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Horse slaughter in Illinois
|Balmoral Park (10/31/06)
Contact: Tom Kelley
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A full field of 10 pacing fillies lined up behind the starting gate for the seventh race which featured a hefty purse of $27,000.
The “chalk” players in the crowd were rewarded in this battle as the Joy & Bonnie Hutchison owned entry of Sportsfancy and Colette finished first and second with the former taking home top honors for the fourth straight week.
Taking advantage of post position two driver Ryan Anderson gunned his filly away from the gate, and she was comfortably in front as she moved through a quick opening split of 27.3.
With pressure coming on the backside from a hard charging Bailey’s Place (Pat Curtin) Anderson elected to let the longshot take over the point. That advantage was short lived however as Anderson quickly popped from the pocket, pulling to within a head of the leader, as the two rolled by the half-mile station in 55.4.
Blowing right by her rival as the field moved around the far turn, Sportsfancy enjoyed a 1 ½ length advantage as she reached the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:25.1.
Through the lane the Homer Hochstetler miss was well within herself as she paced away from her foes. Cruising through the lane with the greatest of ease the daughter of Sportsmaster reported home with a very easy 1 ¼ length verdict in a career best of 1:53.4. Stablemate Colette (Dean Magee) rallied from seventh at the top of the lane to get the place check while Looking At You (Sam Widger) finished third almost six lengths behind the winner.
Sportsfancy has been a late season sensation putting together four straight wins over the past month. For the year this filly sports a record of 6-1-0 in 14 starts, banking over $84,000 for the HBH Standardbreds of Warrenville, Illinois. The overwhelming choice of the wagering public returned $2.60, $2.40 & $2.10.
This one went as expected with Ernest Smith & Terri Micou-Smith’s AJ’s Little One cruising to an easy 2 ¾ length victory in 2:01.4.
Sent right to the top by driver Jamaica Patton this daughter of Wilson Wyoming strolled through opening splits of 30.3 and 1:01.3.
Trotting uncontested around the final turn Patton was able to “steal” another soft quarter guiding AJ’s Little One by the three-quarter-mile station in 1:33.0.
With plenty still left in reserve the Freddie Patton Jr. trained miss set sail for home breezing through the lane in 28.4 while easily keeping her rivals at bay. Lady Marmalade (Mike Oosting) sat on the winner’s back the entire mile but was forced to settle for the bridesmaid role while Winsome Wonder (Dave Magee) was third.
With the victory AJ’s Little One now boasts a record of 10 wins, four seconds and one third in 23 starts with earnings of $30,509.
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