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|Balmoral Park (7/23/06)
Contact: Tom Kelley
AJíS SEND MONEY GETS THE CASH IN SUNDAYíS BRANDENBURG STAKE
Once the smoke cleared in this wild and wooly affair it was Lilly Racing Stableís AJíS Send Money who emerged with the upset, winning by a neck at odds of 18-1 for driver Sam Widger.
Leaving from post position eight in this field, Widger was content to float away from the gate eventually settling in eighth while trotting on the outside of horses. The early pace was being set by a headstrong Crown Vic (Dave Magee) who stormed away from post position nine to lead the field by the quarter in 29.2.
The lead was short lived however as Todd Warren had Pinnochio charging up on the outside after being parked through the opening panel. That gelding quickly swept into command on the backstretch, leading the sophomores by the halfway station in 58.3. A live outer flow had developed by that time with longshot Chrome Cadillac (Ron Marsh) leading the charge as he moved into second. Crown Vic had been shuffled back to third at that point while AJíS Send Money was enjoying a second over journey in fourth.
A hard charging Chrome Cadillac moved into the lead as the horses trotted around the final bend. AJíS Send Money was now looming boldly on the outside in second while a tiring Pinnochio was starting to come unglued in third as the field reached the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:28.3.
In the lane, AJíS Send Money quickly trotted right by Chrome Cadillac as the tough first over trip took its toll on that gelding. From the back of the pack Earlivic (Homer Hochstetler) was charging into second while the even-money favorite Litigator (Ryan Anderson) was making a bold four-wide move around horses after getting shuffled all the way back to ninth.
Coming to the wire AJíS Send Money was all out to hold on to his advantage as Litigator continued to gobble up ground on the far outside. The finish line came just in time for the Jim Scholz trainee as he held on to win by a diminishing neck in a career best of 1:57.3. Litigator turned in a valiant effort but had to settle for the runner-up role after being victimized by the traffic problems, while Earlivic finished a close up third just a half-length behind the top two.
Overlooked in the wagering, the son of Wilson Wyoming returned $36.60, $12.60 & $8.80 while winning for the third time in 15 starts this year.
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