Day At The Track

State-bred pacing colts grabbed top billing

07:48 AM 09 May 2010 NZST
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Marcus Miller guided Indescribable Fox Valley Barbosa
Marcus Miller guided Indescribable - to his first victory of the year
Fox Valley Barbosa - And driver Brian Carpenter take the first division

State-bred pacing colts grabbed top billing on Saturday's Balmoral Park program as a total of 15 harness racing three-year-olds were sent to slug it out in a pair of $10,825 Illinois Standardbred Owners and Breeders Association stake splits.

In the first division the Ray Hanna trained Fox Valley Barbosa made his return to the local scene a winning one as he rallied sharply in the late going to score by a length in 1:53.4.

Given a ground saving trip through the opening three-quarters of a mile by driver Brian Carpenter the altered son of Sportsmaster-Barberry Hanover sat in the pocket as The Roman Conquest led the field through splits of 28.2, 58.1 & 1:26.1.

Swinging off the pylons as a second over Come Home Honey (Casey Leonard) gapped the cover of JHS (Mike Oosting), Carpenter took dead aim from third on The Roman Conquest and JHS as they battled tooth and nail through the lane.

With that battle finally starting to take a toll on the top two Carpenter maneuvered his charge to the far outside and bay sophomore blew right by the embattled leaders to post his first win in five starts this year. Fox Valley Emelio (Dale Hiteman) rallied up the inside to get second while JHS held on for third.

The second choice in the wagering Fox Valley Barbosa returned $5.60, $3.40 & $2.40 while running his career earnings up to $45,969 for the ownership group of Ray Hanna, Bryce Geiler & Jim Edgar.

In the nightcap another east coast shipper returning to his home state proved victorious as the John Butenschoen trained Indescribable came flying through the passing lane to win by two lengths in 1:53.3.

Hustled away from post position five by driver Marcus Miller, the son of Cole Muffler-Glorious Future kept a hard leaving Ernie Miller (Dale Hiteman) parked through an opening quarter in 27.4.

Finally turning that gelding loose as the field headed down the backstretch Miller was perfectly content to sit in the pocket as Ernie Miller put up middle splits of 56.0 & 1:24.4.

In the lane a leg weary Ernie Miller began to drift out a bit allowing Miller all the room he needed to unleash a fit and fresh Indescribable. With nothing but clear sailing between themselves and the wire Miller and Indescribable quickly blew by the pace setter opening up an insurmountable advantage as they coasted through the closing yards to win handily. Fox Valley Escort (Mike Oosting) unleashed a big late rally to finish second while Ernie Miller held on gamely to finish third.

After an unsuccessful start to his second season while campaigning at Pocono and the Meadowlands Indescribable put up his first victory in six tries this year for Harmony Oaks Racing, Vip Internet Stable, Claude Gendreau & E. Schick.

Leading driver Mike Oosting, who took a nasty tumble on Friday night at Maywood Park, shook off the bruised back, sore ribs and scrapes he sustained in the spill to pilot six winners on Saturday's Balmoral card.

The ICF stakes action continues on Sunday night with a field of seven three-year-old trotting fillies battling in a $14,450 ISOBA Stake. Post time for Sunday's program is 6:30 p.m. (central).

Tom Kelley

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