Balmoral Park (6/23/11)
Contact: Tom Kelley
ANTHONYSKYWALKER CONTINUES DOMINATION OF SOPHOMORE TROTTING SET
Illinois conceived and foaled trotters were back in the spotlight on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as a field of seven diagonally gaited three-year-old colts battled in the $9,000 Niles OTB Stake.
|Anthonyskywalker won for the sixth time in seven starts this year, knocking off six other three-year-old trotting colts in Wednesday's Niles OTB Stake.|
As has been the case throughout the first six months of the 2011 season, South Of The Tracks Anthonyskywalker proved to be too much for his foes as he trotted away with a one-length victory in 1:55.4 for driver Kyle Wilfong.
Perfectly positioned by Wilfong, who was sitting behind the son of Powerful Emotion-Queen Jamie for the first time, the bay gelding took advantage of a pocket-sitting ride as Detailer (Robert Taylor) whizzed through splits of 27.4, 57.3 and 1:27.2.
Fit and fresh off the perfect trip, the Homer Hochstetler trainee then proceeded to blow right by the pace setter in the lane as he sealed the deal with a 28.1 final quarter to notch his sixth win in seven starts this season. GJ Photo Victory (Marcus Miller) rallied from far back to finish a fast-closing second while Powerful Charger (Kyle Husted) used a ground-saving journey to nab the show dough.
After going winless during his two-year-old season, Anthonyskywalker has still managed to push his career earnings up to $59,127 with the outstanding start to his sophomore campaign.
Freshmen pacing fillies were also in action on Wednesday night as a field of seven youngsters squared off in the $11,000 Incredible Tillie Stake.
|MJ's Bid and driver Marcus Miller made every call a winning one while taking the Incredible Tillie Stake in the filly's career debut on Wednesday night.|
Despite a slight miscue in the late going, Mystical Marker Farms, Mark Anderson and John Carver’s MJ’s Bid made every call a winning one in her career debut as she paced to a half-length victory in 2:00.0.
Using the inside starting spot to his full advantage, driver Marcus Miller hustled the daughter of Cole Muffler-Rons Girl away from the gate. In command of the proceedings throughout splits of 30.1, 1:00.3 and 1:31.3, MJ’s Command then sprinted home in 28.2 to pick up the victory. Sleazy Does It (Robert Taylor) finished second while Constant Cheers (Robert Smolin) rallied to be third.
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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.