Bronson Hall made it back-to-back Maywood Park triumphs and he did it in his usual front-end fashion, leading at every pole in Friday night’s (June 3) $14,000 feature for horses with $40,000 to $50,000 claiming tags.
Owned by Michael Polansky of Loudonville, NY, the 5-2 second choice was nicely rated by driver Tony Morgan, who hustled Bronson Hall away from the four-slot and into command coming out of the first turn. Bronson Hall sped to a 27.3 second opening quarter with Rah sitting in the pocket.
Driver Dave Magee made an early aggressive move with the 3-1 favourite Guest Host, coming out of the fifth spot and up after the leader after the first quarter pole.
However, the Tom Harmer trained pacesetter held Guest Host to his outside through a 28.2s (56s half) second quarter. Morgan then opened up a notch on Bronson Hall with a 28.1s third quarter, putting away Guest Host and putting some distance between himself and the pocket horse Rah.
Bronson Hall’s 28.4s final quarter was more than enough to post a ¾ length victory.
Fox Valley Whiz (Mike Oosting), who raced inside throughout, came up the open stretch to take the runner-up spot away from Festivus (Ryan Anderson).
The latter raced four wide from the three-quarters on and was beaten one length.
“Bronson Hall is really big and powerful but he’s very quirky,” said winning driver Tony Morgan, who posted three winners Friday night.
“There’s a real fine line when you’re driving him. If you use him a little too hard leaving, he’ll get to the front, but then he’ll run out of gas because he’s so fired up. The trick is to get him to relax. He has a few minor lameness problems, but has a really big motor.
“Last Friday he wasn’t very good and lost a shoe early and he still hung on to win, but it wasn’t very impressive,” continued the soon to be (June 12) 47-year-old Ohio native.
“He was shod better tonight and they had made a few rigging changes with him that made a big difference.
“This horse will run off with you and then he’ll choke down too,” Tony added.
“If you can just keep him settled, he’s OK. The other drivers know how he is too, so it’s tricky for them to drive against him. They don’t want to pull on him early, because they know he’ll take off and then shut the whole field down. When he’s manageable, he’s a very nice horse to sit behind.”
Bronson Hall’s victory was the 5-Year-Old gelding’s fourth in 16 season starts and his third in eight Maywood Park outings since he was shipped up from Pompano Park.
Courtesy Of Mike Paradise, Publicity Director, Maywood Park