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Circle City stakes to Duluth, Feel The Pressure

October 28, 2011

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Just a couple of days after he celebrated his 84th birthday in Las Vegas by watching a bull he owns compete in the Pro Bull Riding championship event, Doug Ackerman's homebred trotting colt Duluth gave him a $33,700 present. The colt won the $67,400 Circle City for 2-year-old trotters in 1:58.2 Friday night at Indiana Downs. An earlier Circle City split for freshman trotting fillies went to Feel The Pressure in 1:57.4.
Driven by his son D. R. Ackerman, Duluth started from post three and raced at the back of the field until the last quarter of the mile. The Chocolatier colt was seventh, 4 1/2 lengths behind the leader, at the three-quarter mark. But with a :28.3 closing kick, he won the race by a little more than a length over Velten San Siro.
Duluth has now won two of 14 starts this season and earned $64,694. The Circle City victory was his fastest.
Feel The Pressure's score was achieved by controlling the race. The filly by Like A Prayer started from post six but had control of the race before the first quarter was reached in :29.1. After middle fractions of :59.3 and 1:29.1, she scooted home to win by 1 3/4 lengths for driver Sam Widger.
Kevin Thomas trains and co-owns Feel The Pressure with James McLaughlin, Gabe Prewitt and Gregory Rebac, all of Kentucky. The win was the filly's third in eight starts this season. The same ownership group also took home third money with their filly Gotcha Girl.  
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