The Memorial Day weekend of stakes action at Balmoral Park continues on Saturday night (May 28) as a field of 10 Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-old pacing colts square off in the $63,000 Cardinal Stake Final.
Joy and Bonnie Hutchison’s Team Hutch has picked up right where he left off after an award winning freshman season and he will be looking for his fourth win in as many starts as a sophomore.
The altered son ofwas a very impressive elimination winner last week as he scored in 1:52.3 while leading almost every step of the way.
Last year’s Orange & Blue winner now sports a career record of nine wins, five seconds and one third in 20 starts with earnings of $289,962.
Trainer Homer Hochstetler has employed the services of driver Dave Magee who will call on his Hall of Fame ability while trying to overcome post position nine in this battle.
Clyde Stevens Chevie Cash turned heads throughout the country with his 1:50.4 clocking in DuQuoin as a two-year-old and he showed that he’ll be a major player in this division again in 2005 with a big come from behind triumph in 1:52.4 in his elimination last week.
The Ronnie Guhy trainee showed no signs of “ring rust” last week shaking off a six-month layoff while posting his 13th win in just 17 career starts.
This speedy son ofshowed that he can also be a force against “open” company winning the $130,000 Abe Lincoln Stake at Maywood Park in his final start as a two-year-old.
A career winner of $173,075, Chevie Cash will be teamed up with driver Dale Hiteman and they will start from post position two in this tussle.
Among those who figure to have the best shot at knocking off the favored pair are the Tanah Merah Farm’s coupling of Mandala Quest and Perdition, both of whom finished second in their respective elimination efforts and Terrence Duffy & Mark Frasen’s Ithinki’msomebody, a wire to wire elimination winner in a brisk 1:52.1.
Rounding out the field will be Blue Apache, Johns My Buddy,, Fox Valley Rumble and Larry Horse.
ourtesy Of Tom Kelley, Publicity Director, Balmoral Park
(Photos - Chrissy Koeppen)