Balmoral Park (9/26/12)
Contact: Tom Kelley
FAVORITES CRUISE IN LADY LINCOLN LAND ELIMS
Starting spots in the year’s richest trotting event for Illinois conceived and foaled two-year-old trotting fillies, the $118,000 Lady Lincoln Land Stake, were on the line Wednesday night as a total of 16 diagonally gaited youngsters battled in a pair of $15,000 eliminations. The top five finishers in each elimination will return next Wednesday for the rich final.
|Little Ms Chrissy and driver-trainer Robert Taylor cruised to an easy win in the first of two Lady Lincoln Lane Stake eliminations.|
In the opener Robert and Donnie Taylor’s Little Ms Chrissy had no trouble dispatching seven rivals as she cruised to a four-length victory in 1:59.3 for driver-trainer Robert Taylor.
Patiently working her way to the front from post position six, the daughter of Southwind Breeze-Fox Valley Shiraz grabbed command after an opening quarter in 30.1.
Hitting the brakes shortly after gaining control, Taylor and Little Ms Chrissy proceeded to stroll through middle splits of 1:00.3 and 1:30.4.
“There were a couple in there that I knew I didn’t want to get stuck behind so I just let her do her own thing and head to the front,” said Taylor. “Since I added the trotting hopples she’s much handier getting away from the gate which has helped as well.”
With plenty in reserve the bay filly then rattled off a 28.4 final quarter to notch her third win in seven starts. Powerful Goddess (Mike Cox) followed the winner’s every move while finishing second while Fox Valley Marsala (Tom T. Tetrick) was third. Also gaining spots in the final were Divination and Kelsey’s Star.
Little Ms Chrissy returned $2.40, $2.10 and $2.10 while upping her career bankroll to $43,900.
In the nightcap division leader Trot Fudge Sundae racked up her eighth consecutive victory as she rolled to an easy 3 ¾ length victory in 1:58.3 with driver Dave Magee in tow.
|Dave Magee teamed up with Trot Fudge Sundae for the filly's eighth consecutive victory in the second Lady Lincoln Land Stake elimination.|
Using the same tactics as the first elimination winner Magee eased the daughter of American Native-What A Joy away from post position five, keeping her parked through an opening quarter in 30.2.
Finally making her way to the top as the field moved towards the half-mile mark, the Dirk Simpson-trained miss then proceeded to put up splits of 1:00 and 1:30.0.
“She was much more relaxed than she was last week when she won the American National,” said Magee. “I wasn’t too concerned when Ryan’s horse (Just For Fun) came up alongside of us on the far turn because she still felt good and as long as she’s 100 percent I knew she would put her away.”
Rolling home in 28.3 the issue was never really in doubt through the lane as Trot Fudge Sundae appeared to be well within herself, while running her record to eight wins and one second in nine career starts with earnings of $117,500. Just For Fun (Ryan Anderson) was second while Fox Valley Natasha (Ronnie Gillespie) finished third. The last two spots in the final went to Elegant Rosie and Close Call Emotion.
Bet as though defeat was out of the question, Trot Fudge Sundae returned $2.20, $2.10 and $2.10.
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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.