No horse will win this year's trotting Triple Crown, but Archangel will attempt to win his second of the jewels in Sunday's 120th Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile.
Archangel won the Triple Crown's first leg, the Yonkers Trot, in July. Market Share won the second leg, the Hambletonian Stakes, in August. Market Share is not eligible to the Kentucky Futurity.
The Kentucky Futurity, for 3-year-olds, is contested in heats and requires a horse to win twice to be declared the champion. The Futurity attracted a field of 13 horses, which was divided into two first-heat divisions. Archangel will compete in the first division, a six-horse field, and start from post five with driver Tim Tetrick.
Eighteen horses have won two of the three legs of the Trotting Triple Crown, most recently Muscle Hill in 2009. The most recent horse to sweep the series was Glidemaster in 2006.
Archangel, who was fourth in the Hambletonian, has won 10 of 15 races this year and earned $714,236 for owners Alan Hainsworth, Clare Semer and Peter Arrigenna, who also trains the colt.
"I think he's going to do pretty good down here," the New York-based Arrigenna said. "We've been here since last Wednesday and he's been jogging and training here. He trained real good (Wednesday) and jogged real good today. I think he should do well."
The Kentucky Futurity also includes Stanley Dancer Memorial division winner and Canadian Trotting Classic runner-up Little Brown Fox, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Magic Tonight and Hambletonian runner-up Guccio.
KENTUCKY FUTURITY HEATS
PP Horse Driver
1 Little Brown Fox Yannick Gingras
2 Another Amaretto Andy Miller
3 Gym Tan Laundry Ron Pierce
4 Lindys Jersey Boy Scott Zeron
5 Archangel Tim Tetrick
6 Fogelberg Charlie Norris
PP Horse Driver
1 Solvato Trond Smedshammer
2 Appomattox Scott Zeron
3 Magic Tonight Ron Pierce
4 Money On My Mind Andy Miller
5 My MVP Mike Lachance
6 Banker Volo David Miller
7 Guccio Jimmy Takter