Determined This and Froggy Turner used different tactics to capture their respective Maywood Pace eliminations a week ago to set up Friday's very competitive $100,000 showdown for ICF second season colts and geldings.
Determine This got the job done in front-end fashion for driver Brent Holland in 1:54.4 while Froggy Turner, making his season debut, came from out of it for driver Ryan Anderson when he posted a 1:53 season best clocking for any second season pacer on a half-mile track.
etermine This (7-2) and Froggy Turner (3-1) will start in the middle of the pack with posts four and five respectively in the ninth race championship. The first three posts belong to King Of Kings (9-2), Three Five Seven (12-1) and Big John C (8-1). The 6, 7 and 8 slots will find Not Quite Forty (15-1), Omaha Survivor (4-1) and Chevie Classic Rod (5-1), in that order.
My plan was to go out of there hard and take advantage of the rail," said Holland after his elimination win.
"My goal was to make the final and hopefully, win this race. My horse was much sharper than he has been previously."
etermine This made only four starts as a two-year-old for Chicago owners Rock And Roll Stables and Donald Meersman, winning his first two outings in 1:55.1 and 1:54.4 at Hawthorne.
After two poor efforts in August Miller gave the first foal of former Illinois champion Determination Plus plenty of time off and didn't bring him back until early May.
Thegelding has had four season starts, all at Maywood Park against older horses, getting ready for the Maywood Pace and picked up one win, a second and a third and a fourth.
roggy Turner, who had the outside six-slot in his elimination, raced fifth through the first half against the pacesetting favorite Omaha Survivor and was pulled first up on the backside by his new driver Ryan Anderson to clear three horses, dropping into the pocket behind the leader before the 1:24 flat three-quarter pole.
roggy Turner then used the open stretch to power past in time gain a one-length decision, while Omaha Survivor won the photo for the place spot over Three Five Seven.
My horse was really strong all the way to the wire," said Froggy Turner’s driver Ryan Anderson.
hree Five Seven only made $13,637 in a limited eight race campaign as a two-year-old.
"He was very immature last season and we gave him a good part of the winter off to grow and mature," said trainer Mark Fransen. "He's a nice colt and is still learning to race. He's just young and green."
This colt will be better in the final," said driver Mike Oosting. "He was jumping shadows in this elimination and I expect Mark will make a rigging change to remedy that."
ransen is looking for his fifth Maywood Pace Championship. The 54-year-old Big Rock, IL resident won the stake four other times: Pepper Skipper (1983), False Witness (1988), and Broadway Preview (1994) and Andy’s Golden Boy (2000).
Mike Paradise, Maywood Park