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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (6/22/09)

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Voomerang made his career debut a winning one for driver Josh Sutton in the Sunday's first division of the Wicked Brew Stake.
Illinois conceived and foaled two-year-old colt pacers were back in action on Sunday night at Balmoral Park as a total of 18 youngsters squared off in a pair of $10,000 Wicked Brew Stake splits.

In the first division William C. and William P. DeLongís Voomerang made his career debut a winning one as he went from last to first to win by 1 ľ lengths in an impressive 1:55.2.

Reserved early by a red-hot Josh Sutton, the altered son of Cole Muffler-Vavoom Hanover came away last as Tarr (Dave Magee) and Fort Hamilton (Brandon Simpson) battled through an opening quarter in 29.1.

With Fort Hamilton finally gaining command on the backstretch, Sutton moved his charge to the outside where he proceeded to pick up a developing outer flow. Steadily gaining ground as the pace setter rolled through middle splits of 57.3 and 1:28.0, Voomerang was up to fifth as the field turned for home.

Continuing to gobble up rivals as he tipped wide for the drive, Voomerang set his sights on the leader. Unfortunately for Simpson and Fort Hamilton that colt made a break in the late going and the hard-charging Voomerang went right by him with a wicked 26.3 final quarter. Fort Hamilton finished second but was disqualified and placed third for the miscue. That moved Power Of A Moment (Marcus Miller) from third to second.

Coming off a pair of sharp qualifying events while being driven by conditioner Roger Welch, Voomerang took plenty of action at the windows returning $11.20, $5.00 and $2.60.

Nash Gram
Sutton returned to take the second division of the Wicked Brew as well, guiding Nash Gram to victory in 1:55.0.
In the second division, Carol Grahamís Nash Gram avenged a pair of second place finishes in his first two career starts with a 1 Ĺ length victory in 1:55.0.

Taking advantage of the inside starting spot, driver Josh Sutton put this son of Henry Clay-Ladylux in the pocket as Apache Renegade (Brian Carpenter) led the field through splits of 28.4, 59.2 and 1:27.0.

After enjoying the perfect journey, Sutton moved the pocket sitting Tom Graham trainee into action and the homebred responded beautifully, blowing right by the pace setter as he sealed the deal with a nifty 27.3 final quarter. Charlie Beans (Sam Widger), who also saved ground for much of the mile, came on to finish second while Apache Renegade held on for third.

Coming off those two second place finishes to start his career, Nash Gram returned $10.20, $5.20 and $3.60.

Earlier in the night the Chris Choros owned and Ronnie Gillespie trained Yermanos equaled the national seasonís mark of 1:55.0 for a two-year-old colt pacer while taking a non-winners of 1 event. The homebred son of Final Cheers-Pleaspassthejelly was driven to victory by Dave Magee.




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