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Ballou Slew soars in $10,000 Flying Lark

February 7, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

(photo by Portland Meadows)
By Patrick Kerrison
Portland, OR – It will be the last time you will see Ballou Slew at 3-1 for quite some time at Portland Meadows after his towering performance in Saturday’s (Feb. 4) Flying Lark Stakes.

A 6-furlong event worth $10,000 for 3-year-olds, Ballou Slew faced multiple stakes winner Tom Two, OTOBA Stallion Stakes champ Silver River, and five others.

Off quickly, he dueled with Tom Two through the first quarter, running it in 22 2/5 seconds.

Midway through the turn, rider Clark Jones encouraged the son of Slewdledo out of Aly’s Scamper to give a little more and immediately shook clear of that rival.

Opening up to a 1 ½-length lead at the half in 45 seconds, Jones and Ballou Slew promptly increased their lead leaving seven others in his wake and his backers with smiles at an $8.00 return.

“He broke great today,” Jones said. “He didn’t break as well the first time I rode him. He just walked out of the gate that day and he still ran huge.

“Today, he blew out of there and I just kept him busy and his mind on his business.”

Completing the Flying Lark Stakes in 1:11 1/5, Ballou Slew was 4 ½-lengths to the good of Tom Two, who was second best in the afternoon’s feature.

Owned by Arthur McFadden and trained by Jim Fergason, he returned $8.00, $2.40 and $2.10.

Tom Two paid $2.20 and $2.10 while Silver River’s late rally earned the show for a $2.10 return.

“He was a little bit green,” Jones continued “but he was pretty darn impressive.”