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Trotting Out 1st ICF Filly Stake (04/14/13)
Posted Sunday April 14, 2013
By Mike Paradise
The $12,000 Trotting Filly, this season’s initial ICF 3-year-old stake for filly trotters lured only five youngsters for Sunday night’s headliner at Balmoral Park.
The division’s biggest names—Trot Fudge Sundae and Little Ms Chrissy—aren’t ready yet for their sophomore debuts however the second race stake did land American Empress, Powerful Goddess, Sara The Spy, Bands Dee Dee and Shesaugustwind.
This will be the first start of the year for Powerful Goddess (5-2, Mike Cox) and Sara The Spy (4-1, Dean Magee), the third and fourth place finishers in last October $46,500 Violet Final and only the second season start for Bands Dee Dee (3-1,John Delong), a Dirk Simpson trained stable-mate of Trot Fudge Sundae.
The 2-1 morning line favorite American Empress won her season debut a few weeks ago in 2:03 flat for the Homer Hochstetler Stable and was beaten by less than one length 11 days ago against mostly older horses when she trotted in 2:01.
Shesaugustwind (10-1, Leroy Miller) who is looking for her purse check after four successful season outings drew the outside five-slot.
Powerful Goddess finished her 2-year-odl season by winning a November Balmoral Park Betzotic stake at in 2:00/3 for the Mike Cox Stable.
Powerful Goddess is a daughter of Powerful Emotion out of the broodmare Venus Di Macho. Her first foal was Customize, a winner of over $366,000 for the Dirk Simpson stable and the 2004 Su Mac Lad and Cardinal championships as a 3-year-old.
The next ICF trotting stake for sophomore fillies is the $12,000 Koochie on Sunday, 28. The initial trotting stake for ICF colts and geldings is the $12,000 Speedy Rodney on this upcoming Wednesday night program.
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