The Evictor takes KYSS 3YOCT in 1:54.2
September 11, 2011
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The Evictor, who finished fourth behind Audition, Soulful Delight and Pembroke Big Bo in last year's Kentucky Sire Stakes colt championship at The Red Mile, came back this year and snagged the big prize, winning the $250,000 final for 3-year-old colt trotters in 1:54.2 Sunday night.
Soulful Delight and Ron Pierce took the early lead in the race, but at the half Mike Lachance moved The Evictor and the son of Valley Victor took the lead as the half time flashed :56. From there The Evictor trotted solidly and when Soulful Delight challenged in deep stretch, he dug in to win by a head.
William Wiswell and Jean Goehlen own The Evictor, who picked up his fifth victory of the season.
Screaming Awesome was back to defend her KYSS title, but instead Adagio, a daughter of Valley Victor, picked up the big win for DM Stables LLC, which picked up its second championship of the night. DM Stables also owns Prayer Session.
Screaming Awesome, the betting favorite, started from post two and got away fifth. Mike Lachance sent her to the front on the backstretch and they cleared before the :57.3 half. In the last turn Dan Noble moved Adagio first-over and the filly trotted on to the victory, her sixth of the season in 12 starts after being winless in 10 starts as a 2 year old.
Louanda Dream got up for second and Screaming Awesome held on for third.
After tying up as the bettors' choice in last year's Sire Stakes final, Feels Good lived up to her status as even-money favorite this time around as the son of Mr. Feelgood captured the final for 3-year-old filly pacers with a 1:53.2 effort for owner-trainer-driver Joe Hudon Jr. The win was her second of the year in six starts and third overall in 11 attempts.
After being unable to hold onto the lead in the first Sire Stakes leg on Aug. 21 and having to setle for second, Feels Good led gate to wire to win the second round on Sept. 1. There was no giving up the lead again in the rich final as Hudon kept after the filly and she was able to fend of the late rally of the Brian Sears-driven Hello Camie. Longshot Cameo And Pearls finished third for Chip Noble.
Sears capped off the evening with a win in the final for 3-year-old colt pacers with I'm Feelin Good, who was parked virtually the entire mile before rallying off a second-over trip to score in 1:50.1. Camgrandest and Randy Jerrell took runner-up honors, with the Peter Wrenn-driven Nathan Feelsgood third.
Trained by Ron Burke, the winner is a gelded son of Mr. Feelgood owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Howard Taylor and Ron Mersky. The win was his fifth of the year in 14 starts, pushing his 2011 bankroll past the $200,000 mark. I'm Feeling Good's lifetime mark of 1:49.2 came while capturing the second Sire Stakes round at The Red Mile.