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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (7/11/09)

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Park Lane Deputy
After being hampered by tough trips in his last three starts, driver Dale Hiteman took no chances with Park Lane Deputy.
After being hampered by tough trips in his last three starts, driver Dale Hiteman took no chances with Park Lane Deputy in Saturday’s $12,000 Hot Head Stake at Balmoral Park as he sent to the pacer to the front and then settled into a pocket sitting position en route to a thrilling head victory in 1:51.1.

Showing an uncharacteristic turn of early speed, Hiteman hustled Park Lane Deputy away from post position seven and the colt wound up parked through an opening quarter in 28.2.

Trying to slow things down a bit on the backside, Hiteman was more than happy to let a hard-charging My Boy Luke (Josh Sutton) sweep from fifth to first as the field reached the half-mile mark in 56.1.

Heading around the final turn, My Boy Luke continued to show the way with a fit and fresh Park Lane Deputy sitting right on his back. Fox Valley Seth (Brandon Simpson) was also benefiting from a ground-saving trip while third, as a stalled first over bid by Fort Silky (Robert Smolin) was holding up a developing outer flow as the field hit the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:24.1.

Continuing to pace along right on his rivals helmet, Hiteman finally maneuvered Park Lane Deputy to the outside with an eighth of a mile to go. My Boy Luke was not about to give in though as these two good-looking colts pulled some four lengths clear of the rest of the field. Racing neck and neck down to the wire, Park Lane Deputy finally managed to put a head in front in the final strides to earn the hard-fought victory. My Boy Luke was second while What It Means (Dave Magee) came on late to finish third.

With the win the Homer Hochstetler-trained son of Sportsmaster-Darling Katherine now boasts a record of eight wins, one second and one third in 12 starts this year, with earnings of $76,347 for owner Shirley LeVin. The odds-on choice of the betting public returned $3.60, $3.20 and $2.10.

State-bred stakes action continues on Sunday night with Southern Rocketop leading a field of 10 sophomore trotting colts postward in the $12,000 Brandenburg Stake (Rc.9), while Native Hotspur heads the first division of the $9,000 Ohyouprettything Stake (Rc. 8) and China Gal leads the second division which goes as race 11. First post on Sunday is 6:30 pm (central).




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