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|Balmoral Park (9/17/09)
Contact: Tom Kelley
Langley Memorial Should Provide Plenty of Excitement
Shirley LeVin's Park Lane Deputy came out of the box red-hot to start the year and he hasn't slowed down yet, winning 12 of 18 starts this year while earning almost $114,000.
The Homer Hochstetler-trained Sportsmaster colt was very impressive in his elimination victory last week, stopping the clock in 1:50.2 for veteran Dale Hiteman. The win came off a perfect two-hole trip which Hiteman figures should have Park Lane Deputy primed for another big effort on Super Night.
"We got carried all the way to the open stretch without me ever having to use him," explained Hiteman. "Then once I moved him down into the passing lane he just zipped right on by the leader without much effort."
The good looking brown colt has also proven his mettle against "open" company this year, winning a division of the Hanover Stake here at Balmoral Park in 1:50.2.
Leaving from post position seven tonight, Park Lane Deputy is the 3-1 morning line favorite.
My Boy Luke was also very sharp while posting an elimination victory as he made every call a winning one in 1:51.2, which impressed driver Josh Sutton.
"This horse is crazy fast and he can be very aggressive leaving the gate," he said. "We've tried to rate him or put him in a hole a couple of times but that didn't work as well, so I just decided to let him roll for as long as he could tonight."
A model of consistency throughout his career, the Roger Welch trainee has seven wins, 14 second place finishes and five thirds in 35 starts with earnings of $143,985.
Trainer Scott Foster will send out Doubletrouble in here and this gelding can never be counted out of these big events as he showed by winning last year's $170,000 American National here at Balmoral Park.
Prior to his second place finish in last week's elimination, this year's Incredible Finale Stakes winner toted home top honors in the Dudley Hanover Stake at DuQuoin in 1:52.3. Despite being hampered by a variety of ailments, Doubletrouble has still managed to post six career victories while earning more than $171,000.
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