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|Balmoral Park (5/11/09)
Contact: Tom Kelley
MISS VICKIE MAKES HER SOPHOMORE DEBUT A WINNING ONE!
Despite drawing the outside post in the field of 10, this striking chestnut daughter of Valley Victor-Willy Nilly made it look easy as driver Brandon Simpson worked out a perfect second over trip to make her sophomore debut a winning one in 1:57.2.
Kept well off the pace of Tropical Caprice (Dave Magee) as that filly breezed through splits of 28.3, 58.3 and 1:28.4, Simpson worked his way into a live outer flow as the field moved around the final turn.
Sitting in a second over position while trotting along in fourth as the field turned for home, the Robert Taylor-trained miss then exhibited her potent closing kick as she breezed home in 28.0 flat, to make her 2009 debut a winning one. Laneís Game (J.D. Finn) turned a pocket sitting trip into a second place check while Maple Grove Sarah (Josh Sutton) rallied from far back to finish third.
Last yearís Lady Lincoln Land and Sarah Myers Stake winner was heavily respected at the betting windows despite a five-month layoff, returning just $5.00, $4.00 and $4.00 as she pushed her career earnings up to $129,550.
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