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|Balmoral Park (11/20/07)
Contact: Tom Kelley
BEFORE HE CHEATS BETTERS HIS OWN TRACK RECORD
Whisked away from post position five by Brandon Simpson, this son of Valley Victor wound up parked through an opening quarter in 28.3.
Continuing on his mission for the lead, the Dirk Simpson trainee made the top midway down the backstretch, and the long striding gelding was in high gear as he flew past the half-mile station in 55.4.
Heading around the final turn Before He Cheats was forced to brace for a first over challenge from Speed N The Tunnel (Dave Magee). Just a head separated these two as they rolled by the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:25.0.
Through the lane Before He Cheats quickly put away the first over challenger drawing clear by three-lengths at the mid-stretch call. Receiving only mild urging from a confident Simpson, Before He Cheats was on cruise control the rest of the way as he reported home with his 17th victory of the season. Dink Adoo (Mike Oosting) rallied late to finish second while Speed N The Tunnel was third.
After being unraced as a two-year-old, this year’s Super Night hero in the Su Mac Lad now boasts a record of 17 wins and five seconds in 24 starts with earnings of $199,259.
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