For years, from one season to the next, the winning percentage of favorites and the dominance of winning horses from the one-post at Maywood Park have been consistently very high as they have been on every half-mile harness track in the country. However, that isn’t case any longer.
There was a dramatic difference at Maywood Park from 2007 as compared to the past number of years.
Consider these statistics:
**The winning percentage of favorites at Maywood was down from 42 per cent in 2005 and 2006 to 38 percent in 2007, a drop FOUR percentage points.
**Winners from the one-post went from 23.1% in 2006 down to 16.78 in 2007, more than a SIX per cent drop.
**The one and two posts in 2006 combined for 42.1 of Maywood’s winners. Last season it dropped by a hefty NINE per cent points to 33.3% of the winning horses.
**For the first time in the 61 years of racing at Maywood Park the one-slot WAS NOT the post with the most winners. Instead it surprisingly was the four-post with 187 winning horses (16.96%), while the one had 185 (16.78%) and the two-slot just one less at 184 (16.51%).
**Maywood’s percentage of winning favorites in 2007 ended up at 38%, only one per cent higher than Balmoral (37%) and two per cent lower than Hawthorne (40%), both one-mile Chicago circuit tracks with 10-horses across compared to eight on a half-miler.
If you looking for the primary reason for these remarkable changes it’s very likely because of a idea Maywood Park Racing Secretary Doc Narotsky came up with and then implemented for 2007 season and one that he continues into 2008.
In races that were on the low end of the purse distribution, Narotsky assigns the one-post to the horse with the least money made in the field. That horse must have earned less than $1,000 in his or her last five starts and in its last start for that claming price or condition.
There may be some who oppose this unique one-post assignment in lower level races, while there are many others who support it. However, they can be no disagreement that it has made a major impact in substantially changing the status quo of winning post positions in 2007 at Maywood Park.
You can bet that it’ll an interesting 2008 season on the half-mile oval as well.
Mike Paradise, director of publicity