Indian Territory continued his dominance of the Chicago circuit’s high priced claiming division when he sped to his fifth consecutive victory in Maywood Park’s $15,000 Friday night (September 30) feature race.
Taking advantage of the pole position driver Tim Tetrick hustled the betting public’s 3-5 favorite out to a quick lead and Indian Territory made every pole a winning one while establishing a new season mark with a 1:52 flat clocking.
Wesley Snip (Mike Oosting) was second best, finishing two lengths behind, while The Power Ofwealth (Dave Magee) grabbed the show spot, beaten three and one-half lengths in the seven horse field of $50,000 to $58,000 claimers.
Indian Territory was pushed in the early going by No. 2 Fox Valley Whiz (Brent Holland) and No. 7 Regent Hall (Andy Miller), who ended up dropping in the two and three-holes, respectively midway through the first turn.
After a :27.2 first quarter Regent Hall came out of third to challenge Indian Territory, who paced a :28.2 second quarter to keep a half length lead. Wesley Snip was second over but when Tetrick let out a notch on Indian Territory on the backside, Oosting had to take Wesley Snip three-wide to get around a tiring Regent Hall.
Indian Territory then parlayed consecutive :28 flat second half quarters into his tenth season victory and his fifth in a row since Tetrick took over his lines on September 2.
“This horse is just super strong right now,” said Tetrick after the tenth race feature. ‘I had to take advantage of drawing the rail and once he got the lead and settled in I felt he could fight off any challenge. His trainer (Jarrod Duncan) has done a great job of keeping him very sharp.”
Indian Territory is owned by In The Lane Racing Inc (Chicago, IL), Heather Dillander (Beecher, IL) and Jerrod Duncan (Bourbonnais, IL). The eight-year-old gelded son ofhas season earnings of $66,486 with $26,550 accumulated during his five-race September sweep.
From: Mike Paradise, director of publicity