10/08/2015 2:43PM

Red Mile: Southwind Frank sets World Record for trotting colts

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Derick Giwner
Southwind Frank broke Centurion ATM's world record for trotting colts.

People expect to see world records broken when they come to The Red Mile. On Thursday afternoon, Southwind Frank delivered with a powerful 1:52 2/5 victory in one of five International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-olds on the card.

Setting up the fast mile were Maven’s Way and Lagerfeld. The former set fractions of 27 2/5 and 55 4/5 before Lagerfeld pulled the pocket on the final turn to challenge. At three quarters in 1:24 4/5, Lagerfeld was bearing down and leading an outer tier of Waitlifter K and Southwind Frank.

When the field straightened out in the stretch, it was clear that Southwind Frank was loaded with trot. The Muscle Hill-Flawless Lindy product exploded to the easiest of wins for driver Yannick Gingras.

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“The minute I saw the first quarter in 27 2/5, I knew it was going to make my job a lot easier,” said Gingras, who never even pulled the colt’s earplugs during the mile. “He had plenty left down the stretch. I just wanted to keep his mind on business. He definitely could have gone faster.”

“I think he is every bit as good as Father Patrick and all the rest of those great horses,” said Gingras, when asked about the horse's potential. “He has done nothing wrong. He’s made one mistake at the Meadowlands early on in his career; it was just him being green.”

Southwind Frank won for the 9th time in 10 career starts for trainer Ron Burke, who co-owns with Weaver Bruscemi, Our Horse Cents Stable, and Jerry & Teresa Silva Stables.

For Jerry Silva, who co-owns heavy favorite Mission Brief in Saturday’s Kentucky Filly Futurity and strong contender Crazy Wow in the Kentucky Futurity, the victory could mark the start of a special week.

“I could be a great weekend,” said Silva, who has never won both Futurities. “I never did that before. We’ve won the race for males but I don’t think we’ve ever won the one for females.”

Southwind Frank increased his lifetime earnings to $476,419 with the win.

Coming in just a couple of fifths behind Southwind Frank on the tele-timer was Brooklyn Hill. After making two moves to the front in an opening half of 56 1/5, Brooklyn Hill dug in very gamely to fend off Dog Gone Lucky for a 1:53 1/5 score.

David Miller drove the winner for trainer Jonas Czernyson and owner SRF Stable.

Kicking off the action on the 10-race card was Milligan’s School for driver Andy Miller. Trained by wife Julie for owner Stroy Inc, the son of Yankee Glide rushed to the front before the half in 57 3/5 and was an impressive winner in 1:53 3/5.

Hollywood Highway, who is actually listed in the Harrisburg Sale catalog for November, rode a pocket trip to a solid 1:54 2/5 win for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Staffan Lind. Originally sold at auction for $50,000, current owners and breeders Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld bought the colt back after initial x-rays following the sale didn’t come up clean.

The final International Stallion Stake saw plenty of lead exchanges early between Treasure Keys K, Dupree and Bar Hopping. After opening fractions of 28 2/5 and 55 4/5, Bar Hopping and Jimmy Takter finally secured the front from Dupree. Those two would hook up through the stretch and Dupree proved best in 1:53 4/5. Petrossian As was a good third.

Dupree is owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc and Courant A B. Ake Svanstedt was in the bike and also trains the Andover Hall colt.