Five open stake races, worth over $1 million in purse money, has lured three recent Breeders Crown champions, including a double-Dan Patch award winner, to Balmoral Park for Saturday night’s (November 5) American National Festival of Races.
Of all the big guns that have rolled into Chi-Town none is more nationally recognised than the talented 4-Year-Old trotting mare Peaceful Way, currently the number three horse of any gait according to the USTA’s latest poll. The mare is having an extraordinary season, winning eight of her nine season starts, including her early September Breeders Crown for aged trotters at Mohawk, as well the Classic Series Final (Meadowlands), the Armbro Flight (Mohawk), and the Allrage (The Red Mile). She’s banked $545,804 under of the care of trainer Dave Tingley.
Taking on Peaceway Way in the $250,000 American National Aged Trot are Dunkster,, Hellava Hush, Hez Striking, , Mohammed Mali, Mystical Sunshine and Roserun Faster.
Hellava Hush, trained by Bill Gallagher, boasts the second fastest win by a trotter this season, taking the $300,000 Nat Ray in early August in 1:51 at The Big M. In 2003 he was a division winner of Maywood Park’s Galt Trot.
The $250,000 American National Pace is headed by recent Breeders Crown champion Boulder Creek, who won his elimination last week in 1:51.1 (:26.4 last quarter) for trainer Mark Silva. The Seldon Ledford Stable’swas the first elimination winner in a snappy 1:49.3 for driver Eric Ledford. Other aged pace finalists are Pokagon, He Wants It All, Timesareachanging, Foxy Maneuver, , Escape The Wind, Artiology and .
The recent $271,759 Moni Maker (The Red Mile) champion Coulantine will be in action in the $250,000 American National 3-Year-Old filly trot where she’ll meet a pair of Roger Welch trained ICF fillies who captured their respective October 29 eliminations—Victor’s Pursuit (1:56.4) and Arcola (1:56.3). Whotookwhat, Reinvent, Christina M, Magenta Hall, Ladymatic, Just Like Dream and Third Reef complete the filly trot final.
All eyes in the $70,000 Fairy Godmother will be Loyal Opposition. Already the richest Illinois bred pacer of all time with earnings of $2,487,388; the 5-Year-Old daughter ofcan surpass now retired standout trotter as the wealthiest all-time Illinois bred leading money earner with a first or second place finish Saturday.
Last season the Erv Miller trainee paced a world record 1:48.4 mile in the Lady Liberty at The Meadowlands. Loyal Opposition went on to be named the Dan Patch winner a second time and the 2004 Illinois Horse of the Year. She also won the United States Harness Writer’s Dan Patch award in 2002.
Taking on Loyal Opposition is last year’s Fairy Godmother champion Cinder Best, as well as Parkland Powerful, Nu Diamond Star, Valley Electric and Stonebridge Kisses.
Saturday’s $65,000 Hanover stake is for 3-Year-Old trotting colts and geldings.
aywood Feature has Egyptian Look
riday night’s $12,500 tenth race pace feature at Maywood Park brings out the first four finishers in this summer Egyptian Stake—Go Warrior Go (3-1), Taser Gun (7-2), Hot Rob (12-1) and Live Out Loud (5-1)—as well as two high-price claimers with 25 season victories between them—Indian Territory (7-2) and Wesley Snip (4-1).
The three-year-old filly American Riches (15-1) and seasoned Illinois veteran Papa Ddeck (8-1) complete the field for pacers with over $10,000 season earnings.
Indian Territory (Tim Tetrick) is a 10-time winner with seven coming at Maywood Park, including his last four outings here, while Wesley Snip has 15 season triumphs, all but three on mile tracks.
Courtesy Of Mike Paradise, Publicity Director, Maywood Park