09/30/2015 9:49AM

Red Mile: Pure Country looks to roll a seven in Bluegrass

Chris Gooden
Pure Country is the fastest 2-year-old pacing filly in North America.

Pure Country could be the best 2-year-old pacing filly in the sport. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Montana will put her unbeaten streak on the line in Friday’s Bluegrass series at the Red Mile.

Pure Country has never tasted defeat when stepping on the track. Not only has the Jimmy Takter-trained young lady won each of her six pari-mutuel starts, but she also sports a perfect record in three qualifiers. Her most recent effort, a 3-3/4 lengths win in the $350,000 PA Sire Stakes final at The Meadows, was the fastest mile by a rookie filly pacer this year.

Brett Miller has followed Pure Country around the track from the driver’s seat all year and he was extremely impressed with the recent 1:51 mile. “It was the sharpest she has been all season,” said Miller of the Sire Stakes final performance. “Jimmy (Takter) does a great job and he let the hobbles out a bit which seemed to give her a better stride.”

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Pure Country has compiled her stellar record exclusively versus state-bred foes in Pennsylvania and tackles many of the same faces in the second of three $81,000 divisions of the Bluegrass on the 11-race card. At some point she may run into another immensely talented freshman named L A Delight and Miller is looking forward to see how Pure Country stacks up versus the winner of 10 races in 11 starts, including the rich She’s A Great Lady stakes at Mohawk Racetrack.

“She’s proven she can beat the PA Sire Stakes horses, we’ll see how she does down the road,” said Miller. “I’ve raced against L A Delight a couple of times and she is one heck of a filly. I’m anxious for them to meet up.”

For Miller, who suffered a mild break in his foot last week, he is looking forward to returning to the bike after a few days on the sidelines.

“I feel better than a few days ago, but it still hurts pretty bad,” said Miller, who added that he’ll have to “suck it up” for a couple of weeks until he is back to normal.

Miller is still walking with crutches away from the track but has developed a special contraption to allow him to walk freely and compete on the track. “They gave me this thing to put on my foot and I cut out a piece of an old driving boot to put on top of the device. It allows me to walk around pretty good without crutches,” said Miller.

Pure Country will start from post four in the sixth race on a card that also features three $97,400 Bluegrass divisions for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Post time for the first race is 7:00 p.m. 

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