The fact that Danny Noonan captured the Incredible Finale Series Final for state-bred colts and geldings wasn't a complete surprise. However how he did it was a bit stunning. The Dave McCafftey trainee was saddled with the outside seven slot in Thursday's Maywood Park feature and the two favorites starting from the inside both could leave in a hurry.
However, long before the first turn it was Daddy Noonan in command of the field and enroute to a 1:57 flat victory.
"This horse has terrific gate speed," said winning driver Tyler Buter. "I knew the favorite (Sweet As Rain) was going to be hustled out from the rail and expected the two (Fox Valley Lector) to do the same but I still thought my horse could out-sprint both of them to the top and he did."
The series showdown between the leading 2 and 3-year-old point earners in the their respective series divisions were to meet last Friday but adverse weather conditions cause the cancellation that night of Maywood Park races. Danny Noonan drew the eight-hole last week and has luck would have it, he didn't fare any better with the seven post when the race was re-drawn for tonight with seven starters.
Nevertheless, Daddy Noonan ($9.60) exploded from the gate, grabbed a quick lead and took the field to a: 28.2 first quarter. Racing mostly into a strong headwind through the second quarter Buter was able to slow the pace down, hitting the half-mile pole in :58 flat with the 5-2 second choice Fox Valley Lector (Jason Dillander) sitting on his outside as the 4-5 favorite Sweet As Rain (Dan Noble) right on his back in the pocket.
The now three-year-old Fox Valley Lector held tough on the outside through the 1:27.4 three-quarter pole and into the final turn. Sweet As Rain was poised to make his move turning for home but the 7-2 third choice had more than enough left, pulling away by and winning by one and three-quarters lengths.
Sweet As Rain took the place spot, while Suchamuch rallied for third.
"He had the lead by the first light-pole and we all knew the one and two horses were leaving really hard," said McCaffrey who also shared ownership of the now four-year-old son ofout of the mare Incredible Seven with Z Tam Racing of Nanuet, NY. "He's really developed into a nice horse."
Danny Noonan won his Balmoral Park second series leg on December in 1:54.3 and then followed with a 1:57.2 victory on December 18 at Maywood Park.
"The horse is going into The Meadowlands Sale," added McCaffrey.
After watching the versatile gelding blossom over the past month and the that fact he can handle both a big or small track, it'll be interesting to see just what Danny Noonan fetches at the January 19 sale in New Jersey.
Mike Paradise, director of publicity