The fast improving import Adams Mate A had little trouble stepping up to the top of the circuit's conditioned pace ladder.
With regular driver Ryan Anderson in the bike, the seven-year-old Australian bred was a romping five length winner in Friday night's $12,300 feature race at Maywood Park.
Despite a howling 20 mile per hour wind on a sub-freezing "Spring" night, Adams Mate paced a very respectable 1:54.3 mile in the conditioned pace for non-winners of $12,500 in their last five starts, and the winner could have gone faster.
"This was a big jump for him tonight and beat a nice bunch of horses rather decisively."' said winning driver Ryan Anderson.
No Hassle (Dave Magee) shot out from the pole position at the start of the race but Pacific Oak (Sam Widger) was also out in a hurry looking for the lead. No Hassle needed a bruising :26.3 first quarter to keep Pacific Oak on his outside. They raced side-by-side through the :56.3 half mile marker with Adams Mate fifth on the inside, some three length behind.
When Pacific Oak started to retreat coming out of the third turn, Anderson saw an opening with Adams Mate, took his horse out and the pacer responded with a big move, sweeping to the lead before the 1:25.4 and drawing away.
"We started out racing this horse conservatively last month," continued Anderson." However, right now he's racing awesome. He came first up into a very strong cold wind went I tipped him and he was gone. He was all business. The horse is really strong and just zings around the turns."
Caps Classic (Mike Oosting), the 4-5 favorite, made a belated late rush to finish second, almost three lengths ahead of the show finisher The Long Goodbye (Todd Warren).
Sent of as the 5-2 third choice, Adams Mate ($7.00) now boasts back-to-back circuit victories for trainer Brad Moffitt, who shares ownership of the horse with S & P Racing Stable of Chicago, IL.
Mike Paradise, director of publicity