SOLID FRIDAY FEATURE AT MAYWOOD

11:52 PM 17 May 2007 NZST
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<b>Fox Valley Gambler</b>
Fox Valley Gambler
Onsite Photographic - Fox Valley Gambler (Jeff Cullipher) strides out to a 1:54.3 victory in Friday night's $20,000 Taser Gun stake at Maywood Park for 3-year-old ICF colts and geldings.

Friday night’s third race $12,300 featured conditioned pace has the early favouritism divided between the recent California ship-in Pulse (2-1, Ryan Anderson) and Jo Pa’s Bench Mark (5-2, Dave Magee) a Maywood Park track record holder.

Pulse (p.p. 6) posted his 50th career victory last week at Balmoral.

This will be the nine-year-old first start at Maywood Park since June of 2005 when he won a similar conditioned pace in 1:52.3. The J. Neil Sullivan trainee has been a fixture in the Open and Invite ranks at Cal Expo for several years.

Jo Pa’s Bench Mark (p.p.3) shifts back to the track where he’s had all of this season’s success (three wins). He became the track’s fastest aged gelding pacer last July with a 1:51.2 clocking.

They’ll be challenged by Vinnie’s Finance (8-1), The Long Goodbye (15-1), the red-hot Fox Valley Diamond (9-2), Bryn Tin Tin (12-1) and Falcatraz (7-2A), who drops out of Balmoral’s Free For All Ranks.

Fox Valley Diamond easily made it four consecutive triumphs last week in a $25,000 claiming event. It was his third straight after being claimed by Brooke Vermett of Mokena, IL.

“Fox Valley Diamond still struggles with hock problem at times but he does have ability,” said his driver Mike Oosting.

“He was just real lame for a while, however each start since they claimed him he has gotten better. The first week I drove him he was on the left line real bad. The next start he was on the left line a little bit. And tonight (May 11) he was on it even less. He’s very sharp now,” added the soon-to-be 45-year-old Michigan native.”

Cardinal, Violet Elims Next

Our sister track Balmoral Park will have a bevy of three-year-old stake state bred eliminations on its week-end cards.

Eliminations for Cardinal stake for pacing colts and the Violet for pacing fillies are on tap Saturday night while the Cardinal and Violet elims for second season ICF trotters go Sunday.

The $50,000 (est.) Finals for all four Illinois bred stakes are part of a Prairie State stake bonanza on Saturday, May 26. Also scheduled that night is the $40,000 (est.) Big Tom for aged ICF pacers and the $25,000 Loyal Opposition for state bred fillies and mares, age three and up.

Fox Valley Gambler Opens Some Eyes

he fastest winning last quarter of the year on the Chicago circuit was established by Fox Valley Gambler, who paced a sizzling :25.1 in Saturday’s eighth race at Balmoral.

The three-year-old Illinois bred went from tenth and last to first in a little more than a quarter of a mile for his fifth win in six season starts for Sawgrass Farms of Lockport Il. . .

Last year’s freshman Violet stake champion Sportsfancy stayed sharp for this Sunday’s three-year-old Violet eliminations with a 1:53 clocking in a prep last week-end at the south suburban facility.

The Hochstetler trainee was one of four winners on the card for the circuit’s leading driver Ryan Anderson.

Maywood Pace Elims on Horizon

A week from Friday we’ll host the eliminations for both the Maywood Pace for three--year-old ICF colts and geldings and the Maywood Filly Pace for second season state-bred fillies.

The $50,000 (estimated) Finals for both Illinois bred stakes will be raced on the Friday, June 8 card, along with the $40,000 Cook County Stake, the first leg of the popular Maywood Pacing Series for three-year-olds and up.

Courtesy Of Mike Paradise, Publicity Director, Maywood Park

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