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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (9/28/08)

Contact: Tom Kelley
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Called to Love
Called To Love and driver Del Chupp made it look easy as they cruised to a 4 1/2 length victory in the first of two Thrifty Way Stake divisions on Saturday night.
Illinois conceived and foaled pacers shared the spotlight on Saturday night as a total of 16 two-year-old fillies met in a pair of $10,000 Thrifty Way Stake splits while 22 of their male counterparts slugged it out in a trio of $10,000 Yates Eagle Stake divisions.

In the first division of the Thrifty Way, the Tim Barbre trained Called To Love flew by her rivals in the lane to record a widening 4 ½ length victory in a career best of 1:53.2.

Reserved early by driver Del Chupp, this daughter of Art’s Conquest-Cams Bett was fifth at the half. Storming up first over around the final turn, this year’s State Fair Stake runner-up was right along the pace setting Kate’ Rocket (Brandon Simpson) by the top of the stretch and the issue was never in doubt as she powered home in 28.2 for her third win in nine starts this year. Two Easy Hotspur (Todd Warren) shook loose along the inside to finish second while her entry mate Susan Hotspur (Dan Noble) was third.

The second division provided a thrilling a finish as Dennis Pietranduono’s Town Nurse edged out a game Kennans Ellery by a hard-fought neck in 1:54.4.

Dispatched at 22-1 after going winless through her first six lifetime starts, this daughter of Ideal Towne-RN Labelle was sixth at the top of the stretch but driver Brent Holland maneuvered her to the far outside where she uncorked a 27.4 final split to post her maiden score. Kennans Ellery (Dale Hiteman) overcame some heavy traffic problems in the stretch to finish second while Spdyer Bite (Tyler Buter) rallied late to finish third.

In the first of three Yates Eagle splits “chalk” players were rewarded as Sawgrass Farms and Cynthia Kay Willis’ Fox Valley Seth held firm to the finish to win by a neck in 1:53.0.

After sweeping to the top on the backstretch for pilot Sam Widger, the son of Incredible Finale-Southwind Silk then held off a first over bid from Choose To Believe (Mike Oosting) and a late challenge from Smellthecolornine (Tyler Buter) as he won for the second time in 10 lifetime starts. Smellthecolornine was a hard-charging second while He’s So Coole (Dave Magee) rallied for the show dough.

In the middle split Brett Wilfong’s good looking youngster Jamboree exploded in the final eighth of a mile to completely dismantle seven rivals by 4 ¼ lengths in a career best of 1:53.1.

After taking advantage of a pocket sitting trip for most of the mile, driver Sam Widger managed to secure racing room for the homebred son of JT Western-Join The Crusade and he responded magnificently, leaving his rivals in his wake as he rolled to his second win in seven lifetime starts. Master Jeeves (Brandon Simpson) came on late to finish second while Fox Valley Saphron (Mike Oosting) was third.

Oliver Brown
Oliver Brown lived up this favored status with a half-length victory in the third of three Yates Eagle Stake splits for driver Sam Widger.
Larry Breed’s Oliver Brown rounded out the stakes action for the night with another “chalk” players delight as the 3-5 choice of the betting public reported home with a half-length victory in a new life mark of 1:53.0.

Given another fine steer by driver Sam Widger, this son of Warrior For Peace-Olive U was able to save ground throughout the entire mile. After finding room late, Oliver Brown powered to the front by the mid-stretch call and the verdict was never in jeopardy as he posted his fourth win in 15 starts this year. He’s A Willie Too (Tyler Buter) rallied from last to finish second while Wrigley Place (Dave Magee) was third.

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