Day At The Track

Fox Valley Steffen strolls to victory

04:40 AM 02 Nov 2012 NZDT
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Fox Valley Steffen and Dale Hiteman
Fox Valley Steffen and Dale Hiteman - have no troible disposing their three rivals in 1:57 flat.
David Baum photo

What already looked like it was going to be a stroll in the park for Paula Smith, James Runyan & Gary Engel's Fox Valley Steffen became even easier with the defection of two of the six scheduled harness racing starters in Thursday's (November 1) $12,600 Life's A Holiday Stake at Maywood Park.

The diagonally gaited sophomore colt then left no doubt as to who was the best among this group of state-breds as he cruised to a 3 ½ length victory in 2:01.3.

Leaving from the inside spot in the compact field of four driver Dale Hiteman sent the gelded son of International Chip-Super Renee right to the front where he proceeded to step through leisurely splits of 29.4, 1:01.1 & 1:32.2.

Under no pressure whatsoever at any point in the mile, the Joel Smith trainee sealed the deal with a 29.1 final quarter to notch his third win of the season. The pocket sitting Fall Creek Bandit (Brian Carpenter) finished second while One High Game (Jared Finn) was a distant third, some 11 ½ lengths behind the winner.

With just win and place wagering in the race because of the scratches Fox Valley Steffen returned $2.20 & $2.10 while upping his career bankroll to $103,683.

takes action continues on Friday night at Maywood Park with a field of nine sophomore pacing fillies contesting the $12,900 Giggles The Clown Stake.

Post time for the 14-race program is 7:10 p.m. (central).

by Tom KELLEY

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