In spite of a rugged trip Street Dancer (Dale Hiteman) pulled off a game 1.55.1 victory in Wednesday night’s (October 12) $66,000 Violet stake for 2-Year-Old Illinois bred pacing fillies at Maywood Park.
The 4-5 morning line favourite My Metallica, who had drawn the pole position, was a judge’s scratch, leaving seven freshman fillies in the state-bred stake.
The 13-10 second betting choice Peine Bubbles burst away from the five-post and grabbed a very easy lead and when the 7-5 favourite Rhyme Or Reason went off stride in the first turn, Piene Bubbles was all be herself, some five lengths ahead at the 28.1s opening quarter.
After the she got away with very soft 29.3s and 29s middle quarters, and with Street Dancer racing first up for much the last half, it appeared Piene Bubbles had the race well in hand. However, in the lane she was overtaken by Street Dancer, who paced a 28s parked-out last panel while posting a 1 ½ length triumph in only her third career start for owners Terry Rathberger (Champaign, IL), Ted Lock (Bloomington, IN), Jim Reynolds (Watseka, IL) and former Illinois governor Jim Edgar (Seymour, IL).
Trained by Nelson Willis, the daughter of Richest Hanover was six lengths off the leader at the half and still two lengths behind in the lane, nevertheless Street Dancer dug in and wouldn’t be denied.
“Before the scratch I thought we could be second in here,’ said Hiteman in the winner’s circle.
“I was really impressed with the way this filly raced in her elimination last week. She went a great mile tonight and just dug in hard in the lane. She’s improved so much in the past three weeks it’s amazing. She’s a very green mare who could only pace in 2:00 a couple of weeks ago. These few starts really did her a world of good.”
A single elimination race was held to determine the four additional horses for next Monday (October 19) night’s $60,000 Cardinal Final for 2-Year-Old state bred trotting colts and geldings.
He’s The Cashew’s picked the right time to gain his maiden victory for co-owners Arch Golden Stable and trainer Mark Fransen with a wire-to-wire performance in the second race $7500 elimination. The son oftook off nicely from the one-post and was never headed in his 2.02.2 mile.
The 4-5 favourite Fox Valley Hotrod went off stride before the start and eliminated himself. Driver Tim Tetrick took He’s The Cashew to the front where he coasted with fractions of 29.3s, 1.00.3 and 1.31.4. The first up Go Merrily Along (Trenton Watson) finished second, beaten 2 ½ lengths.
Also gaining the championship were Valley Sport and Fox Valley Basil, the third and fourth place trotters in that order.
Drawing a bye into the Cardinal Final was Lincoln Land stake winner Valley Liberator, along with Adam Gram, Litgator and Sonny Knew. The foursome had the highest money earnings when they entered the Illinois bred freshman stake.
Courtesy Of Mike Paradise, Publicity Director, Maywood Park