Balmoral Park (9/16/10)
Contact: Tom Kelley
Dutch Richman Looking for Orange & Blue Score
Despite having only two starts under his belt heading into last week's Orange & Blue Stake eliminations, Leland Mathias, Harvey Eisman and the Ervin Miller's Stable's Dutch Richman looked like a seasoned pro as he came bursting through the passing lane to win by four open lengths in a blazing 1:51.4. That effort has now earned the son of Richess Hanover the favoritism heading into Saturday's $265,000 final, which is the richest event on the card and should cap off an exciting night of action.
|Dutch Richman and driver Marcus Miller winning the Orange & Blue Stake elimination at Balmoral Park.|
Among those who wound up falling victim to this promising youngster’s huge winning effort was the previously undefeated He's So Hot, who will now go postward in the consolation of this event (race eight).
Although he came into his Orange & Blue elimination with a win and a second place finish in his first two career starts, driver Marcus Miller and trainer Ervin Miller still seemed very surprised by the eye-catching effort turned in by Dutch Richman, who capped off his victory with a wicked 26.2 final quarter.
"I had driven him in those first two starts and he showed me he had a powerful closing burst, but those efforts came off much slower fractions," said the 21-year-old reinsman. "Tonight he paced a quick opening quarter (27.1) to keep his rail advantage and then he just exploded when he got clear in the passing lane. I had to take a pretty good hold of him coming down to the wire because he felt like he could have paced through a brick wall."
While most of the veteran conditioner's youngsters start their careers much earlier, Dutch Richman did not make his first appearance until he qualified here at Balmoral Park on August 11. Judging by his first three career efforts it appears the patience shown by Miller is paying off.
"He was just a little immature physically when he was training down, so I wanted to give him plenty of time to get it all together," Erv explained. "I could tell he had talent and plenty of speed and he always got over the ground very well. He also has a very good attitude in the barn and when he's doing his work, which is very important with these young horses."
If this talented youngster continues to progress at his present rate, Super Night 2010 could wind up coming to an end in the same fashion as it did last year: With a proud father congratulating his talented son on another Orange & Blue Championship!
Saturday’s Super Night card will have a special post time of 7:00 pm. Tickets are available for Illinois’ biggest night of racing by calling (708) 672-1414 or by visiting www.balmoralpark.com.