Balmoral Park (4/18/12)
Contact: Tom Kelley
FILLIES SHINE IN TROTTING TILLY STAKE
Illinois conceived and foaled trotting fillies squared off for the first time in 2012 on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as a pair of $10,000 divisions of the Trotting Tilly Stake attracted a total of 15 participants.
|Marcus Miller guided Divas Photo to her first lifetime win in 200.1 in the first division of the Trotting Tilly Stake on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park.|
In the opening split, David Hermann’s Diva’s Photo showed no signs of the breaking problems that have plagued her throughout her brief career as she parlayed a perfect two-hole trip into a 1 ½ length victory in 2:00.1.
Handled perfectly by driver Marcus Miller, the well-bred daughter of Photo Color-Mystical Cameo looked steady as she floated away from post position two, landing right on the back of the hard-leaving Tsunamichick (Brian Carpenter) who led the field through splits of 30.3, 1:01.2 and 1:30.4.
After fending off a first over bid from B Fly McQueen (Michael Reading), who moved first up at the half-mile mark, Tsunamichick began to drift a bit as the field raced through the stretch. That provided plenty of room for Miller and Divas Photo, who came rolling up the inside to post her first career victory in start number four. Tsunamichick held on for second while B Fly McQueen was third.
Well backed at the windows after showing a pair of 27 and change final quarters in her qualifying attempts this season, the Randy Tuftie-trained miss returned $6.40, $5.60 and $4.20.
In the second division Steve Searle and Tom Wisniewski’s Ants Iner Pants made her sophomore debut a winning one as she came flying from far back to score by 2 ½ lengths in a career best of 1:59.4.
|The Steve Searle-owned, trained and driven Ants Iner Pants opened her sophomore season with a big late-rushing score in 1:59.4 in the second division of the Trotting Tilly Stake.|
Content to bide her time near the back of the pack with driver-trainer Searle at the controls, the daughter of Band’s Gold Chip-Patient Dream had a good view of the action as Star Of Victory (John Roberts), Powerful Rosie (Brian Carpenter) and Powerful Force (Dale Hiteman) all took turns on the front end as the ladies battled through splits of 30.0, 58.4 and 1:29.3.
With the hotly contested action finally starting to take a toll on the horses up front, Searle had Ants Iner Pants in a perfect second over position as the field reached the top of the stretch.
Tipping three wide off the cover of longshot Chief’s Irish Rose (Rod Allums), Ants Iner Pants quickly swallowed up the tiring leaders and began to draw clear. As Ants Iner Pants swiftly headed towards her sixth victory in 14 career starts, a fierce battle continued for the minor spoils. When all was said and done it was Star Of Victory, who was pushed back after leading early re-rallying to grab the place check, while Fox Valley Helen came on late to be third.
The close second choice in the morning line, Ants Iner Pants was overlooked at the windows on Wednesday night returning a nice mutuel of $16.40, $6.40 and $3.40 while running her career bankroll up to $46,770.
There will be another big Pick 5 pool for gamblers to play into on Saturday night (April 21) as the wager was not hit on Wednesday night, resulting in a carryover of $9,429.12. Thus the USTA and Balmoral Park will be guaranteeing a $40,000 Pick 5 pool on Saturday’s program. More details will follow in the coming days.
For more information visit www.balmoralpark.com or call (708) 672-1414.
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.