Harness Racing

Hambletonian champ highlights Kentucky Futurity

Lexington, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life leads a field of 14 three-year-old trotters into Sunday's 121st Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile. The $527,000 race is the third and final leg of the Trotting Triple Crown.

Trained by George Ducharme, Royalty For Life will be driven by Brian Sears in the first of two elimination heats, leaving from post 4. Each elimination heat has a seven-horse field with a purse of $79,050.

Royalty For Life has won 6-of-11 starts this year for $1,217,160. The colt won the Hambletonian by 3 1/4 lengths as the 4-5 favorite after also winning his elimination heat.

Sunday's first elimination heat has a post-time of 4 p.m. (ET), followed approximately 20 minutes later by the second heat. The Kentucky Futurity final will go off at 5:20 p.m.

Here are the fields for the two elimination heats in post position order: First Elimination: Creatine, Mike Lachance; Punxsutawney, Corey Callahan; Deadliest Catch, Ron Pierce; Royalty For Life, Brian Sears; E L Rocket, Yannick Gingras; Home Turf, Ron Pierce; Master Of Law, Scott Zeron.

Second Elimination: All Laid Out, Yannick Gingras; Lauderdale, Dave Palone/David Miller; Wheeling N Dealin, Sylvain Filion; Lindy's Tru Grit, Scott Zeron; Spider Blue Chip, Ron Pierce; Your So Vain, Tim Tetrick; High Bridge, Yannick Gingras.

Dewycolorintheline won the Yonkers Trot, the opening leg of the Triple Crown.

10/03 15:45:57 ET