26435 S. Dixie Highway, Crete,
Illinois, 60417 (708)
Department Saturday, July
14th, 2012 Tom
HANOVER STAKES APLENTY
AS BALMORAL CELEBRATES BACK TO THE TRACK 2012!
was fast and furious on Saturday, July 14th as Balmoral Park played
host to eight divisions of Hanover Stake action for two and three-year-old
pacers. There was plenty of action off the track as well with giveaways, food
and drink specials and hay rides among the many things Balmoral Park patrons
were treated to as the USTA and Balmoral celebrated Back To The Track 2012.
action were two-year-old filly pacers as an overflow field of 11 freshmen pacing
fillies battled for a purse of $53,900 to kick off the festivities.
Fresh off a
victory in her debut in an Indiana Sire Stake at Hoosier Park,
William C. De Long, William P. De Long and Katey Mc Clymont’s Always About
Katey stepped it up to another level as she zipped right by her rivals en route
to a 5 ½ length victory in a speedy 1:53.4.
yearling purchase by Always A Virgin-Topville Cyberwave patiently sat at the
back of the pack for driver Todd Warren before working her way into a live
outer flow. With splits of 27.4, 56.4 & 1:25.1 being put up by Our Miss
Lily (Ridge Warren) things set up perfectly for the Roger Welch trainee as she
tipped three deep off her cover at the top of the stretch and quickly reeled in
the tiring leaders with a wicked 27.2 final quarter to score for the second
time in as many chances. Our Miss Lily held on for second while Thank You Doc
(Dean Magee) shook loose late to finish third.
returned $10.60, $4.00 & $4.20 while pushing her career earnings up to
were sophomore pacing fillies as a total of 13 ladies were split into a pair of
division provided a bit of an upset as Illinois
bred star Sleazy Does It nosed out 1-9 favorite Podges Lady in 1:51.4 for
driver Marcus Miller.
at odds of 7-1 from the outside post the Nelson Willis trained daughter of
Sagebrush-Da Sleazy One sat at the back of the pack as Podges Lady (Mike
Oosting), No Respect (Todd Warren) & Financial Effort all led at different
points in the race with the fillies moving through splits of 27.1, 54.4,
stretch a tiring Financial Effort began to drift just a bit but the pocket
sitting No Respect could not take advantage of that as she began to get leg
weary as well. That in turn pushed back Podges Lady while Miller had Sleazy
Does It circling up around horses while three wide. Quickly shooting to the
front Sleazy Does It was all out as Podges Lady finally secured racing room and
came charging through on the inside of horses. With those two engaged in a
tooth and nail battle for the final hundred yards a game Sleazy Does It managed
to keep her nose in front as she scored for the seventh time in 22 lifetime
starts. Podges Lady was forced to settle for the bridesmaid role while
Financial Effort held on for third.
very nice mutuel of $16.40, $3.20 & $2.40 the win pushed Sleazy Does It’s
career earnings up to $191,354 for the Engel Stable Of Illinois LLC.
second division Miller’s Stable Inc.’s Princess Cruiser returned to the local
scene and just as she did in her freshman campaign the Jim Mullinix trainee
proved victorious as she recorded a neck decision in 1:53.1 for driver Dave
handled by the Hall of Famer, this good looking daughter of Yankee
Cruiser-Princess Justice settled into the pocket as T B Beach Girl (Todd
Warren) showed the way through splits of 27.3, 56.1 & 1:25.0.
stretch T B Beach Girl continued to show the way as a patient Magee waited for
room in the passing lane. A first over Kendyl (Mike Oosting) was starting to
show the effects of a rugged journey as she tried to battle on while Moment Of Magic (Casey Leonard) was in high gear from the back of
room with a little less than a sixteenth of a mile to go Magee maneuvered his
filly into the passing lane where she responded beautifully, pacing home in
28.0 to post her third win in eight starts this year. Moment Of Magic rallied
sharply to just miss while T B Beach Girl turned in a solid effort to hang on
co-favorite in the race returned $6.40, $3.40 & $2.60 while upping her
career stats to 6-1-3 in 18 starts with earnings of $125,297. Mullinix also
sent out Meadowlands Pace winner A Rocknroll Dance at the Big M on Saturday
night and local fans may get the chance to see that great colt later this year
since he is eligible to the American National here at Balmoral Park and to the
Windy City Pace at Maywood Park.
A total of
26 two-year-old colt and gelding pacers were dropped into the box for their
necessitating a split into three $28,300 divisions.
first tussle Desyllas Racing, William Beck & Carol Rieken’s Our Dragon King
made it two straight victories as he trounced eight rivals by 6 ¼ lengths in a
career best of 1:53.1 for driver Brian Carpenter.
from post position eight the gelded son of Dragon Again-Fox Valley Monika led
the way through an opening quarter in 28.2. Electing to let a hard charging
Greg And Flex (Mike Oosting) go after hitting the brakes on the backside
Carpenter had Our Dragon King perfectly positioned as Greg And Flex showed the
way through middle splits of 57.0 & 1:25.2.
of the pocket as the field hit the top of the stretch Our Dragon King stormed
right by Greg And Flex and then proceeded to widen the margin through the lane
as he scored for the second time in three starts while under the tutelage of
conditioner Dirk Simpson. Fox Valley Action (Todd Warren) staged a nice late
rally to get the place money while Greg And Flex held on for third.
