Fall Creek Mist and All Sundon N established themselves as the favorites for the $12,000 January, 29 final of the Crete Trotting Series when they each posted front-end triumphs in Sunday night’s third legs at Balmoral Park with Mike Oosting at their lines
The 7-10 favorite Fall Creek Mist ($3.40) went wire-to-wire in the fifth race first Crete series leg with Oosting, holding off a the 3-1 second public’s choice Lithograph (Homer Hochstetler) by a half-length at the end of the 1:58.1 mile. Bingham (Art Gregory, Jr.) rallied from eighth at the top of the lane to grab third, beaten two and three-quarter lengths.
Just as she did a week ago in her first start on lasix, Fall Creel Mist went right to the front and never looked back for trainer Don Brown (Henry, IL), who shares ownership of the four-year-old daughter ofwith William Peugh of Spareland, IL.
Oosting was able send out Fall Creek Mist from the three-slot to grab and quick lead. Oosting rated the mare through first half fractions of :29.1 and :29.4. Lithograph was fifth through the early going and when the pocket horse Fox Valley Mo Jo was gapping, Hochstetler took Lithograph out and around into then two-hole right behind Fall Creek Mist. However, the winner got away with another easy :30.1 third panel and had more than enough left to stay perfect for 2006.
Just as he did last week, Oosting had to hustle AllN away from the nine-post and the 11-year-old New Zealand import raced wide through most of the first quarter to get command.
All($6.20) had a one and three-quarter lead over the 7-10 favorite Awesome Tom (Dean Magee), who enjoyed a garden trip. All went unchallenged through the middle quarters, hitting the half-mile pole in :59 flat and the three-quarter marker in 1:29.1. The winner came home in :28.2, holding off Awesome Tom by one and one-quarter lengths. Riverbend Cindy (Jimmy Whisman), who left from the outside 10-hole in the field off 11 ninth race trotters, took third beaten and one and one-half lengths.
Owned by PG Racing Stable (Beecher, IL) and Stan Blumenfeld (LaCanda, CA), Alla won for the third time in his last four starts, including back-to-back Crete series wins.
The $10,000 Pacific Series Final will also be raced on Sunday, January 29 and the series favorite Crisis won’t be going for a sweep, as expected. The four-year-old mare went off stride before the start of the third leg Sunday night and eliminated herself in the third race event as the overwhelming 2-5 favorite. Crisis had breezed in the first two legs while being bet down to 2-5 in the opening round and 1-5 odds in the second.
Instead, the Pacific Series third leg went to the improving four-year-old mare Audrey’s Queen, trained and driven by Gary Rath, who popped at $21.60.
Rath used Audrey’s Queen’s one-post to his advantage, sending the Kingston mare out. Tim Tetrick did the same with the 7-2 second choice Gro from the seven-slot, as did driver Randy Jacobs with Sensuous Dreams from the nine.
Gro won the early battle and took the field to a :28.3 first panel, with Audrey’s Queen in the pocket and Sensuous Dreams settling in for a three-hole journey. Positions went unchanged through the :57.1 half and after a strolling :30.4 third quarter it appeared Gro was in good shape. But, Audreys Queen had more left in the tank, outclosing the pacesetter and posting a half-length victory in a new career mark of 1:55.4 for Frankville, WI owner Brian Mc Mahon.
Balmoral Park Publicity Department