Balmoral Park (9/18/11)
Contact: Tom Kelley
A great Patton steer helps Maplegrove Shaelyn land the Lady Ann Reed as Zumba Mouse breaks
By Tom Krish
Trotting fifth until the 3/4 Maplegrove Shaelyn came out of the pocket, appeared to stall coming into the lane and found another gear to engage Fox Valley Ruffian, who had taken the lead with a furlong to go. Maplegrove Shaelyn went one better to land the $103,000 Lady Ann Reed, a stakes race for three-year-old filly trotters at Balmoral Park on Saturday.
|Maplegrove Shaelyn, with Jamaica Patton in tow, captured the $103,000 Lady Ann Reed Stake for three-year-old trotting fillies in 1:57.3.|
Zumba Mouse, bet down to even money, went on an interference break before the half mile marker much to the chagrin of the followers of the favorite. Fox Valley Ruffian, leaving from post nine, found the two hole behind Search For Reality. As the field took the final turn, Fox Valley Ruffian shot ahead. Maplegrove Shaelyn tracked the leader and moved to an outer lane. Responding to driver Jamaica Pattons's call, the Joseph Mullis-trained American Native filly swept into the lead to score by five lengths. The fractions were 29:1, 57:2, 1:27.4 and the trip was completed in 1:57.3.
Maplegrove Shaelyn was winning her fourth lifetime start and her third in 2011. She took her lifetime earnings to $78,276. She owns a 1:55 mark at Springfield.
Trainer Joseph Mullins also owns Maplegrove Shaelyn. "I am not a specialist with trotters but I deal exclusively with trotters. This filly did everything right today. Jamaica Patton gave my horse a sensational drive," he stated.
"I won this race in 2008. I'm back to win in 2011. There was confusion in the back. My horse was going well and I was going about my business. I did not know if I had the race won coming into the turn but my filly was strong," driver Patton averred.
Fox Valley Ruffian, though outtrotted by the winner, had enough left to retain second place. Maple Grove Emily took a ground-saving trip to salvage third. Zumba Mouse trotted home ninth.
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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.