Midwest Thoroughbreds’ Ide Ball
alternated for the early lead and then withstood two late challenge to
capture Sunday’s $51,000 allowance optional $50,000 claiming feature at
Fair Grounds by a head.
The winner, trained by
Tom Amoss, responded to a determined ride from Fair Grounds’ leading jockey
Rosie Napravnik to tour the
six-furlong distance in 1:10.79, increase his career earnings to
$388,705 with his 14th lifetime win in 39 career starts and return
mutuels of $7.80, $4.40 and $2.80.
Dan Lynch, Ken Sentel and Merrill Scherer’s
Goodtimehadbyall launched a
bold late bid to gain the place, paying $11.60 and $6 while finishing a
half-length in front of Thoroughbred Legends Racing Stable’s
Moonlark, who returned $2.80 to show.
Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein’s
Homerun Berti dueled with the winner early to alternate setting early splits of 22.01 and 45.39 before tiring late.