2005 SUPER NIGHT WRAPUP FROM BALMORAL

11:30 AM 18 Sep 2005 NZST
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Courtesy Of Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park hosted their 2005 edition of Super Night on Saturday evening (September 17).

Su Mac Lad Final

As expected Sherrie's Delight romped to an easy victory in the $105,000 Su Mac Lad Trot for sophomore trotting colts and geldings.

With Tony Morgan at the lines, the son of Keystone Kim kicked in for his tenth victory of the season in 12 tries for owner Michael Polansky of Loudonville, New York.

Trained by Tom Harmer, the bay colt pushed his career earnings to $160,734 in a mile timed in 1.55.3. Morgan explained why his charge rebounded after a pair of disappointing efforts at Springfield.

"He really had trouble with the clay at Springfield," Tony noted.

"He's bomb-proof over this limestone, however. Tonight I wanted to keep him in the clear and avoid any big mistakes-he can overcome the little ones."

Sherrie's Delight took the lead early, taking the field to a 28.3 second opening quarter and a 57.3s half, before relenting to Dabra (Roger Welch) who held on until the 1.27.3 three-quarter marker.

Sherrie's Delight then pulled from the pocket and with his tail high and head swinging, cruised home to win by 4 ½ lengths.

ady Ann Reed Championship

Favourite Victor's Pursuit scored her ninth win of the season by winning the $105,000 Lady Ann Reed Championship.

With Dave Magee at the lines, who was driving his eighth Lady Ann Reed winner and his 23rd Super Night winner, the Valley Victor lass stopped the timer in 1.55.3. Trained by Roger Welch for owners Robert Rietvfeld and Paul Gibson of Illinois, Victor's Pursuit pushed her career earnings to $159,856. It was the fourth Super Night win for Welch.

"This is a special filly," Magee said.

"This was one of the main reasons that I really wanted to be back in time for Super Night (Magee had been sidelined with an injury since mid-summer). I really didn't expect to be back here so anything that we do well tonight is really just a bonus. Roger (trainer Welch) gave me a lot of latitude with this filly and told me should could take some air, and she demonstrated tonight just how tough she was."

Victor's Pursuit took the lead at the 1.27.2 three-quarters, after pulling first over at the 29.2s quarter with Arcola (Tim Tetrick) on the lead. Silhouette Star (Dale Hiteman) then took the lead to the 57.4s half before yielding to the eventual winner. Unraced at two, Victor's Pursuit now has a 9-6-1 record in 20 starts.

nn Vonian Championship

Loyal Opposition paced to a sizzling 1.49.4 victory in the $100,000 Ann Vonian Championship for driver Andy Miller.

Trained by Erv Miller for Daniel Waxman of Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. The victory pushed the 5-Year-Old Cole Muffler mare's seasonal earnings to well over $400,000 and her career bankroll to just over $2.275 million.

"She had a little bit of a lull in the middle of the summer but she has come back from that very strong," Andy said. "I found a good spot early in this race and waiting to make my move and she was just very, very strong in here."

The time of 1.49.4 eclipsed the old mark of 1.51.1 set by Parklane Powerful in this same stake one year ago, and was the fastest mile in Super Night history.

Loyal Opposition finished nearly seven lengths ahead of her nearest rival, second-place finisher Harmony Oaks GiGi.

randma Ann Championship

Brianna Joy paced away from her rivals to win the $200,000 Grandma Ann Championship for driver Eric Ledford in 1.51.3.

Trained by Seldon Ledford for owner James Jesk and Ledford Racing of Illinois, the victory was the Sportsmaster filly's tenth of the year in 14 trips postward, and her fifth consecutive win.

A winner of over $200,000 lifetime coming into the Grandma Ann, Brianna Joy was sent off the gate hard, pacing to a 27.4s opening quarter.

She was on top to the 55.4s half and then began to draw away at the 1.23.2 three-quarter mile marker, and was nearly five lengths on top in mid-stretch. Ledford shut his mare down in the late going, and she finished 1 ½ lengths ahead of the hard-trying Fox Valley Zena (Andy Miller).

