$200,000 Kentucky-Bred Series Stage 4 Tuesday


Oak Grove, Kentucky — On Tuesday, July 12, Blue Diamond Eyes (Traitor Captain-Aria Hannover) and Beltassima (Trixton-Beltane Hanover) are looking to maintain their perfect harness racing records at the fourth leg of the newly established series for 4-year-old Kentucky horses at Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel. Four $50,000 stages for horses of each gait begin the 11-race card. The first round for 4-year-old trotters will be run as a no-bet race.

Blue Diamond Eyes in the previous win (Amanda Stephens Photo)

Kentucky champion and track record holder Blue Diamond Eyes will start from fifth in a five-horse field in the 4-year-old pacing mare division. Blue Diamond Eyes will have Hall of Famer Yannick Gingras on the bike for fellow Hall of Famer Ron Burke.

Blue Diamond Eyes hit her best stride on her return to the Bluegrass State after competing at Meadowlands and Harrah’s Philadelphia in her first three starts in 2022. The mare set a new track standard of 1:49.1 during of the first leg of this series on June 7. She followed that performance with two easy wins in the next two rounds.

Owned by Thomas and Scott Dillon, Blue Diamond Eyes is the 4-5 favorite on the morning line. She was Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion and won the $323,600 Three Diamonds as a freshman. As a sophomore, the mare won the $106,745 Adioo Volo and the $250,000 Kentucky Championship Series Final.

Blue Diamond Eyes took in $1.22 million with a 38-14-7-5 record.

Unlike Blue Diamond Eyes, Beltassima didn’t set a new track standard at Oak Grove, but the mare dominated her competition in the first three stages of this series for 4-year-old trotting mares. She is undefeated this year in three starts. Andrew McCarthy will hold the lines for coach Tony Alagna as the pair start from No. 1 in the group of six.

Beltassima victory in 2021 (Photo by Amanda Stephens)

Beltassima finished second in the Kentucky $250,000 Championship Series Finals last year and is a 2021 New Jersey Sire Stakes champion. Owned by Crawford Farms, Beltassima is even money on the morning line . She won $397,947 and has a record of 24-10-4-2.

Gingras will also lead Goldie’s Legacy in the male 4-year-old pacer division. The son of Always A Virgin-AG-N-AU Bluegrass won the $250,000 Kentucky Championship Series Finals as a sophomore and has visited the winner’s circle in four of his last five races. The gelding equaled the Oak Grove track record of 1:48.4 on the first leg of the series on June 7 before finishing sixth behind Komodo Beach on the second leg after breaking stride at the start of the mile .

Goldie’s Legacy once again added to its win tally and bank account with a hard-fought victory over rival Komodo Beach in the third stop of the series on June 28. He and Komodo Beach each completed their final quarter mile in: 25.4.

Trained by Jeff Cullipher, Goldie’s Legacy is 7-5 on the morning line. It is co-owned by its packer and Pollack Racing. It will start pacing from the second position in the field of five.

Goldie’s Legacy has a 46-15-4-2 record and won $439,910.

Cullipher will also operate Caviart Lotus in the same content. The castrated son of bet line-Lunar Tide will be ridden by Tony Hall and will start his mile from fifth position. Caviart Lotus is aiming for its first win of the season and has finished fourth, third and third in the previous three stages of this series.

The gelding is 7-2 on the morning line and shares the same ownership group as Goldie’s Legacy. Caviart Lotus has raised $197,540 in the stock market and has a record of 43-7-6-9.

McCarthy will be driving the Komodo Beach mile in this race. The son of Somewhere finished second in the first leg and third in this series and won the second leg for his first win of 2022.

Coached by Noel Daley, Komodo Beach and McCarthy were awarded the third position. The gelding is 2-1 on the morning line. He has raised $282,890 in scholarships and sports a resume of 34-10-9-5.

Komodo Beach is owned by Morrison Racing Stables and finished second by a neck to Goldie’s Legacy in the $250,000 Kentucky Championship Series Finals last year.

Kildare King are looking to extend their winning streak to three in the 4-year-old trotting male division. The son of Trixton-The exclusive will start trotting from the fourth position in what will be held as a no bet event before the pari-mutuel card. Gingras will be responsible for guiding Kildare King for trainer Chris Beaver and owner/breeder Robert Goodman.

The gelding narrowly missed the first leg of the series against Cuatro De Julio in record time (1:51.1). He followed that defeat with victories in the return and third matches.

Kildare King won $162,725 and is 31-8-4-3. A win in that event would be his seventh in 2022 out of nine starts and push him above $100,000 for the year.

The $150,000 final for the 4-year-old series is scheduled for July 19. The top eight points from each division will be guaranteed a place in the starting grid for the final.

To view the point standings for this series, please click here.

For all entries for today’s racing action, please click here.

Races at Oak Grove are held on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday with a start time of 3:00 p.m. CST.

by Kimberly French, for the Kentucky Harness Association


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