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Hanover Night at Balmoral Park a favorite

10:42 PM 12 Jul 2013 NZST
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Auniqueaquisition - A high priced daughter of Cole Muffler

Saturday's Hanover Night at Balmoral Park doesn't get all the hoopla of Super Night, American National Night or even the track's upcoming Southland Festival of Harness Racing. Nevertheless, it's always been one of my favorite racing evenings on the Crete big track.

Hanover Night has also always been very popular with horsemen. It seems that every year divisions are needed because of a surplus of entrants and it's no different this Saturday when all 2 of the 3 Hanover's for sophomores were split.

Both paces went into divisions. The two filly splits are worth $26,300 each while the colt's go for $30,000 apiece.

A single $35,000 Hanover for second season filly trotters will go as the second race and coming in to challenge local hopes, Little Ms Chrissy, Just for Fun and Trot Fudge Sundae are True Day Dream, Delmot, Lady Laker and the Virgil Morgan trained entry of Choose Happy and UF's Tady's Donato.

True Day Dream (programmed at 5-2, Mark O'Mara) made over $90,000 as a freshman and he's been first or second in a trio of significant stakes out east, the Simpson, Historic and Reynolds.

Michigan's Al Tomlinson filly Lady Laker (9-2, Mike Oosting) went 4-for-4 as a freshman while capturing Mohawk's $50,000 In Free Final, and she comes off a 1:54.3 win in Canada.

Tomlinson had nowhere to race his filly when she was ready for her season debut in early June so he put her in against older horses at Hazel Park. She went off stride early in her June 14 race but Tomlinson wasn't concerned about it.

"For some reason the driver decided to pull her earplugs going out of that race, so she broke. She's a very nice filly who loves her work. Her attitude is one of her biggest assets. She wants to compete," said Tomlinson,

Maywood Filly Pace champion Auniqueaquisition (Mike Oosting) will open as the 3-1 favorite in the fourth race first filly pace split while other local hopes State Street Liz (9-2), Mystical Danica (3-1) and Feel Like Dancing (4-1) are the early fifth race favorites.

Blatantly Best (3-1, Casey Leonard) and Latest Desire (4-1, Dave Magee) are the early programmed choices in the sixth race first split for colts and geldings.

The seventh race second Hanover division looks a little stronger strong with last year's American National champion Our Dragon King (5-2, Brian Carpenter) back in town along with a couple of other invaders, Real Shocker (6-1, Dale Hiteman), a $75,000 yearling purchase, and Eddie Sweat (5-1, Todd Warren), only a $10,000 yearling buy but with a 1:50.3 mile to his credit at The Meadows last month.

You might remember the dam of Eddie Sweat. She's Popcorn Penny.

Somehow 13 years have flown past since she won the $783,484 Breeders Crown Final with Ryan Anderson when he was only 20 years old, making Ryan the youngster driver ever to win a Crown.

Popcorn Penny was owned by John Leahy, the Joe Anderson Racing Stable and Jayne Cummings before she was sold to Hanover Show Farms in Pennsylvania.

Also in the second Hanover split are Prairie State pacers Fancy Creek Elusiv (7-2, Dave Magee) and Mystical Walter (3-1, Casey Leonard), the one-two finishers in last month's Maywood Pace Final.

Double O On A Roll: Mike Oosting brought home the winning horse on half of Maywood's 12-race card Thursday night when he had six winning drives.

By Mike Paradise

The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association

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