Erv Miller’s Scarlet Valley was hammered down like she was a good thing in Tuesday night’s $15,000 Fox Valley Flan stake for state-bred three-year-old trotting fillies and overwhelming 1-9 better favorite didn’t disappoint her many supporters, winning easily with a career best time of 1:58.4 at Balmoral Park.
When ICF rival Mogo On The Googogo was a judges scratch, along with GJ’s Lynette and Star Swagger, Scarlet Valley ($2.20) was sent off at 10 cents to dollar from the two-post.
Driver Brent Holland was contend to let the rail horse Fox Valley Deja (Brandon Simpson) cut modest fractions of :30.3, 1:01 and 1:30.3 before he pulled the daughter ofout of the two-hole. The filly responded with a :27.4 last panel and drew off to a three-length victory.
“We got a very good trip and she brushed on by the leader and kept trotting to the wire,” said Holland. “She was very strong tonight. “
Filly Hotspur (Del Chupp) came on to be second while Fox Valley Deja made a tiring break in the stretch but still managed to get the show spot.
The victory was Scarlet Valley’s fourth in nine season starts, to go along with a pair of seconds and thirds, and boosting her career earnings to $28,500 for Erv Miller, who owns and trains the filly that went unraced at two.
Scarlet Valley win was No. 2,985 for Holland, putting the 36-year-old native of Wilmington, Ohio only 12 away from the 3,000 plateau in dash winners.
Courtesy Of Balmoral Park Publicity department