Sam Bowie's Before He Cheats will leave Illinois with a three-racing winning streak and another stakes triumph on his portfolio after a very easy five-length triumph in Thursday Night's $10,000 Life's A Holiday three-year-old state-bred trot, a non-wagering stake carded prior to the start of Maywood Park's regular program.
Only four youngsters challenged Before He Cheats who was fresh off a 1:54 Open win at Balmoral on October 23, a track record for a sophomore trotting gelding. The son ofwon a $65,000 division of Maywood's Galt eleven nights earlier, and last month captured the $120,000 Su Mac Lad Championship at Balmoral.
"We're going to nominate him to an upcoming series at Chester," said trainer Dirk Simpson after watching his star trotter win for the 16th time in 23 season starts. "The series for 3 and 4-year-old trotters that are non-winners of $150,000 as of October 1 and he slides in under that because his Galt win came after (October 12).
"Then we'll probably give him a couple of months off and kind of pick our places with him next year. Sam (owner Bowie) is going to let me race him around so that should be fun," continued Dirk. "I think winning the Galt on Maywood's half-miler from the eight hole is his most impressive race thus far.
"This horse just amazes me every time he races. He just does it so easy and he enjoys it so much. He's a very low maintenance horse and he's fun to be around the barn."
The five horse Life's A Holiday field settled in line at the start of the non-wagering race with Before He Cheats dropping into the three hole. After Pourmeatequalashela took the field through the first turn, driver Brandon Simpson sent Before He Cheats out and rolling, getting command before the :29.1 first quarter mile pole. The winner was never seriously threatened, trotting consecutive: 30.1 middle quarters and coming home in: 29.2 under a firm hold.
No Jokin came on to be second best, finishing three-quarters of a length ahead of the show horse Fox Valley Impulse, who was beaten almost six lengths by the winner.
"I thought once we settled in I would move him out and get the lead. I didn't want to take any chances of anything happening or somebody breaking," said Brandon.
Before He Cheats leaves the Prairie State with career earnings of $191,509, all coming as a three-year-old for his Lexington, KY owner. He went unraced as a freshman.
Mike Paradise, director of publicity