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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (4/14/08)

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Before He Cheats
Before He Cheats picked up right where he left off in 2007 with an impressive win for driver Brandon Simpson in his seasonal debut on Sunday night at Balmoral Park.
Sam Bowie’s champion Illinois-bred trotting sensation Before He Cheats showed no signs of rust after being away for nearly four months as he trotted to a very impressive two-length victory in Sunday’s $14,000 Open-Handicap Trot.

The Dirk Simpson trained four-year-old, who posted a record of 21-5-0 in 28 starts as a sophomore, picked up right where he left off as he scored in come from behind fashion for the red-hot Brandon Simpson. Allowed to bide his time at the back of the pack through opening splits of 28.3 & 57.4, the gelded son of Valley Victor came roaring up first over on the far turn and he had the pace-setting Tremendous Hit (Joe Anderson) clearly in his sights as the field reached the three-quarter-pole in 1:26.3.

With nothing but open territory in front of him, Before He Cheats rattled off a wicked 27.3 final quarter-mile, putting any doubts about his conditioning after the layoff to rest in eye-catching fashion as he stopped the clock in 1:54.3.

Although he was impressed by the gelding’s effort, driver Brandon Simpson was not surprised. “Dad told me that he was definitely ready to go for this start,” said Brandon. “The only worry I had during the race was when Joe (Anderson) popped his wheel disk at the top of the stretch. That kind of startled my horse but he regrouped perfectly and then trotted home strong all on his own.”

Tentative plans call for this career winner of almost $330,000 to make one more start on the local scene before shipping east for various stakes engagements.

The Filly & Mare Open Pace also produced a strong effort as Bohemian Enterprises & Anderson Racing’s Black Brinny posted a front stepping score in 1:53.1 for “comeback kid” Ryan Anderson.

The four-year-old daughter of Real Artist showed a great deal of grit and determination in her victory shrugging off a tough opening quarter to get the job done after being headed at the top of the stretch. The win was the third in six starts this year for the Joe Anderson trained miss.

Spirit Lifter
Spirit Lifter and driver-trainer Roger Welch rallied in the final strides to win Sunday's $10,000 Spring Series final for trotters.
A pair of $10,000 Spring Series Finals were also contested on Sunday night.

In the trotting final Roger Welch and Michael Silber’s Spirit Lifter rallied in the final strides to nip heavily favored Fox Valley Love Ya (Dale Hiteman) in 2:00.0.

Handled perfectly by his conditioner, this striking chestnut appeared to be beaten with 100 yards to go but the son of Wilson Wyoming never stopped his dogged pursuit of the favorite and finally got by him at the wire with an eye catching 27.1 final split. The victory was the second in four career starts for aptly named Spirit Lifter.

Has an Attitude
Has An Attitude is now a perfect 3 for 3 in 2008 after capturing Sunday's $10,000 Spring Series Final for pacing fillies at Balmoral Park.
In the filly pacing final Brittany Farms' Has An Attitude continued to impress as she remained perfect in three starts this season with a one-length victory in 1:55.3.

Given a patient steer by regular pilot Brent Holland, the Ervin Miller-trained sophomore rallied from mid-pack just as she had done in her previous victory. The 1-5 favorite of the betting public methodically wore down a game Cole’s Amity Jane (Ryan Anderson) with a 28.2 final quarter to get the job done for her legion of backers.




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