It was a “perfect” weekend for horses bred by Brittany Farms, as 2-year-old colt pacer Perfect Sting stayed perfect in the $359,300 (div.) Bluegrass at the Red Mile, while Bettor’s Wish took home top honors that evening in the $176,500 Dayton Pacing Derby.
Perfect Sting p,2,1:49.2 ($254,450), unbeaten in nine starts, was successful in his first step up to open stakes company, as he took the lead prior to the half and never looked back, winning his Bluegrass split in 1:50 with a :26.2 last quarter.
The colt is from the first crop of the co-fastest pacer ever, Always B Miki (1:46) and out of the fastest 3-year-old pacing filly ever, Shebestingin (1:47). Prior to the Bluegrass he swept all three legs and the $250,000 final of the Kentucky Sire Stakes for Brittany Farms & partner Val D’Or Farm.
Up the interstate in Ohio, Bettor’s Wish, a modest $20,000 Lexington Selected yearling purchase bred, raised and sold by Brittany, raised his earnings to more than $2.3-million with the Dayton score. (Watch race
With both racing and standing stud on his itinerary this year, the speedster performed both duties extremely well, as his 1:49 score Saturday night against a stellar field followed earlier season victories in the $230,000 Sam McKee Memorial at the Meadowlands (1:47.3) and Graduate Series.
The 4-year-old by Bettor’s Delight-Lifetime Star is owned by trainer Chris Ryder, Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm and Bettor’s Wish Partners.