This happens everywhere in the world of harness racing week after week and stakes after stakes. Marcus Miller had to choose between Crime Of Passion and Zall Good. Back in August, Marcus had opted for Crime Of Passion and subsequent races had confirmed that Marcus had made the right choice.
In the Colts and Geldings Orange And Blue eliminations, Miller had driven Crime Of Passion to an easy win. Brandon Simpson steered Zall Good to a facile victory. Crime Of Passion and Zall Good are stablemates and members of the Erv Miller squad. Brandon Simpson was also aboard Peachy’s Pistol, another impressive elimination winner.
The time came to make picks. Marcus Miller kept his faith with Crime Of Passion. Brandon Simpson went with Peachy’s Pistol. Erv Miller asked Eric Carlson to be behind Zall Good.
Based on his record, Crime Of Passion was the 9/10 favorite. Icescraper took the ten freshmen to a brisk 28.4 opening quarter. Crime Of Passion, parked to the quarter, sat third. Zall Good got away fifth. Peachy’s Pistol, floating out of the gate, was seventh and parked. Icescraper would not relent in a 56 half and Crime Of Passion began a retreat turning for home.
The clock showed 1:24 for the three quarters. Fourth at the half with cover and third at the three quarters behind Crime Of Passion, Zall Good, in the hands of Eric Carlson, raced past the tiring Icescraper midstretch. Peachy’s Pistol, overcoming the hazard-filled parked journey, delivered his bid. Zall Good’s better trip was the decisive factor and the Erv Miller ward won by a length and a quarter in 1:53.4.
Zall Good paid $7.60, $4.40 and $3.60. By Yankee Skyscraper out Fox Valley Estella, amare, Zall Good is owned by John A Carver and Mary Jane Anderson. With five wins in six starts, Zall Good has earned $125,423.
In a pre-race interview with Tom Kelley, Balmoral Park’s Publicity Director, driver Carlson expressed happiness at securing a drive in the Orange And Blue. “I have to work out a trip. I have spoken to Erv. We have talked about strategy. Hopefully, things will fall into place.”