Balmoral Park (11/5/12)
Contact: Tom Kelley
POWERFUL GODDESS SURPRISES IN MONEE STAKE
Taking advantage of a miscue by heavily favored Trot Fudge Sundae at the start of Sunday’s $12,600 Monee Stake, Jerry Graham and Mystical Marker Farm's Powerful Goddess trotted to a one-length victory in 2:00.3 for driver-trainer Mike Cox.
|Driver-trainer Mike Cox guided Powerful Goddess to a one-length victory in Sunday's $12,600 Monee Stake at Balmoral Park.|
With the 1-9 favorite breaking stride and plenty of gamblers hearts just as the gate sped away in Sunday’s stake, the complexion of the battle changed immediately leaving 24-1 shot Just For Fun (Robert Taylor) to grab control of the proceedings heading into the first turn.
Leading the field through splits of 29.1, 1:00.2 and 1:30.4, Just For Fun was just a head in front of a first over Fox Valley Roxy (Mike Oosting) as the field of six two-year-old trotting fillies turned for the money.
With the top pair battling tooth and nail through the lane, Cox slipped to the outside with Powerful Goddess and the daughter of Powerful Emotion-Venus Di Macho quickly found her best stride. Gobbling up the embattled leaders Powerful Goddess rattled off a 29.3 final quarter to notch her third win in 11 starts this season. Fox Valley Roxy held on for second while Just For Fun was third. Division leader Trot Fudge Sundae, who had won 10 of 12 career starts, made another break near the top of the stretch and wound up finishing a distant sixth in the race.
Sent off at odds of 11-1 Powerful Goddess returned $24.00 and $19.60 while running her record to 3-1-3 in 11 starts with earnings of $28,285.
Sunday’s 50 cent Pick 5 wager was not hit thanks in large part to the upset in the Monee Stake so Wednesday’s (Nov. 7) Pick 5 will have a carryover of $13,112. The Pick 5 starts on race two each night.
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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.