09/25/2014 10:08AM

Red Mile: Artspeak returns in Bluegrass action

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Artspeak remained undefeated with last month's Metro win.

Grand Circuit action will be hot and heavy on Saturday night at the Red Mile. The Bluegrass Series for juvenile pacing colts and geldings offers those in Lexington an opportunity to see the undefeated Artspeak put his record on the line. The 12-race program commences at 7:00 p.m. with many of the sport’s stars in action.

A total of 30 juveniles were entered on Wednesday for the Bluegrass forcing the race to be divided up into four divisions. Artspeak drew post four in race seven, an $83,250 division of the stakes event. Idle since capturing the rich Metro Stakes final on August 30 at Mohawk. The son of Western Ideal did qualify at the Red Mile last week in 1:52 4/5 for driver Scott Zeron.

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New York Sire Stakes finalist Southwind Masimo is the only horse from the Patrick Lachance stable that has ventured from New York to race in the two-week Grand Circuit meet.

“He’s trained back very well after his last race,” said Lachance, referring to the New York Sire Stakes championship.

“I thought we got away in a good spot behind Brian (Sears) and the favorite,” said Lachance. Southwind Masimo would be shuffled back in the race and eventually finished fourth and was moved up to third after a disqualification.

The son of Bettor’s Delight has four wins in six starts entering Saturday’s contest and Lachance is optimistic.

“He’s staked for both weeks. We’ll see how it goes,” said Lachance. “I’ve got horses in New York to drive so my dad (Mike) will drive.”

Southwind Masimo goes in the evening’s 12th race and last Bluegrass division for juvenile pacers. He drew post four and is the richest horse in the field by virtue of his $112,481 bankroll for owners Conrad Leber and Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc., both of Quebec.

Cartoon Daddy, the New York Sire Stakes champion, drew post seven in the first Bluegrass division worth $82,250. The son of Art Major may indeed have the bloodlines to compete at this level. He’s a close relative to the $1.8 million winning Western Ace, a winner of a Bluegrass division at the Red Mile in 2005.

Lost For Words, an impressive winner in Grand Circuit action at the Delaware, Ohio Fairgrounds last week, tries the big track for the first time in the $82,250 second Bluegrass division. He landed the pole position for regular driver Dave Miller and red-hot trainer Brian Brown.

Jug winner Limelight Beach returns to action in one of two Bluegrass divisions for three-year-old male pacers. Yannick Gingras will guide the son of Somebeachsomewhere from post six in the $92,600 contest carded as race eight. Limelight Beach will face Meadowlands Pace winner He’s Watching (post five) and Jug heat-winner Let’s Drink On It (post four) in the field of nine.

Meadowlands Pace runner-up Always B Miki landed post eight in the second Bluegrass division for sophomore colt pacers. David Miller returns to the sulky behind the Indiana-bred in the $92,600 contest.

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