Balmoral Park (9/18/11)
Contact: Tom Kelley
Marcus Miller and Mystical Victress win the Lorna Propes drawing away
By Tom Krish
Mystical Victress was the 1/10 favorite in the $122,000 Lorna Propes Stakes. Did the fans who made the Sportsmaster mare such an overwhelming favorite go through any anxious moments? The answer is a resounding No. Marcus Miller sat fifth with Mystical Victress, was out and going by the 3/8, took the lead well before the half and held sway thereafter. With Marcus leaning back in the bike, the ultra-sharp four-year-old mare won unextended.
|Mystical Victress equaled her own track record for a 4yo pacing mare of 1:50 while making it two straight Super Night victories as she captured the $122,000 Lorna Propes for driver Marcus Miller.|
The first quarter came in 27.1 and the first half was covered in 54.4. Mystical Victress paced past the three quarter pole in 1:22.2 and completed the mile in 1:50. Mystical Victress, bet to the exclusion of her rivals, returned $2.20.
As a three year-old, Mystical Victress won the Grandma Ann last year. As a four-year-old the Erv Miller trainee has taken the Lorna Propes. Mystical Victress has now won four races in a row. In the Lorna Propes elimination last Sunday, Mystical Victress clocked 1:50 for her winning mile. In the Lorna Propes she equaled the mark.
Rev Me had no hope of catching the winner but was the best of the beaten brigade. Fox Valley Miracle paced on to be third.
Mystical Marker Farms and Peggy Hood own Mystical Victress, who won the 18th race of her career. Her bankroll stands at $437,997.
Joe Mazzone spoke to owner Dennis Lakomy in the winner's circle. Mr Lakomy paid tribute to Erv and Marcus Miller. "They have done a great job. Winning a race on Super Night is a great deal."
Marcus Miller showed a touch of emotion. "She was super again. I am very pleased. Winning here is a blast. It has been good here. I want to keep it going."
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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.