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|Balmoral Park (4/11/08)
Contact: Tom Kelley
ANOTHER BUSY WEEKEND ON TAP AT BALMORAL PARK
A very strong field of eight state-breds has been entered for the Song Cycle which will go as race eight on the 14-race Saturday card.
Broekhuis Stable’s Booze Cruzin has been installed as the 3-1 favorite in the race with Sam Widger handling the driving duties. Last year’s top sophomore pacer returns from north of the border after finishing fourth in the $90,000 Spring Championship Final at Woodbine on April 5. The Joe Seekman trainee boasts career numbers of 13-10-6 in 43 starts with earnings of over $422,000.
Thomas Ceraso Jr. & John Giumarra Jr.’s Coldheartedrevenge is fresh off a win in the Free For All in his last start here and the classy seven-year-old is a close second choice in the morning line at 7-2. The Joe Anderson trained and driven son of Art’s Conquest has been victorious in three of his last four outings and this 40-time career winner, who took a mark of 1:49.4 here last season, is the leading money winner in the field with almost $665,000 in earnings on his card.
Right behind the top pair at 4-1 is Sawgrass Farms Fox Valley Gambler, who returns to his favorite surface after struggling in the Four Leaf Clover Series at the Meadowlands. This gelded son of Richess Hanover had been first or second in his first eight starts of the season here at Balmoral before his unsuccessful venture out east. This late blooming four-year-old owns a career best of 1:50.2 and lifetime earnings of just over $173,000. Tyler Buter will get the call to drive for trainer Perry Smith.
Paul Bertucci’s Bobs Minute Maid is the lone mare in the field but this tough as nails eight-year-old cannot be taken lightly. A force in the F&M Open ranks the past few seasons, this Mike Oosting-trained miss has shown she can handle herself with the “boys,” posting a win and a second in the ICF Open at Maywood Park and a close up fourth place finish in the FFA here on March 29. With 67 on the board finishes in her career this daughter of Tattler’s Torpedo has earned over $318,000. Todd Warren will handle the driving chores on Saturday.
Completing the field for the Song Cycle Stake are: the Darcy Pletcher-trained entry of Blue Apache (Ryan Anderson), a winner in 1:51 last week, and Go Warrior Go (Dave Magee) a 43-time career winner who cruised here last week in 1:51.4; Brown Bottle Flu (Brandon Simpson), who returns from the Spring Championship at Woodbine; and Bonn Scott (Mike Oosting), a six-time winner in 12 starts this year, who took his career best of 1:51.2 here on March 29.
The $10,000 Spring Series Final for pacing colts will be contested as the fifth race on Saturday’s program. Gordon & Claudia Wright’s emerging star Kinsel, the winner of the Taurus Bomber Stake here at Balmoral Park last week in a career best of 1:54.2, is the 9-5 morning line favorite among the field of eight set to go postward.
The Chicagoland Harness Handicapping Challenge also returns on Saturday night. This will the second to last qualifying round for this popular affair. For more information visit www.balmoralpark.com. Post time for the first race on Saturday is 7:20 pm (central).
Headlining the Open Trot is Sam Bowie’s prize four-year-old Before He Cheats. The Dirk Simpson-trained state-bred posted an amazing record of 21 wins and five seconds in 28 starts last year while earning over $320,000. The son of Valley Victor tuned up for his 2008 debut by winning his qualifier in 1:58.0, with a final quarter in a blistering 26.4, for driver Brandon Simpson.
In the F&M Open Pace Bohemian Enterprises & Anderson Racing’s Black Brinny will be the one to beat. Driver Ryan Anderson will be reunited with this mare who captured this event in 1:53.2 on March 30. A win on Sunday night will put the four-year-old over the $100,000 mark in career earnings.
In the Filly Spring Series Final, Brittany Farms royally bred Has An Attitude looks like she could be an emerging star for trainer Erv Miller. The daughter of No Pan Intended will look to remain perfect in 2008 after posting easy wins in the first two legs of this series in 1:55.1 & 1:55.2.
The Spring Series Final for trotters looks to be a wide-open affair with Fox Valley Love Ya, Winning Blade, Our Priority and Spirit Lifter all posting early round victories for their connections.
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