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Lexington Junior League - Monday Evening

The Red Mile is in the midst of a bit of a facelift. In reality, it is more like total body reconstruction as far as the grandstand is concerned. But as soon as you step foot on that apron or step hoof in that long and storied ring, absolutely nothing has changed. Show Manager Kent Moeller has been preaching patience since day one of this project, knowing well the challenges that this year would bring. We are dealing with mild inconveniences. That’s all. And the future looks exceptionally bright. Money is being poured into the Red Mile at an exceptional rate, and the improvements are well underway. It wasn’t very long ago that we were having the discussion about how long we would have this historic venue before it became more campus apartments! That day is well offc into the distance now. So we have to walk a few extra feet this time. So our stalls are in a tent this year. Just stick with Kent and his insanely hardworking crew for this year, and the benefits will be huge.

First to find out that the track is in exceptional shape was a first-time Lexington participant. Reagan Campbell made her Red Mile debut a spectacular one, making one of the best shows of the night with CH Real Action. Winners of the 13-and-Under Three-Gaited blue here, this team has now taken five victory passes in their first season together. Owned by Darby, Ann, and Reagan Campbell, Real Action is trained by Bill and Lisa Waller. Another team showing in their first full season together, My Hail Mary and Clayton Stinnett made a good show in reserve for WoodLea Farms LLC. Trained by Smith Lilly, My Hail Mary was the Three-Gaited Over 15.2 Reserve World’s Champion just last year and a World’s Champion the year before that. The top two in this class certainly carry impressive resumes! The impeccably bred Callaway’s Silent Partner earned a spot in the top three with Alyssa Grace Ridings up for Helen Rich. Sirtainly Stylish and Jessica Manzo finished fourth in this field of nine.

Miss Olivia O’Claire has had plenty of success on the Red Mile, ever since 2004, when Steve Demjen rode her to a reserve prize in the Three-Year-Old Three-Gaited Stake. By Radiant Sultan and out of Incredible Folly, by Spring Valley’s Deliverance, Miss Olivia O’Claire is now under the direction of Craig and Kathi Hummel. With a Country Pleasure Driving win tonight, she has now won on this track three years in a row, with four different drivers. Clayton Caldwell made the winning drive tonight for owner Etta Caldwell, while Taylor Toth took a spin last year and Lindsey Mason did the honors in 2013. The 2013 win came in Junior Exhibitor Show Pleasure Driving. Champions of Syracuse just a week ago, Surprise Kiss and Elaine Earlywine traveled southwest with the Jan Lukens caravan to earn the reserve prize. Also the champions at Devon this year, they were top three in the Show Pleasure Driving Championship here last year. In another big class of nine, the son of Callaway’s Northern Kiss and a Radiant Sultan mare made a stylish show for his owner and driver. Mardi Gras Memories and Dr. Randy McBride finished third, with CH My Stiletto and Debbie Marcum in fourth.

It’s hard to believe that the Carly Rae Jepsen song, “Call Me Maybe” came out so long ago, but the three fillies who are named with some reference to the song in their registered names show us that that is the case. One of those fillies added a Red Mile win to her credit tonight, as Nutcracker’s Call Me Maybe was the UPHA Park Pleasure Classic winner with Kevin Tomasko. Obviously by Undulata’s Nutcracker, she is out of CH Callaway’s Rhapsody In Blue, a full sister to Callaway’s Guy Park, Callaway’s No More Mr. Nice Guy, and all of the other great sons and daughters of Callaway’s Blue Norther and Broodmare Hall of Fame mare Sweet Sachet. She is owned and developed by Phoenix Prophecies LLC. By Deep Blue and out of Madeira’s Love, Fox Grape’s Love Bug was ridden to reserve honors by Steve Wheeler. Fully a member of the Fox Grape breeding program, Love Bug claims the lovely World’s Champion walk-trot mare as her dam and the Fox Grape-owned Deep Blue as her sire. This was the show ring debut for the filly.

Also in a group of three, Jeff McClean drove Heartland Road Show to the Amateur Hackney Pony blue for Golden Creek Farms. Undefeated on the season so far, Road Show was the amateur champion at Midwest Charity last month. He and Mary Gaylord McClean were the Amateur Reserve World’s Champion of Champions last year. Alexis Lewis always looks to be having a great time at the lines. She drove CH The Final Contender to the reserve prize under the direction of Jim McIntosh and Mindy Preston. This was Alexis’ first trip over the hallowed ground of the Red Mile, but she made the most of it. She showed three ponies tonight in her first ever Lexington performance!

