Adams Mate A went seven weeks in between starts however the seven-year-old import nonetheless effortlessly extended his winning streak to three in a row in Friday night's $12,300 feature race at Maywood Park.
The 7-1 longshot was almost eight lengths the best in a 1:52.1 mile, not bad for a horse "that is still a little short."
ike Oosting patiently had Adams Mate in fifth, some 11 lengths behind when the 4-5 favorite (No. 1, Sam Widger) Falcatraz was pushed to a bruising :26.4 first panel by Jo Pa's Bench Mark (No. 8, Dave Magee). After a :55.2 first half, Adams Mate zipped past on the backside for what turned out to be a dominating victory for trainer Brad Moffitt, who shares ownership on the Australia bred with S & P Racing Stable of Chicago.
"I was told he had an abscess in his foot and that's why he was off that long," said Oosting after guiding his third of five winning horses on his 45th birthday.
"They were winging out of there but the rail horse (Falcatraz) should be able to go those kinds of fractions around this track but he wasn't right tonight and that helped our case," continued Oosting. "When my horse got alongside of him he just blew past and kept right on going. Brad (trainer Moffitt) said after the race he thought the horse was still a little bit
hort but he felt real good out there. He thinks he's something right now."
After dropping his first three starts of the season in March, Adams Mate had back-to-back winning performances if 1:53.3 and 1:54.3 at Maywood on March 30 and April 6 before he was sidelined. Theoffspring gave way in deep stretch in his 1:55.3 qualifier on May 16 at Balmoral but he certainly was ready Friday night.
"He felt good out there," said Oosting, who raced the winner first over, some six and three-quarter lengths off the pacesetter at the half-mile marker. "I was content to be first up," said the Michigan native. "This is a nice horse and he has versatility as well."
Odds On B P (Robert Smolin) rallied to be a distant second, beaten seven and three-quarter lengths. It was two more lengths to the third place finisher Marti's Arti (Del Chupp).
Mike Paradise, director of publicity