It's 'Hanover Saturday' (June 16) at our sister track Balmoral Park. No less than eight Hanover open stakes or splits will be contested on the 14-race program on the south suburban mile oval.
The $53,300 Hanover for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings lured Travis Lou, who dropped a photo in Mohawk’s Burlington stake, and PASS champion Won The West.
The second season pacing filly was split into two $29,800 divisions with multi-stake champion Cabana Fever making her 2007 debut in the eleventh race split and Sportsfancy gunning her sixth in a row in race twelve.
Eleven sophomore trotters will vie for $38,700 including Cardinal champion Mystical Banker and recent Ohio Sire Stake winners R U A Chip and Sturdy H R B.
There will two Hanover divisions each for two-year-old pacers. The colt splits will go for $26,000, the fillies for $25,000.
A sixth Hanover, the $1,000 (estimated) filly stake for three-year-old trotters heads up the Sunday’s card that also includes a pair of freshman stakes—The Mini Me for ICF pacing colts and geldings and the Fox Valley Evita for first season trotting fillies.
A Well-Deserved Rest
One nationally renowned horse who missed Saturday’s weekly Free For All is Thisbigdogwilfight, who became the second fastest horse in Maywood Park’s long 61 year history with his 1:50.3 mile in last Friday’s Cook County Stake, a time that is the fastest ever for a four-year-old pacing gelding on a half-mile track.
"Thisbigdogwilfight has been racing tough all year long and it's time he took a rest," said his trainer Jim Eaton. "We've got to keep him sharp for the rest of the season and I think he deserves a little time off.”
Thisbigdogwilfight sports a season record of 8 wins and 2 thirds in 12 starts with earnings of $99,068 for his owners Redbud Stable (Frankfort, IL) and Michael McNeely (Normal, IL)
Driver Dave Magee was impressed with the manner in which Thisbigdogwilfight in become our fastest four-year-old pacing gelding.
"This horse just went around this track very casually," Magee said. "He did it very easily and I knew we were kind of smoking out there but it just didn't matter to him. He just kept grinding it out."
Courtesy Of Mike Paradise, Publicity Director, Maywood Park