A high octane group blasted down the long straightaways in the 14-17 Five-Gaited class. With 13 entries, it was an action-packed class of top quality. Emma Sanchez continued what has been a great season for her, taking He’s In Style to the top spot for Sharyn Lackey. Trained by Peter and Kim Cowart, He’s In Style was the Ladies Five-Gaited Reserve World’s Champion of Champions last year with Kim aboard and the 2013 Ladies World’s Champion of Champions. Emma has really got his number this year, fresh off a bigtime sweep of the blues at Midwest Charity. Another by Deep Blue, he is out of She’s In Style, by Desert’s Supreme Memories. Similarly named but unrelated, He’s Born To Royalty was the reserve winner here with Catherine Wheeler aboard for Ceil and Kenny Wheeler. A son of CH Callaway’s Born To Win and Reserve World’s Champion Princess Nora BR, He’s Born To Royalty has primarily been a breeding stallion for most of his life. With a minor adjustment, he is now eligible for the junior exhibitor ranks, taking the red ribbon here under the direction of Smith Lilly. Taylor Woods made a great ride for third aboard Liquid Courage for La Dolce Vita Farms, while Jessi McCurry and My Dreamboat Annie were fourth for Double Doc Farms.

It was a solo show in the Amateur Roadster Under Saddle, but CH Vivacious is always a welcome sight on the Red Mile. She and Dr. Holly Ackerman went through their work for the blue tonight, their third year in a row to win this title. It was also her last show ring appearance as the great mare is being retired.

Ceil Wheeler continued a good night for Mercer Springs with a win in the Amateur Three-Gaited 15.2 and Under class aboard Callaway’s Naughty & Nice. This daughter of Callaway’s Blue Norther and The Supreme Machine has all the spunk and sass you want in a walk-trot mare, especially and under two horse. She was the World’s Champion in this division a year ago and the Amateur Three-Gaited Reserve World’s Champion of Champions as well. Also by Blue Norther, Callaway’s Count Your Blessings took the red prize in second with Jenn Katko up. Directed by Judd Stables, this was the second year in a row for this team to earn this ribbon. Count Your Blessings is out of the great Broodmare Hall of Famer Callaway’s Agatha Christie, but it’s no mystery what makes her special. She was the Ladies Three-Gaited 15.2 and Under winner here in 2013. Miraculous Chorus and Amery Creighton finished third for Cheval Farm LLC, while High Heels And A Smile and Annika Bruggeworth were fourth.

Another winner from Golden Creek Farms, Heartland Demonstrator made a top performance for the Ladies Harness Pony blue. Mary Gaylord McClean drove to this prize under the direction of Tom Lowry. Also a winner in two trips at Midwest, Demonstrator was the Amateur Harness Pony World’s Champion of Champions last year with Mary at the lines. This team also took the amateur championship here at Lexington last year. Heartland Crimson Rose and Alicia Schuckert drove to reserve for Faydelle Schott. Crimson Rose is by Heartland Code Of Honor and out of Heartland Red Rose, by Dun-Haven Bandolier.

Best of the bunch in the Junior Five-Gaited Stallion/Gelding class was Mountjoy’s Extra Nice. Shown to the blue by owner Tre Lee, he is by The King Of Highpoint son, Mountjoy’s Knight, and out of a Callaway’s Extra Extra mare. His dam, Love Me Tender Sweet Sophie Rose, is line bred Will Shriver. Extra Nice was a winner here a year ago as well in the UPHA Five-Gaited Classic, going on to win a Three-Year-Old Five-Gaited World’s Championship. A stallion son of My Royale Charm, My Royale Flush was reserve here with T.J. Santaferra, who has done a masterful job in his time working with Kathy Capsuto Walker’s Escalade Stables. With his first crop due in 2016, Royale Flush is out of a South African-bred daughter of the grand stallion, Arborlane Tangos Wee Pee (SA). Maria Gilman and Samurai finished in third for Barbara Woods.

What a debut season it has been for Milan Kordestani and CH His Supreme Reflection. Directed by Jennifer Dixon, His Supreme Reflection is back under saddle again and has yet to be beaten with Milan aboard, showing in mostly amateur and open classes on the West Coast. Tonight they took on a scheduled group of 13 junior exhibitors and came away as the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Park winners for Omid and Milan Kordestani. The Amateur Fine Harness Reserve Champion here a year ago, His Supreme Reflection hasn’t missed a beat in his storied career. This new team made their eighth victory pass of the season in this one. Fresh off championship wins at Syracuse International and UPHA 14 Spring Premiere, Anderson Cooper represented the East Coast in this one with Kimberly Earlywine riding for Elaine Earlywine. Jan Lukens directs this team that also took a reserve championship in the amateur division at Devon. Anderson Cooper is by Attache’s Royal Assets and out of a Callaway’s Blue Norther mare. Caroline Rainbolt Forbes and Watermark’s A Kiss For Luck were third in this tough group, followed by The Invincible and Lindsay Slemmons in fourth.

Costa Nostra made a rocked back and strutting performance to win the Ladies Fine Harness class with Phyllis Brookshire. Under the direction of one of the Red Mile masters, Matt Shiflet, Costa Nostra was the Amateur Fine Harness Champion at Asheville earlier this year. The black gelding is by The Harlem Renaissance and out of an Irish Connection mare. Matt had him here as a four-year-old as well, earning reserve in the Junior Fine Harness class that year on his way to the Junior Fine Harness Stallion/Gelding World’s Championship. Another black beauty, Kalarama’s New York Lady was a strong reserve with Vicki Reed at the lines. Trained by A.J. Bruwer, New York Lady is by I’m A New Yorker and out of Lady Whitney. The Amateur Fine Harness Champion here a year ago, New York Lady exudes a charisma and class that is tough to beat.

