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Upsets prevail in Keystone Classic 3CP splits

September 10, 2010

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Bombastic and Euorpan, both not eligible to the upcoming Little Brown Jug nor Breeders Crown, sprung upsets in their respective $45,500 divisions of the Keystone Classic for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers Friday afternoon at The Meadows.
At odds of 42-1 Bombastic was the longest shot on the board in the opening Keystone Classic split, but after receiving a picture-perfect steer from Tony Hall, emerged the winner in a career-best 1:51.4. Hall left fast with his charge from post six in the seven-horse field but ultimately settled in the two hole behind Fisher's Character, half the Burke Stable entry driven by Dave Palone.
Fisher's Character set fractions of :27.2, :56.1 and 1:24.1, with Bombastic sitting right behind in second and Four Starz Trace racing first-over for Eric Ledford. In midstretch Hall found room up the passing lane and urged his charge through and on to the victory. Four Starz Trace managed to also edge past Fisher's Character in the final strides to take runner-up honors.
A $35,000 yearling purchase from breeder Hanover Shoe Farms from Howard Alexander and trainer Troy McDougal, the win was Bombastic's sixth of the year in 14 starts after going unraced in 2009 as a freshman, increasing his earnings to $65,519. A gelded son of Western Hanover, Bombastic is out of the Camtastic mare Cami Whitestocking, she a winner of $573,388 on the racetrack. Bombastic is the eighth foal of Cami Whitstocking, all of whom made it to the races.
Palone also had the betting favorite in the second Keystone Classic split in Versado, but that gelding was unable to hold off the late outside charge of 11-1 Europan Union, who rushed by nearing the wire to win in 1:51.1 for driver Greg Grismore. Morgan Shark was third for Ledford.
Palone had to move the odds-on choice Versado three wide early to make a move to the front, which the gelding secured shortly past the opening :26.2 quarter. Versado then led through a half in :55.1 and three-quarters in 1:23.1, with Sand Savage and Hall first-over, followed closely behind by Europan Union and Grismore.
In midstretch Grismore tipped Europan Union three wide and the No Pan Intended gelding roared home first in a career-best effort. A homebred of Bob Glazer's Peter Pan Stables, the win was Europan Union's fourth of the year in 22 starts and sixth overall in 29 attempts.
Trained by Matthew Cox, Europan Union increased his seasonal earnings to just shy of $200,000. He has missed just two checks in his 22 starts in 2010, with his biggest payday coming via a $50,000 check for his second-place finish in the $200,000 Battle of the Brandywine consolation last month at Harrah's Chester.
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