State-bred pacers were front and center on Saturday, Sept. 21st at Balmoral Park as a pair of two-year-old events shared top billing on the 13-race program.
An overflow field of 12 freshman pacing fillies was sent postward in the $14,200 Thrifty Way Stake to kick off the Saturday action. When the dust settled it was Sawgrass Farms Molly Go Lightly who emerged with a 2 ½ length victory in a career best of 1:54.4 with at the controls.
The Nelson Willis trained daughter of —Waggle was reserved in the early going as Party Hangover Two ( ) and Western Dame ( ) led the field through splits of 28.0, 56.1 & 1:25.2.
Tipping three and then four deep off excess cover at the top of the stretch, Molly Go Lightly then rattled home in 28.2 going from fifth to first to notch her third win in nine career starts. Party Hangover Two ( ), the even-money favorite in the race finished second while Ms Solongbyebye ( ) overcame a starting spot in the second tier as she staged a long rally to salvage the show dough.
A field of 11 two-year-old pacing colts was sent post ward in the $14,100 Yates Eagle to complete the stakes action.
After managing to avoid traffic problems that were caused by a breaking horse just after the half-mile mark, driver guided Z Tam Racing, Mike Polansky, Joseph Mc Caffrey and David Mc Caffrey’s Ringo’s Z Tam to a three-quarter-length victory in 1:54.0.
Aggressively handled by the Hall of Fame reinsman Ringo’s Z Tam stormed to the front from post three leading the field by an opening quarter in 27.2. After working a give and go on the backside the striking chestnut was still in command as the field reached the half in 55.4.
With the confusion in the back of the back caused by the breaker Fox Valley Deuce ( ) swept up on the far turn to lead the field by the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:24.4.
Magee then went to work on the gelded son of —Rons Girl through the stretch and the Dave McCaffrey trainee responded beautifully, reeling in a tiring Fox Valley Deuce and holding firm for his second win in six lifetime starts. One Sure Apache (Mike Oosting) rallied to be second while longshot Dunside Art ( ) worked his way around the traffic problems to rally for third.