Balmoral Park (11/30/09)
Contact: Tom Kelley
MY HEART WAS TRUE IN A THRILLER
A compact field of seven Illinois conceived and foaled filly and mare pacers squared off in Sunday’s (Nov. 29) featured $15,000 Fox Valley Memory Stake at Balmoral Park. After a thrilling stretch duel it was L & L DeVisser’s My Heart Was True who wound up emerging with a well-deserved head decision in 1:52.3.
|My Heart Was True (inside) held off a stretch-long challenge from Joinusforsomefun (outside) to win Sunday's $15,000 Fox Valley Memory Stake at Balmoral Park in 1:52.3.|
A force in the state-bred sophomore ranks, My Heart Was True was sent right to the top from post position two by driver Brandon Simpson, and the daughter of Cole Muffler was comfortably in front as she cruised by the opening station in 27.4.
Still under a snug hold from her pilot, My Heart Was True continued to lead the way by the half-mile mark in 56.2.
Heading around the final turn My Heart Was True continued to show the way as Joinusforsomefun (Sam Widger), the even-money favorite in the race, came calling with a first over bid. Following the live cover of the favorite, Kennans Kelli (Mike Oosting) was poised to strike as well, moving into third just two lengths behind the top pair as they sped past the three-quarter-mile pole in 1:24.2.
Through the lane a determined My Heart Was True continued to battle on from the inside while Joinusforsomefun tried to get by her on the outside. With the two sophomores battling tooth and nail down to the wire, My Heart Was True showed the grit and determination that had netted her 11 previous victories this season as she dug in gamely to prevail in the photo. Joinusforsomefun was forced to settle for the bridesmaid role while Kennans Kelli wound up third, just 1 ¼ lengths behind.
After posting just one victory in eight starts as a freshman, the Nick Giberson trainee now boasts a record of 12-1-1 in 17 starts this year with earnings of $178,138.
A close second choice in the wagering, My Heart Was True was returned $5.00, $2.60 and $2.20.