Continuing an amazing comeback that kept him on the shelf for the entire 2012 season, Mystical Marker Farms, Shim Racing, Paymaq Racing and Ken Duffy’s A Cool Card captured Saturday’s $125,000 Tony Maurello Stake by three-quarters of a length in 1:50.2.
Perfectly handled by driver Marcus Miller the five-year-old gelding was eased away from the gate by driver Marcus Miller, eventually landing in fifth as Fort Silky () rattled off splits of 27.0, 55.3 and 1:23.0.
“The fractions figured to be fast and it was working out exactly how I hoped it would,” said Miller. “You go into a race with a plan in mind but it usually doesn’t work out that way. Tonight it did.”
Picking up live cover from a first over NJ’s Big Deal (Mike Cox) as the field moved around the far turn Miller tipped his charge three deep as the field straightened for the money. Taking dead aim on a game but leg weary Fort Silky, thetrained son of Cole Muffler flew home in a wicked 27.0 to win for seventh time in 11 starts this year. Fort Silky was a hard fought second while NJ’s Big Deal was third, six lengths behind the winner.
The former Maywood Pace winner returned $3.80, $2.60 & $2.60 to his legion of backers. Despite missing an entire season A Cool Card now boasts 14 wins, one second and two thirds in 19 lifetime starts with earnings of $195,525.
A Cool Card holds a special place in Miller’s heart since he was the horse that Marcus guided to his 1,000th career victory which came in his Maywood Pace elimination.
“If this horse hadn’t been hurt he’d really have a lot more money on his card and a lot more people around the country would know about this horse,” said Miller. “He’s such a tough animal and he always gives you everything he’s got. Tonight he took off so fast on me I had to steady him for a brief second in the stretch. Once he got things back in order he just dug down and found another gear for me.”
and A Cool Card came flying down the stretch to win the $125,000 Stake in 1:50.2.
From: David Baum