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|Balmoral Park (2/18/09)
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HAYLIE SUE & SMILING ANGEL GRAB FOX VALLEY REDHOT SERIES WINS
Filly and mare pacers highlighted a snowy Wednesday night card at Balmoral Park as a pair of $6,500 divisions in the opening leg of the Fox Valley Redhot Series attracted a total of 17 distaffers.
In the opening split, Willis Clark’s Haylie Sue made it look easy as she strolled home with a 2 ¾ length victory in 1:57.3.
Taking advantage of a textbook steer from the red-hot Tyler Buter (4 wins), this daughter of Givemewhatineed sat in the pocket as Miracle To Me (Dean Magee) led the field through splits of 28.2, 59.2 & 1:30.1.
Pulling from the pocket as the field hit the top of the stretch, Haylie Sue quickly gobbled up the pace setter as she flew home in 27.2 to notch her second win in as many tries this season. Miracle To Me held on well to finish second while Phaelen Lucky (Marcus Miller) was third.
The Perry Smith-trained miss returned $5.00, $2.80 & $2.60 while running her career earnings up to $24,478.
In the nightcap Richard Weaver’s Smiling Angel turned a second over trip into a 2 ¾ length come from behind score in 1:57.4.
Well positioned by leading driver Sam Widger, the daughter of Grinfromeartoear raced in mid-pack as Darn Capable (Marcus Miller) and Wisconsin Girl (Trace Tetrick) battled through opening splits of 28.1, 59.1 & 1:30.0.
Following the live cover of Dingy’s Model (Jason Dillander) until the top of the stretch, the Ronnie Asaph-trained miss left her rivals in the dust as she rattled off a 27.2 final split to reward her backers. Dingy’s Model battled gamely but was forced to settle for the bridesmaid role while East Tower (Tyler Buter) shook loose late to finish third.
Smiling Angel was well backed at the betting windows, returning $6.80, $4.20 & $3.00 as she won for the third time in four starts this season.
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