09/28/2013 12:49AM

Red Mile: Father Patrick wins 7th straight on stakes-filled card

Father Patrick has won 8-of-9 career races.

Six divisions of the Bluegrass series highlighting some of the best 2-year-old colt trotters and pacing fillies were contested on Friday evening at the Red Mile. The spotlight shined brightest on the most accomplished from each class – Father Patrick and Precocious Beauty – and they did not disappoint.

Father Patrick entered Friday’s race with a nearly unblemished record in eight starts. Regular driver Yannick Gingras was patient early on as Speak The Truth set the opening fraction of 28 4/5. Then he said go with Father Patrick and let the colt out just a bit to take the front well before a slow half in 58 seconds. The duo accelerated slightly with a 29-second third quarter and opened up at will in the lane to post a final time of 1:54.

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“I just wanted to take it easy with him,” said Gingras. “I haven’t turned him loose yet.”

The Father Patrick Stable owns the son of Cantab Hall, who is trained by Jimmy Takter. He paid $2.10 to win.

The other two colt and gelding splits went to Odds On Amethyst and Outburst, with the latter setting a world record for colts or geldings on a mile track.

Benefitting from an early break by Exodus Hanover, Odds On Amethyst led at every call and won in-hand by nearly four lengths. The final time was 1:54 2/5.

“He did everything right,” said Tetrick about the Robin Schadt-trained and Odds On Racing-owned son of Muscle Hill.

Outburst sat the pocket behind a reasonable clip and sprinted the final quarter in 27 2/5 to nail Southwind Spirit at the wire in 1:53 1/5.

“I couldn’t ask for a better trip,” said driver Ron Pierce. “He was hanging on the right line a little bit. To get him by I had to let his head loose a little.”

Adam Victor and Son Stable, Mirva Bogucki and trainer Noel Daley own the gelding.

Precocious Beauty had won four straight races in stakes company and made it five despite a tough uncovered trip on Friday. The rookie daughter of Art Major took an early tuck in fifth as her foes to the inside battled through quick splits of 27 1/5 and 54 2/5.

Driver Doug McNair made his move past the half and edged in slowly to get within striking range by three quarters in 1:24 3/5. In the stretch the Gregg McNair trainee kept finding more and won by a confident three-quarters-of-a-length in 1:51.

Owner James Arvitt, Sr. said he was hopefully his prized filly would race back next week at his home track in Lexington.

She’s Da Bomb and Uffizi Hanover posted the co-fastest miles in the 2-year-old filly divisions of the Bluegrass. Each went in 1:50 3/5, with the former overcoming an uncovered trip and the latter sprinting home off cover from last.

“This filly is just a creature; she’s unreal,” said driver Jody Jamieson of the Frank Bellino-owned She’s Da Bomb.

David Miller, driving Uffizi Hanover, was a bit surprised his charge got the job done.

“Around the last turn I didn’t think much about her chances of winning, but she really took off,” said Miller.

Uffizi Hanover is owned by Marvin Katz, Al Libfield and Sam Goldband.

Bluegrass action continues on Saturday at The Red Mile.