by Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile
Lexington, KY — With fast fractions set before him, Homicide Hunter ranged towards the center of the track into the stretch and went past tiring trotters to become the fastest trotter in harness racing history with a 1:48.4 victory in the $145,000 Allerage Farms Open Trot, sponsored by Jeff & Paula Gural, at The Red Mile on Saturday (Oct. 6).
Homicide Hunter’s 1:48.4 mile lowered the all-time trotting mark of 1:49 previously set by Sebastian K at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 2014. The previous record on a mile track was held by Hannelore Hanover, who beat the boys in the Allerage Farms Trot last year with a 1:49.2 mile. The time also lowers the record for gelding trotters on a mile track of 1:49.4, set by JL Cruze at the Meadowlands in 2015.
Guardian Angel As took the lead from Pinkman firing at the rail while Lindy The Great floated for position into third. Lindy The Great brushed to the lead by the quarter in :26.2 as Will Take Charge, away fourth, angled off the rail and began his move for the lead, clearing before a :53.2 half.
Will Take Charge faced first-over pressure from Guardian Angel As around the far turn with Pinkman positioned second over and Homicide Hunter third over. Guardian Angel As inched to the lead past three-quarters in 1:22 and fought for command into the eighth pole.
However Homicide Hunter, poised from his setup, accelerated past the field with ease and trotted to the wire going away from Guardian Angel As holding second. Pinkman finished third while Lindy The Great weaved into fourth.
A 6-year-old gelding by Mr Cantab out of the Like A Prayer mare Evening Prayer, Homicide Hunter won his eighth race in 13 starts and his 38th in 75 overall, surpassing $1.4 million in earnings. The Chris Oakes-trainee, returning $5.20 to win, races for Crawford Farms Racing and had Brian Sears in the bike.
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