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State-breds shine on a busy Wednesday night of stakes at Balmoral
Thursday, June 20, 2013 - by Tom Kelley, publicity director, Balmoral Park

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Crete, IL --- A trio of state-bred stakes, featuring both trotters and pacers, shared top billing on a busy Wednesday night (June 19) at Balmoral Park.

Linda On My Mind and Mike Oosting posted a wire-to-wire victory in Wednesday's Incredible Tillie Stake.

Kicking off the action were 2-year-old filly pacers as a field of eight Illinois conceived and foaled youngsters battled in the $12,000 Incredible Tillie Stake. Toting home top honors in this event was James Collier’s Linda On My Mind, as the daughter of Henry Clay-Lady Gram made every call a winning one in a snappy 1:56.2.

Given a confident steer by Mike Oosting, the bay filly took full advantage of the inside post as she led the field through splits of :29.3, 1:00.1 and 1:28.1.

With plenty still in reserve the Randy Crisler trained miss put up a final panel of :28.1 to win by 1-3/4 lengths while in hand to Oosting. Green Valley (Robert Smolin) was second while Life On The Row (Ronnie Gillespie) finished third.

Freshman trotting fillies were next on the docket as a compact field of five diagonally gaited ladies met in the $6,000 Star Slinger Stake. Parlaying a perfect two-hole trip into her maiden breaking score, Performancenter Stables' S V Spirit romped home with a 4-3/4 length triumph in 2:02.3 for driver-trainer John Roberts.

After sitting right on the back of the pacesetting Fox Valley Hosana (Brian Carpenter) as that filly led the field through splits of :31.1, 1:03.4 and 1:34.4, Roberts maneuvered his charge out of the pocket where she quickly took aim on the leader. Charging home in :27.2 the daughter of Psychic Spirit-S V Rascal cruised right on by to open her 2013 account. Fox Valley Hosana held on for second while Fox Valley Madly (Randy Crisler) was a distant third, some 12 lengths behind the winner.

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Todd Warren guided Powerful Poe to a wire-to-wire victory in Wednesday's $12,000 Betzotic Stake.

Sophomore trotting colts capped off the night as a field of seven squared off in the $12,000 Betzotic Stake.

After chasing stablemate King Mufasa for most of this season, Mystical Marker Farms and Jack and Peggy Hood’s Powerful Poe took advantage of his absence on Wednesday night, knocking off six rivals in wire-to-wire fashion while reporting home with a 1-1/4 length triumph in a career best of 1:55.

Hustled away from post position five by driver Todd Warren, the gelded son of Powerful Emotion-Fox Valley Poetry rolled through splits of :28.4, :58.1 and 1:27.

After putting away a three wide surge by Skyline Road (Casey Leonard) at the top of the lane the Dirk Simpson trainee trotted home in :28 to secure his eighth career win in 21 starts while pushing his earnings over the $175,000 mark. Semper Fit (Dave Magee) parlayed a nice inside trip into a second place finish in his 2013 debut while Fox Valley Camo (Jamaica Patton) was third.

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