1:53.1 victory. Another Amoretto, Lindys Jersey Boy and a recovering Fogelberg will advance to the second heat.
In the second elimination, Money On My Mind and Andy Miller were first off the gate and led to a :28.1 quarter, but Trond Smedshammer made a quarter-pole move to the front, taking the seven-horse field to a :55.1 half and 1:23.2 three-quarters. Heading into the final turn Solvato held the lead with Money On My Mind and Magic Tonight tucked behind and a parked-out Guccio on the outside.
The front end failed to hold up in this elim and it was a fast-rushing Mike Lachance-drivenMy MVP who outclosed Appomattox and Scott Zeron to put his head in front at the wire in 1:52. Money On My Mind held for third, with Banker Volo and Guccio fourth and fifth, respectively, to advance to the second heat.
Only nine of the 10 Futurity starters who qualified for the second heat will advance as Lindys Jersey Boy was scratched.
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