Thursday, October 2, 2014
Takter's top duo rule futurities
For the first time, the historic Kentucky Futurity will make more history, as the soph-colt trot will be held in a single mile--a first for the event.
Only nine colt trotters have been entered for the $435,000 event on Sunday, Oct. 5, at The Red Mile.
The Filly Futurity will also be on the program.
The main event for the glamour-boy trotters leaves little room for handicapping or betting, as Father Patrick takes on the other eight:
Dasyuk, Dee Dee's Hitman, Hillustrious, Il Sogno Dream, Lightning Force, Martiniwithmuscle, Mr Lindy and Nuncio.
Barring another strange Hambletonian-like incident--the odds of that are long--Father Patrick has no worries about beating this group, even Dasyuk, who beat him by a hair once this year.
The fillies may not offer more action, either.
Their futurity, also a single mile, features:
Chivaree Hanover, Heaven's Door, Highest Peak, Scream And Shout, Shake It Cerry, Vanity Matters and Yoga.
Yoga is a late-developing gal that shares the Jimmy Takter tag with Shake It Cerry.
Heaven's Door has been competitive with "Cerry" and others in the division.
Mr Lindy will go a good mile against Cerry but she is hard to back as an upset.
Scream And Shout has awoken a bit and may be second best here if she puts her all into it.
So we are left, again, with the two Takter giants, Father Patrick and Shake It Cerry. Post position won't matter and neither will drivers (Cerry's driver Ron Pierce is always saying after she wins that he just goes along for the ride).
The futurities may break speed records for either of the top two but the stakes won't make history for public opinion: the top two are the tops.