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Watts, Balance the Budget win in Tryon
CAMDENS MARK WATTS rode Balance the Budget to victory for trainer Julie Gomena (right) in Saturdays feature at the Tyron Block House meet. The trio combined to win the $75,000 Carolina Cup in 2016 - photo by Tom Didato
Stonelea Stables’ Balance the Budget, ridden by Camden resident Mark Watts, consistently runs strong races in the early spring, and he repeated that pattern Saturday in the $40,000 Tryon Block House, when he tracked the early pace, took over on the backstretch the final time, and held off a late challenge to notch a 3 3/4-length victory. Stonelea is the racing operation of Kentucky horsewoman Nina Bonnie, and Balance the Budget is trained in Aiken by her daughter-in-law, Julie Gomena. They have had repeated success with Balance the Budget, an eight-year-old Bellamy Road gelding who won the 2015 Budweiser Imperial Cup (Gr.