A confident Caps Classic had little trouble recording his second consecutive come-from-behind victory at Maywood Park, drawing off by three lengths for driver Mike Oosting in Friday night’s $10,300 third race feature.
Sent off as the 17-10 second choice of betting public, Caps Classic ($5.40) overtook the pacesetting Deville before the three quarter mile pole despite racing first up and went on to a 1:57 flat mile on another bone chilling (10 degrees) Chicago circuit night.
“The race set up well for us but I really hadn’t planned on being first over,” said Oosting after the race for claiming horses with tags of $25,000 to $27,500. “If my horse gets a half a mile breather then he’s in real good shape for the end of the mile. My horse was very game tonight.”
As expected Deville was winged out from the six-post by Sam Widger and had the lead before the first turn. The 6-5 favorite Raven Rocket (Ryan Anderson) dropped into the pocket after leaving from the pole position, while Caps Classic third on the inside from the two-slot.
Deville took the seven horse field to a :27.4 first quarter and got a second quarter breather, hitting the half mile marker in :57.3. Oosting took the 10-year-old Caps Classic out of the third and went after the leader. The Illinois bred pacer had little trouble zipping past Deville and pulled away, ending up well in hand at the wire. The winner only needed a :29.3 last panel, most of which was paced into a stiff breeze with a 10 below zero wind chill factor.
Fox Valley Tigre (Dave Magee) came on well in the lane to be second best, finishing a half-length ahead of the show horse Twistan (Brent Holland).
“Caps Classic is an older horse who has issues, so we never use him too hard during the mile,” Oosting said. “He’ll come into and out of shape at various times and we just roll with what’s best for him but he’s a very tough old claimer.”
Caps Classic has earned $13,914 this season for Illinois owners Engle Stable (Buffalo Grove) and Rucker Stable (Beecher). His career bankroll now stands at $484,931.
Two horses were claimed out of the third race feature, both for $25,000. Raven Rocket was taken by trainer Bruce Pacitti for Owen Brennan, William De Cicco and Pacitti, while Fox Valley Whiz joins the Dave McCaffrey stable for Z Tam Racing LLC.
Courtesy Of Mike Paradise, Publicity Director, Maywood Park