With spring in the air and temperatures in the upper 70's on a beautiful night it was time again for the Illinois stakes program to get rolling.
On Tuesday night (May 10), Balmoral Park played host to the first big test of the year for 3-Year-Old trotting colts as a field of eight statebreds were sent postward in a $17,020 ISOBA STAKE.
After going winless in 11 starts as a 2-Year-Old CC Chargin Home, owned by Merrill and Marcia Anderson And Gertrude Crowley, continued to impress in his sophomore campaign as he rolled to a two-length triumph in a career best of 1.58.3.
Eased away from post position three by driver-trainer Stephen Waller, this son of Armbro Charger was able to save ground through a leisurely opening quarter of 30.2 seconds.
With the 3-5 favourite Victrola strolling along on the front end Waller decided he had seen enough and pulled CC Chargin Home from fourth.
Gobbling up ground while first over CC Chargin Home had moved to within ¾ of a length of last year's 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year as the field reached the halfway point in 59.4s.
Continuing to grind away at the pace setter as the field trotted around the far turn CC Chargin home was right alongside the leader as they cruised by the three-quarter mile station in 1.29.1. Bear Claw (Tim Tetrick) was also looming boldly in the pocket after enjoying the garden trip from the word go.
Heading through the stretch a tiring Victrola tried valiantly to hold off the determined charge of CC Chargin Home. Bear Claw was still right there with the top two as he searched for a way around the tiring favorite.
In the final sixteenth of a mile CC Chargin Home seemed to find an extra gear as he drew away for his second win in four starts this season.
Bear Claw secured room late and came on to be second while Vanished (Rick Schrock) rallied for the show dough. Victrola wound up a tired fourth, 3 ¾ lengths behind the winner.
Bet down to 4-1 off a 10-1 morning line after posting a big come from behind win at Hoosier Park last week, CC Chargin Home looks like he could be a major player in this year's sophomore ranks with two wins in his first four starts of the season.
Courtesy Of Tom Kelley, Publicity Director, Balmoral Park