Filly races highlight opening night of Red Mile's Grand Circuit

A driver walked his horse across the infield at The Red Mile in  Lexington, Ky.
A driver walked his horse across the infield at The Red Mile in Lexington, Ky. Lexington Herald-Leader

Undefeated in eight starts this season, Jim Doherty Memorial-winner Broadway Donna tops the 16 2-year-old filly trotters divided into two divisions of the $259,000 Bluegrass Stakes at Red Mile on Wednesday night, according to a news release.

The Bluegrass Stakes is part of an eight-race card that kicks off the harness racing track's annual Grand Circuit meet.

Grand Circuit racing takes place this week and next week, Wednesday through Saturday. First post each day this week is 7 p.m. Post times next week are 1 p.m.

Entering off a 2-length win in the $351,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes final, the Jim Campbell-trained Broadway Donna will start from the rail in the opening division of the Bluegrass with morning-line odds of 6-5. She will line up with seven other fillies, including Southwind Pearl (8-1), who will be trying for her maiden victory. Broadway Donna has earned $466,536, which is more than the rest of the field's earnings combined. The filly by Donato Hanover out of Hambletonian Oaks champion Broadway Schooner is owned and bred by Fashion Farms and will be guided by regular driver David Miller.

Jimmy Takter sends a pair of fillies in the first Bluegrass division in Twice Is Right (6-1) and I'm Outstanding (4-1). Twice Is Right races for the interests of Brittany Farms, while I'm Outstanding is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman.

Celebrity Eventsy, from the first crop of Manofmanymissions, leads the second division at odds of 2-1. The Staffan Lind trainee has banked $102,462 this season and comes into this event off a second-place finish to Caprice Hill in the $311,600 Peaceful Way. She has won two races in seven attempts. Brett Miller will steer the Celebrity Farms filly.

Takter has another pair of fillies in second-division entrants All The Time (5-2) and Miss Tezsla (8-1).