10/05/2017 5:00PM

Red Mile: Fourth Dimension, Met’s Hall top Stallion Stake winners

Derick Giwner
Met's Hall is on his way to the Breeders Crown after his win on Thursday at the Red Mile.

Many of the elite 2-year-old trotting colts were at the Red Mile on Thursday afternoon to compete in five divisions of the International Stallion Stake as a final prep for a Breeders Crown appearance in two weeks at Hoosier Park.

Fourth Dimension and Met’s Hall topped the handful of winners in terms of speed by each stopping the clock in 1:52 4/5. They were followed by Fashionwoodchopper at 1:53, Quality Kemp (1:54 3/5) and Night Rhythm (1:55).

Fourth Dimension used brush and crush tactics in the first $59,400 division, moving to the lead after the opening quarter in 28 3/5 and cruising through easy fractions of 57 and 1:25 2/5 before opening up a three length lead at the wire with a 27 2/5 final quarter for driver Brian Sears.

Crystal Fashion was second with Hat Trick Habit checking in third.

“He raced great last week and he warmed up even better this week,” said winning trainer Marcus Melander. “It just looked so easy. He won in (1:)52 4/5 with a 27 and change final quarter, so he is just an unbelievable animal.

“I’ll have to speak with the owner but I think we will skip the New York Sire Stakes final and go for the Breeders Crown in two weeks. It feels like that would be the best decision after this race, don’t you think?”

Fourth Dimension paid $5.40 to win. It was his fifth victory in seven career starts for owner Courant Inc.

Met’s Hall scored in similar fashion but with much faster fractions. After Farsetti Hanover posted an opening quarter of 26 4/5, Met’s Hall was placed on the front for driver Andy Miller and rolled to the half in 54 4/5 and three quarters in 1:24 1/5.

The son of Cantab Hall was then called on by Miller in the stretch and opened up an eight length lead on second-place finisher Farsetti Hanover and show horse Dawson Springs.

“I was just trying to keep his attention because he gets a little lost,” said Miller on why he was urging the colt in the stretch with a big lead. “He likes a target most of the time, but I thought he was in a spot to race on the front today. The fractions were a little too much, but he’s a good colt and will keep on digging in.”

Met’s Hall, who won for the fifth time in eight starts, is trained by Julie Miller for owners Story Inc. and the Andy Miller Stable. He paid $2.80 to win.

Keeping in tune with the quarter-move theme, Fashionwoodchopper used those tactics through fractions of 28 3/5, 56 1/5 and 1:25 1/5. Unlike his fellow winners, there were some anxious moments as Samo Different Day came charging home on the outside to cut the winning margin down to just a neck at the finish.

David Miller drove Fashionwoodchopper ($4.80) for trainer Jim Campbell and Fashion Farms LLC. It was the Donato Hanover-sired colt’s fifth straight win. “He has certainly ended up the year really well,” said Miller.

Checking in a bit slower but still earning half of the $60,400 purse in his division was Quality Kemp ($26.60). The Ron Burke trainee was sent to the front in 28 3/5 by driver Matt Kakaley and ultimately waited in the pocket through fractions of 57 1/5 and 1:25 4/5 before pouncing on eventual third-place finisher Keystone Apache and holding off runner-up My Lindy Winner.

After nine winless starts, it was the first win of the year for the Muscle Hill colt owned by Burke Racing, Silva, Purnel and Libby, Weaver Bruscemi and Michelle Yanek.

The International Stallion series kicked off with a disqualification as winner Shoshie Deo was ruled to have caused interference to Wolfgang on the backstretch and placed sixth. The incident vaulted Night Rhythm to the winner’s spot.

Night Rhythm was fast off the gate to the lead in 28 1/5 but soon gave way for the pocket trip behind the brushing Seven Iron and Tim Tetrick. The duo led past the half in 57 seconds as Patent Leather came to call on the rim and edged to the front by the three-quarter clocking in 1:26 1/5.

Patent Leather could not keep going in the lane and Shoshie Deo moved past to take command and hold off Night Rhythm in a 1:55 mile. The final official order of finish for the top three was Night Rhythm, Patent Leather and Seven Iron.

Night Rhythm paid $26.80 to win for owners Lindy Farms of Conn and Robert Rudolph. Frank Antonacci Jr trains the Muscle Hill-sired colt.

With bookend longshots on the card in the pick four sequence including an $86.60 winner to close out the bet, no one was able to select all four winners. A carryover of $7,642.48 in race 6 will be available for Friday’s card.