Lexington, Kentucky— On Tuesday (Sept. 6), the Red Mile will host two $80,000 fourth-round legs of the Kentucky Championship Series, two $30,000 fourth-round legs of the Kentucky Commonwealth Series and four $15,000 fourth-round legs of the Kentucky Series. Golden Rod for 2-year-olds. Confederate and Kopi Luwak are meeting for the first time in the Championship division for male 2-year-old pacers, and the occasion has the potential to produce a budding new rivalry in the sport. In the championship class for 2-year-old filly trotters, Special Way continues its quest for a Kentucky title.
confederate (Sweet Lou-Géothermique) is aiming for its third consecutive victory and its second in this series. Trained by Brian Brown, the colt and Tim Tetrick will start from seventh position in the seventh race. Confederate competes as a homebred for Diamond Creek Farm and is 5-2 on the morning line.
After two qualifying wins at Delaware County Fairgrounds and Eldorado Scioto Downs, Confederate was scratched from their career arc at Harrah’s Hoosier Park on July 20. He came back to finish third on his July 28 debut at the same facility. He smashed his maiden on the first stage of the Commonwealth Series at the Red Mile on August 7 in 1:51.2 – a full second faster than El Rey (Dexter Dunn), his closest pursuer – and his last quarter was: 26.3.
Confederate picked up the second win of their young career in the Championship Series return leg on August 16 with another sizzling final quarter. Colt and Tetrick were content to sit third and allowed favorite Blue Lou (Andy McCarthy) to lead the field through fractions of :27.3, :57 and 1:23.3. As the peloton entered the stretch, Confederate simply passed It’s My Show (Yannick Gingras) and sailed by Blue Lou to stop the clock in 1:49.3 – pacing their final split in :25.3 to set a new lifetime record.
Confederate is Geothermal’s first colt, who has never raced, a half-brother to three-time Dan Patch Award winner Pure Country (Somebeachsomewhere, $2.43 million) and Territory (Sweet Lou, $160,769). She is a full sister to Grand Teton (A Rocknroll Dance, $564,369).
Confederate won $56,200 on the stock market with a 3-2-0-1 record.
Kopi Luwak (stay hungry-Auniqueaquistion) is also in contention for his second triumph in this series, and a win would be his second win in a row. The colt will start fifth with David Miller on the bike and is 5-2 on the morning line.
Coached by Tony Alagna, Kopi Luwak broke his maiden in his last start in this series on August 28 clocking 1:49.2 by a nose. He was pulled from the rematch on August 16 and finished second by a neck to Blue Lou in the first round.
Like Confederate, Kopi Luwak comes from a quality female line. His dam won $375,007 while competing exclusively in Illinois and is a full brother to 2012 Illinois Horse of the Year Iam Bonasera ($863,698) and 2008 Orange and Blue Champion Enzo The Baker ($198,090). Auniqueaquistion carries on the family tradition of excellence on and off the piste. Of four living descendants, three have raised more than $100,000 in scholarships.
Kopi Luwak was bred by Steve Stewart and John Carver. The colt was a $160,000 purchase from the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale last year by Brad Grant and Steve Heimbecker. He won $65,000 and has a 3-1-2-0 record.
Special path (Walner-Special Hill), bred and trained by Åke Svanstedt, will strive to extend her winning streak to three and remain undefeated in Bluegrass in the Championship division for first year filly trotters. She broke her first score in her third pari-mutuel appearance on August 15, in the second leg of this series in 1:52.2, before her second score, a 1:54.3 mile in the third round, on the 30 august.
The filly competes as a bloodline for Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Al Libfield. Her mother is a full sister to Beautiful Game (muscle hill$295,451) and half-brother to Special Honor (Father Patrick$290,638).
Special Way took home $85,975 on a 4-2-1-0 record.
The two Commonwealth divisions consist of one class each for pacers and filly trotters.
The four Golden Rod divisions are made up of two competitions each for female trotters and drivers.
The Red Mile will provide a guaranteed $10,000 Pick-4 (races six through nine) in conjunction with the US Trotting Association’s Strategic Betting Program. The Sire Stakes action continues Sunday (Sept. 11) at the Lexington Oval with the first post at 1 p.m. EDT.