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Timing Is Everything

June 21, 2003

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For the 3-year-old trotting filly Benn's Riverdance, timing has been everything so far this season. Last year's Michigan champion freshman filly trotter was being pointed to the lucrative Elegantimage Stakes at Woodbine, but when she showed signs of sickness, Kramer elected to pass on shipping her to Toronto to take on the open competition.

Benn's Riverdance had the time of her life last year as she won 10 of 15 starts and $166,367 on her way to state divisional honors. Kramer, who trains and drives and shares ownership of the daughter of Veeba Rova with Tim Hall, had her ready to go upon her return this spring. After finishing a game third in her season debut against older trotters, she then posted an impressive third-place effort against the boys in her William Connors Memorial Trot elim on May 31.

Kramer had planned to race Benn's Riverdance in the final and then ship to Woodbine for the Elegantimage, but her sickness forced a change in plans. He passed on entering her in the Connors final, and decided against the Elegantimage, believing she would not be fully recovered and up to the task. Instead, he entered her in the Michigan Sire Stakes Spring championships at Hazel Park.

Benn's Riverdance won her elim and then romped to a 2:01.2 victory over a "sloppy" track in the $12,600 final. That night timing was also everything as Benn's Riverdance won the first race on the card--a program that was cut short by a power failure later that evening.

"She got kind of dull and I thought she had EPM so I treated her," said Kramer. "She came back real strong for the spring finals; if she had been like that a week earlier I would have put her in (at Woodbine). It was just bad timing."

Kramer added that Benn's Riverdance will remain in Michigan and compete on the lucrative stakes circuit, but he is hoping to once again try and take on open competition in the Matron at Dover Downs.
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