Balmoral Park (11/10/11)
Contact: Tom Kelley
PODGES LADY LOOKS FOR HOMECOMING VICTORY
After opening a promising career with a pair of victories, including a four-length romp in a division of the Hanover Stake here at Balmoral Park back in July, Sawgrass Farms' Podges Lady returns to the local scene looking to take home top honors in Saturday’s $86,800 American National Stake for two-year-old pacing fillies.
Heading out for what turned into an extended and very successful road trip the Pennsylvania-sired daughter of the Panderosa-Four Starzzzz Hope, who was a $30,000 yearling purchase at the 2010 Lexington Select sale, then headed east to the Keystone State where she immediately caught the attention of the harness racing world by blazing to a track record of 1:52.1 in a division of Pennsylvania Sire Stake action at the Meadows.
That victory prompted trainer Joe Seekman to compare the good looking two-year-old to another top young filly that the Michigan-based conditioner had in his barn years earlier.
“Up to this point in her career she’s been a lot like Kikikatie in the fact that she hasn’t let us down one bit,” said Seekman. “I know those are some pretty big shoes to fill but she’s having a pretty nice season (3-4-1 $205,180) and I just hope she continues to get better and better.”
After toiling on the Pennsylvania sire stake circuit for just over a month, Seekman sent Podges Lady to Canada where she finished a very respectable fourth in a She’s A Great Lady Stake elimination. From there it was on to Indiana where she finished a strong second behind the highly regarded American Jewel in the $281,000 Kentuckiana Stake at Indiana Downs.
Podges Lady then headed to Kentucky where she once again finished second behind American Jewel and third behind eventual Breeders' Crown winner Economy Terror in a blistering 1:51.3.
After a grueling trip from the nine-hole in the Breeders Crown where she eventually faded to eighth, a trip back to the oval that she started her career on could be exactly what the doctor ordered for this filly to get back on the winning track.
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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.