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Powerful Look to Speedy Rodney Stake (04/17/13)

Posted Tuesday, April 17, 2013                                                

                                                By Mike Paradise

  The first ICF trotting stake race of the season for 3-year-old colts and geldings will head up Wednesday’s Balmoral program with a pair of sons of the stallion Powerful Emotion likely to get a good portion of the public support.

  Powerful Valor (Jared Finn) and Powerful Yield (John Roberts) both raced very well in their sophomore debuts a week ago and will go off as the 3-1 and 4-1 morning lines favorites, in that order, in the $12,000 Speed Rodney stake.

  The fourth race trot also lured Balanced Game (10-1, J D Finn), Happy Balance (10-1, Lavern Hostetler), Powerful Commander (8-1, Dean Magee), Bands Zephyr (6-1,Casey Leonard), Fox Valley Camo (5-1, Jamaica Patton), Fox Valley Legend (12-1, Dale Hiteman) and Band’s Foyle (151, Ryan Anderson).

 Last week Jared Finn put Powerful Valor on the front-end before the half-mile pole, reached in a slow 1:02 flat on a sloppy track, and the gelding sped the last half in :57 and 3/5 seconds in his 1:59.3 mile.

  Powerful Yield finished a little more than two lengths behind the winner but he trotted his mile parked-out most of the way for his new connections, Performance Stables of Defiance, Ohio.

  Powerful Yield was purchased near the end of last season after a freshman campaign that saw him win a division Du Quoin’s Dudley Hanover in 1:57.3 for the Mike Cox Stable.

  Powerful Valor, owned by Iowans Hinshaw Homestead Farms of West Des Moines, took his first season mark of 1:58.2 at Springfield.

  The $12,500 co-featured Winner ‘s Over Trot won’t go until much later in Wednesday’s program (race nine) with the Keith Hough Stable’s George’s Vacation (programmed 3-1, Mike Oosting) gunning for his third straight triumph.

  An old “new face” to take him on is the Michigan bred trotter Natural Forces (6-1, Sam De Mull)) who won the Hanover at Balmoral as a 2-year-old. Now four, the Natural Forces comes off back-to-back winning performances in Preferred events at London. The gelding was a 14-time winner last year when he made over $97,000.

  The Kris Reynolds Stable unveils their 3-year-old ICF hopeful Roll On Big Daddy (6-1, John Roberts) in Wednesday’s fifth race. The home bred drew off to a 6 ½ length victory in last week’s qualifier, a 1:57.3 mile on a sloppy racing surface.

  Roll On Big Daddy is the fifth foal of the broodmare Town Feather. Her third was the sub 1:50 pacer Razzle Dazzle (1:49.3, $638,951) and her fourth Ramalama (1:51.3, $294,797) won a recent $40,000 Bluechip Series event at Yonkers.


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