10/09/2015 4:23PM

Red Mile: Alagna doubles up with top rookie pacing colts

Derick Giwner
Racing Hill stopped the timer in 1:51 2/5 over a "good" track on Friday.

When trainer Tony Alagna comes to The Red Mile he usually means business. He proved that statement once again on Friday afternoon with a trio of wins including two extremely impressive victories by 2-year-old pacing colts in the International Stallion Stake.

American Passport and Racing Hill scored in back-to-back races for Alagna and both prepped nicely for next weekend’s Breeders Crown eliminations at Woodbine Racetrack.

American Passport led off for the top conditioner and continued his maturation into an elite colt with a sharp 1:51 4/5 mile in his $68,500 division.

Gunned to the front by Scott Zeron, American Passport set fractions of 28 3/5, 57 3/5 and 1:25 2/5 while easily defeating slight favorite Spider Man Hanover, who couldn’t close into the 26 2/5 final quarter over the track rated “good”.

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“We were always very high on this colt. We just got off on the wrong foot,” said trainer Tony Alagna on the son of American Ideal’s early season troubles.

Americn Passport is owned by Brittany Farms, Riverview Racing, Alagna Racing and Jodi Siamis. He has now won three times in nine starts for earnings of $190,496.

Racing Hill one-upped his stablemate a race later with an impressive 1:51 2/5 triumph despite the return of light rain and having to make two moves during the mile.

After being sent to the front, Racing Hill would yield into the pocket and soon found himself sitting the three-hole as Manny then heavy favorite Travel Playlist brushed to the front. Luckily for driver Brett Miller, he found racing room to move third-over on the final turn and the rest was history. The son of Roll With Joe charged home in 26 seconds to win going away by three lengths over the formerly unbeaten Travel Playlist.

“I was very worried,” said Miller about his chances at the half. “Once he squeezed out I knew he was a winner; he was that good.”

Owned by Tom Hill, Racing Hill won for the second time in a row and moved his career earnings to $117,326.

For Alagna, who has six wins at the Red Mile this week, winning at the Red Mile comes down to preparation and planning.

“I think I bring horses here that are going to fit and the Red Mile is a great place for horses, they just seem to get better the longer they are here,” said Alagna. “I brought horses down here August 15 and it is an added expense but it pays off for me in the long run, because the horses get better and better. A prime example is that colt the other day Goin To The Limit. His win yesterday is a culmination of bringing him here in August to get him ready for a win like that.”

Both American Passport and Racing Hill will head to Canada on Sunday morning for a date with divisional leader Control The Moment.

“They are going to run into Control The Moment, but American Passport was second to him in an elimination of the Metro and this horse is a different horse than the one I took up there for the Metro,” said Alagna.

Earlier on the card, Big Top Hanover put in a big mile of his own with a 1:52 1/5 victory in the second division of the International Stallion Stake. Driver Yannick Gingras sent the Ron Burke trainee on an uncovered mission and he cleared the lead before three quarters for the convincing score over Fernando Hanover and Mindtrip.

Another Western ideal-sired colt, he is owned by Jt45 and Burke Racing Stable.

Ideal Rocky rallied from third-over despite chasing slow fractions and swooped the field to take the first division by a neck over Sam Mcsmith in 1:54.

Corey Callahan drove the colt for trainer John Butenschoen and owners William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick.