Day At The Track

Welch-entry too tough in Kadabra stake

03:25 AM 09 Jun 2008 NZST
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Fox Valley Saphron Maxter
Fox Valley Saphron - 2008 ICF Bingo Johnnie stake
Balmoral Park Photo
Maxter - 2008 Kadabra Stake
Balmoral Park Photo

The Roger Welch trained entry of Maxter and Spirit Lifter proved to be much the best in Sunday night's $12,000 Kadabra stake for state bred three-year-old trotting colts and geldings at Balmoral Park, finishing almost 12 lengths ahead of their competition.

At the wire it was Maxter winning for the third straight time and doing it in a lifetime best mile of 1:55.1, one and one-quarter lengths ahead of his entry-mate.

fter going winless in his first four sophomore starts Maxter has been perfect since Ryan Anderson took over his lines last month. The home bred son of Valley Victor captured both his elimination and the $49,400 Cardinal last month with Ryan.

ox Valley Love Ya (Dale Hiteman) was a far-back third in The Kadabra, beaten an even dozen lengths.

I have just started to drive Maxter and he has shown me a lot," said Ryan Anderson. "He's a very game trotter who will be around all year."

axter overtook the early leader Rtprimetime at the :29 flat first quarter pole and rolled through a quick :27 .3 second panel, getting to the half in :56.3 with Rtprimetime in the pocket and entry-mate Spirit Lifter (Mike Oosting) in the three-hole, five lengths behind.

pirit Lifter came first up on his entry-mate and was one and one-half lengths off the leader at the 1:25.4 three-quarters. However, Maxter had something left and Spirit Leader couldn’t make up any ground on him through the stretch.

ichael Silber of California shares ownership of the one-two Kadabra finishers. Maxter was bred by co-owner Turndorf Racing and now has banked $45,180 this season and $203,390 in less than a year and a half of racing.

he $5,000 Bingo Johnnie stake for ICF two-year-old pacing colts and geldings was raced prior to start of the regular 12-race card as a non-wagering and it saw the Nelson Willis trained youngster Fox Valley Saphron (Mike Oosting) gain a head decision over the pacesetting Bobcat Banks (Dale Hiteman) in a snappy time of 1:55.4.

r Rightnow (Brent Holland) took third, beaten three lengths.

obcat Banks rushed past the first quarter leader Viannoulas Boy who strolled to a :29.4 first quarter and took the field to a :58.1 half-mile time holding off the first-over Fox Valley Lector.

Meanwhile, Fox Valley Saphron was given a second over journey by Oosting and was in perfect position at the 1:27 flat three-quarter quarters to zip past with a :28.1 final panel.

ox Valley Saphron is a son of Incredible Finale who sold for $10,000 at the 2007 Walker Standardbreds Sale to co-owners Cynthia Kay Willis (Beecher, IL) and Sawgrass Farms (Lockport, IL).

Mike Paradise, Maywood Park

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