Kelley…Friday, May 15th, 2015 email@example.com
LUCPARK HANGS ON FOR GOSOX
STAKE WIN AT MAYWOOD
pacing colts kicked off the 2015 stakes action at Maywood Park on Friday, May
15th as a compact field of six ICF three-year-olds met in the $8,000
Gosox Stake. The youngsters showed some rust early on in their first foray over
the half-mile oval but when the smoke cleared it was Rocco Ruffolo’s Lucpark,
the even-money choice in the wagering who emerged with a half-length triumph in
1:55.2 for driver Mike Oosting.
from the outside post in the field of six, Lucpark actually wound up in a
decent spot as Oosting guided him over to the pylons in fourth as both Dixie’s
Boy (Casey Leonard) and Casey At Bat (Tim Curtin) committed early miscues. That
left Rockin Cassinova (Todd Warren) to stroll through leisurely early splits of
29.1 & 59.1.
action began to heat up as the field moved onto the backstretch for the final
time with Oosting rushing the Erv Miller trainee up to engage Rockin Cassinova.
These two were head and head for the lead as they began to separate from the
pocket sitting Dakota Roadster (Robert Smolin) while charging by the
three-quarter-mile mark in 1:27.3.
the final turn Lucpark managed to poke a head in front of the pace-setter
eventually putting that one away as the field turned for home.
gelded son of Sportsmaster—Treasure The Best was not out of danger yet though
as Dixie’s Boy, who spotted the field 11 lengths at the opening station because
of his miscue behind the gate, came charging up four-wide to throw a scare into
the “chalk players” but the wire came just in time for Lucpark as he held on
for his first win in three starts this season. Dixie’s Boy was an impressive
second considering his journey while Dakota Roadster finished third.
the win, Lucpark who returned $4.20, $2.40 & $2.10 now boasts a career
record of five wins, two seconds and three thirds in 16 trips to the gate with
earnings of $82,480 for his proud owner.