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|Balmoral Park (6/20/07)
Contact: Tom Kelley
INCREDIBLE TILLIE STAKE HEADLINES ACTION AS BALMORAL HEADS TO BREAK
The Illinois conceived and foaled two-year-old filly pacing set was on display Wednesday night as Balmoral Park prepared to head into its six-week summer break.
Trainer James Crebs has sent out his fair share of homebred stars and it looks like he may have another in 2007 as She’s So Hot made her pari-mutuel debut a winning one in 1:55.0.
Perfectly handled by driver Dave Magee the daughter of Richess Hanover floated away from post position five. After being parked in third through an opening quarter of 28.3, Magee expertly maneuvered his charge into a small opening midway down the backstretch.
Now in the garden spot Magee had She’s So Hot sitting right on the helmet of driver Dale Hiteman as he guided Parklane Starlet by the halfway station in 57.2.
Around the far turn Parklane Starlet continued to show the way while Magee and She’s So Hot waited patiently in the pocket. A quickly developing outer flow led by Sienna Blue (Homer Hochstetler) brought several other fillies into contention as the field reached the three-quarter mile station in 1:27.3.
In the lane Parklane Starlet continued to cling to the lead, but the advantage was shrinking quickly as Magee moved to the outside of the pace setter. Finding another gear this good looking youngster blew right on by her main rival with a sixteenth of a mile to go, cruising to a 3 ˝ length verdict. Parklane Starlet held on for second while Lovely Hotspur (Brent Holland) was third.
An eight-length winner in a 2yo prep in Springfield, She’s So Hot is undefeated in two starts. Sent off as the second choice in the wagering she returned $6.80, $3.80 & $3.00.
Ryan Anderson sits atop the driver standings heading into the summer break with 174 winners and a .333 U.D.R. while veteran Mike Oosting is second with 153 victories and an impressive U.D.R. of .348.
In the training ranks Ervin Miller has a small lead on Darcy Pletcher. Miller trainees have visited the winner’s circle 55 times in just 173 starts. Pletcher has sent out 53 winners in 361 starts.
Balmoral Park will be open day and night for simulcasting action during its “dark” time. Live racing resumes on August 7. Balmoral jumps into the heart of its 2007 stakes program on August 25 with a pair of three-year-old events.
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