Tom Kelley Sunday, Jan. 6th,
OOSTING & AFFRUNTI TAKE MAYWOOD TITLES
Maywood Park’s driver
and trainer titles for 2012 may have gone to a pair of first time winners but
both are very familiar with the winners circle as veterans Mike Oosting and
Angie Affrunti toted home top honors at the Melrose Park oval.
Oosting, who also captured the driving title at Balmoral
Park, easily outdistanced last year’s driving champion Marcus Miller by a count
of 214-180. The 50-year-old Beecher, IL native won at a 21.0% clip, posting a
UDRS of .341 while racking up $1,026,252 in purse earnings.
With more than 5,100 career victories, the seven-time
Balmoral Park champion was genuinely happy to post his first Maywood title.
“It’s nice to win one here at Maywood,”said Oosting.
“This is the first time that I’ve pretty much spent the entire year coming up
here to drive on both nights of racing and it certainly paid off. I plan on
continuing to do this in 2013 and hopefully if we can get some legislative help
it will really make the drive up here a profitable one.”
The 48-year-old Affrunti, who lives in Lockport, IL but
is stabled at Maywood Park dominated the trainer standings from start to finish
knocking off runner-up Perry Smith by a count of 81-53. Dave McCaffrey finished
third with 50 wins.
“I’m really overwhelmed and very excited about winning
this title,” said Affrunti after her winner’s circle presentation. “My brother
Darin, who was disabled after falling from a horse last winter, has been my
inspiration. My goal from the start was to show him that when you work hard and
put your mind to something good things can happen and it worked out
wonderfully. He’s as excited about this as I am and we plan on having him come
into town if possible for the awards banquet in February.”
Affrunti, who currently trains 24 horses for various
owners, posted a UTRS of .386 while racking up $308,326 in purse earnings at
Maywood Park. She also finished sixth in the trainer standings at Balmoral