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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (7/15/09)

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Rock Hollywood
Rock Hollywood and driver-trainer Mike Brink flew by their rivals to win the first of two Psychic Spirit Stake splits on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park.
State-bred trotting colts took the track on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as a total of 13 diagonally gaited freshmen met in a pair of $5,000 Psychic Spirit Stake splits which were carded as non-wagering events.

In the first division, the Mike Brink owned-trained and driven Rock Hollywood trotted right by his rivals in the stretch to win by 1 ½ lengths in 2:00.1.

Content to sit in mid-pack as Showmeyourstuff (Marcus Miller) put up splits of 30.1, 1:00.4 and 1:31.1 Brink then picked up live cover from a first over Big Bucks (Homer Hochstetler) as the field hit the top of the stretch.

Tipping three wide off his cover, the son Psychic Spirit-Serafina The Great looked like a seasoned veteran as he cruised by the leaders to win his career debut. Kid Cormac (Dave Magee) benefited from a nice ground-saving trip to get the place money while Showmeyourstuff held on for third.

Fox Valley Rival
Fox Valley Rival was a wire-to-wire winner in the nightcap of the Psychic Spirit Stake on Wednesday night.
The second division figured to be a showcase for the highly regarded Shore Road, but the gelding made a break behind the gate once again and was never a factor as Paula Smith and James Runyan’s Fox Valley Rival went wire to wire in 2:00.0.

Hustled away from post position two by driver Brian Carpenter, the son of International Chip-Reina Belle strolled through leisurely fractions of 31.1, 1:01.1 and 1:31.0 before finishing things off with a 29.0 final quarter to win by 3 ¼ lengths. Smoken Homer (J.D. Finn) came on late to finish second while Muscatine (Dale Hiteman) rallied for third.




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