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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (5/10/08)

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My Boy David
My Boy David benefitted from a patient steer from driver Ryan Anderson to capture Saturday's $20,000 Rambling Willie Stake at Balmoral Park.
Some of Illinois finest older pacers were in the spotlight on Saturday night as a field of seven headed postward in the $20,000 Rambling Willie Stake.

Just as he’s done in so many other stakes events Shirley LeVin’s My Boy David came up big once again as he stormed through the passing lane to win by a length in 1:51.2.

Patiently handled by driver Ryan Anderson, this millionaire pacer was content to ride along in the pocket as Booze Cruzin (Sam Widger) led the field through opening splits of 27.4 & 56.0.

The action began to heat up on the final turn as a first over Brown Bottle Flu (Brandon Simpson) came roaring up to challenge. Fox Valley Gambler (Dan Noble) was full of pace and following the live outer flow into third while My Boy David continued to save ground at the pylons in fourth as the field raced by the three-quarter-mile station in 1:23.4.

In the stretch a hard charging Fox Valley Gambler grabbed command on the far outside of horses. Just to his inside Brown Bottle Flu was still battling on gamely, while Booze Cruzin began to drift out a bit as he began to fade. That allowed a locked and loaded My Boy David to secure the racing room he needed, and the Homer Hochstetler trainee responded like the champion that he is rallying up the inside to get the victory. Fox Valley Gambler was a strong second while Brown Bottle Flu was third.

The victory was the third in 15 starts this year for this son of Cole Muffler. Heavily backed at the windows, this lifetime winner of $1,105,524 returned $3.00, $2.60 & $2.10.


Mike Oosting's seventh win
Mike Oosting is seen here guiding Highland Pride A. to victory in Saturday's 14th race. The victory was the seventh of the night for Balmoral Park's leading reinsman and equaled the previous record for wins on a single card which had been set back in 1998 by Tony Morgan.
Veteran reinsman Mike Oosting, who currently enjoys a commanding lead in the driver standings here at Balmoral Park, put his name into the track’s record books on Satuday night by guiding home seven winners on the card. That mark tied the previous record which had been set back on Sept. 26, 1998 by Tony Morgan.

The Beecher, Illinois resident kicked off his parade of winners in the second race behind You Rock in 1:51.2. From there he proceeded to take the fifth race with longshot Barchetta N (1:51.1), the sixth race with Alias Smitty (1:52.1), race eight with Officer Joe (1:51.3) and race 10 with Sailors Sky (1:53.0). Oosting then closed out the night with back to back wins in the 13th & 14th behind Richnwandaful (1:54.2) and Highland Pride (1:54.3) to equal the record.


The state-bred stakes action continues on Sunday night with a total of 13 sophomore trotting colts battling it out in a pair of $10,700 ISOBA Stake splits, which have been carded as races six and eight on the 12-race program. Their female counterparts will also be in action in races 10 & 11 as a total of 15 diagonally gaited ladies battle in a pair of $10,670 ISOBA Stake divisions.

Sunday’s Mothers Day card will get underway at 6:30 pm (central).




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