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Yonkers Trot winner joins Val Taurus as supplemental entries

October 01, 2007

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Trainer Jim Raymer said Monday morning that he plans on supplementing Yonkers Trot winner Green Day to Saturday’s $600,000 Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile, setting up a possible match-up with Hambletonian winner Donato Hanover, and published reports also state the connections of Montreal-based trotter Val Taurus plan to make the $50,000 supplemental payment.

Green Day, who followed up his Yonkers Trot victory Aug. 25 with two wins in New Jersey Sire Stakes competition, including the $85,000 final Sept. 22 at Freehold, saw his three-race win streak come to an end last Saturday at The Red Mile when he finished second to 2005 Hambletonian winner Vivid Photo in a $10,000 Open Trot. Vivid Photo won in 1:51.2, equaling the fastest mile trotted in 2007, and Green Day finished two lengths behind (race-timed in 1:51.4).

“I didn’t want to race him (in the Kentucky Futurity) unless he trotted in better than 1:54, so he did all that and then some,” Raymer told harnessracing.com of the 3-year-old gelded son of Enjoy Lavec he shares ownership of with his wife, Mary. “He showed that at least he could go the speed they’ve been going. He deserves the shot.

 “As I’ve said before, it’s his money not mine,” he added of the 10-time winner in 18 starts this year, with $612,175 in earnings. “The way he came out of it, within 20 minutes he was all dried out and no distress or any of that. And he shipped something like 9 ½ hours the day before, from New Holland, Pa. I didn’t get (to The Red Mile) Friday night until after 9 o’clock.”

This will be the first time Green Day has raced against Donato Hanover this year. The only prior time they met came in a $5,000 2-year-old race July 19, 2006, at the Meadowlands. Donato Hanover won that contest in 1:56.4, with Green Day finishing 18 ¼ lengths behind in fourth.

When Raymer was told that Val Taurus was also being supplemented, he noted that he believes there may be as many as two others as well. “We should all go out afterward and let Donato Hanover buy us dinner,” Raymer said with a laugh, noting that the supplemental fees would add considerably to the overall purse.

As for Val Taurus, whose undefeated string came to an end at 15 when he broke stride in the $1.5 million Canadian Trotting Classic won by Donato Hanover, he rebounded last Saturday night at Hippodrome de Montreal with a nine-length, 1:53.4 score in a $200,000(C) division of the Coupe Des Eleveurs.

\"The Red Mile in Lexington is a glorious place to race a horse, and Val Taurus has more than earned his way,\" Claude Brault, advisor for the Val Taurus connections, told Standardbred Canada Monday morning. \"Some people wait their whole lives to finally get a horse like this, and to me the Kentucky Futurity is one of the greatest races in the world. Based on all of this, the Val Taurus camp decided to supplement him and take him down to Lexington. The owners are honored to be able to race Val Taurus in the Futurity.\"

The Red Mile-based trainer Bob Stewart told harnessracing.com that a stall in his barn at the track will be home to Val Taurus, who is expected to arrive by Tuesday morning. Stewart said that trainer Norman Bardier Jr. will accompany the son of Taurus Dream to Kentucky.

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