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|Balmoral Park (6/3/08)
Contact: Tom Kelley
FOX VALLEY SHANNON SPRINGS THE UPSET IN FOX VALLEY DIVA STAKE
After a huge win in the Violet Stake last week, Spread The Chips was dispatched as the overwhelming 1-5 choice in Tuesday’s battle. Unfortunately for the “chalk” players the race went up for grabs at the quarter-mile mark as the heavy favorite made a break and lost all chance, eventually winding up sixth.
That miscue left the door open for an upset and it was Robert Taylor & Kevin Dixon’s Fox Valley Shannon who stepped to the forefront with a grinding come-from-behind victory in 1:57.0.
Given a perfect steer by driver Ryan Anderson, Fox Valley Shannon saved ground in mid-pack as My Birthday (Sam Widger) carved out splits of 29.1 & 59.2.
Latching on to the live cover of a first over Campaign Wife (Homer Hochstetler) as the field moved around the final turn, Fox Valley Shannon was fourth, just two lengths behind the embattled leaders, as the fillies reached the three quarter mile mark in 1:28.4.
Through the lane My Birthday and Campaign Wife continued to slug it out while Fox Valley Shannon methodically continued to close in on the top two. Trotting home in a brisk 27.4, the Robert Taylor-trained miss charged past the top two in the closing yards to win by 1 ¾ lengths. Campaign Wife held on for second while My Birthday finished a hard-fought third.
The daughter of Vaporize had racked up more than $24,000 in earnings through her 12-race career, but Tuesday’s victory was her first trip to the winners circle. Despite a second place finish in last week’s Violet Stake, Fox Valley Shannon was dismissed at 10-1 giving her backers a nice winning mutuel of $22.40 while moving her career earnings over the $30,000 mark.
Tuesday night’s Pick 4 was not hit meaning fans playing Balmoral’s races on Wednesday will have a shot at a big payday as an additional $6,744 will be added to Wednesday’s Pick 4 pool. Mutuel manager Bill Mudro estimates that Wednesday’s pool will be in excess of $35,000. Wednesday’s Pick 4 starts on race eight, which is tentatively scheduled to go off at around 9:40 pm (central).
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