The public's choice's Incredible Bob and Fox Valley Lector both had an easy time winning divisions of their respective second legs of the Incredible Finale Series for state-bred freshman colts and geldings Thursday night at Maywood Park, just as they did in last week's first round splits at Balmoral Park.
The leading money earners of the first two series legs for two-year-olds will earn a starting berth in the two-year-old series final on Wednesday, December 17 at Balmoral Park.
The even-money first division favorite Incredible Bob grabbed an easy lead from the two-slot for driver Joshua Sutton and was able to get away with a slow: 30.3 first quarter and when no one went after him, the homebred freshman son ofhardly broke a sweat when he hit the half-mile marker in a leisurely time of 1:02 flat. The winner put away a bid from the first-over Cruzan A Day Away (Brandon Simpson) with a: 28.3 third quarter and was well in hand at the end of a 1:59 winning mile.
"Incredible Bob is a little Army tank. I mean he pulls pretty good," said his driver Joshua Sutton." I figured I tried to go right to the front with him and that's just how it worked out. I never really called on him (in the race). He just did everything on his own. I never even pulled his ear-plugs. Of course getting a real easy second quarter was awfully nice."
Incredible Bob also won his first series leg at Balmoral Park on December 3 for Elgin, IL owner Robert Le Roy Enterprises with a 1:56.2 clocking, in the same front-end fashion. "Stan (trainer Miller) has him sharp for this series," added Sutton.
Filthy Rich (Laverne Hostetler) was awarded second place through a disqualification in the lane of the runner-up Cruzan A Day Away, who was beaten three and one-half lengths and was placed third.
Fox Valley Lector ($4.60) had to work much harder to get the top in his second (ninth race) division. Big Party (Brandon Simpson) beat the 13-10 choice out of the gate and took command in the first turn but Jason Dillander kept after Fox Valley Lector and he wrestled away the lead at the :28.2 first quarter pole.
Dillander backed Fox Valley Lector down and they hit the half-mile timer in: 58.1 with Seemingly Z Tam (Sam Widger) coming out of four-hole after them. When Big Party tired, Widger was able to drop Seemingly Z Tam in the two-hole behind the pacesetter who was timed in 1:27.3 at the three-quarters, however the Roger Welch trainee had enough left in the tank to post a one-length decision in 1:57.4.
The 5-2 second choice Seemingly Z Tam took the place by four lengths over the third place finisher Sports Scooter (Trace Tetrick).
Fox Valley Lector won his Balmoral Park first series leg in 1:57.2, his first start since mid-September for G&B Stable of Illinois (Alsip).
By Mike Paradise: Director of Publicity