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|Balmoral Park (10/9/07)
Contact: Tom Kelley
FAVORITES ROLL IN CARDINAL ELIMS
In the first elimination Fox Valley Standardbreds and Jim Edgar’s rising star Fox Valley Odyssey continued to roll, posting his fourth straight victory for driver Jason Dillander.
Positioned perfectly by Dillander, Fox Valley Odyssey sat right on the back of the pace setting Maxter (Dave Magee) as that gelding rattled off splits of 29.2, 58.2 & 1:29.0.
After finally pulling from the pocket with a sixteenth of a mile to trot Fox Valley Odyssey looked his main rival right in the eye, then cruised on by, winning by a widening length in 1:57.3. Maxter was a clear cut second choice while Rtprimetime (Nelson Willis) was third. Also gaining spots in the final were Justice Wyoming (Brent Holland) and Uneek Fireball (Dale Hiteman).
After an easy win in the Lincoln Land Final last week, the John Butenschoen trainee returned just $3.00, $2.20 & $2.10 while running his bankroll up to $78,514.
Sent right to the front by driver Brent Holland, this son of Valley Victor trotted through fractions of 29.0, 58.0 & 1:27.4 while opening up a 10-length lead as the field turned for home. Without a rival in sight, the Henry Lunsford-trained colt continued to increase his margin as he glided under the wire with his third win in 13 starts this season. Fox Valley Thor (Ryan Anderson) finished a distant second while Tropicana Ron (Brent Holland) was third. Roll On Tropicana (Ray Gash) and Mystical Patches (Brandon Simpson) also gained spots in next week's final.
Heavily backed at the windows, Valley Speed returned $3.40, $2.20 and $2.20 while moving his earnings up to $64,465.
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