Day At The Track


02:35 AM 21 Dec 2005 NZDT
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After trading victories in the first two legs of the Incredible Finale series Red Head Tramp and EZ Fortune square off at Maywood Park in Wednesday night’s (December 21) $10,000 Final for 3-Year-Old Illinois bred second season pacing fillies.

The two chestnut filly co-favorites start side-by-side in the fifth race seven-horse field with Red Head Tramp (9-5, Brent Holland) leaving from post four and EZ Fortune (2-1, Sam Widger) from the five slot.

The first three posts belong to Amy Towne (6-1, Mark Saporito), Sara Blue Chip (9-2, Andy Miller) and Audreys Queen (15-1, Gary Rath), in that order. Fox Valley Carmel (10-1, Ron Marsh) and Windy City Roho (8-1, Tony Morgan) have the six and seven slots respectively.

EZ Fortune rallied in the final strides to nip Red Head Tramp by a neck last week at Balmoral Park, picking up her fourth win in 18 starts for Crystal Lake, IL owner J J Mc Carthy with a 1:58 clocking. One week earlier on December 5 Red Head Tramp cruised to 2:00.1 triumph for Argo, IL owner Wanna Zizzo, a race where EZ Fortune broke on the move on our half-miler and eliminated herself.

One edge going for Red Head Tramp Wednesday night is her great deal more experience racing on small tracks (11 of 27 in 2005). The Greg Kobylenski trained filly picked up her maiden win at Maywood Park on May 5 and went on to post four more victories on the fair circuit. The homebred drew off to a career best 1:55.2 mile at Balmoral Park on November 22.

E Z Fortune has been almost strictly a big track horse in her second season. Her first series leg defeat here last month was only her second Maywood Park outing for trainer Gary Scurlock. She finished ninth and last in an ISOBA stake here on October 19, a race dominated by likely ICF 3-Year-Old filly of the year Brianna Joy.

Sara Blue Dot could be much more of a factor Wednesday night than she was in her December 13 start at Balmoral Park, where she was stuck inside and pushed back in her first outing on a big track.

She gets a favourable post shift for this final and regular driver Andy Miller is back at her lines.

Miller drove her to Maywood Park victories on November 30 (2:01) and October 24 (1:59.2). The daughter of Sportsmaster posted her five other season wins fair tracks for owner and breeder Robert Larkey of Maquoketa, Iowa.

Courtesy Of Mike Paradise, Publicity Director, Maywood Park

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