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Brothers On Card (03/06/13)
Posted Tuesday, March 6, 2013
By Mike Paradise
A couple of brothers will compete on the same Wednesday program at Balmoral Park.
Anthonyskywalker, one of the favorites in the $10,000 sixth race feature trot, is the older brother to Powerful Anthony, who makes his 3-year-old debut for the Joel Smith Stable in race two, an Illinois bred maiden event.
Both trotters were sired by Powerful Emotion and out of the broodmare Queen Jamie.
Powerful Anthony only made a few unsuccessful starts as a freshman after he sold for $28,000 at the 2010 Walker Standardbred Sale. Dean Magee gets the catch-drive Wednesday after winning a Feb. 27 qualifier with the youngster in 2:03.4 on a sloppy track.
Anthonyskywalker will again be steered by his trainer Homer Hochstetler for South Of The Tracks of Brimfield, IL. They teamed up to win on Feb. 23 in 1:56.4 in typical Anthonyskywalker front-end fashion.
The 5-year-old gelding won the Cardinal and a Hanover as a 3-year-old and also was second in the Springfield and Kadabra Finals.
The 2-1 sixth race morning line favorite is the Roger Welch Stable’s My Muscleman who popped at $25 as our Price Shot last week coming off a long layoff. Now four, the Indiana bred trotter already has $281,000 on his card.
Last year My Muscleman won a trio of races at Indiana Downs and yet pulled down almost $170,000 with $100,000 of that amount coming in a pair of $50,000 checks for his second place finishes in $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes Finals, also at Indy.
Providing the opposition will be Fox Valley Arrow (6), Melt In Your Mouth (15-1), Mischievous Jesse (8-1), Bebbs Score keeper (12-1) and Herbie L (4-1).
Oh Brother: While on the subject of brothers, the Leonard siblings had themselves quite a Friday at Maywood Park, driving the winners of 7 of the 14 races on the card. Casey bagged five winners and Ross catch-drove two.
March Madness? March has roared into town as far as the betting windows. The first three nights saw over $1 million wagered on teach of the circuit programs.
Maywood handled $1,040,010 on Friday. Balmoral followed with $1,265,852 on its 13-race Saturday card and then did $1,300,898 on Sunday with only 10 races.
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