The $450,000 (div.) stake, in which he defeated divisional leaders Stay Hungry and Courtly Choice, was the most important win of his eight victories on the season and increased his career bankroll to well over a half-million dollars.
It was the second big-money event he’s won over the past three weeks, as he also took home the lion’s share of the $250,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes Final, thanks to being raised in Kentucky and having dual-eligibility status both here and in New York.
American History had a 2-year-old mark of 1:52.2 and at season’s end was third in the $411,000 Governor’s Cup to eventual freshman champion Lost In Time. This year he lowered his mark to 1:47 and has won New York Sire Stakes, Kentucky Sire Stakes and now Grand Circuit stakes.
The colt from Perfect Touch was bred, raised and sold as a yearling by Brittany Farms at the 2016 Lexington Selected Sale. Trainer Tony Alagna purchased him for $150,000 for the ownership group of Marvin Katz, American History Racing and Brittany Farms.
Freshmen pacers by American Ideal also won big-money Grand Circuit stakes during the speed-laden Red Mile meet.Covered Bridge
p,2,1:52 ($132,009), by American Ideal-Stonebridge Kisses, won the $367,000 (div.) Bluegrass 2YO Colt Pace in his record 1:52, pacing his last quarter in an eye-popping :25.4. He is owned David Smith and James Giannuzzi and trained by Jessica Okusko.
Multiple stakes winner St Somewhere
p,2,1:50.4 ($168,768), the American Ideal-Somstreetsomwhere filly owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Collura, Silva and Jones and trained by Gregg McNair, won a stacked division of the $245,000 International Stallion Stakes after finishing second in the Bluegrass the week before.
Congratulations to all… and best wishes for success in the Breeders Crown!