Costly Cadet started off his 2006 Maywood Park season much the same way he campaigned for the Seldon Ledford Stable here last year—with a victory.
The now 10-year-old veteran took the $11,600 feature for $30,000 claiming horses in front-end fashion with a 1:55.1 clocking. The ninth race triumph was Costly Cadet ninth in the his last 12 starts on the Chicago circuit’s half-miler for owners WDM Racing (Crete, IL), Barry Horesnstein (Plantation, FL), Cary Horenstein (Coral Springs, FL) and Larry Stone (Manchester, MI).
The 3-5 public’s choice shot out to a quick lead from the two-slot with driver Mike Oosting and won rather handily. Fox Valley Whiz (Tim Tetrick), enjoying the two-hole trip behind Costly Cadet, was second best, beaten three-quarters of a length. Apache Hotspur (Dale Hiteman), who raced second up much of the way, came on for third, another half-length behind.
Oosting sent Costly Cadet right to the top from the coveted pole position and the Michigan bred gelding had a two-length lead heading into the first turn. After a :28 first panel, Oosting was able to back the winner down to a :30.2 soft second quarter with the first over Do You Yahoo (Tony Morgan) on his outside, one and three-quarters off the leader.
Do You Yahoo made his bid on the backside however Costly Cadet put him away by the 1:27.1 three-quarter pole, started to pull away in the final turn, and easily turned back the challenges of Fox Valley Whiz and Apache Hotspur in the lane.
“Costly Cadet is tough when he gets the lead from the inside,” said Oosting, who had four winner’s on the 13-race card. “We really want to try to get him to race from behind. Some nights this horse will come away from the gate well and in those cases he’ll race well. But if you take him off the gate and he really doesn’t want to be taken off the gate, he simply won’t race as well. He’s a very smart horse in that regard.”
Costly Cadet earned $86,079 in 2005 while winning 12 of 32 starts; with of 10 those victories come at Maywood Park in 24 tries. The son ofnow has lifetime earnings of $394,772.
Mike Paradise, director of publicity