Tom Kelley†††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††Friday, Oct. 12th,
TOMMY TURNER UPSETS IN BETZOTIC STAKE
watching their female counterparts battle in a Betzotic Stake last night at
Maywood Park it was time for the Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-old
colt pacing set to grab the spotlight on Friday night as a field of six lined
up behind the gate for their share of a $12,700 jackpot.
the scratch of 6-5 morning line favorite and division leader Alís Hammered
(sick) Fridayís battle turned into a wide open affair and that became apparent
as the sophomores hit the finish line with 15-1 outsider SS Tommy Turner
prevailing by a neck in 1:54.4 for driver Mike Oosting.
from post position two, Oosting masterfully positioned the gelded son of Cole
Muffler-Snitch in fourth and was content to watch early on as Uncle Smoothie
(Brian Carpenter) and NJís Big Deal (Dave Magee) battled through an opening
quarter in 27.1.
NJís Big Deal finally gaining control after the opening panel Magee slammed on the brakes allowing Oosting to move the Tom
Simmons trained SS Tommy Turner to the outside as the field moved by the
half-mile mark in 57.1.
up the backstretch NJís Big Deal, who was hammered down at the betting windows
to the tune of half-money after the defection of the division leader, continued
to show the way with a game SS Tommy Turner drawing to within† three-quarters of a length as the field moved
into the final bend.
two continued to slug it out around the turn and into the stretch with SS Tommy
Turner finally gaining the upper hand in the final 50 yards. Digging in
determinedly, the bay sophomore edged his way to the front where he held off
one final charge up the passing lane from a pocket sitting Uncle Smoothie to
notch his fourth win of the season. Uncle Smoothie finished second while NJís
Big Deal was forced to settle for third.
going winless in just three starts as a two-year-old SS Tommy Turner has put
together a record of 4-3-2 in 17 starts this season with earnings of $28,391for
the partnership of owners Bart Seales and Luke Gaule.
at the windows SS Tommy Turner returned a handsome mutuel of $32.40, $12.40