09/26/2013 10:59AM

Red Mile: McIntosh has freshmen to watch in Saturday Bluegrass action

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Somewhere In L A is a son of Somebeachsomewhere.

There are horses for courses and then there are pedigrees for courses. Bob McIntosh, the Hall of Fame trainer, comes to the Red Mile on Saturday night with a pair of homebreds primed for a racing surface that fits their bloodlines perfectly.

Somewhere In LA, a two-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere, drew the pole position in the $77,750 third division of the Bluegrass Series for juvenile colt and gelding pacers, carded as race seven on the 10-race program.

“He’s got a big gait,” said McIntosh on Wednesday. “We had to geld him before he got to the races because of his attitude. He’s got the talent; we’re just waiting for him to catch on.”

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Post position has been a problem this year for Somewhere In LA, but he did manage to squeeze in a 1:52 1/5 victory in the Nassagaweya on August 17 at Mohawk.

Somewhere In LA is the first foal from the McIntosh-trained West Of LA. Back in 2008 as a two-year-old, West Of LA finished first and second in back-to-back Grand Circuit appearances at the Red Mile.

West Of LA’s sister, You See LA, showed up as a juvenile at The Red Mile in 2009 and also finished first and second on consecutive weeks in stakes action.

“It’s a pretty good family,” said McIntosh.

The first brother to West Of LA turned out to be North America Cup champion Thinking Out Loud. An impressive winner on Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands, McIntosh revealed the four-year-old will be sidelined the remainder of this campaign.

“He has a bone bruise in his right hind ankle,” said McIntosh. “As a two-year-old he had the same bruise on the left hind ankle. The bad news is he’s out for the rest of the year, but the good news is he should be back at 100 percent next year.”

Somewhere In LA will have to defend the family’s honor on Saturday night. An inside draw combined with the services of John Campbell in the bike may make the difference.

The homebred On Golden Ponder comes to The Red Mile off a 1:52 2/5 world record-setting performance on Jug Day in the Standardbred at the Delaware County Fair.

“He really gets around the turns very well,” said McIntosh, with some concern about the long stretch at The Red Mile.

“He raced great in the Kentucky Sire Stakes elimination (at the Red Mile) but then he ran behind the gate in the final. Something was bothering him that night and we didn’t catch it. It was a $100,000 mistake,” said McIntosh

On Golden Ponder drew post four in the evening’s first division of the Bluegrass, a $76,750 event carded as race one. Western Vintage, second in the Metro last month at Mohawk, is the likely favorite in this division having landed post six. “He’s a really good horse,” said McIntosh.

The Windsor, Ontario-based McIntosh has always enjoyed success at the Red Mile and he also likes the prospects of Lasting Appeal, a solid fifth in the She’s A Great Lady at Mohawk after coming from last. “She’s getting better all the time,” said McIntosh.

Lasting Appeal drew post five in Friday’s $86,900 Bluegrass division for two-year-old pacing fillies carded as race nine.

In addition to the two-year-olds, the Saturday Red Mile card features multiple divisions of the Bluegrass series for sophomore pacers. Captaintreacherous will head behind the gate from post five in the $95,500 first division (race three) for colts and geldings. The second division, race eight, spotlights the only horse to defeat “Captain” this year, Sunshine Beach.

Finally, 11 second-year fillies will head behind the gate for a $122,000 Bluegrass split. Shebestgin, who was an early scratch out of the Jugette, is the morning line favorite.

Post time for the Saturday card at the Red Mile is 7:00 p.m.