BROWN BOTTLE FLU OVERCOMES TRIP AND SNOW

07:29 AM 21 Jan 2006 NZDT
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Brown Bottle Flu - Somewhere among all the snowflakes is driver Tony Morgan

Brown Bottle Flu overcame a first over trip in a driving snowstorm and got up in time to post 1:58.2 victory with driver Tony Morgan in Friday night’s (January 20) second leg of the Ideal Society Series at Maywood Park.

Trained by Gerald Hansen for Wayland, IN owner Gail George, Brown Bottle Flu raced outside of the pacesetting Tommys King (Brent Holland) through fractions of :29, :58.2 and 1:28.3 before he out-gamed the front stepping leader and held off the fast-closing runner-up Our Beer Buddy (Mike Oosting) to post a one and one-quarter length victory on a sloppy racing surface.

The 5-2 second choice in the seventh race co-feature, Brown Bottle Flu ($7.80), won his Ideal Society Series first leg (1:54.3) at Balmoral Park on January 14 with a pocket trip. While the four-year-old son of Sportsmaster had to work much harder in Friday’s $7,000 second leg the outcome was the same.

Tommys King sprinted out in a hurry from the six-post and had the lead before the first turn but gave way in mid-stretch and settled for third, two and one-quarter lengths behind Brown Bottle Flu.

Brown Bottle Flu captured only three of 22 starts last season before he was taken out of a $7,000 Balmoral Park claiming race on December 10. In four starts for the Hansen Stable he now has posted two wins, a fourth and a fifth.

Do You Yahoo became Tony Morgan’s third winner of five on the night when he took six-year-old Illinois bred up the open stretch to secure the $10,900 co-featured ninth race for $27,5000 claiming horses.

The 4-5 favorite General Challenge (Joe Anderson) came out of the three-hole after a :28.1 first quarter my Marty Marty Marty and didn’t get to the front until cleared the second turn. After a 1:00.4 half-mile time in the slop, General Challenge had to battle a first-over Costly Cadet, while Do You Yahoo was sixth in the seven-horse field, racing third up on the outside.

Morgan was able to drop to the inside with Do You Yahoo right at the 1:30.3 three-quarter pole when a tiring Docdor Keven went into retreat and while the General Challenge was all out trying to hold off the 5-2 second choice Costly Cadet, Do You Yahoo finished the fastest with the help of the passing lane and popped at $16.80 for trainer Bruce Pacetti.

The victory was Do You Yahoo’s fourth in his last six starts at Maywood Park for owners Mario Pardo (Downers Grove, IL) and Erika Mueller (Chicago, IL).

Maywood Park Publicity Department

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