It’s not often a track is graced by the appearance of a world record performing horse, however that’s the case Friday night (October 28) when the state-bred sensation My Boy David goes postward in Maywood park’s $140,000 Abe Lincoln stake.
My Boy David became the first two-year-old pacer ever to eclipse 1:53 on a half-mile oval when he sped to a sizzling 1:52.4 front-end victory here in the October 14 Cardinal Final with Andy Miller at the reins.
Andy is back to guide the My Boy David for Illinois owners Shirley LeVin and David Riff when the son ofaims to pad his already hefty $185,999 first season bankroll for the Homer Hochstetler Stable.
If you couldn’t find My Boy David’s name on the Abe Lincoln eligible freshman pace list it’s because at the time the youngster was nominated for the added money event he was called Cupid’s Bow. “I had his name changed for my grandson David,” said co-owner and proud grandmother Shirley LeVin.
Grandma Le Vin, grandson David, and his parents will no doubt be trackside again to watch My Boy David go after his sixth win in his last seven starts. The youngster will leave from the coveted one-post in the larger-than-normal 10-horse field as the 2-1 morning line favorite.
“This horse has impressed me,” said My Boy David’s driver Andy Miller. “He handles the turns real well and can just scoot around this track.”
Andy also pointed out an equipment change that the Mattoon, IL native felt was very helpful.
“In his (winning) elimination they raced him in an open bridle,” said Miller. “In the (Cardinal) Final they put the (blinker) cups back on and he was ready for anything I through at him.”
With the pole position it’s a safe bet that My Boy David will either be on or close to the front in the Abe Lincoln, especially when if you bear in mind what his driver had to say after the youngster’s world record performance
“I made up my mind before the race that I was going to go out of there hard, and see what happens,” said Andy. “I figured at worse I’d get the two-hole.”
My Boy David will face his first open company test in the seventh race stake when he takes on the Rucker Stable (6-1) three-horse entry of Full Of Luck (Sam Widger), Nifty Fellow (Eric Ledford) and Fox Valley Cruiser (Mike Oosting), Puljos (7-2, Dave Magee), Joe To Go (5-2, Tim Tetrick), Youretheluckyone (15-1, Pat Berry), Instant Classic (15-1, Tony Morgan) and Bartolomeo N (5-1, Brian Sears). My Boy David is coupled with stablemate Fifty-Fifty (John Campbell).
The 7-2 second choice Pujols comes off a victory in the Sara Myers stake in 1:53.4 on a sloppy Balmoral Park racing surface. Thecolt won his Woodrow Wilson elimination earlier this summer at The Meadowlands and was the 4-5 favorite in the $375,000 Final, taking third after racing wide much of the way.
The Joe Seekman Stable’s Joe To Go already has won a Hanover (Balmoral), a Review (Springfield) Review, a Fox (Indianapolis), and the Lexington Breeders and Kentucky Sire Stake Finals at The Red Mile.
Mike Paradise, director of publicity