|Big Brad and Bobby Smolin took advantage of a late miscue to rally for the victory in the first division of the Betzotic Stakes for 2-year-old colt pacers on Saturday night|
After leading the field through an opening quarter in :28.4, driver Bobby Smolin elected to let a hard-charging Fox Valley Action (Todd Warren) grab command as the field headed down the backside.
Sitting in the pocket as Fox Valley Action battled with a first-over Fox Valley Christo (Dave Magee) through splits of :57.4 and 1:26.3 Big Brad was still fit and fresh as the field turned for home.
With Fox Valley Action continuing to lead through the lane, Big Brad used the passing lane to draw closer to the heavy favorite. As the two good-looking youngsters neared the wire, disaster struck for Fox Valley Action as he went off-stride, allowing Smolin and Big Brad to blow by for the colt’s second career victory. Fox Valley Action held on to the second spot since he was not lapped on at the wire while Murvey Vinny (Josh Sutton) rallied to be third.
The Bob Phillips trainee now boasts a record of 2-1-3 in six lifetime starts, with earnings of $46,270. The son of Henry Clay--One Sure Thing returned $9.20 and $3.20. There was no show wagering.
|Collet Hotspur and John Roberts used the passing lane to perfection as they captured the second division of Saturday's Betzotic Stakes|
Sent to the front from post position six by Roberts, the son of Ft. Apache Hannover--Lookin Her Best led the field through a brisk opening quarter of :27.4.
Roberts then tapped the brakes with the Nelson Willis trainee prompting Casey Leonard to send Ready to the front as the field raced towards the half-mile mark.
Positioned perfectly in the garden spot as Ready rolled through middle splits of :56.4 and 1:26.1, Roberts and Collet Hotspur patiently waited for the passing lane as the youngsters fanned out through the stretch.
Urged down to the pylons Collet Hotspur finally overtook the pacesetter with a sixteenth of a mile to go, gradually drawing clear of that rival and a fast-closing Fox Valley Norman to win for the third time in seven lifetime starts. Fox Valley Norman (Mike Oosting), who made a bold, first-over bid around the far turn, was a game second while Ready hung on for third.
Sent off as the 4-5 choice of the wagering public, Collet Hotspur returned $3.60, $2.40 and $2.40 while moving his record to 3-1-2 in seven starts with earnings of $34,003.