Heavy Pressure and Cordarius Stewart won the battle to the finish in the nightcap at The Red Mile Sunday, Oct. 30. The duo came out victors in the three-way photo in the conditioned pace.
There was a lot of action among the field of 10 leaving the gate. Double Metal and Andrew McCarthy had the first lead at the quarter in :27.4 while Joe McDude and James Stiltner II took over at the half in :54.3. It wasn’t long before Luckonurside and Christian Lind took the lead away from Joe McDude and led the field around the final turn. Several horses had started to move to the outside to advance and near the back of those challengers was Heavy Pressure third over.
At the head of the lane, Heavy Pressure was moved widest of all and began to close in slowly on the top ones. The three-year-old Real Desire colt, decked out in orange harness, was very visible as he continued to close in. Midway through the stretch, they were down to four across the track and as the wire neared, it became a three-horse battle. Heavy Pressure continued to grind his way forward and got the win by a head over Harper and Tyler Smith. Get E Up and Kyle Husted finished third.
Heavy Pressure paid $7.64 for the win. The sophomore Indiana sired colt completed the mile in 1:51.4 with a final panel in :27.4. He is owned by LaToya Hulitt of Mississippi and trained by Roshon Trigg. Trigg was the leading trainer this summer on the Illinois county fair circuit and is based out of the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill. Heavy Pressure, bred by Rita and Rod Williams of Illinois, scored his 11th win of the season in 32 starts and his 16th win overall in 46 lifetime starts. His career mark of 1:51.2 was taken earlier this year and he now has more than $80,000 in earnings.
The Red Mile is currently hosting the Corbin Race Meet, which extends to Tuesday, Nov. 8. Racing is held each Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at 1 p.m. Gabe Prewitt, director of racing for Caesars Racing, serves as the track announcer.