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Noteworthy Qualifiers & Price Shot (03/15/13)
Posted Friday March 15, 2013
By Mike Paradise
A number of notable local horses won their respective qualifiers Wednesday morning at Balmoral Park and could be ready soon to return to the races.
In fact, in the case of Power Of Tara N, trainer Charlie Von Knoblauch already dropped his name into the entry box. The classy veteran import will race into Saturday’s $17,000 Invitational Handicap where he landed three-slot with driver John Roberts.
Power Of Tara will take on the entry of Lennox Blue Chip and Ice Scraper, along with Park Lane Deputy, Thunder Steeler, Lockloadnexplode, Time To Roll, Fort Silky and St Elmo Hero. The latter pair was assigned the 8 and 9 slots, respectively.
Power Of Tara N pulled away to a 13-plus length winning 1:55.2 mile in his qualifier with Roberts who liked what he saw from the lifetime winner of over $617,000.
“He qualified great,” said John. “He’s so big and such a long striding horse that he can get down to the quarter in 27 (seconds) and doesn’t look like he’s working at all. He does it so easily. He covers so much ground you don’t even realize he’s going as fast as he is.”
The now 10-year-old gelding took her mark of 1:50.3 in a September Invite on the Crete big track for Monee, Illinois owner Harry Von Knoblauch. In 2012 Power Of Tara pulled down $113,600 in purse money.
Robert Einhaus’ Dune In Red won Wednesday’s first qualifier in 2:00 flat preparing for her first start as a 3-year-old with trainer Mike Einhaus at her lines.
In her freshman season the daughter of Dundeside Perch captured a trio of small ICF stakes—The Egyptian Grande, the Misty Misty Misty and a Betzotic—and later her Orange and Blue elimination. The filly earned over $26,000 and is Super Night eligible.
The third qualifier saw Rocky Ruffalo’s Gibbs come home in :27.4 at the end of a 1:56.3 wining mile with Josh Sutton. Unraced at 2 and 3, the son of Sportsmaster finished third or better in 24 of 33 starts in his first season for the Roger Welch Stable, winning 7 times and taking a mark of 1:51 at Indiana Downs.
Gibbs split his first campaign between Balmoral and Indiana and banked over $60,000.
The 2:00. 4 winner of the fourth qualifier Cocotier is a well-bred 3-year-old trotter from the Homer Hochstetler Stable.
Cocotier is a son of Cho out of the Balanced Image mare Spicy Image who sold for $18,000 as a yearling at the 2011 Harrisburg Sale and was nominated to Balmoral’s American National 3-Year-Old Colt Trot later in the year.
Longshot Special: Mike’s Price Shots delivered Thursday evening at Maywood Park in a big way when the Trenton Watson trainee Primrose Path won the ninth race at odds of 36-1 and paid $75.50. Leroy Miller drove the longest price horse of the race.
Early Feature: You won’t have to wait long for Friday’s Maywood Park feature.
The $10,000 filly and mare conditioned pace for non-winners of $9,500 in their last five starts will go as race three. The morning line favorites are Weekend Update (5-2, John de Long), Melodie Hotspur (3-1, Ross Leonard) and Shababadingdong (7-2, Mike Oosting).
She’s Automatic (6-1, Sam Widger), Makena Cat (12-1, Dean Magee), Pickaplacetopark (8-1, Josh Sutton), Tweeds Fly N Star (15-1, Ryan Anderson) and Phoebic Princess (15-1).
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