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AMERICAN NATIONAL FESTIVAL RECAPS
$147,000 Two-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot
Prayer I Am captured the $147,000 American National Trot in a track record equalling effort at Balmoral, clocked in 1:57. It was the first American National victory for Pat Berry. The freshman son of Like A Prayer is trained by Kevin Thomas for owner Roy Dobbins of Bryant, Alabama and now has four wins in ten tries this season. He pushed his seasonal earnings to $193,574.
Swanderful (Charlie Norris) was second by three lengths with Vapor Maker (Brent Holland) third in the field of seven. Vapor Maker had led through most of the mile and then relinquished the lead in the late stretch after fractions of :28.1, :58.3 and 1:28.2. Prayer I Am's mile tied the previous marks held by Volhot (JD Finn-July 30, 2000) and International Chip (Dave Magee-September 14, 2000).
$126,000 Two-Year-Old Filly Trot
Longshot (18-1) Ipanema Oaks captured the $126,000 American National Trot for freshman distaffers in 1:58.1 against nine rivals. The race changed dramatically in mid-stretch when favorite Godiva Hall (Mark O'Mara) went off stride, followed by second choice Sweet Alabama (Jason Dillander) who also began galloping. Brent Holland was behind Ipanema Oaks for trainer Erv Miller, who captured her first career start for owner Jerry Silva of Bellmore, New York.
The daughter of Lindy Lane was making career start five and also had a pair of seconds to her credit. Her American National victory pushed her career bankroll to $83,899.
Harbour Belle (Ryan Anderson) was second, with Mogo On The Gogogo (Dave Magee) third. Ipanema Oaks was two and a quarter lengths ahead of her rivals and trotted her final panel in :30.1. It was the second American National victory for Holland, who won the Three-Year-Old Filly Trot with Firey Chip in 2001.
$135,000 Two-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace
The Quiet Mon (Jason Dillander) held off heavy favorite Home Bed Advantage (Ryan Anderson) to prevail in 1:51.2 by two and a quarter lengths in the American National Pace for freshman colt and gelding contestants. The John Butenschoen trainee picked up his sixth victory of the season in his eighth career start for owners Butenschoen, Ed Bardowski and Mr Vi's Stable of Illinois, New Jersey and Wisconsin.
The Quiet Mon led at nearly every post through fractions of :27, :55.4 and 1:24.1, pushing his career earnings to $162,600. Home Bed Advantage finished second, with Active Trading (Sam Widger) third in the field of ten pacers. The time of 1:51.2 was a lifetime best for The Quiet Mon.
$180,000 Three-Year-Old Filly Trot
Favorite (3-5) Hidden Viggorish led at every pole against eight rivals to win the $180,000 American National sophomore filly trot in 1:54.2, drawing away for driver Brian Zendt. It was the 11th victory of the year in 13 trips postward for the daughter of Sj's Caviar, who is trained by Perry Smith for the Harmony Spring Stable of Pittsburgh, PA.
I Like Stephanie (Ray Paver) was second, with Victor's Finesse (Brent Holland) third. The victory pushed Hidden Viggorish's career bankroll to $236,403. She was unraced as a freshman, but scored a victory of 1:53.1 at The Meadows earlier this season.
$130,000 Two-Year-Old Filly Pace
Cabana Fever (Ryan Anderson) prevailed by a whisker over the hard trying Sportsfancy (Brent Holland) to win the $130,000 American National freshman filly pace in 1:52.2. The daughter of Real Desire picked up her seventh win of the season in ten tries for trainer Joe Seekman and pushed her seasonal earnings to well over the $350,000 mark.
Sportsfancy appeared to have the race sewed up in the lane, but Anderson hustled his filly on the far outside, and she came flying after sitting outside through fractions of :27.3, :55.3 and 1:25. The two fought gamely all the way to the wire and it took a photo to determine the winner. Cabana Fever is owned by L&L Devisser, Sawgrass Farms LLC and Helping Hands Stable.
Colette finished third with Dean Magee at the lines in the field of ten. It was the first American National victory for Ryan Anderson.
$57,000 Hanover Stake Pace for three-year-old Colts & Geldings
Berto Primo (Jason Dillander) easily captured the $57,000 Hanover Stake for sophomore trotting colts and geldings in 1:55.1. Against only six rivals, Berto Primo took the lead just past the half and cruised through a :56.2 half and a 1:26 three-quarter clocking. Mystic Glide (Duke Sugg) was a well-earned second with Loving Every Moment (Charlie Norris) third.
Berto Primo added the $28,500 winner's share to his seasonal earnings of $223,387 for trainer Kevin Thomas and partners The Berto Partners of Kentucky. The son of Garland Lobell has over $280,000 in his career bank account to date.
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