Day At The Track

Fort Silky wins Lester McKeever at Maywood Park

02:36 PM 16 Nov 2013 NZDT
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Fort Silky, harness racing
Fort Silky and driver Casey Leonard
Photo by David Baum

Fort Silky and driver Casey Leonard went wire-to-wire to capture the $30,000 Lester McKeever Stake in 1:53.3 on Nov. 15 at Maywood Park.

The 7-year-old son of Ft. Apache Hanover is trained byTerry Leonard for owners John Prentice and Neve Jan Ikeler of Illinois.

After sweeping through fractions of :28.1, :57.2 and 1:25.4, Fort Silky held off second-place finisher Uncle Smoothie (Matt Krueger)by three-quarters of a length. Mystical Walter (Lewayne Miller) finished third.

Fort Silky added the $15,000 winner’s share to his seasonal bankroll of $237,795.

“This race worked out exactly the way we wanted it to,”Leonard said. “My horse left well as I had him pretty reved up and I was a little surprised nobody left. Going into the last turn my horse felt really good. He doesn’t finish as well here as he does at Balmoral, but he was good enough to get the job done. I love horses that just get it, like he does. Sometimes the fastest horse doesn’t always win the race—sometimes it’s just the horse that keeps on trying.”

Fort Silky scored his fourth consecutive victory andpushed his career earnings to $551,935.

by Kimberly A. Rinker for Maywood Park

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