Balmoral Park (9/30/13)
Contact: Tom Kelley
NINO MARINO TAKES LINCOLN LAND ELIM
State-bred trotting colts were in the spotlight on Sunday, Sept. 29 as a field of eight youngsters looked for spots in next week’s $105,000 Lincoln Land Stake final. With four of the eight starters making early breaks in the race things were up for grabs from the word go. When the smoke cleared it was Ron Marino and David Hermann’s Nino Marino who emerged with a three-quarter-length victory in 1:59.3 for driver Dean Magee.
|Nino Marino and Dean Magee trotted to victory in the $15,000 Lincoln Land Stake elimination.|
Benefiting from a perfect pocket sitting trip as Big Bad Bob (Dale Hiteman) put up splits of 29.3, 58.2 and 1:29, the Randy Tuftie-trained son of Pizzazzed—Never Ms Still overtook the pace setter with an eighth of a mile to go and eventually drew clear for his second win in five lifetime starts. Big Bad Bob held on for second while Battleshoe King (Buddy Simpson) was third.
Also gaining spots in the final where they will be joined by Tour Hall, Bobby B Breeze and Fox Valley Veto were Photo Surprise, Battleshoe Crown, Polars Big Spender and Finnster.
Sophomore pacing fillies were also in action on Sunday night as a field of 10 Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-olds battled in the $14,000 Direct Dottie Stake. This test produced the biggest surprise of the night as John Barnard’s Ryleigh’s Lilly lit up the tote board at odds of 46-1 with a half-length victory in a career best of 1:54.1.
|Ryleigh's Lilly posted a big upset for driver Bobby Smolin in the $14,000 Direct Dottie Stake.|
Reserved through the early going by driver Robert Smolin, the daughter of Western Hero—Fox Valley Chosen moved up third over through the final five-eighths of a mile. Exploding off her cover in the lane, the Bill Crone-trained miss flew home in 27.1 to secure her second win in 16 starts this year. Aliyah Maria (John De Long), who provided live cover for the winner, was a game second while Zumba (Matt Krueger) rallied from far back to be third as the early speed collapsed in the lane.
Returning $95.20, $30.00 and $15.60, Ryleigh’s Lilly helped key a $7,394.00 trifecta payout.
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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.