The first Maywood Park stake race of the season came up bigger than expected, necessitating two $15,000 divisions of the Desperate Lady Stake for state-bred pacing fillies for Friday night’s card.
The third race first split brought out last year’s ICF filly freshman champion Orgami Rose for her second season debut for owner and trainer Stan Miller.
The daughter ofracked up $172,948 as a freshman, highlighted by stakes victories in the $300,000 Orange and Blue and $50,000 Incredible Tillie, both at Balmoral Park.
Orgami Rose (2-1, Sam Widger) leaves from post five in the seven horse field. The 5-2 morning choice Dr Nabrinsky (Del Chupp) gets the advantageous one-slot for her Maywood Park bow. The field is completed with Fox Valley Koochie (12-1), Spunky Sparky (30-1), Nancy Irene (7-2), Sporty Ellie (5-1) and Utopianne (6-1).
Fresh from knocking off some rugged open company fillies on the east coast is Faith Leigh, now trained by Erv Miller (3-2, Brent Holland). The daughter ofwon $67,000 final of the Jersey Girl Series on April 5 at The Meadowlands in 1:53.3 and is the second division favorite.
Faith Leigh is no stranger to the Maywood Park oval. She beat Orgami Rose in her Violet elimination last October with a 1:57.1 mile however she made what appeared to be a speed break leaving at the start of that stake final. The youngster won a division of the First Lady earlier at DuQuoin.
Apache Trick (5-2, Mike Oosting) carries a two-race winning streak into the second Desperate Lady division for trainer and co-owner Darcy Pletcher, which is rounded out with Mrs Grant Seven (6-1) Chevie Chic (7-2), Gypsys Good Girl (20-1) and Odds On Diana (5-1).
Apache Trick sold for only $1,900 as a yearling. “I bought her at the Illini Sales,” said Pletcher. “She started out real good as a 2-year-old. She won her first two races but then she got where she wouldn’t eat and she got rundown. She was flat on Super Night so we quit with her for the year.”
Courtesy Of Mike Paradise, Publicity Director, Maywood Park