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|Balmoral Park (7/26/09)
Contact: Tom Kelley
ELIMINATION ACTION CONTINUES AT BALMORAL
A total of 18 filly and mare pacers were entered for the Ann Vonian Stake (formerly scheduled as the Lorna Propes Stake) necessitating a split into a pair of $10,000 elimination tussles. The top five finishers in each division will be back on Saturday, August 1 to battle in the $54,000 final.
In the first elimination L & L DeVisserís My Heart Was True continued her red-hot 2009 campaign as she came flying down the stretch to win by a half-length in 1:52.1.
Content to sit at the back of the pack, driver Brandon Simpson finally moved the daughter of Cole Muffler-Would I Lie into the outer flow as the field moved around the final turn.
Traveling third over as the fillies turned for home, the Nick Giberson trainee then proceeded to uncork a wicked 26.3 final quarter, blowing right by her rivals while widest of all, for her seventh win in eight starts this year. Miss Olivia (Marcus Miller) turned in a big effort to finish a sharp second while China Gal (Todd Warren) shook loose late to be third. Also gaining spots in the final were Native Hotspur (Sam Widger) and Park Lane Rhythm (Dale Hiteman).
In the nightcap the Mike Schulfer-trained Fox Valley Tyra picked the right time to pick up her first victory of the year as she held on gamely to win by a head in a career best of 1:52.3.
Grabbing command of the proceedings with a fifth-to-first power sweep as the field moved down the backstretch, the daughter of Sportsmaster-No Uglies then held off a furious late charge from Aristocracy (Marcus Miller) to record her fifth career victory for the partnership of Christine Buttice, Louis Buttice, William Norton and Frank Santilli. Aristocracy was a very suggestive second while Mattís Wolfey (Dave Magee) was third. Called To Love (Josh Sutton) finished fourth while the last spot in the final went to Not So Slim (Sam Widger).
Taking full advantage of the absence of the division leader, Connie Hochstetler and Bruce & Dean Alexanderís Dr McDreamy crushed nine rivals by a whopping 10 Ĺ lengths in a career best of 1:53.4.
After sitting second through the opening quarter, driver-trainer Homer Hochstetler then sent the homebred son of American Native-Colors Of The Wind to the front as the field headed down the backstretch. Widening his margin at every call, Dr McDreamy was on cruise control as he trotted under the wire with his fourth win in nine starts this year. Definer (Tyler Buter) came on late to finish second while Samuel Coe (Brandon Simpson) was third.
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