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Horse slaughter in Illinois
|Balmoral Park (7/16/06)
Contact: Tom Kelley
STATE-BRED YOUNGSTERS SHINE IN SUNDAY NIGHT STAKES
The Illinois conceived and foaled two-year-old set was on display Sunday night as 26 pacing fillies competed in a trio of $6,000 Incredashell Stake splits. A total of 28 of their male counterparts were also in action as they knocked heads in three $6,000 divisions of the Poco Perry Stake.
Sent right to the top, the Homer Hochstetler trainee reeled off fractions of 29.2, 58.3 & 127.3 before stopping the clock in 1:57.0. The win was the second in three career starts for this homebred. Fox Valley Joyful (Tim Tetrick) was second while What Could Be (Jamaica Patton) finished third.
In the middle split Andy Miller Stable’s Alwaysabetterway made her career debut a winning one as she sped home in 1:55.2.
Racing like a seasoned veteran, the Julie Miller trainee swept into command at the half-mile mark. Her owner-driver then elected to let a hard charging Apache Trick (Dave Magee) grab command on the far turn.
After waiting patiently until the eighth-pole Miller then pulled his filly from the pocket and she responded brilliantly for the second time in the mile as she paced home in 28.4 to get the victory. Sporty Truffles (Brent Holland), a 43-1 outsider, came flying from seventh to be the bridesmaid while Apache Trick hung on for third.
The final division went as the betting public figured with Michael Polansky’s recent acquisition, Whisky Girl, rolling home with a deceivingly easy 2 ˝ length victory in 1:56.0.
Bet to the exclusion of her eight rivals, the 2-5 favorite was pointed right for the top by driver Dave Magee. Quickly gaining control of the race, the Tom Harmer trainee posted splits of 29.0, 57.4, 1:27 as she cruised to her third win in five career starts. Fox Valley Backoff (Andy Miller) came on late to finish second and Fox Valley Glitz (Mike Oosting) was third.
In the first of the three Poco Perry divisions Desyllas Racing, Larry Breed, William Beck and Benita Simmons Glass Pack remained undefeated, living up to his 1-5 favoritism with an easy two-length triumph in a sizzling 1:54.2.
Handled like he was much the best by driver Dale Hiteman, this gelded son of Cole Muffler swept from fourth to first after the quarter-mile mark.
Turning back the challenge of a first over Fox Valley Beyond (Mike Oosting) in the lane the Tom Simmons trainee sprinted home in 27.4 as he won for the fourth time in as many tries. Brother Vinny (Sam Widger) turned in a solid effort in his career debut to finish second while Dr. Munoz (Dave Magee) rallied late for the show dough.
In the middle division Joel Smith’s Incredibly Rich pulled off the upset as he took advantage of a pocket-sitting journey to win by a length in 1:55.2.
Placed perfectly behind the 3-5 favorite Y Z Two Fifty throughout splits of 29.1, 57.4 & 1:27 by driver Dale Hiteman, this son of Richess Hanover swung around a tiring Body By Sport (Tim Tetrick), who had made a huge first over move to challenge the favorite around the final turn, before wearing down Y Z Two Fifty in the final yards for the victory. Y Z Two Fifty held on for second while Body By Sport was a very respectable third.
The win was the first in four starts for the Amanda Smith trained gelding.
The nightcap provided the closest finish of the stake events and the biggest upset of the night as the red-hot Andy Miller won for the fifth time in the first nine races, guiding El Hombre to a thrilling head decision in a snappy 1:54.0.
After sitting in the pocket early the roan son of Cole Muffler appeared to be in trouble after getting shuffled to fifth at the midway point of the race.
With some expert handling by his pilot, the Tom Simmons trainee deftly maneuvered to the outside on the final bend. After tipping three-wide off his cover El Hombre then unleashed a wicked 27.2 final quarter to get up in the final strides over a very game Booze Cruzin (Ryan Anderson). Papichulo (Todd Warren), the longest shot in the race at 70-1, came on late to finish third. Kennans Bruno (Dean Magee), a 40-1 outsider, finished fourth.
With the betting public overlooking three of the top four finishers in the race the 5-10-2 trifecta combination returned a whopping $22,858.40. The 10 cent superfecta combination of 5-10-2-7 returned $4,594.97.
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