Ithinkim’somebody took advantage of a pocket trip in his return to his favourite track and captured Friday night’s (September 23) feature race at Maywood Park for 3-Year-Olds for driver Mike Oosting.
Despite a Maywood Park season record of three wins—including the April 22 Taser Gun stake—and two seconds in six starts, Ithinkim’somebody went off at 15-1 odds in the six horse fifth race $9,000 feature, winning in 1.52.4.
The Long Goodbye was hustled out from the one-slot by Dave Magee while Oosting urged Ithinki’msomebody away from the three-post, dropping in behind the pacesetter who took the field to a quick 26.3 second opening quarter.
The even-money choice Brian And Kellie was sent after the leader by driver Brent Holland however The Long Goodbye kept him parked out to a 54.3s half. Arts Mouse (Tony Morgan) was three-wide at the 1.23 three-quarters with the 7-5 second choice Perdition (Andy Miller) right behind him.
The six-horse field was separated by only 4 ½ engths as they headed into the final turn.
The Long Goodbye put away Brian And Kellie but couldn’t hold off I’mthinki’msomebody. The winner came up the open stretch and gained a neck decision for trainer Mark Fransen, who shares ownership of the winner with Terry Duffy (Lemont, IL). Brian And Kellie was third, beaten 1 ¼ lengths.
“I talked to Rucker (trainer Ken) before the race and he just told me to hustle the horse out of there,” Oosting noted.
“So that’s what I tried to do, but Dave (Magee, driving The Long Goodbye) had other ideas, so I took back and sat in the two-hole, which worked out well ultimately in the end. I backed him off and took the pocket trip. This horse was running over everyone.
“This cool weather (65 degrees) has certainly seemed to agree with him,” continued Oosting. “He was kind of flat this summer when I drove him at Springfield. Fransen (trainer Mark) really has this horse in great shape right now.”
Ithinki’msomebody has earned $79,955 in his second season of racing and won for the sixth time in 19 outings. Theoffspring is eligible for the $350,000 (estimated) Windy City Pace on October 28
Courtesy Of Mike Paradise, Publicity Director, Maywood Park