Day At The Track

Big upset at Balmoral Park

06:29 AM 06 Apr 2015 NZST
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Flying Rocket
Flying Rocket took a full three seconds off his previous lifetime mark
R.E.B. Photo

Taking advantage of some sizzling fractions by others, the 23-1 longshot Flying Rocket flew past in deep stretch to pull off a huge harness racing upset in Saturday night’s featured fourth race at Balmoral Park.

Smartly driven by Ridge Warren, who turned 26 last Christmas Day, Flying Rocket took a full three seconds off his previous lifetime mark when he hit the finish wire in a quick time for the mile of 1:50.4 for trainer and owner Art Gregory Jr. of Lowell, Indiana.

At the start Warren took the son of Sand Shooter back from the four-slot and dropped into eighth in the 10-hole field while Major Monet, Big Brad, Ricky Bobbie and Preemptive Bid all battled each other in the early going, taking turns at gaining the top with very rapid fractions of 27.1 and 53 flat to the half-mile pole.

Ridge had Flying Rocket on the move on the backside and the Indiana bred quickly ate up the ground and was put into striking position turning for home, some 5-plus lengths behind the leader Big Brad who had command at the half-mile marker and again at the three-quarters, reached in 1:21 flat.

John De Long took the favorite Ricky Bobbie out of the pocket in the lane and had the front with an eighth of a mile to go but couldn’t hold off the late rushing Flying Rocket who came down the middle of the track to pick-up his first victory for his current barn.

Gregory plucked Flying Rocket out of an $8,000 claimer in mid-March and three starts later the 4-year-old gelding visited the Balmoral Park’s winner’s circle much to the delight of those longshot players who were rewarded with a $49.20 payoff for  a $2 wager

Ricky Bobbie, beaten a half-length, got his nose in front of the 28-1 longshot Life Is Good Today for second in the conditioned pace for non-winners if $8,000 in their last 5 starts..

A fourth race $2 Trifecta ticket of 4-3-5 paid off handsomely at $3,787 while the 10 cent Superfecta of 4-3-5-9 put $589 in your pocket for just a thin dime.

The ICF pacer Ice Scraper became the fastest horse in the two year history of Miami Valley Raceway with a 1:50.2 victory in last night’s Open Pace on the Ohio five-eighths mile track.

In observance of Easter Sunday there is no live racing at Balmoral Park today.

Happy Easter everybody.

By Mike Paradise

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