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|Balmoral Park (10/28/07)
Contact: Tom Kelley
TROTTERS STAR IN A PAIR OF HANOVER STAKES
In the first of the two stakes events a field of seven diagonally gaited colts was sent postward for a purse of $70,000.
Much to the delight of the wagering public, Judith Lunsford & Lynne Lindsey’s Valley Speed, the 3-5 favorite in the race, continued his impressive late season run with a front stepping score in 1:58.2.
Eased away from the gate by driver Brent Holland, Valley Speed was parked through an opening quarter of 29.3.
Overtaking the early leader Big Boy Lloyd (Dale Hiteman) on the backside, Holland had Valley Speed trotting well within himself as he led the way through middle splits of 58.2 & 1:28.4.
Just as he did in his Cardinal Stake victory the Henry Lunsford trainee quickly erased any doubt as to who was the best in this group as he effortlessly opened up a 3 ½ length lead by the mid-stretch call.
On cruise control the rest of the way, the son of Valley Victor reported home with an easy 1 ¾ length verdict over St. Regis Hall (Mike Oosting). Maxter (Dave Magee) finished with plenty of trot to get the show dough.
Now riding a three race winning streak, Valley Speed boasts an overall record of five wins and four seconds in 16 starts with earnings over $127,465.
With just four participants dropped into the entry box for the filly division, this $55,000 tussle was carded as a non-wagering event prior to the start of the regular betting card.
Enjoying an open lengths lead as she strolled through splits of 31.1, 1:00.3 & 1:30.2 the Nelson Willis-trained miss then coasted home to a three-quarter length decision over So Sexy (Dave Magee). Maplegrove Natalie (Brandon Simpson) was a distant third, 28 ½ lengths behind the winner.
Another trotting event also provided plenty of excitement in race four as Ryan Anderson piloted 51-1 shot Aunt Ellie to victory. Fellow longshots Homestead Zip (35-1) and Memory Maid (42-1) followed the winner home, sparking a $1 trifecta payout of $20,306.80 on the 9-1-6 combination and a 10 cent superfecta payout of $11,526.50 on the combination of 9-1-6-7.
That longshot victory also led to a consolation 4 of 5 payout in Sunday’s Pick 5 action. That means a carryover jackpot of $6,592 will be added to Tuesday’s Pick 5 wagering. With that carryover mutuel manager Bill Mudro estimates Tuesday’s pool will be in excess of $20,000 giving Balmoral Park fans another shot to take home a pocketful of cash!
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