Balmoral Park (11/21/15)
Contact: Tom Kelley
FOX VALLEY AUBREY IN A SATURDAY SHOCKER AT BALMORAL
Illinois conceived and foaled fillies and mares stepped into the spotlight on a frigid Saturday night at Balmoral Park but things warmed up in a hurry for longshot players as Ronald Phillips and Jesse Ferge’s Fox Valley Aubrey, the longest shot in the race at 30-1, lit up the board with a 1 3/4 length victory in 1:53.3 to win the $8,060 Fox Valley Memory Stake.
|Fox Valley Aubrey drilled through the passing lane to pull off the big upset in Saturday's Fox Valley Memory Stake of ICF distaffers.|
Perfectly handled by driver Travis Seekman, the three-year-old daughter of Yankee Skyscaper—Assailed worked out a perfect ground saving trip in third as Rev Me Up (Brian Carpenter) carved out splits of 26.3, 56.4 and 1:26.0.
With a weary leader beginning to drift off the pylons in the lane, Seekman patiently waited for room in the passing lane while huge favorite Ryleigh’s Lilly (Casey Leonard) began to pick off horses from the back of the pack.
Securing room at just the right time, the Bob Phillips--trained miss shot through an opening at the pylons and quickly drew clear of the big chalk to secure her fifth win of the season. Ryleigh’s Lilly was forced to settle for the bridesmaid role on this night while another longshot, Joyful Game (Mike Oosting), rallied late to finish third.
The win was the 15th of Fox Valley Aubrey’s career and helped propel her over the $90,000 mark in lifetime earnings. Those lucky enough to back the sophomore facing older company were rewarded with mutuels of $63.80, $18.00 and $8.60. The exacta returned a healthy $241.80 with the 2-5 favorite while the trifecta came back at $1,569 for a $2 investment.
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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 Friday and Saturday. Admission and parking is always free.