Balmoral Park hosts the $90,000 American National Final for 2-Year-Old pacing fillies on Tuesday night (July 19).
Halle Go Lightly (3-1) and Three Men Dreamin (5-1), a pair of Joe Seekman trained youngsters with recent Hanover stakes triumphs to their credit, and last week’s eliminations winners CC Stacy (9-2) and Meant To Persists (7-2) are all headed for action.
The Seekman stablemates will race uncoupled in the fifth race American National showdown because of different ownership.
Halle Go Light (Dale Hiteman) came a long way last Tuesday (July 12) to fall 1 ¾ lengths short of CC Stacy after she breezed in her Hanover stake division a week earlier in 1.54.2 for owners Suttons Bay Racing (MI) and James Jesk (IL).
CC Stacy, a Robert Harmon trained filly, will have Tony Morgan back her lines when she leaves from post seven Tuesday night and the Matt’s Scooter offspring made an impression on Tony after her triumph.
“This filly is a little funny leaving the gate because she doesn’t have a quick step out of there and you kind of have to keep a good hold of her until she settles,” said Morgan after CC Stacy’s victory.
“She didn't do a thing wrong out there even though she’s just a bit too aggressive for my taste. However, she’s a very classy filly and has a big nice stride.
“In the race I didn't want to let Johnny Roberts go with his horse (Kelli Rivndel) early, but his horse got on top by three or four lengths and then settled down and looked OK.
“Johnny was chirping to her the whole mile, so I suspected that his filly would get tired. In the lane I just tipped my filly out and she went by easily.
“I didn't pull the plugs until (Joe) Seekman's horse (Hale Go Lightly) started to bear down upon us and then when I did my filly just took off. That was an excellent mile (1.54.3) for green 2-Year-Old fillies over this track (labelled good)."
Three Men Diamond (Mike Oosting), a 1.55.1 winner in her Hanover split two weeks ago, came from far back to be only a nose short of overtaking Meant To Persist (Andy Miller) at the end of the second American National elimination that went in 1.55.1.
“This filly is still really green but she has got a lot of speed and is pretty manageable right now,” said Meant To Persist’s driver Andy Miller.
“Erv (trainer Miller) has done a good job of keeping her from getting too hot. When this filly got on top she got a little lost out there.
“She doesn't really know what to do yet when she's by herself, so you have to work at keeping her attention and not let her get caught by someone else."
Meant To Persist paced a powerful 25.1s final quarter when she won her July 6 debut at Hawthorne for Erv Miller, who shares ownership with Chicagoan Ron Michelon.
A daughter of, Meant To Persist is one of two ICF youngsters in the race. Post three Spanish Rosey (12-1, Brent Holland), an Ft Apache Hanover offspring, is the other.
Here’s how the $90,000 freshmen filly showdown will line up from the one-slot out: Brissonate Hanover (10-1, Pat Berry), Daybreak Gal (15-1, Tim Tetrick), Spanish Rosey, Rylee N Ryan (10-1, Jason Dillander), Halle Go Lightly, Three Men Dreamin, CC Stacy, Meant To Persist, Lady N Diamonds (8-1, Joe Anderson) and Kelli Rivndel (20-1, John Roberts).
Courtesy Of Balmoral Park Publicity Department