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Power Of A Moment splashes to Cardinal victory
Sunday, June 06, 2010 - by Tom Kelley, publicity director, Maywood Park

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Crete, IL--Although a heavy downpour turned the Balmoral Park track into a sea of mud, the Saturday night (June 5) rain could not dampen the spirits of conditioner Ervin Miller as his trainees, Power Of A Moment and Iam Bonasera, finished first and second, respectively, in the $56,700 Cardinal Stakes final in 1:51.1 over a "sloppy" track.

Zipped right to the front from post 7 by driver Marcus Miller, Power Of A Moment, last year’s Horse of the Year in Illinois, led the field through an opening quarter in 27.2.

“I decided to send him out of there tonight because I didn’t want Delco Willobee (John DeLong) to get a big jump on us,” Miller explained. “I was afraid that if we wound up with too many horses between us I wouldn’t be able to make up the deficit.”

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Power Of A Moment, driven by Marcus Miller, captured the $56,700 Cardinal Stakes in 1:51.1

Splashing along comfortably on the front end the son of Cole Muffler-Panfastic hit the halfway mark in 55.4.

Pacing around the far turn a first over Delco Willobee quickly came calling, drawing to within a half-length of the pacesetter. Iam Bonasera (Dave Magee) was also looming large while racing second-over as the field hit the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:24.

“Even though John’s horse was moving right up alongside of us I still wasn’t really that worried,” said a smiling Miller. “My horse just swells right up when somebody gets alongside of him and that’s exactly what he did again tonight.”

Showing the grit and determination that had netted him 13 wins in 16 career starts coming into Saturday’s affair, Power Of A Moment gamely fought off the challenge from Delco Willobee and then held firm as stablemate Iam Bonasera made one final charge in the closing yards to nab the place check. Delco Willobee was third, two lengths behind the winner.

Now a perfect two for two as a sophomore, Power Of A Moment currently boasts career earnings of $323,450 for the partnership of Leland Mathias, Bert Hochsprung and the Ervin Miller Stable.

Despite coming in as the reigning champ in the division, Power Of A Moment was dispatched as the third choice the wagering, returning $8.40, $3.80 & $2.40.

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