The cream of the crop of this year’s state-bred freshman colt division was entered for Friday night’s Cardinal stake eliminations at Maywood Park.
Two divisions of eight youngsters each will tangle with the first top finishers in each split advancing to next week’s $60,000 (estimated) final.
A number of two-year-olds already with championships on their list of accomplishments will test Maywood Park’s oval in a race for the first time including Froggy Turner and Jolly Lester, trainer Tom Simmons’ one-two finishers in the Orange and Blue on Super Night; Springfield champion Mucho Sleazy, and Hawthorne champ Omaha Survivor.
Also passing the entry box was Blagoevich from the Jim Eaton stable, Bring Your Honor from the Robert Sanders barn, Ronnie Guhy’s Chevie Classic Rod, Dr McSteamie from the Danstable, Brett Ballinger’s Harness My Fury, Herbert Anderson’s Louie Fernandez, Little Pedro from the Bruce Pacitti barn, Shawn Nessa’s Littlebitoflife, Jerry Dudzik’s Ricks Big G, Letsgetstarted from the Roger Welch Stable, and Willie The Kid, a Tom Harmer stablemate of Omaha Survivor.
Mucho Sleazy comes off an impressive 1:52.4 victory in a $10,000 division of the Yates Eagle at Balmoral Park.
The 3-2 favourite raced first up when the pacesetting Choros C cut a slow pace with fractions of :28.3 and :29.1.
Mucho Sleazy was fourth, some four lengths behind at the :57.3 first half, before the home bred uncorked a wicked :54.3 last half and gained a three-quarter length victory for Buffalo Grove (IL) owner Marty Engle.
The Yates Eagle win followed Mucho Sleazy’s disappointing Orange and Blue elimination when the freshman went off stride for the first time and eliminated himself.
“I drove him a little careful this week but he was really good out there,” said winning driver Mike Oosting.
“Mucho Sleazy came up big,” said trainer Ken Rucker after the Yates Eagle.
“We still haven’t found the bottom with him yet. The night he broke we were scratching our heads trying to figure out what happen but there’s nothing we can do about it. We have to look ahead. Next up is the Cardinal at Maywood and then the Abe Lincoln there.”