Illinois owners Cynthia Willis and James Jesk have a triple threat going for them in Friday night’s $12,000 Cole Muffler, the last state-bred stake of the season for 3-Year-Old pacing colts and geldings.
The trio of Incredible Art (Mike Oosting), Fox Valley Rumble (Sam Widger) and Fox Valley Emerald (Brent Holland) will open as the 8-5 favourites in the seventh race feature. The three pacers are trained by Nelson Willis, along with anotherstarter Johns My Buddy (9-2, Dale Hiteman), who will race uncoupled from the Willis-Jesk trio because of different ownership (John Krasnican of Streator, IL).
Incredible Art is a winner of three of his last four races, including a career best 1:51.2 clocking at Balmoral on September 24. He drew the two slot. Entrymates Fox Valley Rumble and Fox Valley Emerald leave from posts four and seven, respectively.
Fox Valley Rumble breezed to a lifetime best 1:53.1 Balmoral clocking last Saturday in his second start racing on the bleeder medication lasix. Fox Valley Emerald’s 1:51.4 mark came in his Pete Langley elimination stake win on September 10, also at Balmoral.
Back from Canada is the 5-2 early second choice Apache Shooter, who has the coveted one-post and is reunited with Tony Morgan. The son of Ft Apache Hanover posted all six of his season victory with Morgan on the local scene including his lone Maywood Park start back on May 11.
Owned and bred by Susan and Loren Pyle of Bloomingdale, MI and trained by the latter, Apache Shooter has been taking on open company foes at both Mohawk and Woodbine the last two months.
The 7-2 early third choice is Suffern’s Z Tam, fresh off a 152.3 win at Balmoral Park six nights ago for owners MJGB Stables, Anthony Somone, Scurto Stables and trainer Dave McCaffrey. The son ofhas post six with driver Tim Tetrick in his first sophomore start at Maywood Park. He did win 2 of 5 outings on our half-miler during his first season.
The nine-horse Illinois bred stake is completed with I Know Your Lookin (15-1, Mike Brown), The Long Goodbye (10-1, Dave Magee), and Northern Apache (15-2, Andy Miller). The latter will start from the second tier with post nine.
Johns My Buddy has turned it up a notch over the past two months, picking up 3 of his 4 season triumphs in a span covering five races. Anotheroffspring, Johns My Buddy’s 34th career start Friday night will be his very first on a half-mile oval.
Courtesy Of Mike Paradise, Publicity Director, Maywood Park