Live Out Loud and Taser Gun, the first and second place finishers in the first leg of the Maywood Park Pacing Series, will renew their rivalry in Thursday night’s (August 25) $35,000 Egyptian Stake; the second round of the popular Illinois bred series.
Live Out Loud (8-5, Tony Morgan) got the best of the venerable Taser Gun (3-2. Andy Miller) by a half-length in the July 7 Cook County Stake and a victory Thursday would clinch the 2005 series crown and its $20,000 bonus for co-owners M & M Racing and Dave McCaffrey, who also trains the talented four-year-old pacer.
Taser Gun, who shared the 2004 series title with Constant Change, was the outright series winner in 1998, 1999 and 2000 for Cunningham Racing, Inc. of Medora (IL) Now ten, the winner of over $1.12 million will bring a three-race winning streak into the seventh race Egyptian for trainer Robert Walker.
Live Out Loud’s 1:52.3 Cook County stake triumph came in his first season start on the Chicago circuit after a very successful campaign at The Meadowlands where the Art’s Conquest offspring won four races, including a sweep of the New Jersey track’s Aquarius Series in February, and then lowered his lifetime mark to 1:49.4.
Live Out Loud has posted wins in 7 of his first 13 career starts at Maywood Park, including a division of the Abe Lincoln as a freshman. He was a 2004 Windy City Pace Finalist.
Purchased for $30,000 at the 2002 Cottonwood Yearling Sale, Live Out Loud has turned out to be a quite a bargain for his New York and Illinois owners. In a little more than two and one-half seasons of racing the pacer has amassed $375,805 in earnings, capturing 19 of 57 career starts.
Live Out Loud is the fourth live foal of the 1992 Illinois champion Incredashell. Her first three—Broadway Bonanza, Incredicole and He’s Awfully Good—each are six-figure earners, and her fifth son, the 3-year-old, has banked over $94,000 in his first racing season for the Tom Harmer Stable.
Taser Gun will sprint out from the favorable one-post with Live Out Loud being hustled away right next to him from the two-slot. Providing the opposition (from the three-post out) is Fox Valley Tracker (10-1, Dean Magee), Hot Rob (9-1, Sam Widger), Go Warrior Go (7-2, Tim Tetrick) and ML’s Boy’s (12-1, Pat Berry).
Go Warrior Go is an 18-time winner over the past two seasons for trainer Darcy Pletcher and has racked up $207,261 for Park II of Howe (IN) in that same time span. The four-year-old son of Warrior For Peace is making only his third career start at Maywood Park. He went unplaced here as a two-year-old and finished second to Constant Change in last season’s Associates Stake, the third leg of this ICF series.
From: Mike Paradise, director of Publicity