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Horse slaughter in Illinois
|Balmoral Park (7/15/06)
Contact: Tom Kelley
DISQUALIFICATIONS MAR $200,000 AMERICAN NATIONAL
Sophomore pacing fillies kicked off the 2006 American National Stake season on Saturday night as a classy field of 10 was sent postward for a purse $200,000. Last week’s two elimination battles produced some very impressive efforts but Saturday’s finale while impressive, was marred by the disqualification of the original winner and the original fourth place finisher.
After it was all sorted out Nanticoke Racing Inc., Brandon Givens and Donna Messick’s The Queen Of Trash was moved up to the top spot after being interfered with in the stretch by Bolero Toki (Brent Holland). The final time equaled the career best for The Queen Of Trash.
Things started innocently enough as Lady N Diamonds (Tim Tetrick) shot right to the front opening up a 1 ½ advantage over My Metallica as the field reached the opening station in 27.1.
Heading down the backstretch driver Brent Holland pulled one of last week’s elimination winners, Bolero Toki, from the three-hole and that filly quickly paced to the top. Lady N Diamonds was now back to second while a first over The Queen Of Trash was getting underway in third as the field reached the half-mile mark in 55.3.
Bolero Toki continued to show the way around the final turn but The Queen Of Trash had pulled right alongside in second. These two were separated by only a head while Lady N Diamonds spied the action from the pylons in third as the field hit the three-quarter-mile pole in 1:23.1.
Just as the field turned for home My Metallica, who was sitting along the pylons in fourth, hooked wheels with CC Stacy, setting off a chain reaction in which Caviart Sydney, Allamerican Excel and Ultimate Bet were all knocked off stride. Also getting impeded in the incident were Kissmekissmekissme, CC Stacey and Grandiose Gal.
With the back of the pack scattered in the lane, Bolero Toki was gamely holding on to the lead while The Queen Of Trash tried to get to her. Lady N Diamonds was beginning to tire and was now more than four lengths behind the leaders with an eighth of a mile to go. The top two continued to trade blows throughout the final sixteenth of a mile but an all out Bolero Toki began to drift into The Queen Of Trash forcing driver Dave Magee to angle to the outside a bit. These two gritty fillies continued to slug it out all the way down to the wire, appearing to come together one more time just before the finish, with Bolero Toki gamely winning by a head. Unfortunately for her connections, after the judges reviewed the films it was ruled that Bolero Toki had interfered with The Queen Of Trash forcing a reversal of the top two finishers. Kissmekissmekissme (Ryan Anderson) turned in a spectacular effort to finish third after overcoming a myriad of traffic problems.
The victory was the eighth in 12 career starts for this Les Givens trainee who was unraced at the age of two. The daughter of Cam’s Card Shark also has a pair of seconds to her credit and the winner’s share of $92,000 pushes this filly’s bankroll up to $254,976. Sent off as the favorite despite her second place finish in last week’s elimination action, The Queen Of Trash returned $3.40, $2.40 and $2.10.
State-bred pacing fillies were also in action on Saturday night as a total of 19 sophomores battled in a pair of $8,000 divisions of the Desperate Lady Stake.
In the first division Jim Edgar, Terry Rathgeber, Ted Lock & James Reynolds Street Dancer continued her domination of this division as she cruised under the wire with a 1 ¼ length decision in 1:52.2.
Coming into this with supreme confidence after winning her last three races, driver Dale Hiteman sent the Nelson Willis trainee winging away from post position eight. Sitting third on the outside at the quarter, this daughter of Richess Hanover made it to the top midway down the backstretch and never looked back as she won for the 10th time in 13 starts this season. Free (Sam Widger), who finished second behind Street Dancer in the Ohyouprettything Stake last time out, rallied late but was once again relegated to the bridesmaid role. Sherri On Ice (Dave Magee) turned a nice ground-saving journey into a third place check.
The nightcap provided a mild upset as 6-1 shot Arizona Helen came flying down the lane for driver Ryan Anderson to win by 3 ½ lengths in a career best of 1:52.4.
A $7,500 claim by owner Al Johnson back in May this daughter of Arizona Jack was unhurried early by driver Ryan Anderson sitting in eighth through the opening quarter.
Getting into the outer flow as the field moved up the backstretch, the Todd Crone trained miss was sixth at the half and fourth at the three-quarter-mile mark.
Unleashing a powerful closing burst, Arizona Helen picked off the leaders one by one as she flew to her fifth win of the season. Shes A Big Star battled hard through a first over trip to get the runner-up spot while 50-1 outsider Rhyme Or Reason rallied to be third.
Free For All pacers also saw action on Saturday night as a field of seven knocked heads in a $21,500 test.
Proving once again that he is one of the toughest Illinois breds to ever hit the track Michael Polansky’s He Wants It All made every call a winning one for driver Dave Magee in a blistering 1:49.3.
Despite being assigned the outside post, the Tom Harmer trainee had no trouble making it to the front where he proceeded to rip off fractions of 27.1, 55.2 & 123.2 before putting the icing on the cake with a 26.1 final quarter to get the victory.
Now sporting a record of seven wins and three seconds in 12 starts this season, He Wants It All boasts career earnings of more than $750,000.
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