Fox Valley Arrow took the $100,000 Su Mac Lad trot, the first race in the long 14-race Super Night harness racing card at Balmoral Park on Saturday. Swindler was a scratch and six sophomore trotters went postward.
Driver Casey Leonard wasted no time in sending Fox Valley Arrow, the even money favorite, to the front. Powerful Tom, using the fence to advantage, left alertly and Todd Warren disputed the lead for a moment or two.
Fox Valley Arrow assumed command as they raced toward the first quarter. Powerful Charger raced third and the quarter came in 29 flat. There was no change in the order as Fox Valley Arrow flashed past the halfway point in 58:2. Fox Valley Iliad stormed up first over with 3/8 left.
Driver Leonard asked for more and Fox Valley Arrow quickened as the three quarters was registered in 1:27.3. Powerful Tom and Powerful Charger went in futile chase of Fox Valley Arrow as Fox Valley Iliad became leg weary because of his exertions.
The winner of the Su Mac Lad was sighted with an eighth of a mile to go. Leonard gave a gentle reminder or two as Fox Valley Arrow, a three year-old gelding by, raced on to win by two and three quarter lengths.
The mile was trotted in 1:56.2. Unbuckled made a break after the first quarter and Detailer was the victim of an interference break.
Fox Valley Arrow returned $4.00, $2.80 and $2.20.
Trainer Joel Smith said in the post race interview with Joe Mazzone, “I love trotters. I have had a lot of luck with them.”
Casey Leonard was enjoying his first Super Night win. “I’m speechless. When the final turn came up, he kept trotting. Nobody came up to me. I did not let up until we got to the wire. It is pretty exciting,” he exulted.