Balmoral Park (10/27/10)
Contact: Tom Kelley
TROTTERS STAR IN HANOVER STAKE ACTION
A pair of Hanover Stakes put freshmen trotters on display on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as a field of nine fillies battled for a purse of $50,300, while seven of their male counterparts slugged it out for a purse of $45,200.
|My Miss Caroline ended her freshman campaign with her 11th win in 12 starts for driver Dave Magee, as she romped home in the $50,300 Hanover Stake for two-year-old trotting fillies.|
In the filly tussle La Bella Vita Stables, Robert Taylor and Kevin Dixon’s Illinois-bred sensation My Miss Caroline continued her dream season as she romped home with a decisive 7 ½ length romp in 2:00.0.
Getting away in sixth as I Want Fabulous (Mike Oosting) went storming to the top, driver Dave Magee was more than content to bide his time with the daughter of Psychic Spirit-Miss Clara T as the field moved through an opening quarter in 29.2.
Getting underway on the backstretch the Robert Taylor-trained miss began picking off rivals in her usual fashion, moving up first over as I Want Fabulous continued to show the way by the half-mile mark in 59.3.
“She was really terrific tonight,” said driver Dave Magee. “She was really into the bit once we got rolling on the outside and she just continued to pick them off despite the fact that I had one heck of a hold on her.”
Hitting what looked like her top gear despite moving straight into the teeth of a 30 mph wind as she moved around the final bend, My Miss Caroline came roaring up right alongside a tiring I Want Fabulous as the fillies moved by the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:31.3.
Quickly leaving her rivals in her wake, My Miss Caroline effortlessly opened up a six-length advantage by the mid-stretch call. It was all over from there as Magee had the filly well in hand as she trotted under the wire with her 11th win in 12 career starts. Caviar’s Delight (Mike Brink) rallied late to finish second while Caitrin Hall (Mike Cox) finished third.
“In reality she had the toughest trip in the race but yet she still just left them standing there in the lane,” marveled Magee. “She’s been a pleasure to drive all year long and I’m thankful that trainer Robert Taylor, who did such a magnificent job with her all year long, gave me the chance.”
With only a third place finish in the American National standing between her and a perfect season, My Miss Caroline, who is now done for the year, boasts $180,575 in earnings. The 2-5 favorite in the wagering returned $2.80, $2.40 and $2.10. Despite the low win mutuel, My Miss Caroline capped off the biggest 50 Cent Pick payoff in Balmoral Park history with the winning combination of 8-1-7-4-7 returning a whopping $24,550.05!
The heavy favorite also prevailed in the colt division as DM Stables and Bobby Brower’s Soulful Delight trotted away from his rivals in the lane to win by 3 ¼ lengths in 1:58.3.
|Mike Oosting guided Soulful Delight to an impressive victory in the $45,200 Hanover for two-year-old trotting colts on Wednesday night.|
Ducking back to sixth in the early going for driver Mike Oosting, the royally bred son of Like A Prayer was reserved in the early going as Hammer Head (Marcus Miller) led the field through an opening quarter in 29.0.
“Bobby told me to race him whatever way I felt comfortable going into the race,” said Oosting. “After driving in a few of the other races I felt like coming from out of it was the way to go so I took him to the back at the start.”
After watching a hard-charging Detailer (Dave Magee) speed to the front, Oosting moved Soulful Delight to the outside and the Bobby Brower trained gelding was up to fourth as the field reached the half-mile mark in 59.4.
“I wasn’t really worried about having to come first over for that long,” explained Oosting. “With the way the wind was blowing the horses down along the inside on the backstretch were basically cutting there own miles as well.”
Continuing to reel in the leaders, Soulful Delight trotted right by his rivals despite the tough first over journey and was a half-length in front of Detailer as they rolled by the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:30.1.
With his long fluid strides Soulful Delight and Oosting carefully measured their rivals before the youngster hit top speed with a sixteenth of a mile to go, as he proceeded to draw clear of the field for his eighth victory in 14 starts this year. Powerful Charger (Todd Warren) finished second while Detailer was third.
On the board in 13 of his first 14 lifetime starts, Soulful Delight definitely impressed his pilot.
“He was just sitting right there on the outside of Detailer in the stretch so I just spoke to him once,” explained Oosting. “Then he just dropped his head about six inches and took off like a pacer. This is one very nice animal that Bobby’s got here.”
The 4-5 favorite returned $3.60, $2.20 and $2.10.