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|Balmoral Park (9/30/09)
Contact: Tom Kelley
TROTTERS TAKE CENTER STAGE IN LADY LINCOLN LAND AND LINCOLN LAND ELIMINATION ACTION
In the first Lady Lincoln Land elimination, Anthony Munoz and Carol O’Brien’s Fox Valley Ripple took advantage of breaks by several of the top contenders as she came charging through the lane to record a half-length triumph in 2:01.2.
Given a confident steer by driver Todd Warren, the daughter of Vaporize-Recoopment left alertly and came away trotting in fourth through the early stages.
Deciding not to wait for cover, Warren pulled the Michael Rogers trainee near the half and Fox Valley Ripple quickly began to reel in the pace-setting Powerful Bella (Nelson Willis) as the fillies proceeded around the far turn.
After drawing alongside the leader at the top of the stretch, Fox Valley Ripple then trotted away from the tiring leader before holding off a late challenge from a fast closing KF’sPictureperfect (Leroy Miller). Powerful Bella held on for third. Also gaining spots in the final were fourth place finisher St. Louis Holiday (Rick Dane Jr.) and fifth place finisher Fox Valley Brenna (Dale Hiteman), who was forced to overcome a miscue just after the quarter.
The win was the fifth in 12 career starts for Fox Valley Ripple, who was plucked from the Land Of Lincoln Sale for just $2,500. She now has career earnings of $23,011.
Driving from the pocket as the field moved down the backstretch, Hall of Famer Dave Magee put this daughter of International Chip-Love You More on the lead shortly before the field reached the half-mile mark.
Getting pressure from Claires Rose who pulled her pocket sitting position mid-way around the final turn, Fox Valley Luxury dug in gamely and then coasted home to her third win in seven starts for trainer Leo Grummel. Southern Maebelle (Tyler Buter) snuck up the inside to finish second while Claires Rose held on for third. Also gaining spots in the final were Fox Valley Genuine (Steve Searle) and Mystical OJ (Nelson Willis).
When the smoke cleared from this battle it was Miranda Lyon and Paula Smith’s Muscatine who emerged with an impressive three-length victory in 1:58.3.
Content to save ground while trotting along in third through the opening half mile, driver Dale Hiteman confidently moved the son of Tequila Spur-Star Slinger first over as the field trotted around the far turn.
Moving swiftly while uncovered, the Joel Smith-trained gelding pulled right alongside the pace-setting Big Bucks (Homer Hochstetler) as the field reached the top of the stretch.
Uncorking a sharp 28.3 final quarter, Muscatine trotted right by the leader and the issue was never really in doubt as he drew away from his rivals for his first career victory in his 11th start. Fox Valley Smarty (Todd Warren) followed the winner’s cover but was forced to settle for the runner-up role, while Big Bucks held on for third. Also gaining spots in the final with fourth through eighth place finishes were Powerful Speed, Hokey Pokey, Dutch Commander, Lasssie’s Greatest and Powerful Vic.
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