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|Balmoral Park (4/12/08)
Contact: Tom Kelley
BROWN BOTTLE FLU PULLS OFF A STUNNER IN SONG CYCLE STAKE
With a large crowd braving day long rains, below normal temperatures and a sloppy racetrack it was only fitting that a horse named Brown Bottle Flu, the longest shot in the race, took home top honors in the featured event.
Taking advantage of a perfect steer by Brandon Simpson, who also captured a pair of stakes events earlier this week, Brown Bottle Flu was put in the garden spot right from the start as the heavy favorite Booze Cruzin (Sam Widger) led the field through an opening quarter in 28.0.
More than content to sit tight in the pocket, Simpson continued to spy all the action as Booze Cruzin slowed things down through middle splits of 58.1 & 1:26.2.
After a first over bid from Go Warrior Go (Dave Magee) stalled with an eighth of a mile to go, Simpson maneuvered Brown Bottle Flu to the outside and the Joe Seekman trainee quickly engaged the pace-setting Booze Cruzin. Looking fit and fresh after the ground saving journey the 22-1 Brown Bottle Flu put away the even-money favorite with 100 yards to go drawing clear to win by a length. Blue Apache (Ryan Anderson), who also enjoyed a ground saving journey throughout the mile, hustled up the inside to grab the place honors while Booze Cruzin was a disappointing third.
After struggling in Canada while facing some rugged foes in the Spring Championship Series, this six-year-old son of Sportsmaster responded to the move back into state bred company posting his first win in 10 starts this season for the partnership of Gail George, Barbara Wohlgemuth and Suzann Breuker. Overlooked at the windows, Brown Bottle Flu returned $47.20, $14.80 & $6.80.
Confidently handled by driver Brent Holland, this gelded son of Park Place left quickly from post position six but wound up being parked through a brisk opening quarter of 27.2.
After finally gaining control from a stubborn Blazing Tower (Brandon Simpson) as the field straightened for their journey down the backstretch, Kinsel was then forced to fend off a challenge from a first over Ram It In (Dave Magee) as the field rolled by the half-mile mark in 58.0.
Kinsel continued to hold the first over Ram It In at bay as the field moved around the final turn. With the pocket sitting Blazing Tower still looming boldly on his back, Kinsel hit the three-quarter mile mark in 1:26.3.
Showing the grit and determination that had earned him three straight victories before Saturday’s finale, the Roger Welch trainee put away the challenge of Ram It In drawing clear by two-lengths at the mid-stretch call. With a fresh Blazing Tower now taking his best shot after “popping the pocket” Kinsel managed to hold firm to the wire, winning by a game neck. Blazing Tower was second while Ascot Cognac (Ryan Anderson) rallied up the inside to finish third.
Unraced as a two-year-old, Kinsel now boasts five victories, two seconds and one third in nine career outings for earnings of $24,380.
The busy week of racing action concludes on Sunday with a pair of $10,000 Spring Series Finals, a $14,000 Filly & Mare Open Pace and the $14,000 Open Trot which features the return to action of sophomore champion Before He Cheats. Post time on Sunday is 6:30 pm (central).
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