It was only fitting that a stake named for a ruggedtrained filly was taken by another Miller trainee on Sunday night at Balmoral Park as Quaid Racing's My Little Bit hung on gamely to record a head decision in the $10,000 Mystical Victress Stake for ICF three-year-old pacing fillies. The final time was 1:53.2.
Confidently handled by driver, the daughter of --Parade Of Love was sent to the front but quickly relinquished the top spot to a hard leaving Cuzimalegend ( ) as the field moved by the opening split in 26.4.
Showing the confidence he had in his filly, Leonard quickly moved the Miller trained miss back to the top where she put up middle splits of 56.0 & 1:24.1.
After repelling the challenge of a first over Molly Go Lightly () as the field turned for home, My Little Bit drew off to a 2-length advantage in the lane. All out as the distaffers made their way to the wire My Little Bit dug in gamely to fight off the bid of M A Duty ( ) who had been saving ground throughout the mile to post her second win of the season. M A Duty was a hard fought second while Party Hangover Two ( ) rallied from far back after being shuffled out of contention early to finish third.
With the victory My Little Bit now boasts a record of 7-3-2 in 17 career starts with earnings of $149,260 for her proud connections. Coming off her second place finish in the Filly Maywood Pace, My Little Bit was heavily backed at the betting windows returning just $3.80, $2.80 & $2.80.
Live racing continues at Balmoral Park on Wednesday, July 2nd, win a nine-card card getting underway at 7:10 pm (central). The Wednesday Pick 4 will have a $10,000 guaranteed pool and will entail races six through nine. Past performances for the Pick 4 races, courtesy of Trackmaster and the U.S.T.A. can be found at www.ustrotting.com.
by Tom Kelley, for Balmoral Park