10/01/2016 8:58PM

Red Mile: Roaring To Go topples Idyllic Beach in Bluegrass

Nigel Soult
Roaring To Go stepped away from Idyllic Beach to win her Bluegrass test

Roaring To Go, Loreenas Ruffian, Awash, and World Apart were the winners of the four Bluegrass Series divisions for 2-year-old pacing fillies that were raced Saturday night at The Red Mile.

The first $73,000 split just beat the rain, and 6-1 shot Roaring To Go (Brett Miller) rallied out of the pocket in the lane to defeat 1-9 favorite Idyllic Beach (Yannick Gingras) by a length in 1:50 4/5.  Jaye's A Lady (Corey Callahan) finished third. It was a measure of redemption for Roaring To Go after she was first-placed-second for a pylon violation in last Saturday night's New York Sire Stakes final.

"The luck of the draw wasn't really in my favor," said winning trainer Kevin Lare.  "I was really hoping to miss (Idyllic Beach) and a couple other ones.  I know from racing in the New York Sire Stakes that she's not a half-mile track specialist at all.  I knew the big track would really help her."

Frank Chick owns Roaring To Go, a daughter of Blue Chip Farms stallion Art Major.  She has now won five times from 11 starts in her rookie campaign, and she has earned $209,886.  Roaring To Go, who was purchased for $16,000 at the Goshen Yearling Sale, is the third foal out of the Western Ideal mare Lionness Hanover, a half-sister to Lonewolf Currier (The Panderosa, $447,445) and Lookout Hanover (The Panderosa, $405,774).  She paid $14.00 to win.

After the rain showed up and downgraded the track to "good," 2-1 second choice Loreenas Ruffian (Charlie Norris) would win the second $73,000 section in 1:52 after posting fractions of 29 1/5, 56 3/5, and 1:24.  She defeated Someomensomewhere (Marcus Miller) by 2 1/2 lengths, with Ella Christina (David Miller) back in third.

Norris also trains and co-owns Loreenas Ruffian, a McArdle filly, with breeder Rebecca Ewing and Leonard Buckner.  Loreenas Ruffian is now a four-time winner from nine attempts, and she has now put away $92,967.  Loreenas Ruffian is the 11th foal out of the Ruffstuff Baker mare She's A Ruff One ($137,549), which makes Loreenas Ruffian a half-sister to the likes of Forever Ivy (Stand Forever, $355,291).  Sent off at 2-1, she returned $6.60 to win.

Off-the-pace tactics worked out for Awash (Scott Zeron) in the third $74,000 split, as she rallied off a third-over trip to prevail by 2 1/4 lengths in 1:53 3/5 over a sloppy racetrack.  That's The Ticket (Marcus Miller) would finish second, and 4-5 favorite Happy Hannah (Tim Tetrick) checked in third after doing most of the pace-making.

Awash, a filly by Somebeachsomewhere, is trained by Tony Alagna for owner Brad Grant.  Awash picked up her second triumph in her ninth try, and she has now banked $128,503.  Awash is the first foal out of the Jereme's Jet mare Apogee Hanover ($633,613), who is a half-sister to Alastor Hanover (Rustler Hanover, $784,360).  Awash, dispatched at 3-2, paid $5.00 for the win.

The final $74,000 flight was won by World Apart (Tim Tetrick), who turned a second-over ride into a 1:53 4/5 decision.  She was half a length better than Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy) at the wire, with Sky Fulla Star (Mark MacDonald) completing the trifecta.

The victorious Art Major filly is owned by South Mountain Stables, The Bay`s Stable LLC., Little E LLC., and Radio Racing Stable.  A $25,000 Standardbred Horse Sale buy, she now has four victories from nine attempts, and she has earned $100,272.  World Apart is the first foal out of Polar Opposition (Rocknroll Hanover), whose dam is the Cole Muffler mare Loyal Opposition ($2,640,934).  Sent off at 3-1, she paid $8.00 to win.