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|Balmoral Park (5/5/08)
Contact: Tom Kelley
KENNANS KELLI TAKES ISOBA STAKE
Fresh off a win at Balmoral Park just four nights prior to this event, Kenneth Spurlock’s Kennans Kelli continued her winning ways as she held on gamely to record a hard-fought head decision over Westside Gritty in a lifetime best of 1:52.2.
Hustled away from the gate by driver Mike Oosting, this daughter of Cole Muffler quickly opened up a 4 ½ length advantage after negotiating her way around a breaking Lovely Hotspur in the first turn.
Rolling along through splits of 29.0, 57.4, & 1:25.1, the Joel Smith-trained miss was well within herself as she maintained an open-lengths advantage through the opening three-quarters of a mile.
In the stretch Kennans Kelli dug in tenaciously as she held off the big late charge of the highly regarded Westside Gritty, (Brent Holland) who came into this race undefeated in three starts this season, to win by a head. Renovation (Ryan Anderson), who sat on the winners back the entire way, wound up third, 4 ¼ lengths behind.
Kennans Kelli now sports a record of four wins and three seconds in 11 starts this season with earnings of $32,730. Coming off her win last Wednesday night this filly was dispatched as the even-money favorite in the race returning $4.00, $2.10 & $2.10.
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