Balmoral Park (9/18/11)
Contact: Tom Kelley
Eric Carlson wins his first Super Night stakes with Zall Good
By Tom Krish
This happens everywhere in the world week after week and stakes after stakes. Marcus Miller had to choose between Crime Of Passion and Zall Good. Back in August, Marcus had opted for Crime Of Passion and subsequent races had confirmed that Marcus had made the right choice.
|Zall Good with newcomer Eric Carlson at the controls won for the fifth time in six career starts as he captured the night's biggest race, the $241,000 Orange & Blue for two-year-old pacing colts in 1:53.4.|
In the Colts and Geldings Orange & Blue eliminations, Miller had driven Crime Of Passion to an easy win. Brandon Simpson steered Zall Good to a facile victory. Crime Of Passion and Zall Good are stablemates and members of the Erv Miller squad. Brandon Simpson was also aboard Peachy’s Pistol, another impressive elimination winner.
The time came to make picks. Marcus Miller kept his faith with Crime Of Passion. Brandon Simpson went with Peachy’s Pistol. Erv Miller asked Eric Carlson to be behind Zall Good.
Based on his record, Crime Of Passion was the 9/10 favorite. Ice Scraper took the ten freshmen to a brisk 28.4 opening quarter. Crime Of Passion, parked to the quarter, sat third. Zall Good got away fifth. Peachy’s Pistol, floating out of the gate, was seventh and parked. Ice Scraper would not relent in a 56 half and Crime Of Passion began a retreat turning for home. The clock showed 1:24 for the three quarters.
Fourth at the half with cover and third at the three quarters behind Crime Of Passion, Zall Good, in the hands of Eric Carlson, raced past the tiring Icescraper midstretch. Peachy’s Pistol, overcoming the hazard-filled parked journey, delivered his bid. Zall Good’s better trip was the decisive factor and the Erv Miller ward won by a length and a quarter in 1:53.4.
Zall Good paid $7.60, $4.40 and $3.60. By Yankee Skyscraper out Fox Valley Estella, a Sportsmaster mare, Zall Good is owned by John A Carver and Mary Jane Anderson. With five wins in six starts, Zall Good has earned $125,423.
In a pre-race interview with Tom Kelley, Balmoral Park’s Publicity Director, driver Carlson expressed happiness at securing a drive in the Orange And Blue. “I have to work out a trip. I have spoken to Erv. We have talked about strategy. Hopefully, things will fall into place.”
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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.