Crete, IL--Freshmen pacing colts received top billing on Saturday (Oct 12) at Balmoral Park as a field of eight state-breds gathered for the $12,000 Betzotic Stakes. When the smoke cleared it was Jack and Peggy Hood, Mystical Marker Farms and Dirk Simpson Stables' Traffic Cop who came away with the top honors as he rallied for a three-quarter-length victory in 1:52.1.
|Traffic Cop won the Betzotic Stakes in 1:52.1.|
Given a perfect steer by driver Todd Warren the gelded son of Sportsmaster—Dixiegirl came away third while heavily favored Unlocked (Mike Oosting) rattled off splits of 27.3, 56.3 and 1:24.3.
Things looked bleak for the rest of the field as Unlocked sped away to a 3-½-length lead at the mid-stretch call but Warren angled his charge to the outside where the Dirk Simpson trainee began to cut into the leader’s margin.
With a six-week layoff finally beginning to take a toll on Unlocked, a hard-charging Traffic Cop curbed the pace setter with 100 yards to go and eventually drew clear with a 27 final quarter to notch his third win 14 lifetime starts. Unlocked held on for second while I Bizel The Shizel (John De Long) finished third, 5-½ lengths behind the winner.
With the win Traffic Cop now sports a record of 3-4-2 in 14 starts with earnings of $71,635.