It wasn’t easy but in the end Perdition (Ryan Anderson) got his neck ahead at the wire to capture the $100,000 Maywood Pace Final for state-bred 3-Year-Old colts and geldings Thursday night (June 23) at Maywood Park.
Sent off as the heavy 1-2 favourites with his entry mate Mandala Quest (Brent Holland), who pushed the early pace from the rail, Perdition raced first up soon after the 27.4 second opening quarter until the finish of the 1.53.2 mile, overtaking the pacesetting Ithinki’msomebody (Tony Morgan) in the last few strides.
Mandala Quest, who took the pocket trip, came up the open stretch to be third, beaten a ½ length. Erv Miller trains both the winner and Mandala Quest.
“I was expecting faster fractions,” said winning driver Ryan Anderson. “I thought Tim’s (Tetrick) horse (Kennans Josh) was going to be flying out of there like he did last week and was a little surprised that he ducked and that Dave’s (Magee) horse (Y Z Onetwentyfive) went out instead.”
Y Z Twentyfive zipped out from the seven-slot and dropped into the three hole when Ithinki’msomebody and Mandala Quest surged ahead while Perdition settled into fourth.
However, Ryan didn’t wait long, pulling Perdition coming out in the second turn. Morgan was able to back Ithinki’msomebody down to a 29.2 second quarter with Perdition sitting outside of him.
“I wanted to be first up,” continued Ryan. “I didn’t want to have to go three-deep on the backside against Tony, who was also driving a very nice horse. I was surprised we were going that slow but I didn’t mind sitting out there.”
Ithinkim’somebody sped to a 27.4s third quarter (1.25) and had about a neck lead throughout the last turn.
“My horse had to work harder being on the outside in the turn but when I saw Tony’s horse take a couple of bad steps in the lane I thought he might be tiring and we just did get past him late.”
The victory was Perdition’s second straight after a pair of seconds and a fourth in his first three season starts. He won his Maywood Pace elimination on June 16 in a lifetime best time of 1.52.1 aided by a torrid 25.4s first panel by a couple of his rivals.
The $50,000 winner’s share of Thursday’s seventh race feature propelled Perdition’s second season earnings to $85,765.
In his freshman campaign the son ofbanked $106,781 for Tanah Merah Farms of Springfield, IL, winning 8 of 14 starts including the Springfield State Fair Championship.
Courtesy Of Mike Paradise, Publicity Director, Maywood Park