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Thinking Out Loud nips Foiled Again in Am-Nat Open Pace
Sunday, October 12, 2014 - by Kimberly A. Rinker, for Balmoral Park

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Editor's Note: To view a video replay of this race, go to the Balmoral Park website, click Oct. 11 on the calendar, then select race 12.

Crete, IL --- Thinking Out Loud scored a seasonal best 1:49.1 en route to capturing the $179,000 American-National Open Pace for driver John Campbell and trainer Robert McIntosh on Saturday (Oct. 11) at Balmoral Park.

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Thinking Out Loud (#8) was a narrow winner in the American-National Open Pace.

Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras), Bettor’s Edge (Matt Kakaley) and Ultimately Beachboy (Ron Pierce) all scrambled to get the lead going to the :27.2 first quarter, with Foiled Again garnering the rail spot on top.

State Treasurer (Tim Tetrick) came up to challenge Foiled Again around the final bend, but to no avail, with Thinking Out Loud and Campbell lurking just behind to the 1:21.2 three-quarters.

The field fanned out as Foiled Again dug in gamely, but Thinking Out Loud paced hard in the stretch to nail down the win by a whisker over harness racing’s richest equine athlete. Clear Vision (Brett Miller) got up for third.

“I never did see the fence but we got to be second over, following State Treasurer,” said Campbell. “Foiled Again is a very hard horse to get by and I was pretty happy to be up close in the race. I knew I had a chance at the end and my horse was giving me his best and I knew we’d have to go right to the wire if we were going to beat Foiled Again. He really didn’t race that great in Lexington, but he was back to himself tonight.”

Thinking Out Loud is owned by the Robert McIntosh Stables, C S X Stables, and Al McIntosh Holdings. The son of Ponder-Los Angeles-Camluck has $280,415 in seasonal earnings and $1,667,564 in career earnings. Lifetime, he has 15 wins, seven seconds and 10 thirds in 50 career trips postward.

Thinking Out Loud is the fourth foal out of his dam and is a half-brother to West Of LA (by Western Hanover) p,2,1:53.2 ($252,712) and to You See LA (by The Panderosa) p,3,1:52s ($238,518).

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