SEASON DEBUT FOR VICTROLA

07:27 PM 25 Apr 2005 NZST
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Victrola
Victrola
Photos - Chrissy Koeppen

Take last years 2-Year-Old Colt Trotter of the Year in Illinois, then add in the Prairie State’s 2-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year and an unbeaten early season sensation.

What do you have?

Tuesday night’s (April 26) $10,000 Iggy Magoo Stake at Balmoral Park.

arded as the fifth race on Tuesday’s 11-race program, this sophomore state-bred clash figures to be a heated affair from start to finish.

A field of seven are scheduled to go postward in the first ICF trotting stake of the season at Balmoral.

Victrola makes his seasonal debut off a strong qualifying effort after knocking down the colt honours in his first season.

The altered son of Valley Victor put up some very impressive numbers in his first season racking up 12 wins and seven seconds in 19 starts.

Under the watchful eye of conditioner Tom Graham Senior, Victrola earned $162,518 while capturing prestigious events like the Cardinal Stake, Lincoln Land Stake and the Illinois State Fair Championship in Springfield.

As was the custom during his award winning season driver Andy Miller will be at the controls on Tuesday night.

Turndorf Racing LLC’s Arcola carted home divisional honours among the filly set on the strength of a multiple stakes winning season.

The Roger Welch trained miss posted eight wins, five seconds and one third in 15 trips postward in 2004.

The speedy bay earned $198,482 during her freshman campaign posting impressive victories in such stakes as the Violet, Lady Lincoln Land and the Illinois State Fair Championship.

Arcola tuned up for her 3-Year-Old debut with a pair of sharp qualifiers here at Balmoral Park and she will be reunited with driver Tim Tetrick for this tussle.

Another Valley Victor offspring, Victor’s Pursuit, has been the hot horse through the first four months of the year and she will be looking for her fifth win in as many tries on Tuesday.

Unraced as a 2-Year-Old, this filly immediately turned heads in her career debut on March 17 as she scored in 1.58.4.

She has not looked back since then rattling off three more late rushing wins in 2.00.1, 1.57.4 and 1.57.2.

Conditioner Roger Welch has piloted her to her first four victories but he will turn the lines over to Hall of Famer Dave Magee for this engagement.

Rounding out the field are Julio, a County Fair Challenge winner last season; March Eight, who won his qualifier here on April 20; Sea M Dee, a winner of more than $28,000 in 2004; and Silhouette Star, a stakes winning filly who earned over $73,000 in her first season.

Courtesy Of Tom Kelley, Publicity Director, Balmoral Park

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