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Surprise starters in Balmoral consolation races

07:00 AM 21 Sep 2014 NZST
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Throughout a racing campaign you will have trainers, or their owners, pointing their horse for a particular stake race. You can be sure than no horseman or proprietor aimed for the Balmoral Park stake races held the weekend after Super Night.

The half-dozen ICF stakes on this weekend are for pacers or trotters that, for one reason or another, fared poorly on Super Night. While these horses are racing for some decent purses ($13,900 to $21,900), in most cases its only 10 to 15 per cent of what the pots of those finals offered a week ago.

Saturday’s $13,900 Thrifty Way and Yates Eagles are for 2-year-olds that didn’t finish in the top five in their respective O&B Final or 1-2 in their Consolation.

Both of this summer’s downstate champions, Lucpark in Du Quoin’s Governor’s Cup and Thisishowweroll at Springfield, came up with disappointing races on Super Night and finished eighth and ninth, respectively.

Tonight they’ll open as the 2-1 and 4-1 program favorites in the fourth race Yates Eagle stake.

Lucpark had to battle hard (27.1, 55.2) to get to the front and keep the lead to the three-quarter pole in the final and was on empty in mid-stretch.

The second race Thrift Way filly stake 3-1 favorite is Angel Demon, the second place finisher in both State Fair championships and Balmoral’s Loyal Opposition earlier in the summer.

Angel Demon was hung out to a bruising 27.1 first quarter and went to a :55.1 first half before she folded and ended up a far-back ninth. The Quaid Racing filly debuts for the Erin Elliott Stable tonight and John De Long takes over the lines.

The Lady Ann Reed heavy favorite Macie Rae looked like she was going to reward her many backers on Super Night but went into a gallop on the lead in the lane ended up the track.

Trainer Mike Rogers will be in the bike on the Powerful Emotion 3-year-old when she opens up as the 8-5 favorite in the $20,000 second race Lady Ann Reed Consolation.

“I thought she was a winner coming down the lane but that’s horse racing,” said Rogers. “I’m not going to tell you her breaking on Super Night was easy to swallow because it wasn’t. But these things happen.

“I think the bike we used was a little too much for the filly and gave her too much lift, so I’ll try a different one Saturday and see how she reacts with it for me.”

Last year’s Illinois 2-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year PQ Three and  Maywood Pace champion Uncle Ugly will open as the 5-2 and 7-2 favorites in tonight’s $22,400 Langley Consolation after being non-factors a week ago in the championship.

Uncle Ugly, catch driven tonight by Travis Seekman, was about 15 lengths off Unlock a week ago, while PQ Three obviously had some physical problems and was pulled up and didn’t finish the race.

The Quaid Racing Stable of vgreen Park, IL has moved its horses to the barn of trainer Eric Elliott. Dean Magee will drive the 3-year-old PQ Three tonight.

by Mike Paradise, for IHHA

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