The last major stake of the 2005 racing season at Balmoral Park was contested on Saturday night (November 12) as a full field of 10 three-year-old pacing fillies squared off in the $250,000 American National Stake.
When the smoke cleared from this heated battle it was Edward & Jennifer Engle’s Michigan bred champion Do Me Good who had prevailed by a hard fought half-length in 1:55.3 over a sloppy track.
iven a patented Hall of Fame steer by driver Dave Magee this daughter ofleft quickly from post position five and was able to tuck into the pocket behind the pace setting Up Front Dragonfly (Tim Tetrick) as that filly led the field through an opening split in 27.2. “I knew heading out of there that Up Front Dragonfly could leave enough to get around Copywriter who wound up making a break anyway,” explained Magee. “Once that happened I had no problem with tucking into the two-hole.”
The two-elimination winner’s from last week’s action continued to race one-two down the backstretch with Chotat Milk (Brent Holland) racing a close up third while enjoying a saving ground journey as the ladies hit the halfway point in 55.3. “My filly got a little grabby from sitting in the hole as we rolled past the half-mile mark,” said Magee. “Luckily the pace continued to be fast enough that she was able to get herself straightened out as we moved into the turn”.
Up Front Dragonfly continued to show the way around the final bend but a live outer flow had developed led by Bound For Glory (Jason Dillander) who had pulled to within a head of the leader as they rolled by the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:25.1. A locked and loaded Do Me Good was still right there with the top two as she looked for a way out of the pocket.
“My only concern at that point was the fact that Timmy’s horse (Up Front Dragonfly) was starting to come to a halt and I wasn’t sure she was going to carry me far enough so that I could get out,” said a relieved Magee. “You can’t give horses that are this good very much of a head start or your through.”
In the lane the hard charging outer flow quickly gobbled up Up Front Dragonfly as 55-1 longshot Fox Valley Zena (Andy Miller) came flying five wide to put a head in front. Bound For Glory was still second but starting to give way after the grueling first over journey as Do Me Good patiently waited for room along the inside in third.
After finding a small seam with a sixteenth of a mile to go Do Me Good quickly shifted into high gear as she zeroed in on Fox Valley Zena. Showing the same determination and grit that earned her an elimination victory, the Allen Tomlinson trainee turned on the afterburners as she flew by on the inside to pick up her 12th victory of the season. Fox Valley Zena was forced to settle for the bridesmaid role on this night while 45-1 longshot Sleazebiscuit (Mike Oosting) rallied late to be third. Kiss Of Life (Dale Hiteman) who was sent off at 69-1 finished fourth rounding out a $148,891.60 Superfecta payout!
Returning mutuels of $11.00, $6.00 & $4.00 Do Me Good pushed her career bankroll up to an impressive $327,036 while winning for the 19th time in 34 lifetime starts.