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Direct Balance And Taurus Bomber Start 2010 Stake Season.




The stakes season starts with the Direct Balance for three year old pacing fillies along with the Taurus Bomber for three year old pacing colts and ends with the Fox Valley Memory for older pacing mares. Tonight eight three year old fillies and nine three year old pacing colts are scheduled to get behind the mobile starting gate to kick off the 2010 stake season that runs from now until November Illinois.


The Direct Balance


Programmed as race seven with a purse of $10,000, six betting interest accumulate a field of eight state bred fillies.  A over whelming 8/5 morning line favorite in Reillys Daughter as well as two separate coupled entries from trainers Kristopher Reynolds and Mike Schulfer barns are included in the eight horse field of pacing fillies


Obermeier & Quaid Stables Reillys Daughter comes into Saturday’s action with four wins from ten lifetime starts that include wins in the Newcomer series final at Maywood Park on February 18th, then on March 6th at Balmoral Park while lowering her lifetime mark to 154.3/5 racing against older seasoned mares with her regular pilot Marcus Miller in the controls. Miller gets the call once again from trainer Roger Welch on the Sportsmaster miss who debuts with lasixs tonight.


Reillys Daughter main opposition comes from last years Thrifty Way champion Fox Valley Naomi who is making her 2010 debut. Last year the Christine Buttice trained miss acquired four wins and earned $37,423 in a freshman season that seen her compete in fifteen different occasions.


Despite the fact that on occasions Fox Valley Naomi had some bright nights like the week prior to Super Night Eliminations when she made a genuine stretch rally to get a triumph in a lifetime best of 1:55. Subsequently she also had some below par evenings like on Super Night elimination night when she was the 2.40 to one second choice and made a break at the start moreover lost all possibility of advancing to the Super Night rich Orange & Blue final.


Tonight she returns with three qualifiers under belt along with a brand new driver in Brian Carpenter, programmed as the third choice at 4/1 in the morning line.


Mike Schulfer’s entry of Cole Blue (R. Smolin) along with Leanmean Normajean (H. Schulfer) are listed as the 3/1 second preference. The rest of the field includes the Kris Reynolds entry of Andrea Cann (K. Reynolds) plus Amber Wave (P. Curtin) by the side of 5/1, Paul Stafford’s Fox Valley Adios (M. Oosting) at 6/1, and Jill White’s long shot Fox Valley Prism (T. Warren) at 8/1.


The Taurus Bomber


No entry in the Taurus Bomber but trainer Bob Phillips has a trio of pacers and Jim Eaton and employee Mike Brown each have a starter scheduled to race for the $10,000 purse.


Some may think there’s no superstar three year old colt in here tonight, which there might not exist, however after last weeks performance by Southern Sport along with Charlie Beans and The Roman Conquest in here it makes it for a spirited race along with a good start to the male stakes season.


Southern Sport looked razor-sharp last week with a gate to wire score by way of hall of famer Dave Magee, at the same time lowered his lifetime mark to 1:54 3/5 while making his sophomore debut for trainer Kris Reynolds.


Last year was a year of education as it took eleven starts for Southern Sport to get his first of two victories that took until belatedly in the season to get that overdue win. Following that victory it must of turned on the switch, for the reason that in his next two starts the Sportsmaster gelding lost a stretch duel to Texas Playboy in the last final few strides followed by his final start of his freshmen season which got him his second win and helped his bankroll reach just over $10,000 in the midst of a mark of 155.3/5.


Tonight trainer Kris Reynolds calls on veteran reins man Tim Curtin who has over 2,750 lifetime wins to handle the driving duties on the 3/1 morning line favorite.


Bob Phillips trio of pacers includes Charlie Beans (R. Smolin) 4/1, KC Sunshine (D. Chupp) 12/1, and Come Home Honey (C. Leonard) 6/1. Of the three Charlie Beans has the best chance at the upset, since his returned back to Illinois from the Meadowlands the gelded son of Sportsmaster has added lasixs in addition to has come within of a nose of getting a 2010 success against open company.


At the same time Come Home Honey possibly will be an outsider, besides catching the terrible nine hole he has yet to get a victory in his short career.


KC Sunshine is an overall outsider in the Taurus Bomber field for the reason that in his last two efforts he has had troubles with maiden claimers and comes into tonight’s race off a race where he had broke stride in.  .  


The powerful Erv Miller barn sends out The Roman Conquest who is only making his sixth lifetime start.  Erv owns the Arts Conquest gelding with his breeder Robert Mc Cormick.  In his third lifetime start The Roman Conquest won under wraps in gate to wire fashion with Erv’s son Marcus handling the driving duties. Tonight Erv calls on his son again to handle the 9/2 third choice.


The boss and employee duo of Jim Eaton plus Mike Brown are sending out the 8/1 & 10/1 morning line long shots in Arts Dance (T. Warren) and Bring the Rain (B. Carpenter). Of the two Arts Conquest geldings Bring the Rain looks to have a better chance as he has more experience with 20 lifetime starts and two wins to his credit, whereas Arts Dance is trying to get his first triumph in his second lifetime start.


That rest of the field includes Kim Johnson’s Gimme A Dollar (D. Hiteman) 12/1 and Gary Kreischer’s One Chaser (M. Oosting) at 8/1.

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