LEXINGTON, Ky.— Six Pack, A New York-sired horse trained in New Jersey set a world record for 3-year-old trotting colts with a 1:49.1 performance as he swept the 126th Kentucky Futurity, sponsored by Hunterton Farms, Stoner Manor Inc. and Menhammer Stuteri Ab, on Oct. 7 at Red Mile.
The record Six Pack broke was also his own, he trotted in 1:50 at the Meadowlands in July.
In Kentucky, trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt, of Wrightstown, N.J., got off the gate third behind Crystal Fashion leading the field and Met’s Hall occupying the pocket. Svanstedt tipped the Muscle Mass colt off the rail past a :27.1 opening quarter, cleared control, and kept the pace hot through a :54.4 half.
Six Pack’s margin grew moving around the final turn as he passed three-quarters in 1:21.2 ahead of Crystal Fashion and Met’s Hall chasing behind. Svanstedt urged his colt through the stretch and darted to the finish while Crystal Fashion narrowed on the leader a touch towards the outside in second. Met’s Hall settled for third ahead of You Know You Do fourth.
When asked if Six Pack was the best horse he ever trained, Svanstedt said “no.”
“Today, he was the best horse,” said Svanstedt, who also trained and drove Ice Attraction and Plunge Blue Chip to world records on the card.
Winning his ninth race from 12 starts this season and his 13th from 20 overall, Six Pack exceeded $1 million in earnings for owners Ake Svanstedt Inc., Little E LLC, Stall Kalmar Ff and Lars Berg. He paid $4.80 to win.
Earlier in the day, Six Pack won his Futurity elimination after plowing past Met’s Hall in the stretch and holding off a late charge from Fiftydallarbill to win in 1:50.2.
Atlanta Wins Filly Futurity
After finishing second in the first heat to Plunge Blue Chip in a world record equaling mile, Hambletonian winner Atlanta took command early and drew clear of her competition to take the $224,000 second heat of the 53rd Kentucky Filly Futurity, sponsored by the Father Patrick Syndicate and Diamond Creek Farms, in 1:51.1.
Plunge Blue Chip, the Ake Svanstedt-trained Muscle Mass filly, bested Atlanta in the first heat of the Filly Futurity, sprinting to victory at the wire to equal her 1:49.4 world record. Atlanta, setting the first quarter in :28.2, yielded the lead to Manchego, leaving from post eight, and sat as she sped to the half in :54.4 and three-quarters in 1:22.4.
Driver Scott Zeron angled Atlanta out of the pocket into the stretch and overtook Manchego with ease but could not withstand Plunge Blue Chip’s three-wide stretch bid through the wire, settling for second. Manchego, faltering in third, scratched out of the final while Piranha Fury and Top Expectations advanced.
Plunge Blue Chip, a $7.40 winner, races for Svanstedt, Blue Chip Bloodstock, Tomas Andersson and Rick Zeron Stables. She won her 16th race from 22 starts, earning $913,791.
Following the second place effort, trainer Rick Zeron decided, despite hesitation, to pull Atlanta’s shoes.
“Everybody I noticed today was pulling shoes and I didn’t want to pull the shoes and race her two heats. So I said to Scott ‘If you can get us through the first heat and get into the final I’ll pull the shoes off her.’ [Trainer] George Ducharme came by and gave me a perfect set of bell boots for her because we didn’t have any.”
Scott Zeron sent the Chapter Seven filly for the lead in the final while Plunge Blue Chip tucked into the pocket ahead of Lily Stride trotting into third. By the quarter in :28.2, Atlanta faced no pressure and rated to the half in :56.1. Plunge Blue Chip continued to track from the pocket.
Atlanta’s lead opened rounding the final turn as Plunge Blue Chip hit a wall and faded at the pylons, forcing the backfield wide. Seviyorum, pulling first-over past the half, rushed into second with about a three-length deficit past the 1:24.3 third-quarter and continued to gain ground chasing through the stretch. Atlanta remained strong on the lead and hit the wire a length in front of Seviyorum at the wire. Nixie Volo closed for third and Top Expectations took fourth.
“[Pulling the shoes] worked out so well,” Rick Zeron said after the race, “And when Scott called on her around the last turn, I was in the paddock. Gone.”
“For him, it was a big move to make,” Scott Zeron said. “But he was confident talking over it with me and we put some bell boots on her — I really think that helped her just that little bit more.”
Winning her seventh race from 11 starts this year and her 11th from 21 overall, Atlanta surpassed $1 million in earnings for owner-trainer Rick Zeron along with partners Crawford Farms, Holland Racing Stable, Howard Taylor and Brad Grant. She paid $4.20 to win.
The other elimination for the Filly Futurity went to Lily Stride in a 1:50.2 lifetime best performance.
Ice Attraction Ices World Record
The Svanstedt-trained Muscle Hill mare Ice Attraction reeled into a fast pace late in the mile and slid clear of competition in progress to a 1:50.1 world-record victory in the $72,000 Libfeld & Katz Breeding Partnership Allerage Farms Mare Trot, sponsored by Al Libfeld & Marvin Katz.
Positioned sixth to the quarter, Ice Attraction sat off a :27.2 opening quarter set by Royal Witch asserting herself to the lead over Checkmate Time showing speed but settling into second. Broadway Donna, the 4-5 favorite, pulled from third entering the backstretch and circled to the top heading to a :55 half.
Caprice Hill, from fourth, tipped first over heading into the far turn carrying Dream Baby Dream second over and Charmed Life third-over. Dream Baby Dream broke stride, placing Charmed Life second-over and Ice Attraction, shuffled to last in the pack, had room to angle third over. Caprice Hill and Broadway Donna drew away from the field to three-quarters as they matched strides in 1:23.
Svanstedt fired Ice Attraction to the center of the track turning into the stretch. Caprice Hill continued to dig into Broadway Donna and inherited the lead midstretch when the favorite began to gallop. Ice Attraction continued to roll widest of all and swept to the front late in the mile to win. Caprice Hill held second from Charmed Life closing for third. Broadway Donna, finishing fourth, was disqualified to sixth for violating the breaking rule, placing Royal Witch fourth.
“Last year [winning the Kentucky Filly Futurity] was a real shock. This year was just a nice surprise,” co-owner Jeff Gural said. “She’s been racing good but she’s had bad luck — she’s just been shuffled too far back. And of course with a seven-horse race and a horse breaking that makes it a lot easier.”
Winning her second race in 13 starts this season and her 11th in 42 overall, Ice Attraction has accrued $613,500 for owners Ake Svanstedt, Douglas Sipple, Mal & Janet Burroughs and Little E LLC. She paid $22.80 to win.
The 1:50.1 mile lowers the previous world record for 4-year-old trotting mares on a mile track of 1:50.2 set by Ariana G at Meadowlands this year.
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