Balmoral Park (9/12/12)
Contact: Tom Kelley
SEMPER FIT MARCHES TO VICTORY IN AMERICAN NATIONAL ELIMINATION
Freshmen trotting colts grabbed the spotlight on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as a field of 10 diagonally gaited two-year-olds battled in an American National Stake elimination. The top seven finishers in the race will join Powerful Poe, Super Classic and Show Ticket in next week’s final which goes for $76,500.
|Semper Fit and driver-trainer Homer Hochstetler led from start to finish in Wednesday's American National Stake elimination for 2yo trotting colts.|
Making it look like nothing more than a stroll in the park, Connie Hochstetler and Robert Buddig’s Semper Fit cruised to an easy 2 ˝ length wire-to-wire victory in 1:57.3 for driver-trainer Homer Hochstetler.
Hustled away from post position two, the homebred son of American Native-Colors Of The Wind rolled through splits of 28.4, 56.4, and 1:27.4 while increasing his margin at every call.
On cruise control through the lane the long-striding bay looked like he’ll have plenty left for next week’s showdown as he reported home with his fourth win in seven starts.
Crazed N Lindy (Frank Antonacci) used a ground saving trip to get the place money while Dreams Of Thunder (Dave Magee) finished third. Also gaining spots in the final were the 4th through 7th place finishers, Longwell, Held In Balance, Odds On Windy City and The Art Of Lindy.
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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.