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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (10/23/10)

Contact: Ken Churilla
(708) 672-1414


Playin For Keeps
Playin For Keeps scored for the second straight week at Balmoral Park as driver Mike Oosting guided the gelding to a 1:53 score in Saturday's $24,520 ISOBA Super Sales Stake.
Living up to his name, Mark and Stephanie Winship and Amy Giberson’s Playin For Keeps was doing just that as he flew by his rivals in the late going to record a three-quarter-length victory in 1:53.0 while taking Saturday’s featured $24,520 ISOBA Super Sale Stake for Illinois conceived and foaled two-year-old pacing colts.

Getting away last in the field of seven from his outside starting spot, the gelded son of Cole Muffler-Panfastic was unhurried as Fox Valley Libero (Todd Warren) led the field through an opening quarter in 28.2.

After watching Little Gus (Del Chupp) rush from fifth to first on the backstretch as he took the field through a half-mile in 56.1, driver Mike Oosting moved Playin For Keeps to the outside where he wound up sitting right on the back of 3-5 favorite He’s So Hot (Dale Hiteman), who came away slowly from the inside after making a brief miscue just after the start.

Cruising into contention with live cover as the youngsters moved around the final bend, Oosting had the Nick Giberson trainee perfectly positioned while second over just 3 ¾ lengths behind the pace-setting Little Gus as the field reached the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:24.0.

Tipping off his cover with an eighth of a mile to go, Playin For Keeps began swallowing up rivals as he paced home in 28.1 to notch his fifth win in 13 starts this season. Longshot Quality Sport (Travis Seekman), who was shuffled to last turning for home, unleashed a big rally to finish second while He’s So Hot turned in a game effort to finish third.

Never out of the money in 13 lifetime starts, this full brother to superstar three-year-old Power Of A Moment now boasts $134,047 in earnings for his connections.

Sent off as the second choice in the wagering, Playin For Keeps returned $4.80, $4.20 and $2.10.

Fight Against Breast Cancer
Balmoral Park dedicated its third race to the Fight Against Breast Cancer by inviting all those in attendance who wearing pink down to the winner's circle for a picture with driver John De Long and Beachballs Of Fire.
Fans failed to hit Saturday’s $1 Pick 4 wager. That means Sunday’s pool will have a carryover of $6,579.60. Balmoral Park management estimates that Sunday’s Pick 4 pool will now be in excess of $30,000. The Pick 4 is held on races 7 thru 10 each night.

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