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Super Bowl winner at Big M

January 26, 2006

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Bancroft Hall completed a Super Bowl Series sweep, scoring a two-length victory in the $65,000 final Wednesday night at the Meadowlands. Bancroft Hall trotted the mile in 1:57.2, posting her third straight victory.

Driver Cat Manzi moved the 4-year-old daughter of Conway Hall three wide with an eighth of a mile to go, and she charged to the lead for her sixth win in 28 career starts.

The victory doubled the mare's bankroll to $64,309 for owner James J. Ingram of Davenport, Iowa.

"(Trainer) Mark Fransen from Chicago sent her to me for this series," said Ken Rucker, who has overseen the mare's care since she arrived in New Jersey in mid-December. "They'll probably breed her in the spring.

"She's a funny filly, hard to handle," Rucker noted. "We have her on the farm, which unwinds her, but race nights excite her."

Bancroft Hall was nearly sold on Jan. 16 at the Tattersalls Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands. "They had her in the sale and bought her back for 52 ($52,000)," Rucker explained.
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