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State-bred trotting fillies grabbed center stage on Sunday night at the harness racing meeting at Balmoral Park as a field of 10 diagonally gaited youngsters met in a $12,500 Lady Lincoln Land Stake elimination.    The top seven finishers will return for next week's $80,000 (est.) final, which is the richest event of the season for these Prairie State youngsters.   They will be joined by Shez A Devil Woman, Surviver Di and Awfully Emotional.   Taking advantage of a perfect pocket sitting trip after leaving from post position two Providence West's Vengeful returned to her winning ways as she trotted to a hard earned three-quarter-length victory in 1:59.2. Perfectly positioned in the garden spot as Powerful Princess (John De Long) carved out splits of 30.3, 1:01.2 & 1:30.4, Casey Leonard moved to the outside with the Kenny Collier trained daughter of Powerful Emotion--Over The Top with an eighth of a mile to go. Gradually wearing down the stubborn first time starter this year's Hanover Stake winner finally moved past the pace setter with 50 yards to go and began to draw clear in the shadow of the wire for her fourth win in eight lifetime starts. Powerful Princess turned in a very respectable effort in her career debut to be the bridesmaid while More Than Likely (Kyle Wilfong) finished third. Also gaining spots in the final were Fox Valley Honey, Praise Singer, Lilbitoftrixie and Swift Cougar. Heavily backed at the betting windows Vengeful returned $4.60, $3.00 & $3.00 while running her career earnings over the $25,000 mark.   Sophomore trotting fillies were also in action on Sunday night as a field of six ICF trotters battled in a $13,550 Lady Ann Reed Stake consolation.   Lynn & Barbara Wilfong's None Of That Stuff proved to be far too much for this field to handle as she powered up first over on the far turn then left her rivals in her wake while cruising to a 3½ length victory in a career best of 1:57.0 for driver Kyle Wilfong. She'z So Sassy (Todd Warren), the 6-5 favorite of the betting public finished a hard fought second while Divinely Floozy (Tim Curtin) was third. The Amanda Cope trained daughter of Designer Lindy--No Joshin returned $9.20, $3.80 & $2.60 while pushing her career bankroll over the $14,000 mark in this her first season of racing.   Tom Kelley

The 2015 Hanover Stake season drew to a close on Sunday, August 2nd with a pair of trotting events for two-year-olds sharing top billing on the 10-race harness racing program at Balmoral Park.  The "girls" kicked off the action in race three with a compact field of eight diagonally gaited fillies battling for a purse of $22,400.   Looking to avenge her first career loss after a break took her out of contention early in the mile in last weekend's Southland Festival of Racing Providence West Inc.'s Vengeful returned to her winning ways as she posted a front stepping two-length victory in 1:58.4 for driver Casey Leonard.   Eased to the front as Rocknprincessabbie (Todd Warren) led the field through an opening quarter in 29.3 Leonard guided Vengeful over to the pylons as the field settled for their journey down the backstretch.   Once in control of the proceedings the daughter of Powerful Emotion--Over The Top cruised through middle splits of 59.3 & 1:29.4. After turning aside a first over bid from Singing Hallelujah (Mark O'Mara) as the field turned for home, the Kenny Collier trained miss appeared to be on cruise control the rest of the way as she trotted home in 29.0 to notch her third win in four career starts. Rocknprincessabie settled for the bridesmaid role while Bombshell Betty (John De Long), who was parked the entire mile rallied for the show dough.   The 7-5 favorite of the betting public Vengeful returned $4.80, $3.00 & $3.00 while upping her career bankroll to $16,200.   Another Collier trainee pulled off the "shocker" of the night in the $26,300 Hanover for two-year-old trotting colts as Fear, a 41-1 outsider took advantage of some miscues by his rivals to post a 4¼ length wire to wire victory in 1:59.2 with Dale Hiteman at the controls.   Storming right to the front from post five Fear quickly opened up a five-length advantage as he led the field through an opening quarter in 29.2.   Hiteman finally managed to coral the headstrong son of Powerful Emotion--What A Volo through middle splits of 1:00 & 1:29.4. With the field tightening up as they neared the top of the stretch a first over Mr Strata (Mike Oosting) came calling to challenge Fear. That's when disaster struck for the 1-9 favorite Wrightwood (Casey Leonard) as the undefeated colt when on a gallop while moving up on the outside of horses.   Gamely turning aside the bid of Mr Strata, the Kenny Collier trained Fear seemed to find another gear through the final sixteenth of a mile drawing away to an impressive win in his second career start. Mr Strata was forced to settle for the runner-up role while Pastor Clint (Tim Curtin) was a distant third, 10 lengths behind the winner.   Dismissed at the windows after a fifth place finish in his debut Fear lit up the board at $85.00, $8.80 & $24.60 while taking home $13,150 for Providence West Inc. Tom Kelley

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