Balmoral Park (12/18/11)
Contact: Tom Kelley
RICHESS EMPEROR ROLLS IN INCREDIBLE FINALE SERIES FINAL
Despite competing in only one of the two preliminary legs of the Incredible Finale Series because of an illness, Don Freese’s Richess Emperor managed to gain a spot in the final after winning a division of leg two action last week. That win definitely caught the eye of the betting public as the gelded son of Richess Hanover was dispatched as the heavy favorite in the $9,550 final on Saturday night at Balmoral Park and he did not disappoint his legion of backers as he rolled to a three-quarter-length victory in 1:55.0.
|Dean Magee piloted Richess Emperor to a three-quarter-length victory in Saturday's Incredible Finale Series at Balmoral Park.|
After getting away fifth through an opening quarter in 28.3, driver Dean Magee rolled the handsome brown three-year-old to the front where they overtook pace setting Bill’s Boy (Todd Warren) as the two battled through the half-mile mark in 57.2.
Heading around the final turn the Freese-owned and trained gelding opened up a 1 ¼ length advantage as he cruised by the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:26.0.
Through the stretch a game Richess Emperor continued to hold his nine rivals at bay as he paced under the wire with his third win in five lifetime starts. Bill’s Boy held on for second while Colemanandthesea (Marcus Miller) rallied to be third.
Sent off as the 4-5 favorite Richess Emperor returned $3.80, $2.60 and $2.40 while upping his career bankroll to $11,810.
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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.