What’s described as “a nuisance” by his Maywood Park based trainer just might help the well-rested Brian And Kellie instead put the hurt on the opposition in the Pete Langley Memorial Championship on Saturday night (September 17) when Balmoral Park hosts Super Night 2005.
Making only his fifth start as a 3-Year-Old Brian And Kellie zipped to an impressive 1.50.3 career best mile with driver Brent Holland in his Langley elimination last Saturday night, his fourth season victory.
“I was thrilled to death with his performance,” said trainer Dave McCaffrey, who shares ownership of the pacer with M&M Harness Racing Ltd (Nanuet, NY).
“He had a little bit of an problem with a quarter crack that was extremely painful with him all year, but he’s very sound now. His hoof issue has probably worked to our advantage because the horse is really fresh right now.
We bought him at the Fox Valley Standardbred sale for $35,000. He was fifth in the Orange & Blue Final last year,” continued the 37-Year-Old native of Davenport, Iowa.
“He’s always really close and this year he’s been absolutely perfect except for the quarter crack. However this isn’t an injury like a bowed tendon or a broken bone, but it is a nuisance. It’s also a beatable injury . . .you know with enough time that it will heal.
Brain And Kellie is a very funny gaited horse—his legs seem to go in all different directions. But it doesn’t matter because he’s very fast,” said McCaffrey.
rian And Kellie did show his quickness with a 1.50.3 clocking and he did it winning by a comfortable 2 ¼ length margin. He swept past the leader Chevie Cash, who handed McCaffey’s horse his only loss of the season in the Dudley Hanover Final at DuQuoin earlier this month.
irst eliminations second and third place finishers Mandala Quest and Chevie Cash also earned a start in Saturday’s $210,000 (estimated) Langley state-bred sophomore showdown.
rian And Kellie will need to be at his best because awaiting him is division leader Team Hutch (Eric Ledford), the 3-1 morning line favourite stake final favorite. The Homer Hochstetler trained pacer had little trouble winning his Langley elimination in 1.51.1.
Last season’s ICF 2-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year already has chalked up multiple stakes triumphs in his second season, notching the Cardinal and Hanover at Balmoral, as well as the State Fair Championship at Springfield.
lso clinching at starting berth in the Langley Final from the second elimination wereand Perdition, the second and third place fishers, in that order.
or the first time in the 16-year history of the most important evening for the Illinois Standardbred industry there’s a possibility that two brothers could win championships on the same Super Night card. Brian And Kellie, a son of Art’s Conquest, is out of the dam She’s Redhot, and so is likely Orange and Blue Colt favourite, Jim and Donna Creb’s Hot N Sporty.
The latter’s sire is, making him a ½ brother to Brian And Kellie.
oining Hot N Sporty (1.52.3) in the O& B Colt Final are elimination winners Fox Valley Tribal (1.52.1), Joe Somebody (1.52.3) and My Boy David (1.51.2), along with the second place finishers—Fox Valley Piston, Thisdogwillfight, Fox Valley Cruiser and Pujols.
A drawing would determine which two of the four third-place finishers gained the championship event.
ndian Territory goes after is third consecutive victory for driver Tim Tetrick in Friday night’s (September 16) $13,500 featured tenth race at Maywood Park.
The Jerrod Duncan trained 8-Year-Old pacer has been installed as the 9-5 morning line favourite in the field of six horses with $40,000 claiming tags.
ndian Territory will leave from post five. Starting inside of him is Radiant Touring (4-1, Dave Magee), Deseeker (8-1, Mike Oosting), Fox Valley Whiz (3-1, Brent Holland) and Guest Host (5-2, Tony Morgan). The Power Ofwealth (12-1, Sam Widger) drew the outside six-post.
Courtesy Of Mike Paradise, Publicity Director, Maywood Park