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|Balmoral Park (6/23/09)
Contact: Tom Kelley
STATE-BREDS SHINE ON A BUSY TUESDAY NIGHT
The proceedings started with a bang as Iris Horowitz’s good looking trotter Shore Road trotted the fastest mile of the year by a two-year-old as he destroyed his rivals by an amazing 31 ¼ lengths in 1:57.1.
After spotting the field some 12 to 15 lengths after making a break behind the gate, driver Brandon Simpson managed to get the gelded son of High Falls-Knowing Vice back on the trot. The two wasted no time getting back into the proceedings as they powered up to grab the lead as the field reached the opening quarter in 31.2.
Moving effortlessly the rest of the way, the Shawn Nessa trainee proceeded to rip through middle splits of 59.3 and 1:28.0. Without a rival in sight Shore Road continued his demolition of this field, trotting home in 29.1 to record his second win in as many starts. Muscatine (Dale Hiteman) finished second while Vapor Magic (Mike Oosting) was third.
Unofficially press box reports had Shore Road trotting his middle half in a blistering 54.3, which made driver Brandon Simpson shake his head.
“I almost feel bad if that’s how fast we went,” Simpson said in amazement. “He was doing everything on his own though and I wasn’t asking him for anything. I’ve never had the pleasure of sitting behind a trotter that has gone that fast at such an early stage in his career.”
In the second division, trotting guru Homer Hochstetler guided Rose Between 2 Thorns' Big Bucks to a neck decision in 2:01.0.
Making his career debut, the Hochstetler-trained son of American Native-Blank Check grabbed the early lead before releasing to a hard-charging Mystical Malachi (Todd Warren) as the field trotted by an opening panel in 31.1.
Content to sit in the pocket as Mystical Malachi trotted through splits of 1:01 and 1:31.3, Hochstetler then maneuvered Big Bucks to the outside as the field turned for home. Gradually wearing down the pace setter, Big Bucks seemed to be well within himself as he trotted by Mystical Malachi and then held off a late bid by Leaveitonthetrack (Marcus Miller) to make his debut a winning one. Leaveitonthetrack was a game second while Mystical Malachi wound up six lengths back in third.
Kept well off the early pace as My New Dawn and Fox Valley Angie battled through splits of 29.3, 59.1 and 1:29.1, the daughter of Sportsmaster-No Uglies picked up a live cover flow as the field headed around the final turn.
Sweeping up three-wide around her rivals, the $13,000 yearling purchase blew right by the leaders with a blistering 27.3 final quarter to get the victory. Mystic Major (Dale Hiteman), the overwhelming 2-5 favorite of the betting public, provided the winners cover but was forced to settle for the bridesmaid role while Fox Valley Angie (Dave Magee) held on for third.
The win was the first in two career starts for the Mike Schulfer-trained miss who is owned in partnership by Buttice, Buttice, Norton & Santilli.
In the nightcap the James Rowney owned and trained Echoes Of My Soul shed the runner-up role she had assumed in her first two career starts, as she reported home with a one-length triumph in 1:56.2.
Given a perfect steer by driver Todd Warren, the roan daughter of Cole Muffler-Broadway Dazzler left alertly from post position four. She was neatly tucked in second as Things Left Unsaid (Brian Carpenter) grabbed the early lead, as the field moved by an opening quarter in 28.2.
Content to save ground through middle splits of 59.1 and 1:27.4 that were being set by Park Lane Dawn (Homer Hochstetler), Warren had Echoes In My Soul sitting fourth as the field reached the top of the stretch.
After maneuvering his charge to the outside, Echoes In My Soul responded beautifully as she charged by the first over Leanmean Normajean (Hans Schulfer) in the final sixteenth of a mile to get her maiden victory. Leanmean Normajean held on for second while Thingsleftunsaid was third.
Hosted ever so graciously since Friday, June 19 at the beautiful Odds On Acres facility, the campers enjoyed a variety of events before competing on Tuesday night. The opening exhibition was taken by Dillon O’Toole who was assisted by driver Dean Magee while the second exhibition event was captured by Artie Dick who was under the guidance of Dale Hiteman.
The freshman stakes action continues on Wednesday night with a field of five two-year-old trotting fillies battling in the $5,000 Star Slinger Stake, which will be contested as a non-wagering affair at 6:55 pm (central).
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