07/29/2017 8:31PM

Killin Me Smalls much the best in Don Getty Handicap


As expected, Killin Me Smalls completely dominated the $53,700 Don Getty Handicap at Northlands Park on Saturday. He paid $3.00 for his 9 1/4-length romp over Zippy Zap in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up.

In his previous race for trainer Ernie Keller, Killin Me Smalls dueled with Blue Dancer through sprint-like fractions going the same distance in his win over Royal Warrior in the $50,000 Fred Jones Handicap. When Blue Dancer scratched out of the Don Getty, Killin Me Smalls figured to have an easy time of it on the lead. He did.

With Keishan Balgobin aboard, the two-time Grade 3 winner held a 6 1/2-length advantage over Zippity Zap after a half-mile in a moderate 48.17 seconds. He took a six-length lead into the stretch, and with Balgobin still getting after him, he drew off to win for fun. Royal Warrior rallied from last to finish third.

The final time over a track rated fast was 1:43.55.

“That was too easy for him” said Balgobin. “When they left him alone early I knew he was going to be tough to beat. He just ignited when I asked him to run at the quarter pole.”

It was the 18th win from 40 starts for the 7-year-old son of Marcevelly. The $30,000 winner’s share brought his lifetime earnings to $582,015.

He is owned by Deltin Stable and Ed Walsh.

Killin Me Smalls was the only winning favorite of the four stakes races on the card.

Port Protection paid $10.30 for her 3 1/4-length win over heavily favored Curlish Figure in the $50,000 Duchess of York. Ridden by Shannon Beauregard, she sat just off the lead before taking control of the 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares on the stretch turn.

Trained by Ron Grieves, she posted a final time of 1:46.04.

Star Czar, trained by Joan Petrowski, was the second choice in the $49,850 Edmonton Juvenile. He paid $4.30 for his front-running win over Stroll It, who was favored in the six-furlong dash for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Only four horses started, and there was no place or show wagering.

With Balgobin aboard, he posted a final time of 1.14.98.

Last early, Emma Jean Too ($11.00) got up in the last jump to edge Future State by a head in the $60,878 Princess Margaret for 2-year-old fillies. Heavily favored I Miss Back When chased the pace before tiring to finish fifth.

Emma Jean Too was ridden by Shamaree Muir.

The daughter of Big Lightning, who is trained by Jennifer Hunt,  posted a final time of 1:14.15 for the six furlongs distance of the race.