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Celebrity Hercules Looking Strong (02/19/13)
Posted Tuesday, February 19, 2013
By Mike Paradise
Celebrity Hercules is expected to be hammered down again at the betting windows when he goes postward in Wednesday’s feature “Winner’s Over” trot at Balmoral Park.
The seven-year-old gelding is after his fifth consecutive victory and his third straight since he joined the Erin Elliott stable in late January after he was plucked out of The Meadowlands Sale for $24,000 by Illinois owners Dandy Farms Inc. (Jeff Davis of Glenview and Matt Shipley of Chicago).
Celebrity Hercules and his regular driver Marcus Miller will have another outside post (the 8 this time) to overcome in the sixth race headliner however the way the horse raced in his first two Balmoral starts that shouldn’t be much of a problem.
Last week Celebrity Hercules had to race outside of Evil Urges through the third quarter and still was well in hand at the end of a 1:55.1 victory, 1 and 1/4 lengths the best.
“He showed he can take air in that race,” said Marcus. “And again he had a lot of go and he won again pretty easily.”
Once Evil Urges cleared to the front with a first-quarter Marcus knew his trotter would have to grind out the rest of the mile on the outside and both driver and horse were find with that trip.
“He’s a pretty smart horse, “continued his 23-year-old driver. “Around the five-eighths in the last turn he slows up a bit and gets ready and once he straightens out he trots real hard through the wire. The horse knows what he’s doing out there.”
Trainer Erin Elliott couldn’t be more pleased with her new trotter.
“Celebrity Hercules is a beautiful and intelligent animal with really good size,” said Erin. “He looks a lot like (his sire) Kadabra. He’s a little lighter in color, though. The horse has that class about him.
“He doesn’t do anything wrong. He’s very good on the race track and he’s very well-mannered in the barn. And he also knows how to take care of himself.
“Actually I through Celebrity Hercules would sell for more than $24,000 with his breeding and his back class. The horse made a lot of money racing against some very good trotters out east.”
A victory Wednesday night would put $18,750 on his card in three starts for his new owners and you have to like the odds of the good-looking trotter adding a lot more under Erin’s care.
Celebrity Hercules will open at first flash odds of 9-5 in race six Wednesday when he takes on Fox Valley Arrow, Evil Urges, Mischievous Jesse, Ave Marie, Benns Score Keeper, Herbie L and Ants Iner Pants.
Celebrity Hercules (Marcus Miller) is on a roll for his new connections.
Balmoral Park Photo