Racing as part of a favoured entry, Southern Maebelle was victorious in the $15,470 Illinois Standardbred Owners and Breeders Association (ISOBA) Stake for three-year-old trotting fillies on Sunday night at Balmoral Park.
With Brian Carpenter in the bike, Southern Maebelle sat in the pocket behind Fox Valley Click (Dale Hiteman) as that one chopped out fractions of :28.2, :57.4, and 1:26.4.
In the stretch Fox Valley Click kicked away from the first-over bid of Fox Valley Ripple (J.D. Lewis), but when Fox Valley Ripple was no longer on the outside, that gave Carpenter a clear lane to bring Southern Maebelle off the cones. When she was shown the clear racetrack, Southern Maebelle came on with plenty of trot to get up and win by a length in 1:55.4. Fox Valley Click had to settle for second and St Louis Holiday (Art Gregory, Jr.) came in third.
Gerald Hansen trains Southern Maebelle, a daughter of High Falls, for owner Powers Farms LLC. Southern Maebelle has five wins from 15 starts this year and she has nine career victories. She has now earned $79,254 in 2010 and $206,254 lifetime.