Day At The Track


07:28 AM 24 Dec 2005 NZDT
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Tommy King (Mike Oosting)
Tommy King (Mike Oosting) - Took Friday night's $10,100 Incredible Finale Series Final

Tommys King found the move to Maywood Park the right tonic to get back on the winning track and posted a 1:56.1 front-stepping victory in Friday night’s $10,000 Incredible Finale Series Final for state bred sophomore pacing colts and geldings.

Bet down to 1-2 odds along with his entrymate Sidecar, Tommys King ($3.00) benefited from the pole position and outsprinted the No. 2 horse Kevin T Busch and the 7-5 second choice No. 5 Master of Fools for control of the fifth race feature.

Tommys King scooted to a :28.2 first panel and soon after driver Andy Miller had to take Master of Fools out of the three-hole and race first over against the pacesetter. Master of Fools continued to gain on Tommys King through the :58 flat half and in the third turn he got his head in front of the leader, However the winner then put away the challenge on the backside and held a one-length advantage at the 1:26.2 three quarter pole.

“It seemed Andy (Miller) was after his horse a little bit heading into the third turn and I thought I had him gauged.” said Oosting. “When he came up to us I thought we might as well try and race him and I’m glad I did, because my horse emptied out pretty quick tonight.”

Kevin T Busch, who enjoyed a garden trip throughout, took his shot at Tommys King coming out the final turn but had to settle for the runner-up role, beaten three-quarters of a length. Sidecar was third, one and one-half lengths behind his winning stablemate. Both three-year-old Illinois bred pacers are trained by John Butenschoen and owned by Oat Burner Stable (Northbrook, IL) and William Seatsema (Glenview, IL).

“Tommys King is a nice horse. Tonight though, he was pretty rank,” said Oosting. “Usually he’s quiet but tonight he was fired up. Maybe it was the move back to this track where he raced real well last time.”

Tommys King won his December 7 Maywood Park series leg on December 7 in 1:58.3. Eight nights ago he gave way in deep stretch at Balmoral Park to Master Of Fools, who came up the passing lane and gained a 1:56.3 victory in their second series leg re-match.

“Sometimes Tommys King will slow down if you get after him. He doesn’t like to get hit and he’ll back off,” explained Oosting. “Tonight when Randy‘s (Jacobs) horse (KevinT Busch) came at us I just hollered at him and he paced on and held that horse off.”

Tommys King victory was the fourth in 20 season starts and each has come at Maywood Park, including three a trio of wins in his last six tries on the circuit’s half-miler. The Kingston offspring’s 2005 earnings now stand at $23,421.

Mike Paradise, director of publicity

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