MJGB Racing Stable’s Guest Host was the surprise 15-1 longshot winner of Maywood Park $14,250 Friday night (May 13) feature race for $50,000 claiming horses.
Stuck inside fifth and last in the compact field with a quarter of a mile to go, Sam Widger got Guest Host ($34.00) out, taking the Dave McCaffrey trained winner three-wide mid-way through the last turn and enabling the son ofto sweep past and post a neck victory in 1:54.1 for his Suffern, New York owners.
When Les Nomades came up sick and was a late scratch, only five horses went postward in the fifth race feature. The field dropped into line at the start of the race with the 6-5 favorite Thank Me Later (Andy Miller) on the lead and the 3-2 second choice Mattygonne A in the pocket.
Guest Host left from post three and was third inside as the public’s choice marched the field through :28.2 and :28.3 opening quarters.
Tim Tetrick took Deseeker out of fourth at the :57 half and the four-year-old gelding was alongside the leader, a half-length behind, after Thank Me Later paced another :28.3 third quarter.
However, Thank Me Later weakened coming out of the final turn, pushing back and impeding Mattygonne, and setting things up for an upset.
Guest Host’s :27.4 final panel was quick enough to propel the pacer pass the first up Deseeker, picking up a neck decision. Cannon Hanover (Tony Morgan) rallied for third, beaten one and one-quarter lengths.
“Andy’s horse (Thank Me Later) seemed a little weak at the three-quarters and Timmy (Tetrick, driving Deseeker) was pressing him pretty good, so I felt like I had a ton of horse,” Widger said. “So I moved him and he responded very well.
“The horse is very fit right now,” continued Widger. “The last time I drove him (on April 22), he was very strong that night too, but he choked. Tonight he had easily sailing and was really strong.”
Guest Host’s victory was his fourth in 12 season starts at Maywood Park and his second in his last three races, boosting his ’05 earnings to $41,576.
rom: Mike Paradise, director of publicity