The 3-5 favourite Brianna Joy zipped to a quick lead before the first turn and went on to breeze to an easy 1.53.4 victory in Thursday night’s (June 16) $100,000 Maywood Filly Pace for 3-Year-Old state-bred pacers.
Driver Mike Oosting was able to rate the talented Seldon Ledford trained filly to a 28 second opening quarter and after a soft 29.2s second panel (57.2s half) the seventh race feature wasn’t in doubt.
“I thought that it would be tougher to make the top than it was,” Oosting noted. “My horse is so very quick that it was easy to beat the rest of them out of there. At the half-mile marker I was pretty confident that she was going to win.
“This mare has gotten stronger and better on a consistent basis with each start lately,” added Oosting.
“Her only negative is that she is not an easy mare to manage and can get a little snotty at times prior to racing.”
Brianna Joy was left unchallenged during most of the mile and came home in 27.4s, drawing off by 2 ½ lengths over the pocket horse Time For A Win (Tony Morgan).
The 5-2 second choice Fox Valley Leonna (Dave Magee), who sat inside third throughout, finished well but was another ¾ of a length back.
Owned by James Jesk (Crete, IL) and Ledford Racing Inc. (Crete, IL) Brianna Joy’s victory was her fourth in five season starts, propelling her 2005 earnings to $77,900 and her career bankroll to $146,689.
It was the’s filly second career stakes victory at Maywood Park. Last year she captured the $60,000 Violet Championship.
Maywood Pace Finalists Determined
A pair of eliminations were raced for next Thursday (June 23) $100,000 Maywood Pace for 3-Year-Old ICF colts and geldings and the first $10,000 split saw an eye-opening 25.4s opening quarter when Ithinki’msomebody (Tony Morgan) and Kennans Josh (Tim Tetrick) got into a torrid dual.
It was the 5-2 second choice Ithinki’msomebody in front at the quarter pole of the scorching first panel. He took the field to 28.4s (54.3s half) and 28.3s middle quarters before giving way in the lane.
Perdition (Ryan Anderson) came on with a rush to post a ¾ length victory in a lifetime best time of 1.52.1.
The Long Goodbye (Dale Hiteman) was second best. The two early battlers—Kennans Josh and Ithinki’msomebody—gained the final with their respective third and fourth place finishes, finishing about four lengths behind the Erv Miller trainer winner who paid $12.20.
The 6-5 favourite Chevie Nitrous (Dale Hiteman) raced first up and failed to make the colt championship, tiring to finish seventh and last.
The second elim also saw the public’s choice disappoint. The even-money favourite Canine Candy (Joe Anderson) broke parked-out near the three-quarter pole and eliminated himself.
It was Y Z Onetwentyfive from start to finish in a snappy 1.53.1.
Tony Morgan hustled the Tom Harmer trained colt out and the chestnut coloured pacer was on top from the five-slot in the six-horse ninth race in just a few steps.
The winner paced a 28s opening quarter, strolled to a 29 second quarter and his 56.1s last half was more than enough to notch a three length victory.
Mandala Quest (Brent Holland) enjoyed the garden trip to take second.
Mystical Tendor (Tim Tetrick) and Kashitin (Ryan Anderson), the respective third and fourth place finishers, were beaten almost nine lengths while earning a start in next Thursday’s ICF colt showdown.
Courtesy Of Mike Paradise, Publicity Director, Maywood Park