Balmoral Park (6/1/11)
Contact: Tom Kelley
ANTHONYSKYWALKER RETURNS TO WINNING WAYS IN CARDINAL FINAL
State-bred trotters took center stage on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as a full field of 10 diagonally gaited sophomores slugged it out in the $42,600 Cardinal Stake. After having a three-race winning streak snapped while facing older conditioned rivals in the slop last week, South Of The Tracks Racing’s Anthonyskywalker returned to his winning ways with a wire-to-wire win by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.1.
|Driver Dean Magee and Anthonyskywalker led from start to finish in Wednesday's $42,600 Cardinal Stake Final at Balmoral Park.|
Confidently handled by driver Dean Magee, the gelded son of Powerful Emotion took advantage of the inside starting spot to grab command right from the word go. Trotting comfortably on the front end for Magee, the gelding cruised through an opening quarter in 29.2.
Moving down the backside GJ Photo Victory (Mike Oosting), the heavy favorite in the race, came charging out of fourth. Magee however, was intent on keeping his charge on the front end, and he quickly asked Anthonyskywalker for a bit more allowing Oosting and GJ Photo Victory to tuck in right behind him as the field reached the half-mile mark in 58.4.
Moving around the final turn Anthonyskywalker continued to show the way, while a first over Fox Valley Iliad (Kyle Wilfong) moved up first over to challenge in second. GJ Photo Victory was still looming boldly in the pocket while third as Fox Valley Arrow (Casey Leonard) began to tip three wide from fourth as the field passed the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:28.3.
Flashing the form that netted him three wins and a second through his first four starts of the season, Anthonyskywalker then proceeded to uncork a powerful 27.3 final quarter while holding firm on the lead to secure his fourth victory of the season. GJ Photo Victory used the passing lane to rally for the second place money while Fox Valley Iliad gave trainer Homer Hochstetler a big payday by finishing third.
After going winless in 10 starts last season, the son of Powerful Emotion-Queen Jamie is quickly making up for lost time as he pushed his career bankroll up to $57,627. Sent off as the second choice in the wagering Anthonyskywalker returned $6.00, $2.80 and $2.40.
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About Balmoral Park: Located in Crete, IL just 12 miles south of 80/94; Balmoral Park has been one of the nation's premier horse racing facilities since 1926. Balmoral Park features live racing every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission and parking is always free.