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Stars shine in American-National's at Balmoral Park

03:08 PM 08 Nov 2015 NZDT
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American National Freaky Feet Pete, harness racing You're Majestic, harness racing Devil Child, harness racing Mystical Rock, harness racing Can't Touch This, harness racing Master Of Law, harness racing Always B Miki, harness racing The Bank, harness racing
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Freeky Feet Pete and Trace Tetrick take American-National
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You're Majestic and driver Yannick Gingras
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Devil Child and driver Tim Tetrick
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Mystical Rock and driver Tim Tetrick
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Can't Touch This and driver Dan Shetler
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Master Of Law
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Always B Miki and driver David Miller
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The Bank and driver David Miller
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Freaky Feet Pete dominates in 3YO Colt Pace

Freaky Feet Pete left no doubt he's the best 3-year-old pacing colt in North America as he paced to a stakes-tying 1:48.4 triumph in the $150,000 American National for sophomore pacing colts and geldings, Saturday night, Nov. 7 at Balmoral Park in Crete, IL.

Given a perfect steer by Trace Tetrick, the Indiana homebred son by Rockin Image took the lead away from the hard-trying Lost For Words (David Miller0 just past the :26.3 quarter and never looked back, snapping off fractions of :53.4 and 1:21 before sprinting home all alone. Lost For Words held on for second, while Mohawk Warrior (Tim Tetrick) got up for show honors.

"The fractions weren't cheap tonight," Tetrick noted. "Balmoral is a fast track but this horse is so much fun to drive and always puts forth a 200 percent effort."

Trained by Larry Rheinheimer for Mary Jo and Marty R Rheinheimer of LaGrange and Howe, Indiana, Freaky Feet Pete added the $75,000 winner's share to his already bulging bankroll of $1,037,724.

"This ride has been awesome," said trainer Larry Rheinheimer. "He hasn't shown any signs of getting tired and every time he goes to the track, it's another good effort. He's done for the year now and he's going home to get turned out. We plan on staking him to a lot more things next year for his 4-year-old season."

The Bank doesn’t disappoint in 3YO Colt Trot
Breeders Crown victor The Bank didn’t disappoint his backers as he captured the $204,000 American National Trot for sophomore trotting colts and geldings in 1:53.1 on Saturday night, Nov. 7 at Balmoral Park in Crete, IL.
Habitat (Yannick Gingras) took the field through fractions of :28.3, :56.4 and 1:25.1, Miller pulled The Bank to the outside and wore down the leader with every stride before getting a neck in front a few feet from the wire. Homicide Hunter (John DeLong) was third.
“The fractions were very soft and when I moved him he was charging,” Miller stressed. “This year has been great for me—it’s all about getting the right horses to drive, and I’ve been fortunate to have been teamed with some pretty nice horseflesh this season.”
Sent off as the 6-5 favorite and piloted by David Miller for trainer Jimmy Takter, the homebred son of Donato Havover-Lantern Kronos-Viking Kronos notched career victory seven and upped his career earnings to $1,106,300 for owners Christina Takter, Goran Falk and Goran Anderberg.
Always B Miki is powerful in Aged Pace
Always B Miki used a bold power move just past the :26.4 opening panel and never looked back, drawing off to win the $136,500 American National Aged Pace. 
Driven by David Miller for trainer Jimmy Takter, the son of Always A Virgin paced confidently to win his fourth victory this season in as many tries.  The triumph gave David Miller and trainer Takter their third Am-Nat wins of the night.
“The half was a little tough on him but the third quarter was a little softer,” Miller admitted. “He’s a very sensible horse and you can do almost anything with him.  He’s got incredible athletic ability and has handled that ability quite well.”
Always B Miki now has $1,328,076 in his career coffers, and has four wins in four starts this season. Bred by Roll The Dice Stalbe of Delaware, Always B Miki bested rovals Luck Be With You (Tim Tetrick)  and Bettor’s Edge (Joe Bongiorno), who was third.

Master Of Law is best in Open Trot

Master Of Law gave a masterful performance as he trotted to a decisive, 1:52.1 clocking in the $101,350 American National Open Trot.

David Miller steered the 5-year-old son of Deweycheatumnhowe, who was harnessed by Jimmy Takter for Lindy Racing Stable, Brittany Farms, Adam Victor & Sons and Christina Takter.

Master Of Law left with command from post two, taking the field of four through steady fractions of :28, :55.3 and 1:24.2 before striding home to prevail by a length over E L Titan (Tim Tetrick). DW's NY Yank (Yannick Gingras) nailed down show honors, while Southwind Pepino (Sandy Beatty) finished fourth.

