The Sarah Myers Stake action continued on Thursday night (October 27) at Balmoral Park as two-year-old pacers and trotters took center stage on a fine 11-race program.
A field of eight pacing fillies went postward for a purse of $42,000 while their female trotting counterparts slugged it out for a $32,100 jackpot.
In the two-year-old filly pace Jim Edgar, Terry Rathberger, Ted Lock and Jim Reynolds rapidly emerging star Street Dancer continued a strong late season surge as she rolled to a 1 ¾ length victory in 1:55.2 over a “good” track.
Sent right to the front by driver Dale Hiteman, this daughter ofgrabbed command early and she was comfortably in front as she led the ladies through an opening quarter in 29.4.
Hiteman then elected to give his filly a breather letting Rhyme Or Reason (Andy Miller) go as that filly stormed to the top on the backstretch where she took the field to the midway point in 58.0.
Sitting comfortably in third while racing in the pocket as Rhyme Or Reason continued to show the way, Street Dancer was well within herself as She’s A Big Star (Mike Oosting) rolled up first over to challenge the pace setter as the field moved by the three-quarter mile mark in 1:27.2.
Those two fillies continued to battle through the stretch as Street Dancer patiently awaited room down in the passing lane. Once she secured that spot the Nelson Willis trainee kicked it into high gear blazing home in 27.3 to get the victory. She’s A Big Star, who was dispatched at 29-1 in the betting, held on to be second while Rhyme Or Reason had to settle for the show dough.
Since winning her pari-mutuel debut on Sept. 28 in a non-winners event at Maywood Park Street Dancer has racked up wins in the Violet and Sarah Myers Stakes for her connections which include the former Governor of the Prairie State. Despite her limited action this filly was well backed at the windows returning mutuels of $6.00, $3.60 and $3.60.
On the trotting side of the docket the favorite did not fare nearly as well as Lloyd and Jean Daulton’s Rockome Victory cruised to an easy 3 ½ length victory for driver Mike Oosting.
Dispatched at odds of 8-1 despite having the inside post in this field of nine, Rockome Vicky was able to take advantage of a nice ground saving trip as Fox Valley Oneida (Ron Marsh) led the field through opening splits of 29.3 & 59.2.
A live outer flow, led by Tomato (Tim Tetrick) and division leader Victor’s Finesse (Andy Miller), developed on the far turn which pushed the pylon sitting Rockome Vicky all the way back to sixth as the field reached the three-quarter mile station in 1:30.
With Fox Valley Oneida gamely clinging to the lead and Tomato right along side of her Oosting did a magnificent job of bobbing and weaving his way through the stretch to find some racing room. With a filly full of trot at the mid-stretch call Rockome Vicky was back to third and looking for a way to split horses. After finding a seam at the sixteenth pole, Oosting pointed his filly for the wire and she responded beautifully flying right by the leaders with a 28.4 final quarter to win going away in a career best of 1:59.3. Cherry Lane Star rallied to be the bridesmaid while Tomato was third. Victor’s Finesse who was the 1-5 favorite of the wagering public came up empty and wound up a well beaten fifth.
The win was the second in 13 career starts for this daughter ofwho is conditioned by Lloyd Daulton. Returning mutuels of $18.00, $8.40 and $6.60 she helped key a $662.40 trifecta payoff.
Also on Thursday night North America’s top distaffer Loyal Opposition returned to her home base with a bang as she posted a 1 ¾ front stepping score in the $15,500 Eternal Camnation Filly & Mare Open.
Prepping for next week’s Fairy Godmother Stake, this outstanding five-year-old charged to the front nearing the half-mile mark and never looked back as she effortlessly posted her 13th win in 19 starts this season, stopping the clock in 1:52.0 in less than ideal conditions. Stonebridge Kisses, who was also getting a start over the track before next week’s big stake, finished second while Parklane Powerful was third.
The win pushed the Erv Miller trainee’s career earnings up to $2,554,458 for owner Dan Waxman. This state bred daughter ofcan become the richest Illinois bred ever with a first or second place finish in the Fairy Godmother next Saturday.