Go Warrior Go took advantage of a torrid early duel by Taser Gun and Live Out Loud and zipped past the betting favorites in the late going to capture the $35,000 Egyptian Stake Thursday night (August 25) at Maywood Park.
Nicely handled by the meet’s leading driver Tim Tetrick, the 1:52.1 victory in the second leg of the Maywood Pacing Series was Go Warrior Go’s first in only his third career start on the Chicago circuit’s half-miler for Par II of Howe, Indiana.
As expected the six-horse field fell into line with 4-5 favorite Taser Gun shooting out from the pole position into a quick leader for driver Andy Miller while the 9-5 second choice Live Out Loud sprinted out right behind him and took the two-hole with Tony Morgan.
What wasn’t expected came soon after the first turn. Morgan took Live Out Loud out of the pocket and shot for the lead, however Miller let out a notch on Taser Gun and kept the first leg series winner parked out, first to a :27 opening quarter, and then to a :27.2 second.
Live Out Loud subsequently was dropped behind the 10-year-old popular state-bred pacing star right before the first half mile marker but then Fox Valley Tracker (Dean Magee) came out of third went after Taser Gun, battling on his outside through a 28.3 third panel while Tetrick had the 4-1 third choice Go Warrior Go three-wide at the 1:23 flat three-quarters.
Taser Gun still had the lead at the top of the lane however he didn’t have enough left to hold off Go Warrior Go ($10.00). The Darcy Pletcher trained winner posted a three-quarter length triumph. The 16-1 longshot Hot Rob (Sam Widger) rallied for third, beaten two and one-quarter lengths. A tiring Live Out Loud held on for fourth, beaten another half-length.
“I was really surprised that they raced that hard up front early on,” winning driver Tim Tetrick mused. “I thought that it would be great for my horse if there was a battle early on, but I never expected anything like that.
“It’s a privilege to race against Taser Gun, let alone beat him,” continued Tetrick. “The only thing that worried me is when Dean (Magee, driving Fox Valley Tracker) came first up. But my horse is always extremely strong in his final quarter. Tonight he just rocked in the stretch and was never tired.”
Go Warrior’s Go’s $17,500 winner’s share of the state-bred stake purse boosted his season earnings to $126,963. The five-year-old gelding’s triumph was his eighth of the campaign and his 19th over the past 20 months.
Go Warrior Go’s last Maywood Park appearance was a second place finish in the 2004 Associates Stake, the third and final leg of the pacing series.
From: Mike Paradise, director of publicity