The heavy favourites My Boy David and Hot N Sporty both had an easy time posting front-end victories in their respective Cardinal eliminations for 2-Year-Old state breds pacers on Friday night (October 7) at Maywood Park.
In fact, both winning first season pacers got the lead after the first turn and cut almost identical fractions to set up their Friday, October 14 Cardinal showdown with its $65,000 purse on the line.
My Boy David shot out from the three-post and was pushed throughout the first turn by the No. 1 Instant Classic. The overwhelming 1-5 favourite needed a quick 27 second opening panel to be in command, however Miller then was able to put on the brakes giving the Homer Hochstetler trainee a leisurely 29.2 second quarter.
After a half mile time of 56.2s My Boy David was still coasting unchallenged while Tony Morgan had his hands full with Instant Classic in the pocket. The latter then made a break in the third turn and impeded 3 of the other 4 challengers.
I Believe Its True (Sam Widger) who had been racing first up and wasn’t bothered, dropped into the two-hole behind My Boy David as the son oftook the field to a 1.25.2 three-quarters. My Boy David paced a 28.3s last quarter without much urging, finishing two and one-half lengths ahead of I Believe Its True.
Also gaining the Cardinal Final were the third place finisher Fox Valley Cruiser (Mike Oosting), beaten four and one-lengths, and the fourth place horse Latte Tom (Lavern Hostetler), beaten six-plus.
“This was the first time I drove this horse and he just did everything I asked him to do and he did it easily,” said My Boy David’s driver Andy Miller.
Hot N Sporty was hustled out from the two slot while Miller did the same with the rail pacer Joe Somebody. Hot N Sporty also got the lead after the first turn and his :27 first quarter was a tick faster than My Boy David’s. He had the same 56.3s half-mile time as his rival.
Hot N Sporty’s 1.25.1 third quarter was a tick faster than his adversary’s and so was his 1.53.4 clocking for the mile.
Joe Somebody, who had the garden trip was second, 1 ¼ lengths behind Hot N Sport, a son ofoffspring trained by James Crebs. Fox Valley Piston (Dale Hiteman) nosed out Thisbigdogwillfight (Pat Berry) for the show spot but both youngsters advanced to next week’s final.
My Boy David will bring a first season bankroll of $153,499 into the confrontation for his owners Shirley Le Vin (Schaumburg, IL) and David Riff (Barrington Hills, IL), while Hot N Sporty will sport earnings of $123,972 for owners and breeders James and Donna Crebs of Cantrall, IL for the final.
Courtesy Of Mike Paradise, Publicity Director, Maywood Park