King returned $8.60, $5.60 & $2.40 while notching his biggest payday to
division provided another mild upset as Connell Willis, Brandy Pinske Stable,
John Esposito and Doug Riccolo’s Talented Shooter picked a nice time to grab
his first career victory, scoring by a length in 1:54.4 for Todd Warren.
yearling purchase was sent up first over on the backside as Beyond Lucky (Kyle
Husted) cruised through splits of 28.0 & 57.3.
within a length of the pace setter as the youngsters hit the three-quarter-mile
mark in 1:26.3 the Indiana bred gelded son of Sand Shooter-Ms Clairol then set
sail for the money.
blowing right by the pacesetter the Nelson Willis trainee rattled off a 28.0
final quarter to score for the first time in three appearances. Darth Quaider
(Marcus Miller) lacked racing room for most of the mile but still managed to
shake loose late while finishing second and Agood Time To Rock (Ridge Warren)
wound up third.
Sent off at
odds of 8-1 Sand Shooter returned $19.20, $4.80 & $4.00 while adding the
winner’s share of $14,150 to his bankroll.
final division for two-year-old colts Ronald & Delores Phillips & John
Carver’s homebred Blue’s Rocket Man blasted off the wings of the gate and never
looked back as he cruised to a three-length victory in 1:54.1.
inside starting spot to perfection driver-trainer Ronnie Gillespie sent the son
of Rocknroll Hanover-Incredible Blue right to the top where he proceeded to
carve out fractions of 29.0, 57.4 & 1:25.4.
putting away a prolonged first over bid from heavily favored Drunk On You (Dave
Magee) with an eighth of a mile to go, Blue’s Rocket Man stepped away from the
rest of field as he cruised to his second win in as many starts. Drunk On You
held on for second while Fox Valley Norman (Mike Oosting) rallied to be third.
Rocket Man returned $12.00, $3.60 & $2.20 while pushing his career earnings
up to $16,400.
pacing colts were also on the card Saturday night with a total of 18
three-year-olds knocking heads in a pair of $31,100 battles.
first division Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and Earl
Smith’s Urawomanizer parlayed a perfect two-hole trip into a hard fought half-length
victory in 1:51.4 with John Roberts at the controls.
advantage of their inside starting spot the gelded son of Ft. Apache
Hanover-Fox Valley Ivy allowed a hard leaving NJ’s Big Deal (Ronnie Gillespie)
to take control of the proceedings in the first turn.
speedball then proceeded to rip through splits of 26.2, 54.1 & 1:22.2 while
battling a first over King’s Legend from the 5/8th’s mile mark. In
the meantime Roberts was sitting patiently in the pocket waiting for racing
up the inside the Kathy Millman trained Urawomanizer secured room late and then
gamely held off King’s Legend and NJ’s Big Deal for his second win of the
as the second choice in the wagering Urawomanizer returned $6.80, $4.80 &
$4.00 while upping his career bankroll to $54,951.
Hanover of the night looked to be one the most contentious of the evening and
it definitely lived up to the advance billing as Brian Carpenter picked up his second
Hanover of the night, guiding Sawgrass Farms Uncle Smoothie to a half-length
victory in 1:51.0.
field three across heading into the far turn Carpenter was intent on putting
Uncle Smoothie on the front end where he led the sophomores through an opening
quarter in 26.3.
continued on the backside as Dale Hiteman sent Rollnlikeabigshot (Dale Hiteman)
gunning to the top where he led the field through a half in 54.3.
did not last long though as Al’s Hammered (Robert Smolin) came calling on the
outside of horses, putting a head in front as they hit the three-quarter-mile
station in 1:23.3.
stretch a game Rollnlikeabigshot fought back to reclaim the lead with Al’s
Hammered right alongside of the leader. At that point Carpenter made what would
turn out to be the winning move, swinging Uncle Smoothie to the outside of
horses where he quickly charged by the top pair with a 27.1 final quarter to
post his fifth win in 10 starts this season. Rollnlikeabigshot held on for
second while Al’s Hammered was third.
back to back wins in the Betzotic and Hot Head Stakes here at Balmoral Park
Uncle Smoothie returned $5.40, $2.60 & $2.10 while pushing his career
bankroll up to $153,903.
the upsets in the Hanover
action Saturday’s Pick 5 was not hit, thus there will be a carryover of $6,207
into Sunday’s pool. The USTA and Balmoral
Park will now be
guaranteeing a $25,000 pool for Sunday’s 50 cent Pick 5 wager. The Pick 5 is on
races 2-6 meaning it should kick off around 7:30 p.m. (central) on Sunday. As
is always the case on Sunday’s, there will also be a $30,000 guaranteed pool on
the Pick 4 which is on races 7-10. The Pick 4 always has a low takeout of 15%.