by Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile
Lexington, KY — Both winners in Bluegrass splits last week, Cantab Fashion and Green Manalishi S put their win streaks on the line when they compete in the third of three divisions for the $275,600 Trixton International Stallion Stakes, sponsored by the Trixton Syndicate, for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters on Thursday (Oct. 4) at The Red Mile.
Trained by Jim Campbell, Cantab Fashion won his fourth straight race with a 1:55.3 victory in his division of the Bluegrass last week. The colt by Cantab Hall, with $64,500 to his bankroll, competes for Fashion Farms and will start from post one with David Miller at the helm.
On the opposite side of the gate, Green Manalishi S, runner-up in the Peter Haughton Memorial and winner of the William Wellwood Memorial, starts from post nine with Tim Tetrick in the bike. The Marcus Melander-trained colt by Muscle Hill enters off a 1:56.1 win by 3-3/4 lengths as the 1-9 favorite in his division of the Bluegrass. Competing for Courant Inc., he has more than $340,000 in earnings.
Chin Chin Hall, upsetting a division of the Bluegrass in 1:55.4 at odds of 14-1, makes his third career start when leaving from post three in the first split of the Trixton. The Melanie Wrenn-trained gelding by Cash Hall will have Peter Wrenn in the bike for owners David McDuffee and Gene Oldford Farms.
Finishing third to Chin Chin Hall as the 2-1 favorite, Kentucky Sires Stakes champion Forecast races in the same division. Nearing $200,000 in earnings, the John Butenschoen-trained colt by Cantab Hall has five wins from 10 starts and races for owners William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick. Corey Callahan sits in the bike and will start from post four.
Pulling the biggest upset in the opening night of Bluegrass action, Aldebaranwalkabout returns to the track in the second division of the Trixton. Coming from off the pace, the Jonas Czernyson trainee stormed through the “good” track to finish second to favorite Don’t Let’em but was placed first due to the public choice not obeying the breaking rule. He won at 29-1 — getting his second win from five starts total — and pushed his earnings tally to over $50,000 for owner Aldebaran Park Inc. Andrew McCarthy pilots the Muscle Hill colt from post eight.
The nine-race program Thursday, which also features two $4,000 amateur driver trotting events honoring Hall of Fame inductees Joe Holloway and Linda Toscano, gets underway with a first-race post time at 1 p.m. (EDT).
- Wrenn is happy with progress of Chin Chin Hall (Tuesday, October 02, 2018)
As driver Peter Wrenn walked to the Red Mile winner’s circle alongside Chin Chin Hall after their victory in a division of last week’s Bluegrass Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters, he wore a big smile while rubbing and patting the horse’s side, followed by several fist pumps. Patience and faith had been rewarded. Making only his second career start, and first in more than two months, Chin Chin Hall got his first victory by defeating a field that included five trotters with Grand Circuit or state-restricted stakes triumphs to their credit.