Crete, IL --- After a pair of romping wins in downstate fair events, Donald Huddleston’s Macie Rae returned to Balmoral Park on Sunday night (June 22) looking to avenge her only loss of the year which came in the Violet Stake here back on May 25.
The speedy filly did just that as she shot right to the front and proceeded to make every call a winning one in an easy 1-1/2 length victory over seven other ICF 3-year-old trotting fillies in the $10,000 Betzotic Stake. The final time of 1:55.3 shaved nearly three seconds off her previous career mark.
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|Macie Rae was a 1:55.3 winner in the Betzotic Stake on Sunday.|
Taking full advantage of an inside starting spot, driver Ryan Anderson hustled the daughter of Powerful Emotion-Fox Valley Poetry away from post two and quickly settled into a familiar position on the front end while leading the field through splits of :28.2, :58.4 and 1:27.4.
With the Violet Stake winner Bailey’s Wish (Dave Magee) sitting right on their backs, Anderson and the Michael Rogers trainee were never seriously threatened on their march to victory lane Sunday night, sealing the deal with a sharp :27.4 final panel while effortlessly keeping their chief rival at bay. Bailey’s Wish was forced to settle for the bridesmaid role on this night while Say No Mo (John De Long) finished a distant third, five lengths behind the winner.
With Sunday’s victory Macie Rae, who was hammered at the betting windows, returned $4.00, $2.80 and $2.60 while running her career record to 13-3-4 in 25 starts with earnings of $48,907.
Live racing continues at Balmoral Park on Wednesday (June 25), win a nine-card card getting underway at 7:10 p.m. (CDT). The Wednesday Pick-4 will have a $10,000 guaranteed pool and will entail races six through nine. Past performances for the Pick-4 races, courtesy of TrackMaster and the USTA, can be found at www.ustrotting.com.