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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (7/11/12)

Contact: Tom Kelley
(708) 672-1414


Master Of Excuses
The Ronnie Gillespie trained and driven Master Of Excuses easily disposed of six rivals in the first division of Wednesday's Psychic Spirit Stake.
Illinois conceived and foaled trotters hit the track on Wednesday, July 11 as a total of 14 youngsters were sent to battle in a pair of $5,000 Psychic Spirit Stake splits, which were contested as non-wagering events before the start of the regular program.

In the first division Ronald Knupp’s Master Of Excuses kept a perfect record intact as he notched his fourth win in as many tries, scoring by 4 ½ lengths in 1:59.3.

Sent right to the front by driver-trainer Ronnie Gillespie, the gelded son of Powerful Emotion-Victory Blade trotted through splits of 29.2, 59.3 and 1:30.4 while maintaining an open-lengths advantage over his six rivals.

With plenty left in reserve, the bay gelding was on cruise control through the stretch while in hand to his pilot. King Mufasa (Dale Hiteman) rallied to finish second while Powerful Mel (Mike Cox) finished third despite racing a bit greenly in his first career start.

Lightning Too
Lightning Too and driver Brian Carpenter romped home with an easy win in the second division of the Psychic Spirit Stake on Wednesday night.
In the second division Stanley Miller’s Lightning Too made it look easy as he stormed to the front and turned the festivities into a laugher as he reported home with a seven-length triumph in 1:58.1 for driver Brian Carpenter.

The winner of the Million Dollar Bye stake in his only other career start, Lightning Too cruised through splits of 30.3, 1:00.2 and 1:30.0 while maintaining an easy lead.

Letting it out a notch in the lane the Angie Affrunti-trained son of Thundercrack-Fox Valley Melanie rattled off a 28.1 final quarter while widening his advantage all the way to the wire. Fox Valley Camo (Jamaica Patton) finished second while Powerful Poe (Todd Warren) was third.

Fans will want to be in attendance for live racing on Saturday, July 14 as Balmoral Park and the USTA present Back To The Track 2012. In addition to great giveaways, drawings, hay rides, food and drink specials and live music there will be some great racing on tap as the first eight races on the card are all divisions of Hanover Stakes for two and three-year-old pacers. The ninth race of the night on the 13-race card is a $17,000 Invitational. Don’t forget that the guarantee on Saturday’s Pick 4 pool has now been upped to $25,000, giving fans a big chance to take home a pocketful of money over the last four races of the night. All the action gets underway at 7:10 pm (Central).

For more information visit 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.

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