Tim Tetrick drove Dr Lon and Buddy Brown to convincing victories in their respective second Incredible Finale series legs on Wednesday evening (December 14) at Maywood Park.
Both freshman pacers have captured each of their first two series legs, establishing themselves as next week’s co-favorites in the Thursday, December 22 state bred 2-Year-Old series final at Balmoral Park.
In the first division sixth race, Tetrick sent out Dr Lon from the pole position and Dale Hiteman did the same from the seven-slot with the 90-1 longshot Risky War, who grabbed a short-lived lead in the first turn. Tetrick then took Dr Lon around the longest shot of the race and the 13-10 second betting choice had a comfortable advantage at the 29 second opening quarter.
“I had to make that move to make sure that Fox Valley Appeal wouldn’t be on my back and instead had to come first up against us,” explained Tetrick.
Andy Miller took the 4-5 favorite Fox Valley Appeal out of the three-hole soon after the second turn however Dr Leon then had a :30.3 second quarter breather and had plenty in the tank when the two favorites hooked up in a third quarter duel.
Dr Leon held Fox Valley Appeal on his outside through a brisk 27.4s third panel and put him away in the last turn, drawing off in the lane for a decisive 3 ½ length victory in 1:57 for trainer Roger Welch, who shares ownership of thefreshman with Gordon Wright of Charlotte, MI. Risky War held on for third, a distant 11 lengths behind the winner.
“Dr Lon is a quick little horse with some go,” said Tetrick. “He had some fast miles earlier in the season in some of the major Illinois bred stakes but he just couldn’t win a race. Roger (trainer, Welch) gave him a couple of months off and he’s come back fresh and ready for this series.”
Dr Lon notched his first series leg at Balmoral on December 6 with a 1:56.2 clocking, also coming on the front end with Tetrick.
Buddy Brown had to work harder for his front stepping 1:58.3 victory with Tetrick in Wednesday night’s ninth race second series division.
Thecolt used the rail to his advantage and had a quick lead going into the first turn. After a 28.4s opening quarter Sunbeam Boy (Sam Widger) came after the leader and he had his nose in front at the 59.1s half-miler marker. However, Sunbeam Boy lost ground in the third turn and Buddy Brown once again had command.
Sunbeam Boy made another move at the 3-5 favourite and had a half-length advantage at the 1:28.3 three quarters but again Buddy Brown dug in and retook the lead in the last turn. The Charles Wayne Von Knoblauch trained winner then pulled away for a 1 ¾ length triumph.
Leadmetothetruth (Dale Hiteman) rallied for the place, another length ahead of the third place horse Father Chris (Shawn Christner).
“Buddy Brown can get a lazy out there at times,” said Tetrick. “He goes as fast as to go. I had to keep getting after him but in the end he got the job done.”
Owned by Harry Von Knoblauch of Monee, IL, Buddy Brown won his December 6 first series leg in 1:56, also with Tetrick in the bike.
“I’ll wait for the draw before I commit for next week’s final but I’m pretty sure I’ll drive Dr Lon. Right now he’s the quicker of the two,” said Tetrick.
Courtesy Of Mike Paradise, Publicity Director, Maywood Park