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|Balmoral Park (7/2/06)
Contact: Tom Kelley
TWO-YEAR-OLD PACERS PROVIDE FIREWORKS ON SUNDAY NIGHT!
Illinois future pacing stars took center stage on Sunday night at Balmoral Park as the Misty Misty and Bingo Johnnie Stakes shared top billing on the 12-race program. A total of 26 two-year-old fillies were sent postward in three $6,000 divisions of the Misty Misty while 24 of their male counterparts met in a trio of $6,000 splits in the Bingo Johnnie.
Confidently handled by driver Dave Magee, this daughter of Ft. Apache Hanover swept three-wide on the backstretch and was in complete command from the half-mile mark until the finish as she scored for the second time in as many starts. Alouette (Ryan Anderson), a 26-1 outsider, turned a ground-saving journey into a second place check while Colette (Todd Warren) shook loose late to be third.
Showing once again why his services are in such demand with these youngsters, Hall of Famer Dave Magee patiently waited in mid-pack before unleashing a big three-wide surge at the top of the stretch. The Tom Harmer trainee then flew by the 2-5 favorite Condi while winning for the second time in three lifetime starts. Fox Valley Joyful (Dale Hiteman) rallied to be the bridesmaid and Fox Valley Backoff was a strong third. Condi, the heavy favorite after her Grand Circuit win at Hawthorne, was a well beaten seventh.
The finale of the Misty Misty was captured by Fighting Major Stables Hot Leggs Cam in 1:56.4.
In tow to driver Andy Miller the home-bred daughter of Park Lane Cam saved ground in fourth until the half-mile mark. Moving first over on the final bend, the Homer Hochstetler trainee gradually wore down the pace setting What Could Be, cruising to a very easy 2 ¾ length triumph. Miss Richess (Dale Hiteman) came on late to be second while What Could Be (Jamaica Patton) held on for third.
In the opening Bingo Johnnie split, Bart Seales & Shawn Nessa’s highly regarded colt Y Z Two Fifty had no trouble disposing of his seven rivals, scoring in wire to wire fashion while stopping the clock in 1:53.1.
Masterfully handled by driver Tim Tetrick, this son of Park Place coasted through a pedestrian opening half-mile in 58.1. With the leisurely fractions under his belt the son of Park Place then paced a final half-mile in 55.1 with a final quarter of 26.3 while under no urging whatsoever from his pilot. On cruise control at the wire, Y Z Two Fifty reported home with a 3 ¼ length decision giving him three wins in his four career starts. Incredibly Rich (Dale Hiteman) turned a pocket-sitting trip into the place check while Fox Valley Renhard was third.
After being sent right to the top by driver Dave Magee, the Tom Simmons trainee wound up getting shuffled all the way back to fifth as the field reached the top of the stretch. Magee then did an amazing job of patiently waiting for racing room, which he finally secured with a sixteenth of a mile to pace. After moving to the outside of horses, this son of Cole Muffler then turned on the afterburners as he flew home in 26.4 while keeping his perfect record intact at three for three. Pacesetting Hes A Big Star (Dale Hiteman) hung on gamely to finish second while United Red Storm saved ground throughout the mile to nab the show dough.
In the nightcap, Black Tie Racing’s Body By Sport gave driver Tim Tetrick a stakes double as he flew by his rivals in the lane to win by three widening lengths in 1:54.2.
Coming off a break in his only lifetime start, this son of Sportsmaster was unhurried early as he sat in sixth throughout the opening three-quarters of a mile. After turning for home Tetrick unleashed the Roger Welch trainee and he responded like a seasoned pro as he picked off rivals one by one with a 27.3 final panel to get his maiden score. Old Charter (Larry Binkley), who was overlooked in the wagering at 26-1, finished second while Booze Cruzin (Ryan Anderson) was third.
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