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|Balmoral Park (7/8/06)
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HANOVER AND AMERICAN NATIONAL STAKES PROVIDE PLENTY OF EXCITEMENT ON SATURDAY
The action was non-stop on Saturday night at Balmoral Park as two-year-old pacing colts starred in the first Hanover Stake of the 2006 season. Sophomore pacing fillies were also in action as the ladies battled for starting spots in next week’s $200,000 American National Stake Final. The top class of older pacers renewed rivalries as well with a very strong field of 10 knocking heads in the $21,500 Free For All-Handicap.
A field of seven two-year-old pacing colts was sent postward in the first of two $29,000 divisions of the Hanover. This division turned into a “chalk” player’s delight as Shawn Nessa & John Boyer’s Fox Valley Barzgar, the 3-5 favorite in the field, emerged with an easy 6 ½-length victory in a national seasons best of 1:52.0.
Handled like he was much the best by Hall Of Famer Dave Magee, this son of Incredible Finale stepped right to the lead from post position one before relinquishing early control to Fox Valley Beyond (Mike Oosting) who led the pack through an opening quarter in 28.2.
After straightening up on to the backstretch Magee quickly popped from the pocket and sent Fox Valley Barzgar right back to the top, taking the field past the halfway station in 57.0.
Speeding things up as the field raced around the final turn, Magee had the Tom Harmer trainee in front by a half-length as Booze Cruzin (Ryan Anderson) put in a first over bid as the field reached the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:25.4.
In the lane, Fox Valley Barzgar showed he still had plenty in reserve, making his rivals appear as though they were pacing in quicksand, as he flew home with a 26.1 final quarter. Longshot Active Trader (Sam Widger) shook loose late after a ground saving journey to grab the place money while Booze Cruzin faded to third.
The win was the second in three lifetime starts for Fox Valley Barzgar who returned $3.20, $2.60 & $2.10.
In the second division it was Suttons Bay Racing, Sawgrass Farms and Broekhuis Stable’s Coastal Highway making every call a winning one as he knocked off seven rivals in 1:56.0.
Given a perfect rating by driver Tim Tetrick, Coastal Highway took advantage of his inside starting spot to grab command and he was pacing leisurely on the front end as the field reached the quarter in 30.2.
With the field continuing to race in a single file line down the backstretch, Tetrick was allowed to continue with the pedestrian pace as he led Coastal Highway to the half-mile mark in 59.4.
Stepping on the gas around the final bend Coastal Highway extended his advantage to two lengths as he showed the way by three-quarters in 1:29.0.
In the stretch, Coastal Highway continued to stand tall as Hes A Big Star (Dale Hiteman), the 4-5 favorite in the wagering, tried in vain to cut into the margin. But with the soft fractions under his belt Coastal Highway had no trouble rebuffing that challenge as he reported home with a one-length verdict. Hes A Big Star had to settle for a runner-up role while Sun Moon N Stars (Dave Magee) turned in a solid effort in his career debut to finish third.
Under the guidance of conditioner Joe Seekman, this son of Jenna’s Beach Boy won for the first time in his two-race career and returned $4.40, $2.40 & $2.10 while coupled in the wagering with Fox Valley Renard (Mike Oosting), who finished fourth.
A total of 19 three-year-old pacing fillies faced the starting gate in a pair of $27,300 American National Stake eliminations. The top five finishers in each split all earned starting spots in next Saturday’s rich finale.
In the opener, Daniel Martin’s Bolero Toki made her local debut a winning one as she rallied from off the pace to win by a length in a career best of 1:51.1.
With Brent Holland picking up the drive for conditioner Erv Miller, this Montreal invader floated away from post position nine and was able to find a nice spot along the pylons in fifth as Grandiose Gal (Myles Mc Nichol) sped through an opening quarter in 27.3.
On the backstretch, driver Ryan Anderson gunned Kissmekissmekissme out of fourth and that filly grabbed command as the field reached the half-mile mark in 55.0.
A nice outer flow began to develop as the ladies paced around the final turn, with Kissmekissmekissme holding on to a short lead. A first over Bolero Toki was right alongside in second while Otherpeoplesmoney (Dale Hiteman) was second over in third as the field hit the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:23.2.
In the stretch a game Kissmekissmekissme continued to show the way. Bolero Toki trying to wear her down. My Metallica (Dave Magee), was patiently awaiting the passing lane just behind the embattled leaders. In the final sixteenth of a mile Bolero Toki finally nosed past the pace setter drawing away in the final strides to post her third win in seven starts this season. Kissmekissmekissme was forced to settle for the bridesmaid role while My Metallica was 4 ¾ lengths back in third. The early leader Grandiose Gal earned a spot in the final with her fourth place finish, while AllAmerican Excel was fifth.
The closing split provided the biggest upset of the night as Caviart Farms Caviart Sydney, an 18-1 outsider, used the passing lane to get the victory in a thrilling three-horse stretch duel.
Saving ground every step of the way, driver Dale Hiteman had Caviart Sydney pacing in fourth as Lady N Diamonds (Ryan Anderson) rolled through an opening quarter in 27.4.
On the backside Anderson was forced to relinquish the lead as a hard charging Preference (Brad Kramer) came calling on the outside. That filly swept into command just before reaching the halfway point 55.2.
Around the far turn, the 1-5 favorite The Queen Of Trash (Dave Magee) powered up on the outside of horses to grab command. The move by the New Jersey Sire Stakes champion was breathtaking as she charged from seventh to first during the middle half-mile of the race. Leading the field by 1 ¾ lengths the huge favorite flew by the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:23.3. At this point Caviart Sydney had been shuffled to seventh and appeared to be a longshot just to earn a spot in the final.
In the stretch The Queen Of Trash continued to cling to her advantage but Lady N Diamonds was starting to get to her. The inside lane parted like the Red Sea as horses scrambled to find room, allowing driver Dale Hiteman a clear shot at the leaders up the passing lane. Taking advantage of the great racing luck, Caviart Sydney gobbled up ground and was able to get a neck in front as the trio hit the finish line. The Queen Of Trash was second while Lady N Diamonds finished third. Ultimate Bet (Brent Holland) and CC Stacy (Tim Tetrick) also gained spots in the final.
Making only her third start of the season for trainer James Arledge Jr. this daughter of Dragon Again came up with her fifth career victory in 19 attempts. Last year’s third place finisher in the Breeders Crown returned a hefty $38.60, $5.80 & $3.80 to her lucky backers.
The Free For All provided a thrilling finish and a mild upset as Bell Valley Farms Wherethemoneywentn rallied off blistering fractions to win by a length in a career best of 1:49.4.
Placed in mid-pack as Yukon Cornelius (Todd Warren) and Make My Day (Sam Widger) battled tooth and nail through splits of 26.3, 52.4 & 1:21.0, driver Dale Hiteman moved Wherethemoneywentn to the outside of horses as the field straightened for the stretch drive.
With the prolonged early battle taking a wicked toll on the horses up front, the Bill Mc Enery trainee quickly gobbled up his rivals in the lane. Jilliby Spirit A (Tim Tetrick) was starting to find his best stride on the far outside as well but he could not get to Wherethemoneywentn and was forced to settle for the runner-up role. American Fury (Brad Kramer) found room late and came on well to finish third.
Dispatched at odds of 7-1, Wherethemoneywentn returned $16.00, $8.40 & $5.40 while winning for the second time in 13 starts this season.
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