Balmoral Park (7/31/13)
Contact: Tom Kelley
TROTTERS CLOSE OUT SOUTHLAND FESTIVAL OF RACING
State bred trotters closed out the Southland Festival of Racing action on Wednesday, July 31 as two-year fillies battled in the $50,000 Fox Valley Flan Stake while their male counterparts slugged it out in the $50,000 Plesac Stake.
|Vienna and driver Kyle Wilfong came charging through the passing lane to win Wednesday's $50,000 Fox Valley Flan Stake.|
The Fox Valley Flan was a study in patience from driver Kyle Wilfong as he avoided early traffic problems caused by a breaking horse, then chiseled out a perfect ground saving trip to win by a length in 2:00.4.
After getting away in the perfect spot Wilfong deftly managed to avoid early leader BS Casino Cowgirl (Phil Knox), as that filly went off stride just before reaching the quarter in 31.2.
Positioned in the pocket the rest of the way as Bailey’s Wish (Dave Magee) carved out middle splits of 1:01.4 and 1:31.4, Wilfong patiently awaited racing room as the youngsters moved through the stretch.
Diving into the passing lane as soon as the opportunity presented itself, the daughter of Banderas Hall—Talcott Lori scooted past the pace setter with 100 yards to go for her second win in seven career starts. Bailey’s Wish held on for second while a “green” Fox Valley Lotus (John Roberts) finished third despite bobbing and weaving her way through the lane.
The 6-5 favorite, Vienna returned $4.40, $3.00 and $2.80 while upping her career bankroll to $30,042 for owner-trainer Robert Phillips.
The Plesac Stake turned into a stroll in the park for Rocco Ruffolo, William P. De Long, William C. De Long and Gordon Wright’s recent acquisition, Bobby B Breeze, as the good looking youngster lived up to his name by breezing to an effortless 6 3/4 length romp in 1:59.1 for driver Todd Warren.
|Bobby B Breeze and driver Todd Warren teamed up for an easy win in the $50,000 Plesac Stake.|
Hustled away from post position eight by Warren, the son of Southwind Breeze—Lindy’s Fireball had no trouble reaching the top and was comfortably in front as he led the field through an opening quarter in 29.3.
Continuing to cruise along on the front end through middle splits of 1:00.1 and 1:30.1, the Roger Welch trainee was still full of trot as the youngsters turned for the money.
Sealing the deal in fine fashion, Bobby B Breeze coasted home in 29.0 to post his first win in his second lifetime start. Tour Hall (Dave Magee), the even-money favorite in the race, rallied from the back of the pack to finish second while Big Bad Bob (Dale Hiteman) was third.
Bobby B Breeze returned $10.40, $4.60 and $3.00 to his backers while boosting his lifetime earnings up to $27,500 for his happy connections.
Stakes action continues on Saturday night as Grand Circuit racing headlines a fine 13-race program. A pair of Hanover Stakes will share top billing that night as two-year-old colt pacers and two-year-old filly pacers slug it out. Post time on Saturday is 7:10 pm (Central).
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.