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|Balmoral Park (8/18/06)
Contact: Tom Kelley
PACING AND TROTTING STARS VISIT BALMORAL STARTING SATURDAY!
With the big Aug. 26 card just one week away some of North America’s biggest pacing and trotting stars invade Crete Saturday for a pair of American National Stake eliminations.
Trotters get the action started in race four with a field of 10 four-year-olds and up looking to join Breeders Crown and Nat Ray champion Sand Vic in next week’s $205,000 (est.) final. Among those going postward this evening is 2005 Hambletonian champ Vivid Photo. The four-year-old Roger Hammer trainee hits town after an unlucky fourth place finish in the Nat Ray and he will be determined to get back on the winning track here. This winner of more than $1.8 million has been installed as the 9-5 favorite in his elimination test.
Some of the greatest pacers in the game go postward in race seven as 10 four-year-olds and up meet for a chance to take on Breeders Crown champion Lis Mara in next Saturday’s $240,000 (est.) Am. Nat. Final. Heading up the list of participants for this weekend’s race is Holborn Hanover who became the fastest pacer of all time with an incredible 1:46.4 clocking in the U.S. Pacing Championship at the Meadowlands. A winner of more than $1.6 million in his illustrious career, this five-year-old is part of a three-part entry for owners John Fielding and Robert McIntosh. This trio has been accorded the 6-5 favoritism by the line maker for Saturday’s battle.
In addition to these two American National Finals, next Saturday Balmoral Park will present the $200,000 (est.) American National Three-Year-Old Trot, the $100,000 Fairy Godmother for pacing mares and a trio of $60,000 Hanover Stakes for three-year-old pacers and trotters.
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