Balmoral Park (5/1/13)
Contact: Tom Kelley
KING MUFASA REIGNS SUPREME IN IGGY MAGOO STAKE
Stealing the thunder from his “nationally ranked” entrymate, H.W. Wright and Mystical Marker Farms' King Mufasa made his sophomore debut a winning one on Wednesday night as he trotted to a half-length victory in the $12,000 Iggy Magoo Stake for Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-old colt trotters. The final time of 1:55.4 was a new life mark for the Mike Brink trainee.
|Driver Mike Oosting guided King Mufasa to a powerful come from behind victory in Wednesday's $12,000 Iggy Magoo Stake at Balmoral Park.|
Sitting near the back of the pack after starting from post position eight as stablemate Powerful Poe (Todd Warren) led the field through splits of 29.2, 58.0 and 1:27.4, driver Mike Oosting began circling rivals while three wide on the final turn with King Mufasa.
Moving into contention as the field turned for the money, the altered son of Powerful Emotion-Foxy N Diamonds began picking off one rival after another. Finally drawing alongside of his entrymate with 100 yards to go the brown gelding continued his charge to the wire, swallowing up the highly regarded Powerful Poe in the final strides thanks in part to a wicked 26.4 final quarter-mile. Fox Valley Dubai (Dave Magee) was third, 4 ¾ lengths behind the winner.
The win was the third in nine lifetime starts for King Mufasa, who also has a second place finish to his credit.
Coupled in the wagering with Powerful Poe, the winner returned just $2.40, $2.40 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.