Day At The Track

Richess Emperor rolls in Incredible Finale

05:59 PM 18 Dec 2011 NZDT
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Richess Emperor
Richess Emperor - A son of Richess Hanover

Despite competing in only one of the two preliminary leg's of the Incredible Finale Series because of an illness Don Freese's Richess Emperor and harness racing driver Dean Magee managed to gain a spot in the final after winning a division of leg two action last week.

That win definitely caught the eye of the betting public as the gelded son of Richess Hanover was dispatched as the heavy favorite in Saturday’s $9,550 final on Saturday night at Balmoral Park and he did not disappoint his legion of backers as he rolled to a three-quarter-length victory in 1:55.0.

After getting away fifth through an opening quarter in 28.3 driver Dean Magee rolled the handsome brown three-year-old to the front where they overtook pace setting Bill’s Boy (Todd Warren) as the two battled through the half-mile mark in 57.2.

Heading around the final turn the Freese owned and trained gelding opened up a 1 ¼ length advantage as he cruised by the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:26.0.

Through the stretch a game Richess Emperor continued to hold his nine rivals at bay as he paced under the wire with his third win in five lifetime starts. Bill’s Boy held on for second while Colemanandthesea (Marcus Miller) rallied to be third.

Sent off as the 4-5 favorite Richess Emperor returned $3.80, $2.60 & $2.40 while upping his career bankroll to $11,810.

Tom KELLEY

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