Tom Kelley Thursday, Nov.1st,
VALLEY STEFFEN STROLLS TO VICTORY IN LIFES A HOLIDAY STAKE
What already looked
like it was going to be a stroll in the park for Paula Smith, James Runyan
& Gary Engel’s Fox Valley Steffen became even easier with the defection of
two of the six scheduled starters in Thursday’s $12,600 Life’s A Holiday Stake
at Maywood Park. The diagonally gaited sophomore colt then left no doubt as to
who was the best among this group of state-breds as he cruised to a 3 ½ length
victory in 2:01.3.
from the inside spot in the compact field of four driver Dale Hiteman sent the
gelded son of International Chip-Super Renee right to the front where he
proceeded to step through leisurely splits of 29.4, 1:01.1 & 1:32.2.
no pressure whatsoever at any point in the mile, the Joel Smith trainee sealed
the deal with a 29.1 final quarter to notch his third win of the season. The
pocket sitting Fall Creek Bandit (Brian Carpenter) finished second while One
High Game (Jared Finn) was a distant third, some 11 ½ lengths behind the
just win and place wagering in the race because of the scratches Fox Valley
Steffen returned $2.20 & $2.10 while upping his career bankroll to $103,683.
action continues on Friday night at Maywood Park with a field of nine sophomore
pacing fillies contesting the $12,900 Giggles The Clown Stake. Post time for
the 14-race program is 7:10 p.m. (central).