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Warren drives winner No. 3,000
Sunday, September 26, 2010 - by Tom Kelley, publicity director, Balmoral Park

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Crete, IL--Beecher resident Todd Warren joined harness racing’s elite on Saturday (Sept. 25) when he guided pacer Tink And Tiger to victory in Balmoral Park’s first race. That win gave the 45-year-old reinsman 3,000 career victories.

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Todd Warren (third from right) is joined by his son, Ridge (second from right) and other drivers in the Balmoral Park winner's circle.

Born in Mattoon, Ill., on New Year's Day in 1965, Warren was introduced to the sport at the age of 9 by his father. Working summers around the barn areas Warren embarked on his driving career at the county fair level in 1981.

His biggest year to date came in 2009 when he notched 300 victories for the year. Currently Warren is on track to better that number with 272 victories already this year. Horses driven by Warren have earned more than $10.8 million in purse money throughout his career. Doubling as a trainer at times during his career, Warren trainees have won more than 800 races.

When asked about reaching the coveted plateau, the sports-loving Warren gave a “Yankee” response.

“Now I know what Alex Rodriguez must have felt like when he was getting close to his 600th home run,” said Warren. “Everybody kept asking me about it and while I was still driving some winners it didn’t feel like I was getting closer to finally reaching 3,000.

Little Maeve won her Thrifty Way division in 1:53.4.

"Really I’m not a big numbers guy, I just like to go out and win races for people like Perry Smith, Nelson Willis and Jim Eaton who have been so good to me since I’ve made this my home base.”

A pair of stakes events were also contested on Saturday night with 19, 2-year-old state-bred fillies battling in a pair of $9,000 Thrifty Way Stakes splits while 18 of their male counterparts slugged it out in a pair of $9,000 Yates Eagle divisions.

Little Pauli won his Yates Eagle division in 1:53.2.

Taking home top honors in the Thrifty Way divisions were Obermeier and Quaid Stable’s Little Maeve who cruised to a career-best of 1:53.4 for driver Del Chupp and She’s Automatic, who scored in come-from-behind fashion for driver-trainer Tom Harmer in 1:54.4.

In the Yates Eagle Bruce Pacitti, Owen Brennan and William De Cicco’s Little Pauli regained his early season form with a wire-to-wire victory in 1:53.2 for driver Brian Carpenter. The second division provided a thrilling four-horse photo finish as Redbud Stable and Clubhouse Stables' Quality Sport pulled off the upset for driver Travis Seekman in 1:54.1.

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