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The Padre Showing Potential (01/13/13)
Posted Sunday January 13, 2013
By Mike Paradise
The Classic Photo Trotting Series has proved to be very popular with horsemen. When 32 horses passed the Balmoral Park entry box for Sunday’s second round action three large fields were needed for a second straight weekend.
First leg winners B Yoyo (1:59), Look At That Chick (1:59.4) and The Padre (2:00.2) are back for round two with the latter two trotters matching up for the first time in the fifth race third division.
Look At That Chick, a Armbro Tunnel homebred of the Wilfong family, got a big edge in the draw with post for 21-year-old driver Kyle Wilfong with the one-slot while Lester Banks’ The Padre has to buck the 10-hole in the 11-horse field with National Hall of Famer Dave Magee.
However, The Padre has looked very good thus far for Steger, IL trainer Steve Bauder and has the breeding to potentially be a very good trotter.
The Padre is a son of Donato Hanover out of the Muscle Yankee dam Apecs. The Perretti Farms trotter sold for $65,000 as a yearling before Banks later purchased him near the end of his unraced two-year-old season.
The Padre made his first pari-mutuel start last April under the care of Charlie Norris but went off stride in that Pocono Downs event. He came to the local scene in late May and made a break debuting for trainer Rodney Banks.
The horse then joined trainer Steve Bauder and won his first two races rather easily for the Ohio native (including last week’s firsts series leg) and both times raced first up and still drew off.
“Before I got The Padre he had been making breaks but he’s been pretty good about that since he came here,” said Bauder.
“His owner (Lester Banks) was thinking about sending him out east for a series but decided he wasn’t good enough yet to go against those types of horses and needed some experience.
“I told Lester about this Balmoral series that the horse seemed to fit well in. He thought it sounded like a good idea to race him it in. So far the horse has done everything I’ve asked from him and Dave’s done a real nice job of driving the horse.
“The Padre is a good size well-made horse. He’s a good looking trotter. It’s just taken him a little time to develop, added Bauder.
The Padre is the 9-2 programmed third choice in the fifth race third series division. Look At That Chick opens at 4-1, with Homer Hochstetler’s American Empress (Ryan Anderson) the 7-2 luke-warm early favorite.
Heebie Jeebies (7-2, Dave Magee)) and Action Jackson (4-1, Brian Carpenter)) are the first race first split co-favorites. The Bret Shultz trainee B Yoyo (John Roberts) is the 7-2 favorite in the second split.
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The Padre (Dave Magee) goes for a third straight victory Sunday night.
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