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Native Hotspur wins delayed Direct Balance

April 12, 2009

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State-bred pacing fillies headlined Saturday’s Balmoral Park program as a field of eight Illinois conceived and foaled ladies squared off in the $15,000 Direct Balance Stake. Originally scheduled for the April 5 card, this event was forced to be rescheduled after the latter half of last Sunday’s card was wiped out by heavy snow.


The extra week off certainly did not seem to matter to Kay Willis and Richard Beere’s Native Hotspur as she cruised to an easy 1 1/4-length victory in a snappy 1:53.3.


Despite being off since last November driver Mike Oosting confidently whisked the daughter of Ft. Apache Hanover-Broadway Charisma away from post position six. With a distinct lack of early speed from the other fillies in the race Native Hotspur was comfortably in front as she rolled by the opening station in :28.1.


Continuing along relatively unchallenged the Nelson Willis-trained miss strolled through middle splits of :57.4 and 1:26. With that middle-half breather under her belt Native Hotspur set sail for home with a two-length lead. Keeping her rivals at bay with a strong :27.3 final quarter, the issue was never in doubt as last year’s Violet and Sarah Myers Stakes runner-up opened her second season with a very impressive victory.
Park Lane Rhythm (Brandon Simpson) turned a pocket-sitting journey into a second-place finish while Aristocracy (Marcus Miller) shook loose late to get the show dough.


Coming off a nice freshman season in which she put together a record of 4-4-2 in 15 starts, Saturday’s first-place check helped push Native Hotspur’s career earnings up to $65,777. Coupled in the wagering with Susan Hotspur (6th) the entry returned $4.40, $2.80 and $2.10. (Balmoral Park)


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