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Rick Wedel led off the day with a trip down victory lane in the ASR Amateur Weanling Futurity. Owned by Paul and Rebecca Dieckman, Johnny McSwain is a huge chestnut colt by Kinex. Kinex, a son of The Irish Connection, owned by Rick Wedel. Wade Fairey assisted as the tailer today. Johnny McSwain is out of Kim Darlin, by The Manipulator. Winning handler a year ago with We Must Be Nuts, David Jampsa finished reserve here with Lismore’s Nuttin Better. This beautiful dark chestnut filly is of course by Undulata’s Nutcracker and is owned by the same team of David Jampsa and Kris Swanson that owns her celebrity sire. Exquisitely fine, she is out of Valhalla’s Razzle Dazzle, by Radiant Sultan. On opening night here in Louisville, she took top honors in the Open Futurity version of this class, taking home the lion’s share of that big prize purse. The black filly, Beaute Sombre was third with Kenny Wheeler running for Joe T. Smith. Beaute Sombre is cleverly named, as that is French for “dark beauty.”

There were tears of joy aplenty in the Youth Roadster to Bike class, as Anna Stoddard made a World’s Championship drive behind Carl Julian for Lucas Equine Services. Bo Lucas headed up the round of honor for his stepdaughter Anna, as her family, friends and fans were screaming and jumping up and down on the rail. They all made their way up the chute and could still be heard cheering their congratulations well up the ramp. Carl Julian is another speedster coming out of the USTA Roadster Classic. He finished top three in the always competitive event just last year. Roar Of Thunder finished as the Reserve World’s Champion for the second year in a row, having won this event the two years prior. Ali DeGray seems to have a ton of fun showing in this division, letting the fiery part of being a redhead shine through! Jon Walker continued his road horse success on the week, as his charge, Royal Count, finished third with owner Rebekah Cloninger at the lines.

Just three answered the call for the ASR Amateur Two-Year-Old In Hand Futurity, with Tronese taking the blue. Before you go googling “Tronese” to find out the special meaning, here’s the breeding: Sired by Bobese and out of Tronada. Tronese. Get it? Kathy Capsuto Walker and Jeff Ramey teamed up for another World’s Championship on the week, having won the Yearling Futurity on Sunday night with Sir Surreal. Tronese is a beautiful dark chestnut with a light tail. She will certainly stand out from the crowd in the show ring. Bobby Dunn and George Davenport teamed up for reserve with Mountjoy’s Spanish Moon. Owned by Ramona Whipps, Spanish Moon is by Santana Hosanna and out of So Dreamy, by CH The King Of Highpoint. So Dreamy was herself a Reserve World’s Champion in hand, her win coming in the Yearling Breeders Open in 1998.

It was a unanimous victory that sent the first tri-color of the week back to Majestic Oaks, as Pure Country and Lexie Flint made perhaps their best show yet to romp to victory. Though one of her tri-colors came off in her round of honor, you get two here in Freedom Hall, so the pictures will still look awesome and be treasured for a lifetime. Owned by Dr. Robert and Melissa Flint, Pure Country looks about like riding a bottle rocket as he shoots down the rail. It’s been quite a week for Lexie, as she earned her first two World’s Championship titles. Tayler Rhinehart moved up a spot from the qualifier to take reserve honors for Bacon Stable. By Mastercraft and out of a Heartland Supremacy mare, Mastercraft’s Guess Who LF was Reserve World’s Champion of Champions for the second straight year. Tayler was once again rocking her black and pink silks with the bright pink helmet. Speaking of helmets, Brynn Lunaas kept hers firmly in place today to pick up third with Unique Star Attraction for Deborah Jahn and Utoft Stables. Lila Tatar has had a good first week on the green shavings, earning her second top four finish, this one coming with Heartland City Boy. She got a shout out for this being her first Louisville from announcer Peter Fenton.

Sired by their good friend Larry Hartsock’s stallion, Walterway’s Wild And Wooly, Ceil and Kenny Wheeler’s Wooly Bully took the final blue ribbon of the day in the Amateur Yearling Futurity. The Dream Team of Kenny Wheeler and Brad Noel were reunited once again. Their claim to fame was sweeping these three Thursday morning futurities in 2008. Today they had just the one to show together and made the most of it. Wooly Bully is out of Ceil’s mare, Topstitch, by Manhattan Supreme. A chestnut with four white socks, he was named by fellow Keswick, Virginia, resident Janet Sterba. A bay gelding, Rich Kid was reserve with Rick Wedel capping off a good day, this time for Bobby Cantrell. This one is by VHF Licorice Drop Kid. He is out of Born Rich Girl, by Attache’s Born Believer. Bobby Dunn and George Davenport finished third with Mountjoy’s Bees Knees for Joe T. Smith. 

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