Southern Rocketop, Welchkin score in Balmoral splits
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Relatively unchallenged at any point in the race a very confident Carpenter was more than content to let his charge do it all on his own as they trotted down to the wire.
“That was exactly what we wanted for him tonight,” he explained. “I knew Definer wasn’t going to get by us in the lane so I just sort of let him loaf home. This was a very easy race for him yet very beneficial.”
With the win
In the second division, Roger Welch and G&B Stable of Illinois\'s promising youngster Welchkin rallied in the final strides to win by a length in a lifetime best of 1:57.2.
Given a Hall of Fame steer by driver Dave Magee, the striking chestnut son of Valley Victor-Miss Onree was able to save ground as Sago (Buter) led the field through fractions of :28.3, :58.2 and 1:27.4.
After grabbing cover from a hard charging Windy Joe (Mike Oosting) as the field neared the top of the stretch, Magee had his charge perfectly positioned for the stretch drive.
Gamely wearing down Windy Joe after that colt grabbed command with an eighth of a mile to go, Welchkin finally collared the leader in the closing yards to post his third win in just five career starts. Windy Joe was forced to settle for the runner-up role while Sago held on for third.
Unraced at two Welchkin is quickly making up for lost time with a pair of stakes wins in his short career. With the services of Magee and the inside starting spot Welchkin returned $6. (Balmoral Park)