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|Balmoral Park (4/14/07)
Contact: Tom Kelley
MY BOY DAVID MUCH THE BEST IN SONG CYCLE STAKE
Shirley Le Vin’s state-bred pacing star My Boy David continued his dominance of the Illinois-bred set with a very impressive wire-to-wire score in Saturday’s $20,000 Song Cycle Stake.
Confidently handled by driver Ryan Anderson, the gelded son of Sportsmaster shot right to the top from post position five. “We really didn’t have to work that hard to make the lead, which was a relief,” said Anderson.
After pacing the opening split in 28.0, Anderson was able to get away with a very easy second quarter of 29.2 which got him to the halfway station in 57.2. “I really couldn’t believe with how slow we were going that nobody came after us,” he explained.
In complete command heading around the final turn, the Homer Hochstetler trainee picked up the pace just a bit hitting the three-quarter mile mark in 1:25.4.
With his five rivals battling for the minor honors behind them, Anderson and My Boy David strolled through the lane with an effortless 26.2 final split to win by a deceptively easy 1 ¼ lengths in 1:52.1. Apache Hotspur (Dale Hiteman) sat on the winner’s back the entire time to earn the place money, while Hot N Sporty (Brent Holland) came on late to finish third.
The win was the second straight for My Boy David since shipping back from the Meadowlands, and his pilot seemed awfully impressed when asked to sum up the gelding's performance. “He paced this mile all on his own,” he said. “I never even asked him to work hard and he showed once again that he is as tough as nails.”
Sporting more than $910,000 in career earnings after his win, trainer Homer Hochstetler is plotting out his strategy with his star pupil. “We’ve been invited to the Battle Of Lake Erie which we are excited about because he gets around a half-mile oval so well,” said Hochstetler. “After that it looks like we’ll be going to Indiana for the Dan Patch with him.”
One of last season’s top two-year-olds in the state, The Quiet Mon, made his sophomore debut a winning one as he cruised to an impressive score in 1:52.0. The John Butenschoen trainee -- who earned over $215,000 last season -- was scheduled to take on the two-year-old Horse of the Year in the Prairie State, Home Bed Advantage, but the showdown never materialized after Home Bed Advantage was a late judge’s scratch.
Speaking of Illinois' finest pacers, Redbud Stable & Michael Mcneely’s three-year-old champion Thisbigdogwillfight returned from the Meadowlands in top form, taking a conditioned event in blazing 1:51.3 for driver Dave Magee.
In the $21,500 Free For All, Odds On Breeding’s Make It Brief shipped back into town after competing in the Spring Championship at Woodbine, and the seven-year-old certainly was impressive as he knocked off six rivals in 1:50.2 for the red-hot Ryan Anderson.
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