Eight first season state bred trotting colts and geldings will slug it out Wednesday night (October 19) in the $50,000 Cardinal Final at Maywood Park and when the recent Lincoln Land champion Valley Liberator drew the outside eight-slot, this very competitive stake event became even more wide-open.
Adam Gram (Ron Marsh) and Litigator (Mike Oosting) drew the one and two posts respectively and have been installed as the luke-warm morning line favourites at 3-1 and 7-2 odds in that order.
Lincoln Land winner Valley Liberator (Tim Tetrick) is the 4-1 third choice, while last week’s Cardinal elimination victor He’s The Cashew’s (Tony Morgan), is next at 9-2 odds from the five-slot. Valley Sport (15-1, John D Finn), Go Merrily Along (8-1, Trenton Watson), Fox Valley Basil (6-1, Andy Miller) and Sonny Knew (8-1, Doug Graham) complete the field of freshman.
“Valley Liberator is a big, colt horse who just got right late in the year,” said his trainer Roger Welch, who also conditions Litigator. “The owner bought him at the Arthur (IL) sale for next to nothing. He sent him to Trace Tetrick and Trace broke him and had him jogging before he sent him up north to us.”
Valley Liberator is owned by Julius Munie of Pocahontas, IL, while Litigator is owned and bred by Phil Rietveld of Crete, IL, and will race uncoupled.
He’s The Cashews got is maiden win (2.02.2) in last Wednesday’s Cardinal elimination with Tim Tetrick at his lines.
“He’s a very big colt," said Tetrick after the October 12 race. "He looks like a 5-Year-Old, not a 2-Year-Old and is just a big grinder. He doesn't have a lot of quick speed but tonight was the best he's ever raced. He doesn't know how to go on yet. He ought to be a great 3-Year-Old."
He’s The Cashew is owed by Arch S. Golden Stables (Davenport, IA) and trainer Mark Fransen, who purchased thecolt for $10,500 at the 2004 Walker Standardbred Sale.
Brianna Joy Looks to Stay on Roll in ISOBA Stake
rianna Joy will put her five race winning streak and her perfect four-for-four Maywood Park career record on the line when she takes on nine 3-Year-Old Illinois bred filly rivals in Wednesday night’s $17,800 Illinois Owners and Breeders Association Stake.
With season stake championships in the Maywood Filly Pace, the State Fair Final (Springfield), the Time Dancer (DuQuoin) and the Grandma Ann (Super Night at Balmoral Park), she has likely locked up division honours for Illinois owners James Jesk and Ledford Racing Inc.
The daughter ofhas banked over $225,00 this season and is the 8-5 morning line choice tonight to gain her 11th win in 15 second season start.
Eric Ledford will guide the speedster away from the two-slot in seventh race stake, while her entry mate Madge’s Girl leaves from the four-post with driver Mike Oosting. The Grandma Ann bridesmaid Fox Valley Zena (Andy Miller) is the 4-1 early second choice from the pole position, while the J J McCarthy owned entry of Jay Bee’s Muffie (Sam Widger) and EZ Fortune (Ron Marsh) will be at 9-2 first flash odds.
Sleazebiscuit (8-1, Tony Morgan), This Much Is True (8-1, Tim Tetrick), Studio Nine (15-1, Pat Berry), She Likes It All (12-1, Tim Wilson Junior) and Pandemonious (6-1, Brent Holland) complete the field. The latter pair of fillies will start from second tier in posts 9 and 10, respectively.
Brianna Joy made two starts as a freshman, winning her Violet pace elimination and then the final (1.54.2). She also rolled to easy victories this season in her Maywood Filly Pace elimination and championship (1.53.4) here in mid-June.
Courtesy Of Mike Paradise, Publicity Director, Maywood Park