Day At The Track

Auniqueaquistion favored in $122,000 Pace

05:27 PM 14 Jun 2013 NZST
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The talented sophomore filly Auniqueaquistion has her sights set on shedding her role as the bridesmaid in the major harness racing stake races when she takes on seven ICF rivals in the $122,000 Maywood Filly Pace Friday night.

Auniqueaquistion has won more than half (7-for-13) of her career starts and has banked over $130,000 for her Iowa owner John Carver but as a freshman was second best in her three biggest races-the Orange & Blue Filly Final, the Violet, and an American National, and again took the runner-up role in this year's Violet Final a few weeks ago when she got locked-in and pushed back, ending up a length behind.

"I blame that loss on me," said driver Mike Oosting. "I had to battle at 60-1 longshot in the early going who had no business leaving. I didn't want to use my filly extremely hard in the early going in just her second start of the year so I ended up behind that longshot filly and got bottled-up in the lane, coming up a little short.

"I think Auniqueaquistion is the filly to beat in Friday's final because I have a very usable horse and that's important," continued the Michigan native who turned 52 two weeks ago.

"Donna Lee (trainer Ozment) has done a real good job with her. Last year the filly had some health issues and didn't always finish the way she can. That's not a problem this year."

I asked Mike how his filly was on Maywood's smaller oval.

"She doesn't have any problem on a half," he replied.

"I had her all over the track in her (winning) elimination. I left with her. We were three-wide in the first turn. I ducked her back in. I didn't like where I was sitting so I moved her again.

" I didn't really want to drive her that way in an elimination but sometimes you have to flex your muscles a little bit and let them (the other drivers) know what you have out there on the racetrack."

Auniqueaquisiion drew nicely with the two-slot in the Friday seventh race headliner and opens as the 7-5 morning line choice.

She'll be challenged by State Street Liz (programmed 10-1, Bobby Smolin), Zumba (10-1, Casey Leonard), Feel Like Dancing (3-1, Kyle Wilfong), R Ciao Baby (15-1, Casey Leonard), Big Zipper (5-1, John de Long), Mystical Danica (12-1, Todd warren) and Five Stars Queen (8-1, Brian Carpenter).

A pair of Maywood Pace eliminations for ICF sophomore colts will decide next week's finalists with the first four finishers in each moving on to the $100,000 championships.

Cardinal champion Fancy Creek Elusiv will open at even-money in the fifth race first split when he takes on Mysticval Walter (15-1), Crankin' It Up (5-2), Fox Valley Norman (8-1), Fox Valley Christo (15-1) and Sage Ruck (9-2).

Squaring off in the six-horse eighth race division are Big Brad (7-5), Silver Devil (8-1), Fox Valley Action (8-5), Darth Quaider (9-2), Greg And Flex (20-1) and Colechester (15-1).

By Mike Paradise

The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association

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