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|Balmoral Park (6/17/09)
Contact: Tom Kelley
DR MCDREAMY & WINDY JOE TAKE MIKES A MYSTERY STAKE SPLITS
In the first split, Connie Hochstetler and Bruce & Dean Alexander’s Dr McDreamy had no trouble disposing of five rivals as he trotted to a 4 ¼ length decision in a speedy 1:55.1.
Bet as if defeat was out of the question, the 1-5 favorite was hustled away from post position five by driver-trainer Homer Hochstetler. Easily making it to the top, the son of American Native-Colors Of The Wind led the field through an opening quarter in 29.1.
The issue was never really in doubt from that point on as this good looking colt proceeded to roll through splits of 57.4 and 1:27.0.
Turning for home with a 6 ¾ length advantage, Dr McDreamy turned the final quarter into a stroll in the park as he cruised to his second win in five starts this year. Samuel Coe (Brandon Simpson) wound up second while Red Victor (Mike Oosting) was third.
With the victory Dr McDreamy now sports a career record of 5-5-0 in 17 starts with earnings of just under $90,000.
Taking advantage of a miscue in the first turn by 4-5 favorite Definer, driver Mike Oosting seized the opportunity by sending Windy Joe to the front as the field moved through an opening quarter in a tepid 30.4.
Unchallenged through easy middle splits of 59.4 and 1:29.3, Windy Joe was still fit and fresh as he led the field into the lane.
The striking chestnut son of Valley Victor-Fox Valley Beloved was never in danger through the stretch, as he trotted home in 28.3 to secure his third win in six starts this year. Welchkin (Dave Magee) parlayed a pocket sitting trip into the place check while POW (Brian Carpenter) was third.
Under the guidance of conditioner Nelson Willis, Windy Joe now has five wins and two seconds in 19 lifetime starts with earnings of $33,965.
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