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|Balmoral Park (10/18/09)
Contact: Tom Kelley
FAVORITES REIGN SUPREME IN SUNDAY’S SARAH MYERS ACTION
Now under the guidance of conditioner Roger Welch for owner Steven Leita, Ellamakailey was hammered at the windows and the daughter of Park Place-Town Looker did not disappoint her legion of backers.
Watching the action from mid-pack as Rolldownthehiway (Marcus Miller) strolled through leisurely splits of 30.0 and 59.4, driver Mike Oosting moved Ellamakailey to the outside where she managed to pick up live cover from a first over Gypsys Little Star (Gary Rath), as the field moved into the far turn.
Mid-way around the final bend Oosting tipped his filly three wide and Ellamakailey responded nicely, drawing to within a length of the pace setter, as the field reached the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:28.4.
In the lane Ellamakailey quickly gobbled up Rolldownthehiway. Cruising home in 28.0 while receiving only mild encouragement from her pilot, Ellamakailey rolled under the wire with a 1 ¼ length decision in 1:57.0. Rolldownthehiway held on for second while Fox Valley Angie (Dale Hiteman) shook loose to finish third.
Now sporting a record of 6-4-2 in 16 starts with earnings of $29,534, Ellamakailey returned $5.00, $3.40 and $2.60.
Given a confident steer by driver Brandon Simpson, the daughter of Sportsmaster-Sneakheravalentine paced along in fifth as Things Left Unsaid (Todd Warren) showed the way through opening splits of 28.2 and 56.4.
Moving first over around the far turn, the Erv Miller trainee was up to third as the field reached the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:26.2.
Gradually wearing down the pace setter, Simpson and Mystical Victress finally managed to draw even and then pull away in the final sixteenth of a mile for the victory. Things Left Unsaid held on to be a game second while Fox Valley Oracle (Tyler Buter) overcame some early traffic problems to finish third.
The win was the seventh in 10 starts this year for Mystical Victress, who has never failed to hit the board in her promising career. The good-looking brown filly returned $4.40, $3.20 and $2.20 while pushing her career bankroll up to $132,426.
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