Balmoral Park (6/23/12)
Contact: Tom Kelley
MYSTICAL VICTRESS TOO MUCH FOR RIVALS IN SUE FEE STAKE
The top distaffers the Prairie State assembled on Saturday, June 23 at Balmoral Park as a field of eight distaffers squared off in the $20,000 Sue Fee Stake. Fresh off a convincing win over conditioned rivals last week Mystical Marker Farms and Peggy Hood’s Mystical Victress showed that she’s regained the form that has netted her more than $500,000 in career earnings as she came flying down the stretch to win by 1 ¾ lengths in 1:51.4.
|Mystical Victress notched her 30th career victory as she teamed up with Marcus Miller to score a big come-from-behind win in Saturday's $20,000 Sue Fee Stake.|
Sitting patiently at the back of the pack through the early stages of the race with Marcus Miller at the controls, the five-year-old daughter of Sportsmaster was content to watch Fox Valley Absolut (Robert Smolin) and Rev Me Up (John Roberts) slug it out through splits of 27.1 and 56.0.
Moving into the outer flow on the far turn, the Ervin Miller-trained miss began her assault on the leaders midway around the bend. When her cover began to tire Mystical Victress was then forced to tip three deep in order to continue her momentum. Moving like a freight train into fifth as Rev Me Up continued to show the way past the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:24.1, Mystical Victress was 3 ¾ lengths behind the pace setter as they straightened for the money.
With dead aim on the leaders as they headed for home Mystical Victress began to pick off one rival after another. Flying down the grandstand side Mystical Victress ripped off a final quarter of 26.4 to post her 30th lifetime victory. China Gal (Casey Leonard) finished a game second while Fox Valley Absolut held on for third.
Sent off as the 2-1 second choice in the wagering, Mystical Victress returned $6.60, $3.40 and $2.60 while running her record to 3-1-1 with $30,630 in 8 starts this season.
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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.