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|Balmoral Park (10/16/06)
Contact: Tom Kelley
KYLE HUSTED TAKES MIDWEST AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP AT BALMORAL
Looking like a seasoned veteran driver Kyle Husted put Cheeriam right on the front and the two never looked back as they recorded a 1 ˝ length wire to wire victory in 1:59.1.
Leaving like a flash from post position three Husted had the Ken Rucker trainee on the point as the field moved through an opening quarter in 29.3.
Tapping the brakes on the backside Cheeriam was well in hand to Husted as he rolled to the halfway station in 59.3. Marcus Miller had Fox Valley Merlin sitting right on Husted’s helmet in second while Tannor Spitler had E Michelle saving ground while a close up third at this point.
The winning move came on the final turn as Husted “stole” a 32 second split on the bend reaching the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:31.3.
In the final sixteenth of a mile the well-rated Cheeriam was on cruise control for Husted as he rolled home in 27.3 to get his second win in eight starts this year. Marcus Miller and Fox Valley Merlin came on late to edge Tannor Spitler and E Michelle for the place honors. Harold Finn Jr. was a distant fourth as his charge Medoland Doc struggled throughout the mile.
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