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|Balmoral Park (4/4/09)
Contact: Tom Kelley
TAURAS BOMBER SPLITS OPEN 2009 STAKE SEASON
In the first division Jim Reynolds, Jim Edgar and Terry & Judy Rathbergerís Rich N Flashy lived up to his 3-2 favoritism with a sharp 3 Ĺ length score in 1:54.4.
After watching Teheros (Darcy Pletcher) and Innovation (Todd Warren) slug it out through splits of 27.4, 58.0 and 1:26.3 Hall of Famer Dave Magee seemingly had Rich N Flashy in a perfect second-over spot as the field reached the top of the stretch.
Thatís when disaster almost struck. Sitting right on the back of a first over Fox Valley Iccarus (Mike Oosting), Magee was forced to grab up and move to the far outside when his cover made a nasty break right in front of him. Despite losing his momentum and several lengths to the leader, Magee was still able to get Rich N Flashy back on course. The Kristopher Reynolds trained son of Richess Hanover-Duchess Hallie then responded beautifully as he flew home in 27.4 to get the victory. Drama Party (Marcus Miller) shook loose after getting shuffled to last and rallied well to finish second while Sandbar Slugger (Brandon Simpson) was third.
The victory was the second in five starts for the bay gelding who returned $5.00, $3.40 and $2.40.
Patiently handled by driver Dale Hiteman, the son of Sportsmaster-Darling Katherine took full advantage of the inside starting spot. Racing in the garden spot and saving ground through splits of 27.3, 56.3 and 1:24.0, the Homer Hochstetler trainee was fit and fresh as the field turned for home.
Unfortunately the pace setting Successfully Rich (Brian Carpenter) began to tire badly leaving Hiteman desperately searching for racing room as Captain Kid (Mike Oosting) and Fort Silky (Robert Smolin) came rolling up on the outside of horses. Pushed back to fourth place with less than a sixteenth of a mile to go, Hiteman expertly maneuvered his charge through a small opening between the top two and Park Lane Deputy quickly gobbled up the leaders to grab the victory. Fort Silky turned in a solid effort to finish second while Captain Kid wound up third.
Making his first start of the year after an abbreviated two-year-old campaign that saw him win one of his two starts Park Lane Deputy returned a hefty $56.00, $18.80 and $9.00 to his backers.
The stakes action will continue on Sunday night as a field of nine three-year-old pacing fillies square off in the $15,000 Direct Balance Stake which goes as race eight on the 12-race program. Post time on Sunday is 6:30 pm (central).
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