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|Balmoral Park (12/17/08)
Contact: Tom Kelley
FOX VALLEY LECTOR SWEEPS INCREDIBLE FINALE SERIES FOR 2YO’S
Coming off back to back scores in the opening two legs of the series, G & B Stables Fox Valley Lector was backed to the near exclusion of his six rivals and the gelding did not disappoint his legion of backers as he held on gamely to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.2.
Taking advantage of the inside post position, driver Jason Dillander fired the son of Richess Hanover-Love Life away from the gate and was in control of the proceedings as the field reached the opening station in 29.1.
Heading to the half-mile mark Fox Valley Lector encountered a first over challenge from longshot Sandbar Slugger (Dean Magee), and these two raced neck and neck through middle splits of 59.0 & 1:28.0.
After finally putting away the challenge of his first over rival, Fox Valley Lector then had to brace for a challenge from the pocket sitting Incredible Bob (Josh Sutton) and the late rushing Big Party (Brandon Simpson). Digging in tenaciously through the final sixteenth of a mile, the Roger Welch trainee was up to the task as he charged home in 28.2 to record his fourth win in 14 starts this season. Big Party edged Incredible Bob for the place money in a tight photo.
The 3-5 favorite in the wagering returned $3.20, $2.60 & $2.10 while running his seasonal earnings up to $23,537.
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