Fox Valley Gallant, the fastest horse in the history of Maywood Park, cruised to a two-length victory in 1:52.1 with driver Mike Oosting at the lines Friday night on the Chicago's circuit’s
The four-year-old pacer scored his second straight win in the featured $15,250 Broadway Jazz Open Pace for state-bred.
"The track is a little deep tonight but my horse seemed to get a hold of it no problem," Oosting said. "Except for the first race of the night, no body was winning on the front end, so I was content to sit with him until the second time around."
osting had Fox Valley Gallant sitting comfortably in fourth on the rail as the leading Les Nomades (Brent Holland) zipped to a :27.1 opening panel, followed by Papa Deck (Dave Magee) in the two-hole, and Fox Valley Devious (Tony Morgan) sitting third on the rail. Oosting then pulled his charge first over in the turn as the field headed to the half. With a modest :29.1 second quarter to the :56.2 half, Fox Valley Gallant stalked the leaders patiently.
"I've driven Les Nomades before," Oosting noted. "And he's a pretty serious contender on the front end. The race set up perfectly for my horse, though, and I was confident that I'd be able to get around Les Nomades going down the backside."
Oosting waiting until the field was coming out of the third turn before asking Fox Valley Gallant to turn on the engine. The son ofresponded by clearing the leader to the 1:24 three-quarters, using a :27.3 brush and drew off by nearly five lengths from the rest of the field.
"I know this horse isn't at his best yet," Oosting said. "He had a temperature yesterday and took it again tonight after the horse warmed up, and he seemed OK. However, he's still not at the top of his game, though he's a much sounder horse than he was last year. They changed his shoes and he's much more mature, and just much sounder overall."
The Seldon Ledford-trainee came into the featured ICF Open fresh off a 1:51 victory at Balmoral Park last Saturday, April 23.
"That win at Balmoral was a huge mile," continued Oosting. "He really raced better there than he did here at Maywood tonight, because last Saturday the track was awful at Balmoral."
Owned by James Jesk of Lemont, Illinois, Fox Valley Gallant pushed his seasonal record to two wins and two thirds in eight tries. Last year he amassed $179,271, winning eight of 21 starts, including his Maywood Park record performance of 1:50.3 last October 22.
Maywood Park publicity department