Draw makes Cook County wide-open

04:50 AM 13 Jun 2008 NZST
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Booze Cruzin and Sam Widger
Booze Cruzin and Sam Widger - Seen here during the colts sophomore season

The $40,000 Cook Country stake, the third of threes stake on the card, became an even more competitive event after the draw for posts, which wasn't kind to either of the pre-stake favorites.

Last year's Windy City champ Booze Cruzin drew the outside seven-slot for regular driver Sam Widger and Illinois millionaire My Boy David only one slot further in for regular driver Ryan Anderson.

he coveted one-slot went to recent Balmoral Free For All winner I Can Only Imagine (3-1, Dave Magee). From the two-post to the five-slot you’ll find Well To Do Guru (10-1, Casey Leonard), Fox Valley Gambler (4-1, Tyler Buter), Elkhorn Damien (15-1, Mike Oosting) and Brown Bottle Flu (6-1, Brandson Simpson).

ooze Cruzin will open up as the 5-2 luke-warm favorite despite the outside slot.

The fast son of Art's Conquest has won 4 of his last 5 starts at Maywood Park, including an ICF Open here earlier in the year and our $220,000 Windy City Pace Champion last October.

ooze Cruzin has a 1:49 flat win this year at Balmoral and was a close third in the $400,000 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park on May 24 after cutting sizzling fractions of :26 flat, :54.4 and 1:23 flat on the seven-eighths Indiana track. A victory Friday would push the four-year-old’s career earnings over the $500,000 mark.

Booze Cruzin never ceases to amaze," says his regular driver, Sam Widger. "He just continues to be as tough and gritty as they come."

y Boy David already has a pair of sub 1:50 wins on the season, a 1:49.4 clocking in a April FFA at Balmoral and a 1:49.3 mile in the May 24 Free For All. In between (May 10) he won the $20,000 Rambling Willie stake on the Crete, IL track in 1:51.2, beating Fox Valley Gambler, Brown Bottle Flu and Booze Cruzin.

My Boy David is awesome at Maywood and I believe he has another real big year ahead of him," says his driver Ryan Anderson.

"This horse shows up every week and that's why he has over $1 million on his card. He's as game as they come and he hasn't shown me one thing that would make think that he's slowing down at all despite all the tough miles he's gone."

ox Valley Gambler already has banked more money ($106,537) in less than a half season of racing as a four-year-old for owner Sawgrass Farm and trainer Perry Smith than he did all of the last year ($104, 447) in his first season. The Richess Hanover offspring did not race as a two-year-old.

Mike Paradise, Maywood Park

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