Kelley Thursday, Oct. 31st,
SKYLINE ROAD SURPRISES IN LIFE’S A HOLIDAY STAKE
Thursday’s $12,000 Life’s A Holiday
Stake at Maywood Stake turned into quite a nail biter for chalk players as the
heavily favored entry of Skyline Road and King Mufasa both made breaks during
the mile. The 1-9 favorites still made good on their favored status though with
Skyline Road prevailing by 3 ¼ lengths in 2:00.4 over a sloppy track.
After speeding to the
top from post position eight King Mufasa (Mike Oosting) appeared to take a bad
step just after leading the field through an opening quarter in 28.0. After
making a nasty break, Oosting did a magnificent job of gathering up the
division leader on the turn but not before they had dropped all the way back to
seventh as Riet’s Kid (Dean Magee) led the field through a half in 59.2.
Circling around rivals as the field moved onto the backstretch the Mike
Brink trainee, who had won 14 of 15 starts this season, was back in front as
the field hit the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:30.2.
Meanwhile, entrymate Skyline Road and driver Casey Leonard, who made a
break early in the race and was last at the opening
call, was circling up from the back of the pack picking off one rival after
another as he moved up to challenge as the field moved into the final turn.
In full flight as the diagonally gaited sophomores moved around the final
turn Skyline Road trotted right by his entrymate as the field straightened for
the money, eventually drawing away for his fourth win of the season. King
Mufasa turned in an unbelievable effort to finish in the runner-up role while
Mack’s Gold Band (John De Long) was third.
Sent off at odds of 1-9 the overwhelming favorites returned $2.20 &
$2.10. There was no show wagering on the race. With the win Skyline Road now
sports a record of 4-3-2 in 17 starts this season with earnings of $54,775 for
“Bill” Wright, Geis Enterprise and the Ervin Miller Stable.