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|Balmoral Park (7/15/09)
Contact: Tom Kelley
YOUNGSTERS STAR IN PSYCHIC SPIRIT SPLITS
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.
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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