"I had to work hard to make the lead tonight," Eric said.

"Going three wide into the first turn seemed tough but she won't sit behind a horse easily. She's a very game individual and is very talented. She can be just plain vicious on a half mile track and is equally as game on the mile."

The victory gave Eric his fifth Super Night win and his second victory in the Grandma Ann Stake. It was the second Super Night win for trainer Seldon Ledford.

range & Blue Filly Championship

The trend of favourites winning on Super Night continued as My Metallica rocked to a 1.52.3 victory in the $260,000 Orange & Blue Filly Championship.

With Tony Morgan at the lines, the freshman daughter of Party At Artsplace notched her third win in seven career starts for trainer Tom Harmer and owners the Ciara Stable, Michael Polansky and Duke Johnston.

"I had to use this filly way earlier than I wanted to," Tony said.

"In fact, I used her several times then asked her for more late. She's just peaked at the right time and Tom (trainer Harmer) has just done a great job of managing this filly. He told me early in the year that he thought the best filly he had was a daughter of Party At Artsplace, and she was just slow in getting started but she really put it all together at the right time."

The win by My Metallica gave Morgan his second Super Night championship of the evening and his ninth Super Night driving victory. It was also the second Super Night championship for trainer Tom Harmer and the time equaled the stakes record.

an Patch Championship

King Johnny surprised everyone by winning the $100,000 Dan Patch Championship in 1.51 with Tim Tetrick at the lines.

The 7-Year-Old Kingston gelding bested such old favorites as Taser Gun, Fox Valley Gallant and Go Warrior Go to win his third race of the year in nine starts for trainer and co-owner Clark Fairley.

Marlene Fairley also owns a share of the bay gelding.

"I squeezed out just in time tonight," Tetrick said.

"The horse gets all the credit for this win-he's got a great heart and just gives so much each time he hits the racetrack. I was hoping to get some room late in the stretch and when we finally did he just exploded in the lane."

King Johnny pushed his career earnings to $165,560 with the victory.

ete Langley Memorial

Team Hutch rallied late to win the $210,000 Pete Langley Memorial in 1.51.1 for driver Eric Ledford.

The sophomore son of Sportsmaster had captured last year's Orange & Blue Final on Super Night. Trained by Homer Hochstetler, Team Hutch is owned by Joy and Bonnie Hutchison of Warrenville, Illinois.

"This colt is a very good individual and he's tops among the Illinois-breds," Eric mused.

"We just got a great two-hole trip in here tonight and the draw worked out so that we were able to follow Brent (Holland driving Brian And Kellie) around the track. This horse has never raced poorly for me and always gives 110 percent."

Team Hutch bested rival Perdition (Tim Tetrick) by two and a half lengths to nail his ninth win of the season and pushed his seasonal earnings to over $300,000 and his career bank account to just over $600,000.

The win also gave Eric his second victory in the Pete Langley Championship as he had won last year's edition in 1.51.1 with Fox Valley Gallant. It was his sixth Super Night Championship overall, while it was the 4th Super Night Championship for trainer Homer Hochstetler.

range & Blue Colt Pace

In a fitting closing to Super Night, Fox Valley Tribal surprised everyone by winning the $300,000 Orange & Blue Colt Final in 1.51.2, a new stakes record, for driver Tim Tetrick. The win gave driver Tetrick his fifth winner of the night and his third Super Night Championship drive.

"I thought this horse was in a good spot and especially if the favorites battled hard early, which is what happened," Tetrick said.

"You can study the program eight days in a row and as soon as that gate opens, everything happens. This colt is still pretty green and has been getting stronger and stronger with each start."

Fox Valley Tribal, an altered son of Sportsmaster, pushed his career earnings to $154,540 with the win, his third of his career in only nine starts.

The gelding battled with My Boy David (Ron Marsh) who had led throughout the mile and prevailed by ½ a length at the wire.

Courtesy Of Kimberly Rinker for Balmoral Park

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