Carded as an early non-wagering event, the winner's share of the American National pushed Master Of Law's career bankroll to $521,391. The brown gelding now has 14 victories in 46 lifetime trips postward.

Mystical Rock "rocks" 2YO Colt Pace

Mystical Rock got a masterful steer by Tim Tetrick to win the $74,000 American National for freshman colts and geldings on Saturday night, Nov. 7 at Balmoral Park in Crete, IL.
The son of Rockin Image was clocked in an effortless 1:52.1 as the 1-5 public’s choice.   Mystical Rock was harnessed by Erv Miller for owners Anthony Lomardi of Morris, IL and  the Mystical Marker Farm of Dwyer, IN.
After Dr Drake Ramoray (Yannick Gingras) led the field to a :27.1 opening panel, New Talent (John Campbell) took over, leading the field to a :54.4 half and 1:24.2 three-quarter clocking.  At that point Tetrick moved his charge and brushed by his rival in the lane to prevail for his fourth career victory in 11 starts.
“I got to sit a long time and this colt just did his job,” Tetrick said. “It was a strong effort by this colt and I think they’re going to shut him down until next year now.”
Mystical Rock is a homebred son out of the Art Major broodmare Majorencounter, and now has $176,152 in her lifetime bank account.

You're Majectic game in 3YO Filly Trot

You’re Majestic held on gamely in the late going for driver Yannick Gingras to capture the $125,000 American National for sophomore trotting fillies on Saturday night, Nov. 7 at Balmoral Park. 
The daughter of Majestic Son was clocked in 1:54.1 for the one mile test as she scored a neck victory over the hard trying Bright Baby Blues (Tim Tetrick).  Muscle Baby Doll (David Miller) held on for third.
“The way she raced last week I definitely thought she’d put in a good performance tonight,”Gingras stressed. “She was a little tired at the end but really dug in.”
Bright Baby Blues took the early lead to a :27.2 first quarter but Muscle Baby Doll quickly pulled and took over the lead, taking the field to a :56.3 half and a 1:26 three-quarters.  You’re Majestic then grabbed the lead in the late going and gamily dug in to nail down her second win of the season for trainer Tony O’Sullivan. 
Bred by Sky Ridge Acres of Ohio, You’re Majestic is owned by Frank Bellino and Sons of New York.  This filly now has $274,163 in career earnings.

Devil Child scores in 3YO Filly Pace

Devil Child led from pillar to post, drawing off by more than 15 lengths in the lane to prevail as the 1-9 favorite for driver Tim Tetrick in the $120,000 American National for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday night, Nov. 7 at Balmoral Park.
Clocked in 1:50.3—the second fastest mile ever in the history of this stake—the daughter of American Ideal won for the seventh time this season in 21 starts for trainer Chris Oaks and owners Susan Oakes of Wilkes-Barre PA and the Crawford Farms of Syracuse, NY.
Bred by Maryland’s Winbak Farm, Devil Child upped her career earnings to $354,851.  She was virtually unchallenged throughout the mile, with her nearest rival, Triple V Hanover (David Miller) finishing second, while Daut Full (Scott Zeron) was further back in third.
Can't Touch This captures 2YO Filly Pace

Can't Touch This used a big move in the stretch to nail down a 1:53.4 triumph in the $78,450 Amiercan National for freshman pacing fillies Saturday night, Nov. 7 at Balmoral Park.

The 2-year-old daughter by Rockin Image is conditioned by Roger Welch for the Delong Family of Wisconsin and D. A. Riccolo of Wheaton, IL.

Guided by Dan Shetler, Can't Touch This was content to sit in the two-hole throughout fractions of :29, :57.4 and 1:25.4 before pulling to the outside of the leading Lexington Lady (Brian Carpenter). Using a :27.3 final brush, Can't Touch This blew by the tiring leader to win her seventh start of her young career in fine fashion. Char N Marg (Casey Leonard) got up for second, while Lexington Lady held on for third.

"She's on her game right now and does everything right," Shelter said. "I had a lot of horse and wasn't' concerned anywhere during the mile. This filly likes to run out a little bit in the stretch and that's why I went to the outside instead of waiting for the passing lane."

Can't Touch This pushed her earnings to $194,399 for her connections. She was bred by Duane E. Miller of Indiana and was a $72,000 yearling purchase at the 2013 Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale.

By Simon Augustus, for Balmoral Park


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