Tour Hall gets back on winning track

12:52 PM 15 May 2014 NZST
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Tour Hall (#1) wins the Betzotic Stake at Balmoral Park
Photo by David Baum

State-bred trotting colts were back in action on Wednesday, May 14th as a field of seven diagonally gaited specialists gathered for a $10,000 Betzotic Stake. After a tough luck loss in his last appearance Mike Brink and Loren Tournear's Tour Hall returned to his winning ways as he "gutted" out a nose decision over Bobby B Breeze in 1:58.1 over a track listed as "good".

After battling the hard leaving Bobby B Breeze (Todd Warren) through an opening quarter in 29.3, driver-trainer Mike Brink worked the give and go to perfection reclaiming the top spot as the field raced by the half-mile mark in 1:00.2.
 
Continuing to show the way by the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:30.1, the gelded son of American Native--Broadway And Fifth set sail for home with Bobby B Breeze sitting right on his back. With his chief rival drilling through in the passing lane, a game Tour Hall dug in with all he had, trotting home in a brisk 28.0 while just managing to hold Bobby B Breeze at bay. Big Bill Breeze (Nick Prather) finished third, 4½ lengths behind the top pair. Vin, who came into the race off back to back scores and drew plenty of attention at the betting windows as the 3-5 favorite, made a break behind the gate and was never a factor in the race.
 
With the win Tour Hall now boasts six wins, four seconds and one third in 16 career starts with earnings of $86,301. The winner returned $5.20, $3.40 & $2.20.

by Tom Kelley, for Balmoral Park

 

 

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