Balmoral Park (6/1/13)
Contact: Tom Kelley
FANCY CREEK ELUSIV GIVES RIVALS THE SLIP IN CARDINAL FINAL
Last year’s Orange & Blue winner, Fancy Creek Elusiv looks to be picking up right where he left off after big two-year-old campaign, as he cruised to a decisive 3 ¾ length romp in a career best of 1:51.3 in Saturday’s $57,300 Cardinal Stake for Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-old pacing colts.
|Fancy Creek Elusiv was an impressive winner in 1:51.3 in Saturday's $57,300 Cardinal Stake for 3yo colt pacers.|
Despite being saddled with the outside post in the field of 10, Hall Of Fame driver Dave Magee managed to work out a perfect second over trip with the altered son of Sportsmaster-Elusive Image. Floating away from the gate Magee tactfully maneuvered his charge into sixth as longshot Sage Ruck (Ryan Anderson) led the field through an opening quarter in 28.2.
“Going into the race I was a little anxious because of that outside post,” said Magee. “With it being three-year-olds who haven’t seen that much action yet this year you never really know how things are going to work out. Fortunately for us it worked out perfectly tonight.”
Magee then managed to flush live cover from one of last week’s elimation winners Monopoly Man (Casey Leonard), as the field moved past the half-mile mark with Fox Valley Action (Todd Warren) showing the way by that station in 55.3.
“That’s the kind of move you wouldn’t have been able to make with him last year,” explained Magee. “Nick (Giberson) has done a great job with him over the winter and he’s much quieter and much more versatile than he was last year. That’s always a plus because it will make things much easier on him as well.”
Sitting in a perfect second over position as the field moved by the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:24.2, Magee confidently tipped his charge off their cover. The long striding gelding then rolled home in an effortless 26.4, leaving his rivals in a muddy wake. Crankin’ It Up (Kyle Wilfong) shook loose late and rallied well to finish second while Monopoly Man hung on for third.
In the winner’s circle Magee was asked when he felt that he and Fancy Creek Elusiv were home free.
“When we were that close at the top of the stretch I felt pretty confident about things,” said a soaked but happy Magee. “I knew there were still some pretty good horses behind us that were going to be coming late but my horse has a ton of speed when he sets sail for home and he showed that again tonight.”
With the win Fancy Creek Elusiv is now a perfect two for two this season, winning his elimination for this stake in his seasonal debut last week. The pride of owners Hart Walker, Robin Mullink, Homer Henke and Robert Walker boasts seven wins and two seconds in 13 career starts with earnings of $168,931.
Sent off as the 8-5 favorite despite the outside post, Fancy Creek Elusiv returned $5.40, $3.80 and $3.20.
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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.