Pacers and trotters shared the spotlight on Sunday night (January 8) at Balmoral Park as pacing fillies squared off in the Pacific Series and diagonally gaited specialists battled in the Crete Trotting Series.
A compact field of six ladies were sent postward for a purse of $5,500 in the opening round of the Pacific Series. With Pinske Stable’s Crisis bet to the exclusion of her rivals chalk players never had to break a sweat as this well bred daughter ofwent wire to wire in 1:56.0.
Perfectly rated by Hall Of Famer Dave Magee, the John Butenschoen trained 4-Year-Old appeared to be well in hand as she rolled through splits of 29.4 seconds, 58.3s, & 1:27.1. After those leisurely fractions Crisis sprinted home in 28.4s, easily holding her rivals at bay, as she reported home with a three-quarter length verdict. Gro (Tim Tetrick) was a clear cut second while Dixie Dame (Mike Oosting) grabbed the show dough.
A total of 17 trotters were dropped into the entry box for the opening leg of the Crete Trotting Series necessitating a pair of $7,500 splits.
In the opener Doug Ackerman Stable’s Lithograph opened her 2006 account with an impressive come from behind victory in 1:59.1.
Content to bid their time in sixth as Kristy Kreme (Dave Magee) led the field through fractions of 29.2 seconds and 59.3s, driver-trainer Homer Hochstetler finally moved his charge into a live outer flow as the field raced four in and four out by the three-quarter mile mark in 1:30.
Tipping three deep off live cover as the field straightened for home the 4-Year-Old daughter of SJ’s Photo quickly began gobbling up ground. Taking dead aim on the early leaders, Lithograph trotted home in a brisk 28.2s to win by a widening 1 ¼ length margin. Fiery Comet (Mike Oosting) was a hard fought second while Hit The Trot (Ross Leonard) rallied in the passing lane to finish third.
The nightcap provided a thrilling finish as Iris Horowitz’s Moneyball wore down the pace setting AllN to win by a hard fought neck in 1:58.0.
Bet down to four to five by the Sunday night crowd, AllN showed the way right from the start for driver Mike Oosting. Trotting through fractions of 29.4 seconds, 1:00 & 1:29.2 the public’s choice looked to be home free after drawing away to a two-length lead at the mid-stretch call.
Unfazed by the deficit and the fact that his charge had not been out in more than five weeks driver Pat Berry continued to urge Moneyball along after getting the perfect journey behind the leader.
Showing the grit and determination that led to back to back wins to close out the 2005 season, the Steve Searle trainee surged by the heavy favourite in the closing strides to get the victory. Ivy League Student (Dave Magee) was a distant third, almost six-lengths behind the top pair.
Courtesy Of Tom Kelley, Publicity Director, Balmoral Park