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|Balmoral Park (10/27/07)
Contact: Tom Kelley
OOSTING GETS 3,000TH CAREER WIN; NO SURPRISES IN AM-NAT ELIMS
The 45-year-old Beecher, Illinois resident was a bit surprised to find himself in the winner’s circle after enduring a traffic-filled trip in the opener. “At the half-mile mark I wouldn’t have given you much for my chances,” said a happy Oosting. “We were stuck behind poor cover and forced to swing as wide you possibly could all the way around that final turn.”
Thanks to some deft handling, Oosting still managed to get the leg weary five-year-old to the wire on even terms with a hard-charging Escapewitoutatrace (Dean Magee) in 1:55.1.
“I figured I'd do OK when I got here since I knew I’d be driving for leading trainer Ken Rucker,” explained Oosting. “But I never dreamed we would be able to put up the numbers we have over the past few years.”
When asked if he felt any pressure as he neared the 3,000 win milestone, the always cool and collected Oosting answered as expected. “I really didn’t know where I stood in regards to the number until I heard them announce it tonight so I never really had time to think about it,” grinned Oosting.
Oosting is also zeroing in on another milestone with career purse earnings of almost $20,000,000.
In the opener Bill Sander’s Sand Shooter made it look easy as he cruised to a wire-to-wire victory in 1:53.0.
Zipped away from post position four by driver Todd Warren, the son of Western Hanover was uncontested as he rolled through splits of 27.1, 55.0 & 1:24.1. The Jim Arledge Jr.-trained colt then held off the big late rally of Art Official (Del Chupp) to win by three-quarters of a length. Littlebitoflife (Ryan Anderson) finished 3 ¾ lengths back in third. Brother Ray (Brent Holland) and Life Savior (Mike Oosting) also gained spots in the final with their fourth and fifth place finishes respectively.
Content to spy the action from mid-pack while Lets Getit Started (Jason Dillander) and Corner Blitz (Dave Magee) battled through wicked opening splits of 27.3, 54.2 & 1:22.3, Oosting was able to work out a perfect second over journey. Tipping off his cover with an eighth of a mile to go, the Ken Rucker trainee was in full stride as he blew by Lets Getit Started to win by three-quarters of a length. Lets Getit Started survived an inquiry to get the runner-up check while the highly regarded Genuwine (Brent Holland) finished third. Little Pedro (Sam Widger) and Vette Man (Brandon Simpson) also earned starting spots in the final with their fourth and fifth place finishes.
Live racing continues on Sunday night with a big 12-race card on tap. Freshman trotters will share the headlines on Sunday as a field of four two-year-old fillies battle in a $55,000 Hanover Stake (non-wagering) and seven of their male counterparts slug it out for $70,000 in another Hanover Stake (race six). Post time for the non-wagering event is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. (central). The regular 12-race program will begin at 6:30 p.m. (central).
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