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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (11/28/06)

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Litigator and driver Ryan Anderson had no problem disposing of five rivals in tuesday's $14,280 ISOBA Stake.
The final Illinois Standardbred Owners and Breeders Association Stake of 2006 grabbed top billing on Tuesday nightís Balmoral Park card. A compact field of six diagonally gaited sophomore colts, headed up by division leader Litigator, lined up behind the gate to battle for a share of the $14,280 purse.

Dispatched as the overwhelming 1-5 favorite of the betting public, Litigator made it look effortless as he trotted to a 3 ľ length triumph in 1:58.2.

Eased away from the inside starting spot by driver Ryan Anderson, Litigator was content to trot along in third while Crown Vic (Dave Magee) and Fox Valley Hotrod (Trace Tetrick) strolled through an opening quarter 30.0.

Deciding enough was enough as the pace slowed to a crawl on the backside, Anderson tugged on the right line and Litigator swept from the third to first in the blink of an eye. In complete command of the proceedings this yearís Su Mac Lad winner hit the half-mile mark in 58.3.

Unchallenged throughout most of the far turn Anderson was able to tap the brakes with his charge getting away with a 30.0 third quarter as he led the field by the three-quarter mile station in 1:28.3.

In the lane Litigator promptly stepped away from his rivals to lead by three lengths. Under no urging whatsoever from his pilot the Roger Welch trainee was on cruise control as he trotted home with his 13th win in 19 starts this season. Crown Vic came back along the inside of horses to capture the place check while Adam Gram (Tom Graham Jr.) finished third some 6 Ĺ lengths behind the winner.

The pride of owner Phillip Rietveld of Crete, Illinois, Litigator has put together a record of 13-1-1 in his sophomore season. The winnerís check of $7,140 moves the son of Valley Victorís seasonal bankroll up to $183,390 while his career bankroll jumped to $252,591.

With divisional honors a near certainty Litigator returned just $2.40, $2.10 & $2.10 to his legion of backers.





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