Balmoral Park (9/14/13)
Contact: Tom Kelley
LETíS GO HIGHER SOARS TO VICTORY IN LORNA PROPES STAKE
Jesse De Longís Letís Go Higher soared to an impressive three-length victory over nine other filly and mare pacers in Saturdayís $130,000 Lorna Propes Stake, stopping Mystical Victressís bid to become the first four-time Super Night winner. The final time was 1:50.4.
|John De Long and Let's Go Higher cruised to a three-length victory in a brisk 1:50.4 while taking the Lorna Propes Stake.|
Sweeping from fourth to first for driver John De Long after an opening quarter in 27.2, the five-year-old daughter of Cole Muffler then proceeded to roll through splits of 55.0 and 1:22.3.
ďI didnít want to rough up my mare too much early on so I thought I would just see how they got away and then move to the front once things settled down,Ē explained De Long. ďI was a little surprised Mike didnít leave a little more with his mare (Mystical Victress) so I was pretty happy to wind up in control of things like we did.Ē
After putting away a first over bid from Just By Design (Dave Magee) Letís Go Higher began to put daylight between herself and her rivals, quickly opening up a three-length advantage by the mid-stretch call.
ďI looked back and saw Daveís horse was starting to back up the outer flow a bit and we were starting to get away from the rest of them so I was pretty confident at that point,Ē said De Long.
On cruise control the rest of the way the Heidi Rohr trainee was never seriously threatened as she rolled under the wire with her ninth win in 29 starts this season. Mystical Victress (Mike Oosting) managed to rally for the second place check while Fox Valley Absolut (Robert Smolin), who was used hard to find a good early spot from her outside post, held on for the show dough.
Bet down to 4-5 after her impressive elimination win Letís Go Higher returned $3.60, $2.20 and $2.10 while winning for the 18th time in her career. The victory helped push her career bankroll to a gaudy $235,505.
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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.