Close up was the place to be on a chilly Monday night at Maywood Park as all three Incredible Finale second leg series winners—TJ’s Molly May, Battleshoe Dee and Heartland Charmer—posted victories racing on or close to the front end.
T J’s Molly May, was sent off as the 9-10 co-favorite when she notched her maiden victory by leading from start to finish in the second race, the first of three second round divisions of the series for ICF first season fillies without two victories or $5,000 in earnings as of November 1, 2005.
The Kyle Jones trained filly was sent out from the two-slot by driver Sam Widger and out-sprinted No. 1 Ericamissamerica (Dean Magee) and the 11-10 co-favorite Shes A Big Star (Andy Miller), for the lead with the latter two fillies dropping in the two and three-holes, respectively.
After a :29 first quarter and a soft :59.4 first half, Miller took She’s A Big Star after TJ’s Molly ($3.80). At the 1:29.1 three quarter pole, She’s A Big Star had a three quarter length parked out lead however, she then went off stride enabling the winner to draw off and coast to a 1:59.1 victory and a one-length advantage over the second place horse Ericamissamerica. The 18-1 longshot was four and one-half length better than the show horse Mighty Buff Vs.
TJ’s Molly May had gone winless in her first 15 career starts but did finish second or third in 10 of the starts for Galva, IL owners Terry and Judith Bennison.
The secondseries division saw another front stepping winner as Brent Holland guided Battleshoe Dee ($10.00) from the pole position going wire-to-wire. The victory was the freshman’s third in her last six outings for the meet’s leading trainer Eric Plowman.
Battleshoe Dee took the six horse field through first half fractions of :29.3 and 1:00.4. Graceful Model (Pat Berry) raced first over, bringing up the 3-5 favorite Carlees Conquest (Andy Miller), however before the 1:30.3 three-quarters Carlees Conquest broke in her half-mile debut and seconds later, so did Graceful Model.
Battleshoe Dee then had more than enough left to hold off the pocket horse Justina Jones (Sam Widger), notching a one-length victory in 1:59.1 on a chilly 25 degree evening. Mid West Hottie (Ron Marsh) was third, beaten four-plus lengths.
Glen Gauman’s Heartland Charmer ($6.80) came up with a game triumph in the ninth race third series division, beating the even-money favorite Little Sweetheart (Sam Widger) with a 1:58.1 clocking for driver Andy Miller.
Little Sweetheart shot out to a quick lead from the two-slot and after a :29 flat first panel and a :30.3 second, looked to be in good shape. However the first up Heartland Charmer came from sixth and worn down the pacesetter. The winning daughter of Kingston took command before the 1:29 three quarters and went on to post her second victory in 15 starts for her Mulkeytown, IL owner.
Trained by Tom Simmons, Heartland Charmer bested Little Sweetheart by three lengths. Jolene’s Princess took third, another one and one-half lengths behind.
Mike Paradise, director of publicity