Day At The Track


12:04 AM 17 Oct 2005 NZDT
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Fox Valley Oneida (No. 6, Ron Marsh) held off a fast closing Rockome Vicky (No.8, Mike Oosting) and won Monday night's (October 10) second Violet trot elimination in 2.01.1 at Maywood Park.
Victor's Finesse (Andy Miller) became

Victor’s Finesse is expected to add another stake championship to her resume`when she leaves from the coveted one-slot in Monday night’s (October 17) $56,000 Violet stake final for first season state-bred trotting fillies.

She’ll open up as the heavy 3-5 early favourite to nail down her fourth consecutive victory.

The Erv Miller trainee already has notched stake triumphs at Springfield (State Fair Final), at DuQuoin (Hayes) and at Balmoral Park (Lady Lincoln Land), while racking up $204,805 in her freshman season for Vandalay Racing of Ancaster, Ontario,

It her Violet elimination last week she set a new Maywood Park track record with a 1.59.1 clocking and it came in the Valley Victor filly’s first start on a half-mile oval.

“This is a very nice filly, just perfect to drive and you can really do anything you want with her,” said driver Andy Miller. “She trains on a half, so I was confident she’d handle the turns ok.”

Andy was confident going into last week’s Violet eliminations

“You’re always worried what a horse will do going into any race, especially for a nice filly like this”, said Miller. “However, I didn’t really think she’d have any trouble beating these. When I had to pull her I did and she went right on by them.”

Starting outside of Victor’s Finesse in the fifth race feature (from the two-post out) is Cherry Lane Star (10-1, Dirk Simpson), Rockome Vicky (15-1), Peaceful Victory (15-1, Tony Morgan), Fox Valley Oneida (10-1, Ron Marsh), Fox Valley Shimmy (8-1, Pat Berry), Tomato (9-2, Tim Tetrick) and Miss Sashi (25-1, Dale Hiteman).

Fox Valley Oneida pulled off an upset at 23-1 odds when she gained her maiden victory with a 2.01.1 mile in her elimination for Illinois owners Bruce Geiler and trainer Ray Hanna.

”I was going to win for fun with her at DuQuoin and she made a break when I asked her to go on a little bit, so Ray (trainer Hanna) put the trotting hobbles on her,” said Fox Valley Oneida’s driver Ron Marsh.

“She’s always been really solid other than that. She’s still maturing and she wants to be a good horse. She really dug in late in her elimination. She raced over the county fair circuit this summer so she has half-mile experience.”

Courtesy Of Mike Paradise, Publicity Director, Maywood Park

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