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Horse slaughter in Illinois
|Balmoral Park (9/25/07)
Contact: Tom Kelley
LADY LINCOLN LAND ELIMINATIONS IN THE BOOKS
In the first division Thomas & Joseph Mullins Maplegrove Natalie turned in a very gritty performance to win by a hard fought head in 2:00.2.
Placed on the point as soon as the gate sped away by driver Brandon Simpson, this daughter of American Native rolled through splits of 30.0, 1:00.4 & 1:31.0 over a track rated as good. Despite getting collared in mid-stretch by a first over Chugwater Gal (Mike Oosting), Maplegrove Natalie fought back gamely and was able to reclaim her advantage in the final strides. A fast closing Gloria Wyoming (Dave Magee) just missed rallying for it all while Cardinal Speedy (Homer Hochstetler) shook loose late to finish third. Guilty Pleasures (Ryan Anderson) and Chugwater Gal gained spots in the final with fourth and fifth place finishes respectively.
Using an inside starting spot to perfection, driver-trainer Homer Hochstetler was able to save ground through the opening 5/8ths of a mile. After pulling from third as the field moved towards the top of the stretch, the daughter of Vaporize gradually wore down the pace setting Marilyns Lil Aggie (Dale Hiteman) to win for the first time in her six-race career. Marilyns Lil Aggie held on for second while a ground saving Fox Valley Tina (Mark Saporito) was third. Battle On (Mike Brink) was 14 lengths back in fourth. So Sexy (Dave Magee) and Purple Luv Bug (Brandon Simpson), both of whom made breaks in the race, waged a spirited battle for the final qualifying spot with So Sexy narrowly gaining the last spot.
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