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TOMATO SQUASHES RIVALS IN $12,630 ISOBA STAKE
The Illinois conceived and foaled stakes season continued to wind down on Wednesday night as three-year-old trotting fillies stepped into the spotlight for an Illinois Standardbred Owners & Breeders Association Stake. Carded as a non-wagering event prior to the start of the big 12-race Wednesday card this tussle carried a jackpot of $12,630.
Taking advantage of the absence of division stars Victors Finesse and Go Go Gabby, Julius Munieís Tomato strolled to an easy three-length decision in 1:59.4.
Driver Dave Magee handled the daughter of Valley Victor with his usual Hall of Fame preciseness settling Tomato into third as Peaceful Victory cruised through a pedestrian opening split of 31.1.
Having seen enough of the slow pace Magee wheeled his filly off the pylons as the field headed down the backstretch. Trotting with a purpose Tomato easily made the lead showing the way by the halfway station in 1:00.2.
The issue was never really in doubt from that point on as Magee managed to grab a breather on the far turn. Still fit and fresh Tomato rolled by the three-quarter-mile marker in a leisurely 1:31.4.
Moving through the lane Tomato quickly stepped away to a two-length advantage. The pocket sitting Peaceful Victory (Mike Oosting) gallantly tried to cut into the lead but the effort was in vain as Tomato continued to widen her margin, reporting home with her fifth win of the season. Peaceful Victory settled for the bridesmaid role while Racy Remarque (Del Chupp) was a distant third, nine lengths behind the winner.
Trained by Roger Welch, Tomato now sports a record of 5-4-3 in 19 starts this season. The winnerís check of $6,315 helped push this fillyís sophomore bankroll up to $59,175.
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