It’s not often you'll see a overwhelming 1-9 favorite get beat in a $100,000 stake, especially leaving from the rail on a half-mile track, but that's exactly what happen to Home Bed Advantage in Friday night's $100,000 Maywood Pace championship for state bred three-year-old colts and geldings.
Pushed from start to finish, Home Bed Advantage-the fastest two-year-old pacer (1:50.1) in the sports history-was overtaken by the 20-1 longshot Sneaky B Skipalong, nicely handled by driver Dale Hiteman. The Nelson Willis trained winner nailed the heavy public's choice in deep stretch and posted a one-length triumph in 1:52 flat.
Home Bed Advantage never got any type of breather. It was Brother Vinny getting ahead of him before a bruising :26.1 first quarter. Driver Ryan Anderson then came around and retook command only to have Booze Cruzin (Todd Warren) push Home Bed Advantage to a fast :54 half-mile time with Sneaky B Skipalong racing second over.
On the backside Sneaky B Skipalong powered up three wide and had a three-quarter lead while parked out at the 1:22.3 three-quarter pole when Home Bed Advantage dug in, took back the lead through the last turn but then got leg weary in the lane, finishing one length behind Sneaky B Skipalong ($40.60), owned by Brandy Pinske Stables (Crete, IL) and Cynthia Kay Willis (Beecher, IL). Onehad another game effort to grab third, another half-length behind.
"Sneak B Skipalong really impressed me here tonight," said winning driver Dale Hiteman. "His first start of the year was two starts back, and it was his first ever on this oval and he showed he could race here well. Last week, in the elimination, his hobbles were a little loose and he took a bad step and made a break. Tonight, I had him three-wide and he just kept on coming and coming. He was really strong."
"Home Bed Advantage got run around the track the entire mile-he never caught a break," said his driver Ryan Anderson.
Mike Paradise, director of publicity