Tom Kelley Friday, Sept. 28th,
& CARDINAL STAKE ELIM’S CONTESTED AT MAYWOOD
and foaled two-year-old pacers were in action on Friday night at Maywood Park
as elimination’s for two of the tracks most prestigious events, the Violet and
Cardinal Stakes were contested. Each event featured a pair of $10,000
preliminaries with the top four in each division moving on. The Violet final
will carry a purse of $51,000 while the colts will battle for $55,000 next
the opening Violet Stake elimination Chris Choros’s State Street Liz overcame a
tough opening half mile to score by a widening 1 ¾ lengths in 1:56.4 for driver
to the top from the outside post in the field of six the daughter of Final
Cheers-Pleasepassthejelly was parked through opening splits of 28.1 & 56.3.
finally clearing to the front the Robert Phillips trained miss turned away a
challenge from Auniqueaquistion (Mike Oosting) on the far turn and then drew clear
for her fourth win in nine career starts. Gentle Janet (Ronnie Gillespie)
rallied late to finish second while Butterfly Kisser (Ridge Warren) was third.
Auniqueaquistion managed to hold on for fourth
the second elimination the Stanley Miller owned and trained Special Rose pulled
off a mild upset as she scored by a neck in 1:56.4 for Brian Carpenter.
being forced to grind it out first over for the final five-eighths of a mile
the homebred daughter of Duneside Perch-Orgami Rose gradually wore down the heavily
favored pace setting Thank You Doc gamely getting by in the final strides for
her second win in 13 lifetime starts. Thank You Doc (Dean Magee) was a hard
fought second while Fox Valley Ruby (Casey Leonard) was third. Mystical Danica
the first Cardinal Stake elimination Sawgrass Farms Fox Valley Norman took
advantage of the inside starting spot to dispose of seven rivals, winning by a
1 ¼ lengths in 1:56.2 for driver Marcus Miller.
settling in second through the opening quarter Miller then sent the gelded son
of Yankee Skyscaper-Lake Hills Nan to the front. Cruising along comfortably the
rest of the way the issue was never really in doubt as the Perry Smith trainee
posted his first career win in 10 tries. Fox Valley Action (Todd Warren)
overcame a miscue just after the start to finish second despite being parked the
entire mile while Orange & Blue Stake winner Fancy Creek Elusiv (Dave
Magee) rallied from far back to finish third. Sage Ruck also gained a spot in
the final with a fourth place finish.
the nightcap Richard Beere’s Collet Hotspur continued his steady rise to prominence
as he scored in from stepping fashion, winning by a half-length in a speedy
1:54.3 for driver John Roberts.
the same tactics as the other elimination winner Roberts elected to let things
settle before pulling from the pocket just after the opening quarter with the
Nelson Willis trainee. Charging to the front the son of Ft. Apache
Hanover-Lookin Her Best then proceeded to open up a three-length advantage
before coasting home in 28.4 to notch his second win in five career
starts. Big Brad (Robert Smolin) turned
in a solid first over effort to finish second while Bazooka (Todd Warren) was a
distant third. The last spot in the rich final went to fourth place finisher
Drunk On You.
the second consecutive night the 10 cent Pick 6 was not hit meaning that next
Thursday’s Pick 6 at Maywood Park will feature a carryover of almost $3,400.