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|Balmoral Park (5/18/09)
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FILLIES TAKE CENTER STAGE IN VIOLET ELIMINATIONS
In the first division Kay Willis and Richard Beere’s early season sensation Native Hotspur kept her perfect sophomore record intact as she cruised to a three-quarter length victory in 1:53.0.
Confidently handled by driver Sam Widger, the daughter of Ft. Apache Hanover-Broadway Charisma was sent right to the front from post position four. Rattling off splits of 28.0, 57.1 and 1:25.2, the Nelson Willis trainee still had plenty left as she paced home in 27.3 to go four for four in 2009. Smashy Cerise (Brandon Simpson) rallied late to finish second while Fox Valley Tyra (Tyler Buter) was third. Kate’s Rocket (Josh Sutton) was fourth.
After sitting in mid-pack throughout much of the race, driver Dale Hiteman moved the daughter of Cole Muffler-Ju Ju Petals into a second over position as the field neared the top of the stretch. The Homer Hochstetler-trained miss then proceeded to wear down the early leaders as she flew home in 27.1 to notch her first victory in seven starts this year.
She’s A Pegase (Tyler Buter) managed to shake loose late after getting shuffled back in the lane to finish second while Kiss My Josie (Sam Widger) wound up third. Honey’s Luck was fourth.
Despite being away since her Breeders' Crown triumph in November, the daughter of Sportsmaster-Theladyappealstome showed no signs of rust as she rallied from next to last at the half-mile mark to win by a widening 1 ˝ lengths for driver Mike Oosting.
Honey B Skipalong (Tyler Buter) finished second while Aristocracy (Marcus Miller) came on late to get the show dough. Kennans Ellery (Brandon Simpson) was fourth.
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