LAST night’s Kentucky Sires Stakes at The Red Mile saw rookie pacers jockeying for a position in the upcoming $250,000 in the third and last preliminary leg of the series.
Band Stand completed her sweep of the preliminary legs with a 1:53.1 triumph for driver Joe Bongiorno.
Reserved in fourth through moderate early fractions, Band Stand took the uncovered route to victory, chasing down pacesetter and eventual minor placegetter Let’s Fall In Love in the stretch.
Hurrikane Empress was angled wide after a pocket trip to finish second.
From A Rocknroll Dance’s first crop, Band Stand was bred by Hunterton Farms and is trained by Tony Alagna for owner Brad Grant.
Fillies opened the card and Pure Paradise continued her ascent toward the top of the list with a comfortable 1:53 win.
Tyler Smith took the favourite back to seventh and last through the early fractions as Newsday set a solid pace.
Past the half Pure Paradise was activated into a first over move, engaged the leader by the last turn and sailed on by. Dance Blue drafted behind the winner’s cover and arrived second. with Pleasant Beauty third.
- NICK SALVI