Isle of Capri champion He Wants It All was tons the best in his Maywood Park debut Friday night (May 20), cruising to wire-to-wire victory with driver Tony Morgan in 1:52.1 in the $20,750 Try Scotch Free For All Handicap.
Despite being handicapped with the outside six-post in the fifth race feature, He Want It All flew into a quick lead before the first turn, taking the field to a :27.3 first quarter. After an uncontested :29 flat second quarter, the race wasn’t in doubt for the overwhelming 2-5 public’s choice.
He Want It All put away a first over attempt by Dashing Diplomat (Andy Miller) on the backside with a :28.2 third quarter, opened up on the field coming out of the last turn, and was under wraps at the wire while still pacing a :27.1 last panel.
The pocket horse Mattygonne A (Dave Magee) took second, beaten two and three-quarter lengths. Oubetterbelieveit (Ryan Anderson) rallied from sixth and last to be a fast closing third, another half-length back.
“This is a REAL horse,” Morgan said after He Want It All’s seventh victory in 13 season starts.
“If I had let him pace any faster down the backside he would have gone faster at the end of the mile. Once this horse gets to the top he just drops the lines and relaxes totally. He’s just a great racehorse.”
The Tom Harmer trained winner now has 20 career victories in 35 lifetime races. Friday’s Free For All victory increased his season earnings to $142,525 for Loudonville, NY owner Michael Polansky. The five-year-old pacer’s career bankroll stands at $412,240.
The Try Scotch feature race honored the former star pacer from the Jim Dennis Stable who racked up 47 wins in 145 starts while racing from 1977 through 1983 against the very best horses on both the West Coast and the Midwest.
Try Scotch earned $956,770 under the handling of his late Hall of Fame driver and trainer and was a former track record older at the now defunct Sportsman’s Park.
Mike Paradise, director of publicity