Balmoral Park (9/14/13)
Contact: Tom Kelley
AUNIQUEAQUISTION CRUISES IN GRANDMA ANN
Division leader Auniqueaquistion had no problem overcoming the dreaded 10-hole thanks in part to another perfect steer from the red-hot Mike Oosting as the filly rolled to a 1 1/2 length triumph in the $174,000 Grandma Ann Stake for three-year-old pacing fillies. The final time was 1:52.4.
|Auniqueaquistion gave Mike Oosting yet another winner as they teamed up to take the $174,000 Grandma Ann Stake in 1:52.4.|
Floating away from the outside post Oosting had the daughter of Cole Muffler—Shessoluvabull in seventh as Dune In Red (Todd Warren) sped through an opening quarter in 27.0.
The action really started to heat up going to the half as Feel Like Dancing (Kyle Wilfong) vacated the pocket and quickly swept into the lead as the fillies reached the half-way point in 56.4.
“I was really happy we were able to get a hole even if was just for a little bit,” said Oosting. “I was prepared to go towards the front the entire way if I had to because this filly felt better tonight than she has been for most of the year.”
A live outer flow continued around the far turn as Dallas Jones (Casey Leonard) moved up to challenge Feel Like Dancing, towing up a fit and fresh Auniqueaquistion who was cruising along in a perfect second position as the field hit the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:24.3.
Setting sail for the money Oosting moved the Donna Lee Ozment-trained miss to the far outside and she responded beautifully as she rattled off a final quarter to score for the ninth time in 14 starts this season. Schmatie (John De Long) rallied well to finish second while Dune In Red held on for third.
“Considering we had the 10-hole you couldn’t have dreamed up a better trip,” explained Oosting. “She was just awesome tonight which is a credit to Donna. She really felt like her old self out there.”
At the top of her division for two straight years now, Auniqueaquistion boasts 13 wins and five seconds in 22 starts with career earnings of $330,155 for owner John Carver. Despite being saddled with the outside post Auniqueaquistion was well backed at the windows, returning $5.80, $3.80 and $3.60.
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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.