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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (10/2/10)

Contact: Tom Kelley
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FOX VALLEY ESCORT SPLASHES TO VICTORY

Fox Valley Escort
Fox Valley Escort and driver Dave Magee overcame some adverse conditions to win Saturday's Bye Bye Byrd Stake at Balmoral Park in 1:54.4 over the sloppy track.
Sophomore pacing colts took center stage on a cold and rainy night Saturday at Balmoral Park as a field of seven Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-olds battled in the $12,300 Bye Bye Byrd Stake. Taking to the wet conditions like a duck to water Engel Stable and Rucker Stable's Fox Valley Escort went flying by his rivals in the late going to win by a half-length in 1:54.4 over the sloppy track.

Saving ground throughout the mile as Indescribable (Marcus Miller) rolled through splits of 27.3, 57.2 and 1:26.1, driver Dave Magee finally maneuvered Fox Valley Escort to the outside of horses with an eighth of a mile to go in the race.

Chewing up ground while the rest of the field struggled to get home in the slop, the son of Sportsmaster-Theladyappealstome uncorked a 27.3 final split to reel in a game Indescribable for his fourth win in 21 starts this season. The Paul Stafford trainee has now earned more than $32,000 this season. Indescribable held on for second while JHS (Mike Oosting) rallied from far back to finish third.

The state-bred stakes action continues on Sunday night at Balmoral Park as a field of 10 three-year-old pacing fillies will battle in the $12,500 Direct Dottie Stake, which has been carded as race nine on the 12-race program. First post time on Sunday is 6:30 pm (central).

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