Balmoral Park (6/25/12)
Contact: Tom Kelley
B FLY MCQUEEN UPSETS IN BETZOTIC STAKE
With an overflow field of 11 Illinois conceived and foaled trotters sent to the post for Sundayís $12,000 Betzotic Stake, the race figured to be a hotly contested affair from start to finish. It proved to be just that as John Barnardís recent acquisition, B Fly McQueen came flying down the stretch to win by a head in a career best of 1:56.1. Just four lengths separated the top six finishers in the race.
|Bobby Smolin gave B Fly McQueen a perfect steer as the 3yo filly rallied in the final strides to win Sunday's $12,000 Betzotic Stake at Balmoral Park.|
Despite starting from the far outside post in this match-up of diagonally gaited sophomore fillies, the daughter of American Native-Blank Check smartly settled in sixth as Rubys And Pearls (Rick Schrock), Powerful Rosie (Brian Carpenter) and Fox Valley Helen (Todd Warren) slugged it out through tough opening splits of 27.4 and 57.4.
After swinging to the outside nearing the half-mile mark driver Robert Smolin was able to pick up live cover for B Fly McQueen and the nice outer flow march continued around the far turn, putting the Bill Crone trainee in a perfect spot. Following fellow stakes winners Rubys And Pearls and Divas Photo (Casey Leonard) around the bend, B Fly McQueen had moved up to third, just 2 Ĺ lengths behind the dueling Rubys And Pearls and Divas Photo as those two trotted by the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:27.3.
Swinging three deep for the stretch drive Smolin continued to urge his filly towards the front, eventually gobbling up a game Divas Photo in the final strides for her fourth victory of the season. Divas Photo was a gallant second while Ants Iner Pants (Steve Searle), who followed the cover of B Fly McQueen rallied to finish third, just 1 ĺ lengths behind.
With the win the good looking brown filly now boasts a record of four wins, three seconds and one third in 11 starts this year with earnings of $24,510. Overlooked at the betting windows because of her outside starting spot, B Fly McQueen returned $16.80, $6.00 and $5.00 to those lucky enough to back the late rushing filly.
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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.