Ken Spurlock’s Kennan’s Josh chalked up his initial second season victory with a quick 1:53.4 mile in Friday night’s $19,700 Illinois Owners and Breeders and Association stake for three-year-old state-bred pacing colts and geldings at Maywood Park.
Benefiting from the one-slot driver Tim Tetrick hustled out Kennnan’s Josh ($8.20), who led every step of the way in the seventh race feature and snapped the 2-5 heavy favorite Ithink’imsomebody’s winning streak at four.
The public’s choice had a garden trip behind the winner but was second-best on this night, beaten two lengths. Larry Horse, the entry mate of Kennan’s Josh, was third, another one and one-quarter lengths.
Kennan’s Josh’s 1:53.4 mile is a season best on a half-mile track for a three-year-old pacing gelding.
“This horse is extremely handy on the front end,” said Tetrick after the race. “There aren’t many horses who can out-leave him on the half and I was very confident with him tonight.”
While Kennan’s Josh zipped to a quick lead, Tony Morgan took advantage of the second tier’s nine post and was right behind the pacesetter with Ithinki’msomebody.
Morgan took his horse out of the pocket on the backside but Tetrick asked Kennan’s Josh for a bit more and he delivered, sending Ithinki’msomebody back to the inside right before the :27.4 first quarter.
I was a little concerned about Tony’s horse, but when he came at us I just spoke to my horse and he took right off,” said Tetrick.
Tetrick rated Kennan’s Josh to :28.1 and :29 flat middle quarters , and the Joel Smith trained winner came home in :28.4, easily nailing down his first win in his fourth season start.
“Joel (Trainer Smith) has done a great job of keeping this horse in great shape off of last season,” continued Tetrick.
“This horse won the Cardinal here last year. He needed a few races to get tight for tonight. Last week at Balmoral he just really wasn’t himself and I know that Joel worked on him—worked on getting his blood right, as he was a little bit down in that department.
“Kennan’s Josh is the perfect, most handy horse you could ever want to drive,” added the 24-year-old native of Flora, IL. “He’s just a great half-mile horse and I look for him to have an even better season this year than he did last year.”
ennan’s Josh won 5 of 16 starts in his freshman season, including Maywood Park’s $64,000 Cardinal Final at Maywood Park last October in 1:53.3. The son ofracked up $120,595 for owner Ken Spurlock of Cedarlake, IN.
Courtesy Of Mike Paradise, Publicity Director, Maywood Park