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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (6/13/07)

Contact: Tom Kelley


After four straight starts at Hazel Park Markus Ernstís Yankee Monaco returned to Balmoral Park with a bang as she became the fastest aged trotting mare in the trackís rich history by stopping the clock in 1:53.2.

The six-year-old daughter of Mr. Vic showed blazing speed away from the gate, getting to the front end in easy fashion, despite leaving from post position eight in the field of 10.

After driver Dave Magee relinquished command of the race on the backstretch to stablemate Marjorie Hall, the Paul Kennedy-trained duo raced one-two the rest of the way.

Fit and fresh after her garden trip, Yankee Monaco ripped off a final quarter in 27.2 to record her 10th win in 15 starts this season and her 27th victory over the past two years. American Tribute shook loose late to finish a half-length back in second while Marjorie Hall was just 1 ľ lengths back in third.

The previous mark of 1:53.4 had been shared by the great Moni Maker (1999) and Oprah (1998).

The fractional times were 28.0, 57.1 & 1:25.3.





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