Wanda Zizzo’s Red Head Tramp had little trouble capturing Wednesday night’s (December 21) $10,000 Incredible Finale Series Final for state-bred three-year-old pacing fillies, making every pole a winning one with driver Brent Holland.
The Greg Kobylenski chestnut trained filly took the fifth race feature in 2:00.1 on a very cold 12 degree evening at Maywood Park. The pocket horse Amy Towne (Mark Saporito) was second, beaten two and three-quarter by the 7-10 public’s choice. Sara Blue Dot (Andy Miller) was third best, four-plus lengths behind the winner.
Red Head Tramp cut fractions first half fractions of :28.4 and :59.3, while 3-1 second choice EZ Fortune raced first up, struggling a bit through the turns, and never was able to mound a series challenge.
“Nobody really got even near to us,” noted Holland. “Sammy’s horse (EZ Fortune) was the closest (one and one-half lengths). Down the backside we got to the three-quarters in 1:30 and I probably could have gotten more of a breather if I wanted it. Then I saw Tony’s (Morgan) horse (Windy City Roho) coming on three-wide so I let my filly out a little bit at the three-quarter pole.
“I really wasn’t worried about any horse in the race. I was just worried about getting the lead,” continued Holland. “I was hoping the inside horses (No.1 Amy Towne and No. 2 Sara Blue Chip) would respect my filly and they did, so it worked out well for all of us.”
The field dropped into line in the early going before Holland took Red Head Tramp out of three three-hole in the initial turn and past the early leader Amy Town before the first quarter pole.
Bred and owned by Wanda Zizzo of Argo, Illinois, Red Head Tramp won her series first leg at Maywood Park on December 5 in 2:00.1, She was caught by E Z Fortune in the final strides in the second round at Balmoral on December 13 despite a comfortable lead in deep stretch, ending up a neck short in the 1:58 mile.
“Last week at Balmoral my filly got a little lost out there on the lead,” said Holland. “I felt if we got the front on this track it would be a different story.”
After posting 5 wins and 5 seconds in her first 23 season starts, Red Head Tramp has collected 3 victories in 2 places in her last 5 outings. The daughter ofhas put $28,201 on her second season card.
Mike Paradise, director of publicity