08/21/2016 11:57PM

Red Mile: Kentucky Sire Stakes champions crowned

Nigel Soult
Barryscourt defended his Kentucky Sire Stakes title in the 3-year-old colt trot

Eight $175,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes finals for 2- and 3-year-olds were the featured events on Sunday night's card at The Red Mile.

Cash In My Genes (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) kicked off the action with a 1:57 4/5 victory in the 3-year-old filly trot championship over Dazzling Rose (James Stiltner II) and Golden Genes Cash (Mickey Pryor). 

A daughter of Groton Hall, the winner is trained by Lee Newcomer for owner/breeder The Broken Brokers Ltd.  This was her sixth career victory, and she has now earned over $105,000.  The 2-5 favorite, she returned $2.80.

The biggest upset of the night occurred in the final for 2-year-old trotting fillies, with 40-1 shot Sheas Victory (Pryor) up to win in 2:01 2/5 after a first-over trip.  Cassandra As (Tyler Smith) was second after chopping out the fractions and Almondy As (Chris Page) finished third.  1-9 favorite Mystic Stella (Tom Jackson) broke early and never contended.

A Bet I Strike-Celebrity Lulu (Inquirer) filly, Sheas Victory is trained by Russell Newman for owner Candra Foley.  This was Sheas Victory's third win from ten starts, and she has now banked $95,820.  She paid $80.00 for the win.

V Power (Al Eferstein) restored order for the public choices in the next race, the 2-year-old colt and gelding pace.  Like the previous dash, he also came first-over and took over the in lane en route to a 1:55 4/5 tally over Mt Sterling Mafia (John Cummings Jr.) and Kirsch (Tom Jackson).

Donna Gilson-Eferstein bred, owns, and trains the victorious Prince Chablis-Tm's Go Go Scooter (Tooter Scooter) gelding, who is now five-for-nine in the win column with $104,930 in the bank.  Sent off at 8-5, he paid $5.40 to win.

Cracker Cam and driver Trace Tetrick would then take the final for sophomore pacing colts, leading through fractions of 28, 56 1/5, and 1:24 2/5 on the way to a 1:52 4/5 score.  He beat Best To Hurst (Smith) by a head, with Thirdstraight Shot (Page) back in third.

The victorious Cambest gelding is trained by Bill Cottongim for owner Peavyhouse Stables Inc.  This was the sixth time he had won in his career, and he has now earned $162,847.  The 9-5 second choice, he returned $5.80.

Tetrick was right back in the winner's circle after the next event, which was the 2-year-old filly pace, after he guided In The Dark to a 1:55 1/5 victory.  Al-mar-got A Fever (Page), the 1-5 public choice, finished second, a length behind the winner, and Peekaboo Love (Kayne Kauffman) took third.

Jack Gray Jr. trains In The Dark, a daughter of Cambest-Diamond Dejavu (Artsplace) for owner James Avritt Jr.  In The Dark has now been victorious in half of her eight trips behind the gate, and she has now put away $101,150.  Dispatched at 5-2, she paid $7.40 to win.

Barryscourt (Josh Sutton) proved best in the 3-year-old colt trot, taking over the lead from first-over in the lane and drawing away to a two length tally in 1:56 2/5.  Con Air Hall (Jackson) held second after setting the tempo, and Fetchit (Cummings Jr.) finished third.

Trainer Bobby Brower also co-owns Barryscourt, a gelding by Northern Kid, with partners Mystical Marker Farms LLC. Benjamin Graber, and Victory Hill Farm Inc.  Barryscourt, who was also the Kentucky Sire Stakes champion at two, has six wins from ten career starts, and he has now earned $246,128.  The 1-5 favorite, Barryscourt returned $2.40.

In the 3-year-old filly pace championship, Lakeisha Hall (Dave Palone) used a 26 4/5 final kicker to rally from fourth at three-quarters to the win by a head in 1:54 2/5.  Bellatricks (Wrenn Jr.) was the second-place finisher, and Tawni Hall (Tetrick) came in third.

Ron Burke trains Lakeisha Hall, a filly by Third Straight, for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC. and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.  Like Barryscourt, Lakeisha Hall also defended her Kentucky Sire Stakes title from her 2-year-old season, and posted her ninth tally overall from 13 tries.  The earner of $229,125 was sent off at 1-2 and paid $3.00.

10-1 shot Starlight As (Page) completed the Kentucky Sire Stakes champions with a 2:02 win after a second-over trip in the 2-year-old colt trot.  He defeated 1-9 choice He's On A Mission (Charlie Conrad) by a length and a half, with Stanford (Cummings Jr.) back in the third spot.

Starlight As is an Allstar Hall-Delight As (Striking Sahbra) colt trained by Anette Lorentzon for co-owner/breeder ACL Stuteri Ab and co-owner Kjell Johansson.  Starlight As broke his maiden in his third try, and he has now banked $90,500.  He returned $23.40 for the upset victory.