Commonwealth and Golden Rod Series Finals at the Red Mile


Lexington, Kentucky— On Monday (Sept. 19) and Tuesday (Sept. 20), The Red Mile hosted six $100,000 Kentucky Commonwealth Series Finals and eight $50,000 Kentucky Golden Rod Series Finals for first-year trotters and leaders and male and female sophomores.

Tauras (racing hill-Voluminous) and Prince of Honor (Walner-Princess Aurora) continued to visit the winner’s circle in their respective events to collect Kentucky crowns.

Taurasi and driver Devon Tharps (Photo by Amanda Stephens)

On Monday, Sept. 19, Taurasi and Devon Tharps pulled away from the field after the first quarter mile for his seventh straight win and a Kentucky championship in the $100,000 Commonwealth Series Finals for 3-year-old male pacers. Boston (Dexter Dunn) finished third and Threshold (Brian Sears) third.

Taurasi took over from Boston after the first quarter in :26.1 to lead the rest of the mile in :53, 1:20.2 and 1:49.1.

The gelding has won seven straight since finishing sixth on his debut at Oak Grove Racing and Gaming on June 27.

Taurasi is trained by Tony Alagna. He competes as a homebred for MT Pockets Stables and Victoria Howard.

The gelding is 8-7-0-0 and banked $128,300 and paid $2.64 to win.


On Tuesday, Sept. 20, Prince of Honor and rider Todd McCarthy remained undefeated with a Triumph !:53.1 in the Kentucky Golden Rod Series division for 2-year-old trotters. The colt remains undefeated in four pari-mutuel fights. Mohatu As (Tim Tetrick) finished second and Grizz Wyllie (David Miller) finished third.

Prince of honor and driver Todd McCarthy (photo by Amanda Stephens)

Prince Of Honor won $47,500 and paid $4.28 to win.


Hungry For Love, Queen Of Success tops Commonwealth Series

Hungry For Love and D. Miller took command after the first quarter mile to reach the line in 1:51.1 in the Commonwealth Final for 2-year-old fillies. Constellation (Todd McCarthy) was second and Seashell (Andrew McCarthy) was third.

A daughter of Stay hungry-Art lovers, Hungry For Love is formed by Ron Burke. The filly belongs to Thomas Dillion and Scott Dillon.

Hungry For Love now has a 9-6-1-0 record and won $145,000.

The filly paid $2.30 to win and was bred by Brittany Farms.

Queen of Success (Traitor Captain) and rider Andrew McCarthy rode a:25.4 final quarter mile to fend off Lock Bridge (D. Miller) and Style For A Mile (Dexter Dunn) to win the Commonwealth Series Final for 3 filly leaders year.

Trained by Alagna, the filly is now 21-8-4-2 and has collected $230,467.

Queen Of Success was bred by Brittany Farms and Marvin Katz. It is owned by Alagna Racing, Caviart Farms and Robert Leblanc. Queen Of Success paid $2.68 to win.

Commonwealth Series

I won’t back down like (lion hunter) and rider Tony Hall won the 3-year-old male trotters final for conditioner Anette Lorentzon. Ken’s Walner (Todd McCarthy) was second and Just For Trix (D. Miller) was third.

Espresso (chapter seven-Biscotti) and Andy Miller won the 2-year-old male trotting division in 1:53.3. Brodeur (Hall) was second and Sayinwhatimthinkin (Tim Tetrick) third.

Tetrick and Alagna picked up another win with Yes Please (Father Patrick-Speak To Me) in the final of the 2-year-old filly trot. Railee Something (Dunn) was second and Hush Moni (Yannick Gingras) was third.

The final time was 1:53.4

Golden Rod Series

Big (chapter seven-Ariana G) stopped the clock in 1:54.4 for coach Nancy Takter with Gingras on the bike. Picaboo Lady (T. McCarthy) was second and Sadie Hanover (A. McCarthy) was third in the final for first year trotting fillies.

Gingras and Fly Like An Angel came home in 1:50.4 to win the 3-year-old fillies pace final for trainer Linda Toscano. Kentukylady (Tetrick) was second and Acrimony (Devon Tharps) third.

Ezra and Atlee Bender won the final for second-year colts trotting for trainer Erv Miller in 1:53.1. Aggiornamento (Tetrick) was second and Prank Me (D. Miller) was third.

Admiral Hill (Sweet Lou-Laura Hill) and Dunn won the Golden Rod Series Final for 2-year-old male pacers in 1:50 for trainer Chris Ryder. Larceny (D. Miller) was second and captain Albert G (T. McCarthy) was third.

Unleashed Kemp and A. McCarthy won the second filly trot in 1:52.3 for trainer Noel Daley. Saffron Girl (Gingras) was second and Blue Bayou Deo (John MacDonald) was third.

Weakness (Nob Hill High-Ideal Love) and D. Miller won the pace final for 2-year-old fillies for trainer Brain Brown in 1:52.2. My Nay Nay (Dunn) and Caviart Sabrina (Tharps) finished third.

Peter Foley’s charge, Outwit Outrun, captured the men’s 3-year-old pace with A. McCarthy holding the lines in 1:51. Danger Zone (Tetrick) was second and Ovanight Celebrity (Dunn) was third.

The Red Mile is on hiatus until Thursday (September 29) when the Grand Circuit arrives in Lexington.

For Tuesday’s full results, Click here.

For Monday’s full results, Click here.

by Kimberly French, for the Red Mile


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