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Balmoral Park (9/17/09)

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Maurello Stake Brings Out State’s Top Pacing Stars

Martha Maxine
Martha Maxine gave driver Marcus Miller his first sub-1:50 victory when he knocked off eight rivals in 1:49.2 while taking the first of two Tony Maurello Stake eliminations.
The field for Saturday's Tony Maurello Stake for three-year-olds and up reads like a Who’s Who of state-bred pacing stars. The combined earnings of this well-balanced field are just shy of $3 million, and if last week's eliminations were any indication this figures to be a hotly contested affair from start to finish.

Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey's Lets Getit Started shipped in from Harrah's Chester for last week's eliminations and promptly proceeded to rattle off an impressive half-length victory in 1:52.3. That victory was the third straight for the four-year-old gelded son of Cole Muffler who is now under the tutelage of east coast conditioner Richard Bilach. A 14-time career winner, Lets Getit Started will have the services of driver Brett Miller as the lukewarm 3-1 morning line choice starting from post position five.

The Erv Miller trained Martha Maxine is the 4-1 second choice in the morning line and probably would have been installed as the favorite if not for drawing post position nine for this tussle. The five-year-old Park Place horse was very impressive in his elimination victory circling rivals on the far turn en route to a 5 ¼ thumping of his foes in a career best of 1:49.2.

After that winning effort up-and-coming reinsman Marcus Miller was thrilled about his charge’s chances in tonight's final and also the fact that he had just posted his first career sub-1:50 driving victory.

"Man this feels good," he gushed. "This horse was just awesome tonight. They made a few changes after his last start here and he was absolutely a machine tonight. I hope there's plenty more wins like this for both this horse and for myself."

Last year's winner of this race, Booze Cruzin, will be looking to repeat for trainer Joe Seekman and owners the Broekhuis Stables of Holland, Michigan. The five-year-old gelding set a new stakes record of 1:49.2 in last year's triumph and he will be looking to win for the 24th time in his career while adding to a bankroll of more than $666,000.

Engel Stables’ Mucho Sleazy also toted home a Super Night Championship last season, winning the Pete Langley Memorial, and he cannot be overlooked despite drawing post position 10. This career winner of $738,876 owns the fastest lifetime mile of this group with his 1:48 clocking, which was taken during his sophomore season.




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