Crete, IL — Balmoral Park fans got a sneak peek at some of this year’s 2-year-old filly pacing crop here in the Prairie State on Wednesday night as a field of eight youngsters went postward in the $6,000 Egyptian Grande Stakes.
Fresh off an impressive win in the second of two qualifying efforts, the Mike Einhaus-owned Dune In Red posted an impressive, 5-¼ length romp in a national season’s best of 1:55.2 with Mike Oosting at the controls.
Hustled away from post position seven, the chestnut daughter of Duneside Perch–She Has The Look landed in third as Special Rose (John Roberts) led the field through an opening quarter in :29.2. Oosting then maneuvered his filly to the outside where she quickly shot to the top — looking like a seasoned veteran — leading the field through middle splits of :59.1 and 1:28.1 while beginning to put distance between herself the rest of the field.
With nothing but open ground in front of her, Dune In Red then flew home in a strong :27.1 to seal the deal in an eye-catching debut. Incredible Filly (Dave Magee) turned a ground-saving trip into a second place check while Special Rose finished third.
From the first crop of Duneside Perch, the Robert Einhaus-trained miss was a $7,700 yearling purchase, and judging by her effort on Wednesday night that price looks like it may have been quite a bargain.
Tom Kelley, publicity director, Balmoral Park