Day At The Track


06:06 PM 03 Aug 2005 NZST
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The streaking pacer Oakbrook Raider goes after his seventh consecutive Maywood Park victory in Thursday night’s (August 4) ninth race and he’ll his work cut out to get it.

The five-year-old Michigan bred drew the outside eight-slot with its minuscule two per cent winning clip this season.

However, win, lose or draw, Oakbrook Raider’s owners Michael and Charlotte Prater of St. Charles, IL couldn’t have asked for a better claim by their trainer Paul Blumenfeld.

The 44-year-old Long Island, NY native plucked the Oakbrook Raider out of a $8,000 claimer on June 23 and in four starts for the west suburban couple the pacer has already gotten back his original purchase price . . . and $6,850 more.

Despite the outside post Oakbrook Raider will open up as the 2-1 morning line favorite with Pat Berry driving. The now confident son of Keystone Raider may have the necessary gate speed and to gain command just as he did in each of his six straight triumphs. The gelding’s last two victories came on the front-end at tonight’s $27,500 claiming level, as well.

Starting inside of Oakbrook Raider in the $10,900 ninth race is (from the one-slot out) Hard To Brake (8-1), Hogies Cam (5-1), Western Gambler (7-2), Rev Hanover (12-1), Peaceful Man (15-1), Tattlers Top Gun (8-1) and Incredivelocity (4-1), a recent ship-in from The Meadowlands by the Ken Rucker Stable over to his favorite racetrack. In 10 seasons starts at Maywood Park Incredivelocity has 4 wins, 2 seconds and 3 thirds and a fifth.

Last year Oakbrook Raider won only once in 40 starts and earned $26,120. This year he has nine wins in his first 24 outings, while banking $35,968. The Terry Leonard Stable took the horse out of April $8,000 claimer and also did admirably with him this season. The pacer made $8,328 for the stable, in addition to the $8,000 he brought when Blumenfeld claimed him two months later.

In the first $27,500 claiming event on the Thursday card, early favoritism is split up between Midwestern (3-1, Tim Tetrick), Power An Glory A (7-2, Tony Morgan), ML’s Boy (4-1, Jason Dillander), and Rah N (9-2, Brent Holland).

Decoy A (8-1), Yankee Blitz (12-1), Stealth Flyer (5-1) and Lifetime Boy (15-1) complete the sixth race field.

From: Mike Paradise, director of publicity

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