As we mentioned earlier, He’s Born To Royalty was for a long time a breeding stallion. His daughter, Nightingale Princess, topped the Junior Three-Gaited 15.2-and-Under class tonight in her show ring debut. Robert Gardiner made the winning ride for Katie and Carolne Moeller. Nightingale Princess is out of the gray mare, Callaway’s Gale, by Callaway’s Blue Norther. George Schmid was reserve aboard Souper Salad. An entry of Carl T. Fischer Jr., Souper Salad is by Undulata’s Nutcracker and out of Eyee Gadzooks, by Periaptor. They were Junior Fine Harness winners at Rock Creek.

The Limit Hackney Pony class delivered another blue for Golden Creek Farms. Heartland Dressed To Impress was the winner here with Jeff McClean driving. While this is a well-known name in the pony world, Dressed To Impress is new to this particular division. This is his first year as a cob-tail, having been the Amateur Road Pony 50-52” Reserve World’s Champion last year. He is now three for three at the park trot. Alexis Lewis continued her first night on the Red Mile with a second reserve win behind a Golden Creek entry. She drove Extremely Supreme Star to the red ribbon for the Linda Lewis Estate. Extremely Supreme Star is by The Extremist and out of Truly A Impressive Star.

Janet Crampton and Callaway’s Hint Of Heaven scored the trip down victory lane in the Ladies Five-Gaited Mare class for Alde-Mar Farms. Hint Of Heaven is by Callaway’s Ghost Writer and out of Callaway’s Glimpse Into The Future, by Callaway’s Blue Norther. This was the second time for Janet and Hint Of Heaven to hit the ring together. Maria Gilman showed her own Tango Mango to the reserve win. This was the second year in a row for the daughter of Dorian Warriors Song and Callaway’s Spring Fever to take this prize. Emily Candelaria rode Tango Mango to a win at Asheville in the 13-and-under division.

Roadster to Wagon Champion at Midwest Charity, Ice Man made a nice solo show tonight to win the Roadster to Wagon class with James Nichols. Owned by Betty Tucker, Ice Man was the Roadster to Wagon Champion at the Royal last year as well.

Karla Moritz picked up where she left off at Shelby County Fair, taking another victory pass aboard CH Callaway’s Lil Abner. This time it was as the 13-and-Under Five-Gaited winner under the direction of Milo Jones. Lil Abner is by CH Caramac and out of the Broodmare Hall of Famer Town Flower, by Yorktown. While the winner is 16 years old and going strong, the reserve winner is 17! CH Sunken Treasure has long been a star for High Caliber Stables. Abigail Tabor was the rider again tonight for Allen and McGee Bosworth. They were 13-and-Under Five-Gaited Champions at JD Massey earlier this year. CH Walterway’s Pardon Me and Emily Candelaria finished third, followed by Kolby Blaker Smith and Midnight Senor.

Juan Rios drove off with the Limit Road Pony blue at the lines of Regal’s Perfect Song. An entry of Doug Mesker, Perfect Song is by Dun-Haven Regal Attraction and out of Perfection’s Love Song LF. Kirstie Buerkley has taken the last three victory passes with Perfect Song at Shelby County Fair, Lawrenceburg, and Midwest Charity. Also a winner at Shelby County Fair and Lawrenceburg, The Lone Ranger was the reserve winner tonight with Tom Lowry driving for Golden Creek Farms. Lowry drove Lone Ranger to an undefeated season last year, taking the UPHA Road Pony Classic National Championship.

Another contender for Best Performance of the Night, HS Baby Steps was spot on to win the Ladies Three-Gaited Over 15.2 with Misdee Wrigley Miller. Baby Steps has become an ironic name for this daughter of Sir William Robert and I Am The Dream, as she takes anything but baby steps. With a huge, open way of going, she drove up under herself in high style tonight under the direction of Larry Hodge and Danny Lockhart at Kalarama. This team is now five for five on the season. Lisa Strickland and A Sweet Inspiration took the red prize in second for Dr. Mary Ling. A Sweet Inspiration is by Undulata’s Nutcracker and out of Sweet Illusion W.F., the dam of World’s Grand Champion An Heir About Her.

The string of dams by Callaway’s Blue Norther continued strong in the Five-Gaited Gelding Stake, as I’m A Blues Man took that title with Robert Gardiner. Sired by I’m A New Yorker, Blues Man is out of CH Callaway’s Potpourri, by Blue Norther. Sweet Sachet (BHF) makes another appearance in our write up of Monday night, as she is the second dam of the gelding champion. Potpourri was the former teammate of the owner and breeder of I’m A Blues Man, Carolyn Moore Miller. Fresh off wins in the gaited stakes at Shelby County Fair and Lawrenceburg, Melinda Moore settled for a good reserve aboard Sabotage. Melinda owns the son of Castle Bravo and The Small Town Blues. They were reserve champions in the Five-Gaited Jackpot Stake at Rock Creek. 

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