Dinky Dune best in Xpressbet at Balmoral
June 27, 2015
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Despite a five-week layoff and a "sick" scratch last week, Dane May's Dinky Dune proved that he's a force to be reckoned with among this year's Illinois conceived and foaled 3-year-old pacing colts as he rolled to a 2 3/4-length victory in 1:53.1 over five other state-bred sophomore pacing colts in Saturday's $8,000 Xpressbet Stake at Balmoral Park.
Given a perfect steer by driver Pat Curtin the gelded son of Duneside Perch-Dream Hand settled into the garden spot as Dixie's Boy (Casey Leonard) led the compact field through pedestrian splits of :29, :58 and 1:26.4. With the action heating up in the lane Curtin maneuvered the Dane May trainee to the outside of horses where he quickly gobbled up the pacesetter with a sixteenth to go.
Effortlessly opening up an insurmountable advantage Dinky Dune easily kept heavily favored Earndawg (Todd Warren) at bay while rolling to his fourth win in seven starts this season. Earndawg, the 2-5 favorite in the race was forced to settle for a runner-up role on this night while longshot Casey At Bat (Mike Oosting) grabbed the show dough.
The second choice in the wagering Dinky Dune returned $7 while running his career record to 4-1-1 in 10 starts with earnings of $22,852. (Balmoral Park)