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FOX VALLEY GAMBLER CRUISES IN FFA
Despite being assigned the outside post position in this tussle, Sawgrass Farms classy five-year-old Fox Valley Gambler had no trouble dispatching his rivals as he rolled to a 1 ¼ length victory in 1:53.3.
Given a confident steer by driver Tyler Buter, the gelded son of Richess Hanover fired away from the gate and was in control of the proceedings as the field reached the opening station in 27.3.
Cruising along effortlessly through middle splits of 57.1 and 1:26, the Perry Smith trainee was still fit and fresh as he turned for home with a 1 ¼ length lead.
Keeping his rivals at bay with only minimal urging from Buter, Fox Valley Gambler was on cruise control through the lane, sealing the deal with a 27.0 final quarter, while recording his third win in as many starts this season. Ten Big Soldiers (Brandon Simpson) rallied from seventh at the top of the stretch to finish a strong second while Distinct Color (Rick Dane Jr.) was third.
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