Lexington, KY— On Sunday (June 26), eight $25,000 divisions of the newly established Oak Grove Early Sire Stakes Series for 2-year-old Kentucky-bred trotters and pacers took place at Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel.
Trotting filly Wind Chime (Father Patrick-Wind Stroll) was the first entrant on the card to visit the winner’s circle. Driven by Andy Miller and trained by his wife Julie, the filly is now two-for-two in her young career and stopped the clock in 1:56.3. Owned by Andy Miller Stable, Gty Stable, Walter Zent and Tony Holmes, Wind Chime has banked $18,350. She was a $60,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase and is a half-sibling to Fast As The Wind (Cantab Hall, $681,362), Windy Corner (Yankee Glide, $207,576), and Evening Stroll (Cantab Hall, $147,467).
Una Madonna (Tactical Landing-Unica Donna IT) took the second filly trotting division in 1:55.1 with Anthony McDonald in the bike for trainer Jason Robinson. The filly is now two-for-two for Thestable Una Madonna Group, Hutchison Harness and Never 2 Late Stable.
A $100,000 Lexington Selected Sale yearling, Una Madonna was the post-time favorite. She was followed home by Railee Something (International Moni-Railee Priti) for Todd Warren and Roger Cullipher. Love Walks In (Father Patrick-Flyer Mel) was third for Aaron Merriman and Chris Beaver.
Beaver and Merriman won the third filly trotting division with Fuzzy Dice (International Moni-Roll Sevens) in 1:57.2. Owned by Beaver, William Rufenacht, Donald Robinson and VIP Internet Stable, the filly is the first foal out of her unraced dam and bought for $20,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. This was her first pari-mutuel mile.
Halekai Ill (Father Patrick-Absolutely Divine) was second as the favorite for Christian Lind and Rodney Debeck. Boudicca (Father Patrick-Demoiselle Hanover) was third for Tony Hall and Anette Lorentzon.
Calgary (Downbytheseaside-Sweetest Emotion) took the first division for pacing fillies in 1:54 with Gingras holding the lines for Ryan Miller. Owned by Diamond Creek Racing, the filly captured her first start with a swift :26.3 final quarter-mile. Calgary is the second foal out of her dam, who earned $142,460 in her racing career.
Hungry For Love (Stay Hungry-Lover Of Art) scored in the second division for pacing fillies for Gingras and Burke. Owned by Thomas and Scott Dillon, the filly tripped the timer in 1:54.2. It was her second career start and first victory. Hungry For Love is a half sibling to Rock Me Baby (Rock N Roll Heaven, $394,523), Art Scene (American Ideal, $530,431) and Summer Charm (Bettor’s Delight, $422,238). The filly went through the ring for $80,000 at last year’s Lexington Selected Yearling Sale.
Cant Stop Lou (Sweet Lou-Can’t Stop Me Now) provided Gingras with his second sire stakes win on the card and trainer Nancy Takter with her first in the lone division for pacing colts. Owned by Nancy Takter & Jaf Racing, Rojan Stables, R A W Equine and Jeffrey Bell, the colt was clocked in 1:54.1. Cant Stop Lou collected his first win from his first start. He is a full sibling to Fortify ($452,215) and was purchased for $40,000 at the 2021 Standardbred Horse Sale.
Andy and Julie Miller were the winning team behind Espresso (Chapter Seven-Biscotti) in the first division for trotting males. It was their second score in the day’s stakes action. Espresso broke behind the gate but rebounded to produce a 1:57.4 mile. Owned by Andy Miller Stable, Louis Willinger, Mortgage Boys Stable and L Berg Inc. the gelding is the first foal out of his unraced dam. He was purchased at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale for $45,000.
Whole Nother (Nuncio-Undersong) took the final male trot sire stakes leg in 1:58.4 for Doug and Gregg McNair. Owned by Gregg McNair and Dean Lockheart, the colt is the first foal out of his unraced dam. He was a $15,000 purchase at the Standardbred Horse Sale.
Whole Nother was followed across the line by Five Stars (Walner-Superstar Hanover) for Christian Lind and Marcus Melander. Brodeur (Tactical Landing-Sleep Tight My Luv) was third for Tony Hall and Lorentzon.
Oak Grove will host eight $25,000 races for sophomore trotters and pacers on Monday (June 27).
The Oak Grove Early Sire Stakes series consists of two $25,000 legs, a $25,000 consolation and $100,000 final.
The second leg for 2-year-olds will be July 3 and for 3-year-olds on July 4. The consolations and finals for 2-year-olds will be held July 17 and for 3-year-olds on July 18.
Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel features live harness racing on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. First post is 3 p.m. For more information, please visit the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s website by clicking here.