Balmoral Park (6/14/10)
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“LITTLE” GUYS TAKE BINGO JOHNNIE SPLITS
Once again the this season’s two-year-old colt pacing crop was on display Sunday night at Balmoral Park as a total of 13 youngsters battled in a pair of $5,000 Bingo Johnnie Stake splits.
|Driver Dave Magee guided Little Gus to a victory in his career debut, taking the first division of Sunday's Bingo Johnnie Stake at Balmoral Park in 1:58.1.|
In the first division G & B Stables' Little Gus toted home top honors in his career debut, scoring by three-quarters of a length in 1:58.1. The second division saw Bruce Pacitti, Owen Brennan and William De Cicco’s Little Pauli romp home with a 5 ¾ length triumph in 1:57.2.
Winning at first asking for trainer Roger Welch, Little Gus was reserved in the early going by driver Dave Magee. Powering up first over on the final turn, the son of Sportsmaster-Love Life then uncorked a 56.2 back half to blow by his stablemate Dr. Alfonso (Mike Oosting) for the victory. Fox Valley Mercury (Homer Hochstetler) was third.
Fresh off an impressive win in the Jimmy Sunshine here last Sunday night, Little Pauli made it two in row for driver Art Gregory Jr. and trainer Bruce Pacitti. The gelded son of Park Place-Vocalist rolled through splits of 30.0, 1:00.3 and 1:30 before leaving his rivals in his wake with a 27.2 final quarter to keep his perfect record intact. Winchesters Hero (Mike Rogers) finished second while Open Outcry (Marcus Miller) was third.
Sophomore trotting fillies were also in action on Sunday night as Powers Farms LLC’s Southern Maebelle knocked off six other state-bred rivals in the $9,000 Fox Valley Diva Stake. The winning time was 1:57.4.
|Southern Maebelle and driver Brian Carpenter made every call a winning one in Sunday's $9,000 Fox Valley Diva Stake.|
Sent right to the front from post position six by driver Brian Carpenter, the daughter of High Falls-Summer In The City posted splits of 29.2, 1:00.0 and 1:29.1 before closing the show with a 28.3 final quarter to post her first win of the 2010 season for trainer Gerald Hansen. St. Louis Holiday (Mike Oosting) followed the winner's every move while finishing in the bridesmaid role while Powerful Bella (Marcus Miller) was third.