Thursday night’s (July 7) $35,000 Cook County state bred stake, the first leg of the Maywood Park Pacing Series, not only came up big in quantity but it also came up large in quality as well.
10 Illinois bred pacers will slug it out in the tenth race feature including four-time series champion Taser Gun (4-1, Andy Miller), the track’s all-age track record holder (1.50.3) Fox Valley Gallant (3-1, Mike Oosting), and the Meadowlands Aquarius Series winner Live Out Loud (7-2, Tony Morgan).
This will be Live Out Loud’s first Chicago circuit season start after a 3-Year-Old campaign that saw the Dave McCaffrey trained pacer pull down $152,940 for McCaffrey and co-owner M&M Harness Racing Inc of Suffern, NY.
It appears the son of Art’s Conquest will have an even more successful 2005 season.
ier this year Live Out Loud strung together five consecutive winter victories at the Meadowlands, including a sweep of the Aquarius Series and a 4-Year-Old Open triumph in a lifetime best time of 1.49.4 on a chilly March 5 New Jersey night.
Taser Gun is looking for his first victory at the age of ten after four attempts and the return to his favourite track could be the right tonic to get it done.
While the venerable ICF millionaire shared last year’s Maywood Pacing Series crown with Constant Change, Taser Gun won the series outright three consecutive years—1998, 1999 and 2000—for Medora, IL owners Cunningham Racing Inc.
Under the conditioning of trainer Robert Walker Taser Gun has won 64 of 131 career starts—a sparkling 48.8 percent winning clip—and earned $1,089,285.
Fox Valley Gallant became the fastest horse in Maywood Park’s long history with a 1.50.3 clocking last October 5 with Thursday night’s driver Mike Oosting.
Among theoffspring’s eight-second season wins was the $200,000 Langley Championship at Balmoral Park.
He earned $179,271 for Illinois owner James Jesk and is well on his way of surpassing that total as a 4-Year-Old.
Fox Valley Gallant has already banked $126,845 in 2005 while splitting time between New Jersey, Chicago, Canada and Delaware for the Seldon Ledford Stable.
The colt shipped back to Illinois after his June 20 front-stepping 1.53.1 victory in the $135,000 First State Free-For-All on Harrington (DE) Raceway’s half-miler.
Nine days earlier he sped to a lifetime best 1.48.3 clocking at Woodbine Raceway (See Backstretch Info on page 3 of this program).
The talented Illinois bred field also includes Papa Deck (8-1, Dave Magee), Black Cat Bone (6-1, Ron Marsh), Dashing Diplomat (8-1, Tim Tetrick), Fox Valley Whiz (25-1, Brent Holland), Cold Sweat (25-1, Dale Hiteman), Hot Rob (15-1, Ryan Anderson) and Moxie (8-1, Pat Berry).
The latter two pacers will starts in the second tier with posts nine and 10, respectively.
Black Cat Bone comes off a 1.54 Open Pace win at Yonkers. His last Chicago start was at the end of 2002 when the now 8-Year-Old had less than $180,000 in lifetime earnings.
He’s banked almost $380,000 more since.
The 7-Year-Old Moxie spent most of his career racing in California.
The son ofenjoyed his finest season in 2004, earning almost $140,000, with much of that amount coming in Canada where he was a three-time Open winner last summer at Woodbine.
Courtesy Of Mike Paradise, Publicity Director, Maywood Park