Victor’s Finesse had the credentials to rate as the filly too beat in the upcoming Violet filly trot championship but she went on and added another by taking her Monday night elimination in 1.59.4, a new Maywood Park track record for a 2-Year-Old filly trotter.
The victory was the Erv Miller trainee’s her third in a row and her ninth in 14 season starts for Vandelay Racing of Ancaster, Ontario. She’ll carry first season earnings of $203,805 into the Monday, October 17 Violet Final, worth $56,000, for state-breds.
Driver Andy Miller urged Victor’s Finesse from the three-slot however Fox Valley Shimmy (Pat Berry) had more gate speed from the two and quickly grabbed the lead. The Joel Smith trained pacesetter cut first half fractions of 29.1 seconds and 58.3s with Victor’s Finesse in the pocket.
After the third turn Miller took the overwhelming 1-5 favourite out after the leader and Victor’s Finesse rushed past at the 1.29 three-quarter marker and the race was all over. Tomato, who raced third much of the way, came on to be second, beaten three lengths while Fox Valley Shimmy held on for third, another4 ½ lengths behind.
The fourth place horse Peaceful Victory also gained the final. The seven-horse field was reduced to five with two scratches: Cow Chip (judges) and Itzaclassicgirl (sick).
“You’re always worried what a horse will do going into any race, especially for a nice filly like this”, said driver Andy Miller. “However, I didn’t really think she’d have any trouble beating these, and I kind of stung Pat (Berry) a little bit going out of the gate. Then, when I had to pull her I did and she went right on by them (Fox Valley Shimmy).”
Victor’s Finesse rose to the top of the state-bred 2-Year-Old trotting division after she captured the $55,000 Springfield State Fair Final in mid-August and the $140,000 Lady Lincoln Land at Balmoral Park n October 2. She also won a $50,000 Hayes at DuQuoin against open company youngsters in between.
Unlike the first Violet elimination, the second didn’t go as expected. In fact, far from it.
The 4-5 betting favourite GoGo Gabby (Dave Magee) broke right before the start. Later in the race the second choice Deanna Wind (Tony Morgan) also went off stride, as did the 7-1 third choice Giantjellybean (Andy Miller), and that made it anybody’s race.
After a 2.01.1 mile was concluded it was the 24-1 longshot (No. 6) Fox Valley Oneida (Ron Marsh) who was the winner, with a 23-1 longshot (No. 8) Rockome Vicky (Mike Oosting) second. When No. 1 Miss Sashi (10-1) ended up third, a 6-8-1 winning trifecta ticket was worth $5,030.60.
Victor’s Vicky rolled out to a quick lead taking the field to a 29.2s opening quarter. However, Marsh sent Fox Valley Oneida after the leader in the second turn and his filly had the lead before the 59.2s, when most of his challengers were breaking and dropping out of contention, Fox Valley Oneida was able to gain hold off a fast closing Rockome Vicky and gain her maiden victory by a neck for Illinois owners Bruce Geiler and trainer Ray Hanna.
“This filly raced over the county fair this summer so she had half-mile experience,” said driver Ron Marsh.
“She’s a 2-Year-Old filly trotter who is still maturing. She wants to be a good horse and really dug in late tonight.”
Courtesy Of Mike Paradise, Publicity Director, Maywood Park