Day At The Track

No 2YO elims for American National, finals next week

01:29 AM 10 Sep 2014 NZST
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American Nationals Balmoral Park

Elimination races for Wednesday night were not necessary for both American National 2-year-old paces. The initial American National championships of the season will be raced at Balmoral Park next week, September 17.

The $57,000 American National for freshman colts and geldings will have a field of nine headed up by Shoot The Thrill and Poseidon, a pair of locally owned horses with stakes triumphs on the east coast.

The Dirk Simpson trained Shoot The Thrill won a $21,000 division of rhe Arden at The Meadows and a $33,026 PASS stake at Philadelphia for Illinois owners Jim Bafia (Minooka) and Gene Smith (Chicago).

The Erv Miller trainee Poseidon, owned and bred by Paymac Racing of Long Grove, IL and Shim Racing of Deerfield, comes off a 1:57.1 victory in the $41,004 Reynolds at Tioga Downs in New York.

Also going postward will be Air Force Blue, Hanover champion Cruisin Valor, Iron, recent Balmoral winner Jake Quaider, Ky Lucky, Orchids And Ale and Stickem Buck.

The American National for filly pacers carries an estimated $60,000 pot and will be comprised of Fox Valley Yoko, winner at both Springfield and Du Quoin, Fox Valley Harrah, Jazzie Mermaid, Lima Pizzaz, Nanars, Powerfulebrowning and Fox Valley Flan champ Persuasive Look.

On The Bubble: A drawing in the Balmoral Park Race Office Wednesday afternoon will determine which the fourth place finishers (Fox Valley Touche, Zumba or Auniqueaquisrion) in Saturday’s three Lorna Propes elimination divisions will move on to that $120,000 Final.

Third elimination division longshots Just By Design (8-1), Fox Valley Absolut (9-1) and Toshie Spefcial (50-1) were one-two-three while the race’s three betting favorites Ryleigh’s Filly, Dallas Jones and Whistle Pig ended up non-factors in 6th, 7th and 8th, and will race in a $25,000 Consolation.

Pre-stake favorites, Let’s Go Higher, Dune In Red, Party Hangover and State Street Liz all moved on to championship.

Sure Thing ? Unlocked (Dave Magee) is looking more and more like a “lock” in the Langley Final. The Duneside Perch colt has breezed against other 3-year-old ICF pacers in the Incredible Finale (1:50.2), Springfield (1:49/1), Du Quoin (1:51.3) and last Saturday’s Langley elim (1:50.3) with an average winning margin of almost six lengths

Early Start: A reminder that first post for Super Night Saturday will have an earlier-than-normal time of 6:30 pm (Chicago Time)..

As usual the $187,000 Orange and Blue Colt Final is the14th and last race on the card and usually goes off around midnight when about three-quarters of the festive crowd are long-gone.

Worth the Wait: If your able to stay to the end you should see a heck of a horse with race Governor’s Cup champion Lucpark talking on the powerful Roger Welch Stable’s three-horse entry of Mini Me victor King Of The Swamp, Earndawg and Rockin Cassinova, along with Springfield champ Thisishowweroll, DuPage’s Z Tam, Dakota Roadster, C Note, Mighty Hot Shot and Fox Valley Ellijah.

 Missing the final and likely competing in the $25,000 O&B Colt Consolation are The Big Sleazy, Pathologist, Lotta Riches. Parity and Engine One O One from Saturday’s first elimination and Uncle Si, Casey At Bat, Joel’s Z Tam, Get Your Camo On and Better Done Dune from the second.

by Mike Paradise, for IHHA

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