Day At The Track

All ICF Stakes are a go Saturday Balmoral

09:35 PM 05 Apr 2013 NZDT
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Big Brad set the Balmoral track record
Big Brad set the Balmoral track record - for a freshman with his 1:51.1 mile
Balmoral Park Photo

It was nice to see that all three ICF stakes scheduled on Saturday night will be raced. The rescheduled $12,000 Taurus Bomber for 3-year-old colts will kick-off the trio of state-bred harness racing features in race two. The $12,000 Direct Balance for sophomore fillies will follow while the $17,000 Song Cycle for older pacers will go as race seven.

The Song Cycle lured only six starters, headed up by the 2-1 morning line favorite Fort Silky (Casey Leonard) who came within a nose of posting back-to-back Invite victories. However these older ICF stake fields will grow when stalwarts like Well To Do Guru, Al's Hammered and Iam Bonasara, among others, return to the races.

Fort Silky will leave from the outside post six with and there is plenty of other speed inside of him. The first six slots are manned by Fox Valley Yukon (programmed 5-1, Kyle Wilfong), Ice Scraper (4-1, Josh Sutton), Lockloadnexplode (12-1, Dale Hiteman), Special Joe (5-2, John Roberts) and Uncle Smoothie (7-2, Todd Warren).

Big Brad makes his 3-year-old debut for John and Mary Krasnican of Streator, IL in the Taurus Bomber and he landed the pole position for regular driver Bobby Smolin when the youngster takes on six other rivals.

The Bob Phillips trainee set a track record for a two-year-old colt in his freshman campaign with a 1:51.1 clocking when he pulled own over $83,000 in purse earnings. He's listed as the early 2-1 choice..

Big Bad will be tested by Fox Valley Dijon (8-1, Kyle Husted), Silver Devil (4-1, Todd Warren), Alequash Hotspur (3-1, Tim Curtin), Pain Relief (8-1, John Roberts) and the Wilfong family owned entry of Youmakemewannadance (5-1, Pat Curtin) and Crankin' It Up (5-1, Kyle Wilfong).

Trainer Nelson Willis has a strong three-horse entry in the Direct Balance with the Sawgrass Farms owned trio of Orange and Blue Filly champion Thank You Doc (Dave Magee), Our Miss Kristi (Mike Oosting) and Our Miss Kathy (Todd Warren), the 5-2 first flash second favorites.

The early 3-1 favoritism belongs to the Joel Smith Stable's Dallas Jones who has three season victories against older distaffers.

Other Direct Balance hopefuls are My Marisa Clair (10-1, Phil Know), Incredible Filly (8-1, Dave Magee), Fox Valley Ruby (6-1, Brian Carpenter), Lizzabelle (10-1, Dale Hiteman) and four-time season victor Big Zipper (7-2, Bobby Smolin).

By Mike Paradise

The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association

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