09/27/2014 10:11PM

Red Mile: Artspeak tops Saturday Bluegrass winners

Artspeak is now perfect in seven career starts.

Artspeak remained undefeated in seven career starts capturing one of four divisions of the Bluegrass for juvenile male pacers on Saturday evening at Lexington’s famed Red Mile. The Western Ideal-sired colt got involved early, taking the lead by the quarter and then cruised to a 1:51 3/5 mile appearing totally in hand.

Trained by Tony Alagna and driven by Scott Zeron, Artspeak increased his lifetime bankroll to $479,437 in defeating Sicily and Traceur Hanover as the prohibitive 1-20 betting favorite.

“When they looked him in the eye he took off like a good horse,” said Zeron following the race. “He’s a sweetheart to drive. He acts like an aged horse.”

In other Bluegrass divisions for juvenile colt pacers, NYSS champ Cartoon Daddy scored in a career best 1:50 1/5 mile coming from off the pace for Yannick Gingras.

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Lost For Words captured his second straight stakes in 1:51 1/5 for driver David Miller and trainer Brian Brown.

The fastest mile of the night for two-year-olds came in the final Bluegrass division as Sheppard winner In The Arsenal made two impressive moves and drew off in 1:49 4/5 for driver Brian Sears and trainer Kelvin Harrison at odds of 25-1.

Limelight Beach followed his straight heats victory in the Little Brown Jug with a career best 1:49 1/5 effort in the first of two Bluegrass divisions for three-year-old male pacers. The $92,600 event saw the Somebeachsomewhere-sired gelding cruise to an opening half of :56 1/5 with little pressure and then pace home a final half in :53 for driver Yannick Gingras. He’s Watching put in a markedly improved mile racing without cover from well back through the final half in getting second.

The big story of the night was the impressive speed display put on by Always B Miki. The Meadowlands Pace runner-up was reunited with driver David Miller and scored in a career best 1:47 4/5 mile sprinting his final quarter in an eye-popping :25 3/5 in the second $92,600 Bluegrass division. It was the eighth win of the season for the Always A Virgin-sired colt trained by Joe Holloway.

“He gives me chills too,” said Miller about the freaky-fast colt.

Gallie Bythe Beach captured the fastest of two $73,300 divisions of the Bluegrass for sophomore pacing fillies. Tim Tetrick guided the filly to just her second victory of the year. Gallie Bythe Beach scored in 1:49 flat as the 3-5 favorite collaring Act Now near the wire.

In the other division Gettingreadytoroll did just that as Gingras piloted the filly without cover to victory in 1:49 2/5 easily holding off Precocious Beauty.