State bred pacing fillies stepped into the spotlight on Tuesday night (December 20) at Balmoral Park as a field of 10 2-Year-Olds battled in the $10,000 Incredible Finale Series Final.
After two rounds of preliminary action at Balmoral and Maywood produced four different winners Tuesday’s wrap-up figured to be a heated affair from start to finish. It proved to be just that as John Krasnican’s She’s A Big Star came flying down the stretch to win by 4 ¾ lengths in 1:56.
Given a heady steer by driver Andy Miller this daughter ofwas placed well off a hot early pace after leaving from post position 10. Jolene’s Princess (Jason Dillander) was wound up leaving the gate and she quickly sprinted into the lead as she rolled through an opening quarter in 27.4 seconds.
The hot and heavy action continued on the backstretch as second leg winner TJ’S Molly May (Sam Widger) cruised up on the outside to challenge the early pacesetter. These two were racing head and head for the lead as they charged past the halfway station in 56.1.
Those two fillies continued to trade blows around the far turn with Jolene’s Princess managing to keep a head in front of TJ’S Molly May. Little Sweetheart (Tim Tetrick) was lurking in the pocket while Heartland Charmer (Steve Searle) continued a steady advance in a rapidly developing outer flow as the ladies hit the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:26.2.
Taking aim on the leaders as the field straightened for home She’s A Big Star quickly found her best stride and began to chew up ground for Miller. Jolene’s Princess was doing her best to hold on after engaging in the early duel but after being eighth at the top of the stretch She’s A Big Star had made her way up to second and was about to swallow up the leader.
Making it look like her rivals were pacing in quicksand the Nelson Willis trained miss charged home in 28.2 while widening her winning margin effortlessly. Ms Macatac (Mike Oosting), who was dispatched at odds of 32-1, also came from far back to be the bridesmaid while Heartland Charmer wound up third.
The victory was the fourth in 11 lifetime starts for She’s A Big Star who also has a pair of seconds to her credit in her first season. Sent off as the 9-5 favourite of the betting public despite drawing the outside post this filly returned mutuels of $5.80, $4.40 and $3.20.
uIn other action on Tuesday night dime Superfecta players were rewarded with yet another huge payout. The 7-3-9-8 combination in race six returned a whopping $13,709.25 for just a dime investment.
Courtesy Of Tom Kelley, Publicity Director, Balmoral Park