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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (6/28/09)

Contact: Tom Kelley
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Illinois conceived and foaled distaffers stepped into the spotlight on Saturday night as a field of seven state-bred fillies and mares battled it out in the first edition of the $25,000 Sue Fee Stake at Balmoral Park.

As she’s done so many times before, Paul Bertucci’s Bobs Minute Maid completely overpowered her state-bred rivals, rolling to a two-length triumph in a season’s best of 1:51.3 for driver-trainer Mike Oosting.

Confidently handled by Oosting, the 3-5 favorite of the betting public was parked through an opening quarter in 27.1 as Kelly’s Keepsake and Kennans Kelli battled for the early lead.

After allowing the top pair to settle into position as the field moved down the backstretch, Oosting sent his mare to the front and Bobs Minute Maid was in control of the proceedings as the field reached the half-mile mark in 56.0.

Things were really never in doubt from that point on, as Bobs Minute Maid continued to call the shots as the field reached the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:24.3.

Fit and fresh as the field turned for home, the nine-year-old daughter of Tattler’s Torpedo made it look easy as she sprinted away from her rivals with a wicked 27.0 final quarter to notch her sixth win in 18 starts this season. Kelly’s Keepsake (Marcus Miller) held on for second while Spectacular Cam (Dale Hiteman) rallied to finish third.

The win was the 42nd in 177 career starts for Bobs Minute Maid who now boasts career earnings of $519,623. Bet to the near exclusion of her six rivals, Bobs Minute Maid returned $3.40, $2.20 and $2.10 to her legion of backers.

Saturday’s Free For All produced another thrilling finish as Redbud Stable and Michael Mcneely’s Thisbigdogwillfight (Dave Magee) rallied in the final strides to nip 17-1 longshot Chris Riley N (Brandon Simpson) by a head in 1:49.1.

The win was the 32nd in the career of this six-year-old son of The Big Dog, who now boasts $656,398 in career earnings.




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