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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (11/8/12)

Contact: Tom Kelley
(708) 672-1414

AMERICAN JEWEL LOOKS TO SHINE IN AMERICAN NATIONAL


Fresh off a scintillating victory in the $500,000 Breeders Crown 3yo filly pace, Brittany Farm's prized filly American Jewel will try to stamp her name on divisional honors when she takes on nine other sophomore distaffers in Saturday’s $145,000 American National Stake.

Checking into Balmoral after her big come from behind win in the Breeders Crown the World Record holder (1:48.2—Mohawk) and number six rated horse in all of North America was a question mark for her journey to Crete because of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy according to conditioner Jimmy Takter, who was also named Most Valuable Trainer of the 2012 Breeders Crown.

“I really wanted to send her to Balmoral for this event but I wasn’t sure we were going to be able to,” said the 42-year-old Swedish born Takter. “The storm hit us pretty hard at our farm in East Windsor, New Jersey which is about 80 miles north of Atlantic City where the storm came ashore but we’ve managed to get our operation going again so I decided to go ahead with our original plan to bring her here.”

Sporting a record of 8-4-2 in 15 starts this year with earnings of almost $1.1 million, the daughter of American Ideal has captured such prestigious events as the $629,160 Fan Hanover where she set her World Record, $250,000 Lynch Memorial and $207,930 Simcoe Stake. Not bad for a filly that was forced to miss last year’s Breeders Crown after suffering a fractured sesamoid, possibly costing her a chance at divisional honors despite winning eight of nine starts and finishing second in the other as well as setting another World Record of 1:50.2 while winning the She’s A Great Lady Stake.

Handled throughout her illustrious career by driver Tim Tetrick, who is currently zeroing on an astonishing sixth straight earnings title, American Jewel definitely seems to be one of his favorites as evidenced by his joy after winning this year’s Breeders Crown.

“I’m just really tickled with this mare. She deserves a Breeders Crown. She got hurt last year and didn’t make it, but she made up for it tonight. I knew there were some good horses behind me and I was first up into the wind. You never know. My mare raced great. She held them off and she’s a champion.”

“She’s got high, high speed; she can cut her own mile out, she can rough it, she can win first up -- and she can just go really fast,” Tetrick said. “She’s at the top of the list of pacing fillies. The good ones don’t need the trip or the track to carry around with them. They do it wherever they’ve got to go and track size, difficulty of the trip or the conditions don’t seem to bother them.”

American National 3yo Filly Pace winners

Year Horse (Driver) Time
1985 Nantucet Lobell (Carmine Abbariello) 1:57.1
1986 Anniecrombie (George Sholty) 1:57.1
1987 Pacific (Tom Harmer) 1:54.4
1988 Leah Almahurst (Bill Fahy) 1:55.2
1989 Uptown Hall (Dave Magee) 1:56.1
1990 Town Pro (Doug Brown) 1:55.2
1991 Joyous Wish (Bill Gale) 1:55.1
1992 Lady Joanna (Sam “Chip” Boble III) 1:55.3
  Swing Back (Dave Magee) 1:55.1
1993 Immortality (Dave Magee) 1:53.4
  Nukes Magic (Jeff Fout) 1:56.1
1994 Kindly Hanover (Brian Pinske) 1:54.1
1995 Diamond Way (Ron Marsh) 1:55.3
  Teen Talk (Tony Morgan) 1:52.4
1996 Grandpa’s Ashley (Dale Hiteman) 1:54.4
1997 Sanabelle Island (Steve Warrington) 1:53.3
1998 Ohyouprettything (Joe Anderson) R 1:50.4
1999 Genuine Lady (Dale Hiteman) 1:53.2
2000 Musical Dreamer (Dale Hiteman) R 1:50.4
2001 Determination Plus (Dave Magee) 1:52.4
2002 Carolina Sunshine (Eric Ledford) 1:56.1
2003 C C Spice (Dave Magee) 1:51.4
2004 KiKiKatie (Dale Hiteman) 1:53
2005 Do Me Good (Dave Magee) 1:55.3
2006 The Queen Of Trash (Dave Magee) R 1:50.4
2007 Go On BB (Dave Palone) 1:51
2008 Btwnyurheartnmine (Tim Tetrick) 1:51
2009 Yellow Diamond (Tim Tetrick) 1:51.2
2010 Anndrovette (David Miller) 1:53
2011 Swinging Beauty (Peter Wrenn) 1:54.1

R=Designates Stakes Record Time
*Raced at Sportsman’s Park, 1959 through 1997; and at Balmoral Park 1998 to present.

For more information visit www.balmoralpark.com 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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