09/30/2012 6:03PM

Red Mile: Check Me Out sets another world record in Bluegrass

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Nigel Soult
Check Me Out will start next Sunday in the Kentucky Filly Futurity.

Records are made to be broken.

World champion Check Me Out continues to break them.

On Sunday afternoon at The Red Mile in Lexington, Kentucky the sport’s leading three-year-old filly shaved another fifth of a second off her world mark in capturing a $70,700 division of the Bluegrass Series.

Driver Tim Tetrick put the daughter of Donato Hanover on the front end and posted fractions of :27 1/5, :56, 1:24 2/5 before sprinting a final quarter in :27 flat to complete the 1:51 2/5 effort.

Trained and part-owned by Ray Schnittker along with partner Charles Iannazzo, Check Me Out won for the eleventh time this year in just 13 trips to post.

The Bluegrass set up as a match-race essentially between Check Me Out, the 2-5 favorite and second-choice Maven, one of only two fillies to defeat Check Me Out this season. The pair raced one-two around the track with Yannick Gingras urging Maven out of the pocket in early stretch to challenge but never getting close to the winner.

Ray Schnittker noted in his post-race critique that he hoped Check Me Out “would stay sound to race for three or four more years.” Up next for the world champ is the $300,000 120th edition of the Kentucky Futurity for fillies next Sunday afternoon at the Red Mile. Schnittker also confirmed that Check Me Out would likely race in the Breeders Crown, American National and Matron to complete her three-year-old campaign.

Driver Gingras missed sweeping the three Bluegrass divisions with Maven’s runner-up performance. Earlier in the program he walked around the track with 6-5 favorite On The Bright Side, scoring in the $69,700 contest in a career best 1:53 4/5. D’Orsay finished second with Bluff recovering strongly from an early break for third.

Gingras was a late replacement behind Chilitodayhotamale in a $70,700 Bluegrass stanza for trainer Trond Smedshammer. The daughter of Muscles Yankee rallied smartly in the stretch to score in 1:52 over pacesetting Win Missy B and Oasis Dream. Hambletonian Oaks winner Personal Style broke while following cover in this division.

Persistent bridesmaid Guccio found the winner’s circle for just the second time in 12 starts this season in the first of three Bluegrass divisions for sophomore trotting colts. Jimmy Takter brushed past early pacesetter Solvato down the backstretch and rated a soft third quarter before sprinting home in :26 1/5. Previously second in the Hambletonian and third in the Canadian Trotting Classic, Guccio surpassed $650,000 in seasonal earnings in the $75,000 contest.

Money On My Mind provided the afternoon’s biggest surprise surging past odds-on favorite Little Brown Fox in the second $76,000 Bluegrass division. The Cantab Hall-sired gelding carved out a perfect trip behind the favorite and was able to outsprint his rival in the final strides as a 19-1 outsider. Little Brown Fox, who appeared washy during the race, battled gamely to the wire but lost the photo in the 1:52 2/5 mile. Andy Miller drove the winner for his training wife Julie.

Ontario’s driving sensation Scott Zeron won his first Red Mile stake scoring with the 9-2 choice Appomattox in the final $76,000 Bluegrass division. The son of Yankee Glide, trained by Frank Antonacci, shaved nearly four seconds off his previous personal best with a 1:52 2/5 mile.

The driver confirmed that Appomattox would likely return for next Sunday’s $500,000 Kentucky Futurity, the final jewel in Trotting’s Triple Crown.

“He showed me a lot of talent today,” said Zeron in his post-race remarks.

Chapter Seven rebounded from a second place finish in the Credit Winner earlier in September at Vernon Downs with an impressive 1:51 1/5 victory in a $7,500 Open event. The four-year-old easily cruised past Arch Madness in the process.