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|Balmoral Park (9/17/09)
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Dr McDreamy The One to Beat in Su Mac Lad Championship
The bay colt has been freshened up with a well deserved three-week layoff after making a break just after the start and then fading badly after trying to get back into contention while facing Muscle Hill in the $200,000 American National on August 29. Prior to that effort the Homer Hochstetler trainee finished second behind division leader Southern Rocketop ( who has elected to skip this test to compete in the $1,000,000 Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk) in the State Fair Championship at Springfield.
A force among the state-bred set in each of his first two seasons of racing, Dr McDreamy has racked up nine wins and seven seconds in 25 starts while earning $149,156. Trainer Homer Hochstetler will handle the driving duties.
Mark Winship and Peter Spaeth's B Victorious lived up to his name in DuQuoin and this speedy son of Victory Gift is a close second choice in the morning line at 7-2.
A relative unknown in the Chicagoland area after campaigning for most of the year on the downstate fair circuit, the Nick Giberson trainee made every call a winning one in the $12,500 County Fair Challenge in DuQuoin as he stopped the clock in a career best of 1:57.3 last time out.
After a non-descript two-year-old season in which he was winless in four starts, this bay colt has come on strong in his second season racking up 12 wins, six seconds and one third in 25 starts with earnings of nearly $35,000. Sam Widger gets the call to drive as B Victorious starts from post position three.
Others who merit strong consideration among this group are The Way He Moves (Marcus Miller 6-1), a seven time winner this season; Welchkin (Dale Hiteman 4-1), a stakes winning gelding from the barn of conditioner Roger Welch who boasts earnings of nearly $47,000 this season; and Pronto Don Stakes winner Shining Armor (Josh Sutton 8-1), who is looking for his third straight victory as he comes into this race.
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