08/27/2015 8:44PM

Red Mile: Weaver trio takes aim at Kentucky Sire Stakes finals

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Lakeisha Hall figures to be a heavy favorite in her Kentucky Sire Stakes final.

The Red Mile hosts eight Kentucky Sire Stakes championship races worth $175,000 each on Sunday night and owner Mark Weaver has three opportunities to come away with a big check.  

Perhaps Weaver’s best chance for victory will come in the Final for 2-year-old filly pacers with Lakeisha Hall in race three. A three-time winner in four career starts, the daughter of Third Straight was a rare weanling purchase by partners Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, a combination of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi.

“We had never bought a weanling ever, but Walnut Hall was getting rid of a lot of horses and we decided to take a shot,” said Weaver about the November 2013 sale. “We actually bought three with the idea of pin-hooking some or keeping them. We ended up selling two for a profit and keeping her.”

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Lakeisha Hall won her only Kentucky Sire Stakes start by over six lengths in 1:53 4/5 back on August 9 and has plenty of ability according to Weaver. “She is as talented as any of our Grand Circuit fillies,” said Weaver. “We have her staked after this to some races in Kentucky and Indiana.”

If Lakeisha Hall (Dave Palone, post 1) is to face any resistance on her road to the winner’s circle it will likely come from Peach Babe or Bellatricks. That pair finished one-two in the most recent Sire Stakes leg on August 20 and start from posts 2 and 4 in the seven-horse field.

In the seventh race for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, the second of Weaver’s trio, all trained by Ron Burke, will hope to make some noise against the talented Tail Gunner Hall.

Mcenroe Hall makes his debut for Burke and Weaver Bruscemi on Sunday night. The gelded son of Third Straight was fourth in his lone Sire Stakes try on August 9 but won his prior start in 1:52 at Mohawk Racetrack.

“We bought three horses from Jack Darling about two weeks ago,” said Weaver. “We bought him right after the Red Mile race. He seems like a pretty good horse. I think he needed the race in Kentucky last time.”

Mcenroe Hall starts from post 4 with Palone in the bike and will need every advantage against Tail Gunner Hall (post 9). The Randal Jerrell trained/driven colt from Walnut Hall has won six of 10 career starts while never finishing worse than second in his career.

If Weaver has any chance of a clean Sire Stakes sweep, it will take a monumental turnaround from race nine starter Makeba Hall. Second in the Sire Stakes final for 2-year-old filly pacers last year, the daughter of Third Straight-Meggie Mo has fallen on hard times in her second year of racing.

“We thought she was really good last year, but she got really bad gaited,” said Weaver about her 4-0-0-1 record with breaks in three of her four starts this year.

“Ronnie told me he thinks he found something and I’m optimistic she’ll turn things around. It is our last chance with her because she is in the Delaware Sale two days later,” said Weaver.

The road to the winner’s circle for Makeba Hall (post 7, Palone) goes through Twilight Princess, an eight-time winner in 11 starts this year. Trained and owned by Donna Gilson-Eferstein, she enters Sunday’s final on a five-race win streak and will have top driver Aaron Merriman in the bike from post 2.

The Sire Stakes finals for 2- and 3-year-olds of both gaits and sexes kick off a 15-race Red Mile card that begins at 7 p.m. and offers two guaranteed pick four wagers.