Seven state bred pacing mares will test the 2-1 morning line favorite Lou Annie’s readiness when they take on the James Rowney’s multi-stake champion in Thursday night’s (July 21) $17,500 Ideal Angel stake.
The fifth race feature honors the 1993 Illinois bred three-year-old Filly of the Year Ideal Angel. The former Sportsman’s Park Super Night champion went 8-for-9 that season for the Mark Fransen Stable, winning $164,902.
Lou Annie was been sidelined since early May however she did have a strong 1:55.2 (:27.1 last quarter) winning qualifier at Balmoral Park on June 15 and draws the very favorable one-post for her Marseilles, IL owner and trainer.
“Lou Annie is the type of horse that really likes to be challenged by other horses racing at her. She’s not as good coming from off the pace, and really likes it when she can hold off other horses,” said Andy Miller after driving her to victory in a Maywood Park Open Pace earlier in the year.
Andy is at The Meadowlands Thursday evening to drive Fox Valley Lovebug in the New Jersey track’sStake.
The meet’s leading driver Tim Tetrick will guide Lou Annie in the Ideal Angel.
Now six, Lou Annie has won at least one race every season at Maywood Park, including the 2003 Maywood Filly Pace. In that same three-year-old campaign she also finished second in both our Cinderella and Violet stakes.
The daughter of Doc’s Hop has 31 career wins in 96 starts with lifetime earnings of $402,542.
Lou Annie will be challenged by (from the two-slot out): CJR Bogert (4-1, Pat Wolf), Nasti Nicki (5-1, Sam Widger), Ashley Mack (7-2, Tony Morgan), Fridaythethrteenth (8-1, Brent Holland), Katie Bell (12-1, Pat Berry), Neat Nicole (10-1, Mike Oosting) and Letmedoitmyway (15-1, Dale Hiteman).
Ashley Mack, a seven-time season winner, comes off a third place finish in last Thursday’s Open Handicap here for trainer Roger Welch and Black Tie Racing of New Lenox, IL.
Nasti Nicky (Tim Tetrick) has blossomed as a four-year-old for Robert and Laura Wagner of South Barrington, IL, chalking up six wins, four on this track including the Newcomer Series Final back in March for the Chupp Stable.
Mike Paradise, director of publicity