Balmoral Park (6/6/11)
Contact: Tom Kelley
YOUNGSTERS DEBUT IN JIMMY SUNSHINE STAKE
Fans had their first look at some of this season’s Illinois conceived and foaled two-year-old colt pacing crop on Sunday night at Balmoral Park as a field of seven youngsters squared off in the $5,000 Jimmy Sunshine Stake.
|Marcus Miller guided Al's Hammered to a one-length victory in Sunday's $5,000 Jimmy Sunshine Stake for Illinois conceived and foaled two-year-old pacing colts.|
As has been the case in recent years, veteran conditioner Robert Phillips sent another youngster out ready to roll for his debut as his Droppin’thehammer-Alberts Magic colt Al’s Hammered came flying down the stretch to record a one-length victory in 1:59.4.
Reserved in fifth through the early going, the good looking brown colt was moved to the outside by driver Marcus Miller as the field headed by the half-mile mark.
Following live cover which was being provided by Fox Valley Cadbury (Ridge Warren), Al’s Hammered was just 2 ½ lengths off the lead of the pace-setting Fox Valley Rainier (Brian Carpenter) who had strolled through splits of 30.2, 1:02.1 and 1:32.3 as the field turned for home.
Tipping three wide for the stretch drive, Al’s Hammered proceeded to unleash a big 26.4 final quarter to go from fourth to first in the lane making his debut a winning one. Fox Valley Cadbury held on well to finish second after the tough first-over journey while Dave’s Bid was third.
With a pair of carryover pools in the Pick 4 and the High 5 wagers on Sunday night at Balmoral Park, fans from throughout the country showed their support for the Balmoral product by producing two of the biggest pools in recent history for the two very popular wagers. Sunday night’s Pick 4 with its guaranteed pool of $25,000 and a carryover in excess of $12,000 ended up with a whopping $73,862 wagered into the pool which covers the final four races of the night. The High 5, which sported a carryover of more than $13,000 heading into Sunday’s action, produced a pool of $50,915.
Balmoral Park would once again like the thank everyone who participated in these wagers and who continue to support the Illinois racing product!
For more information visit www.balmoralpark.com or call (708) 672-1414.
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.