Day At The Track

The best laid plans....

03:38 AM 08 Nov 2014 NZDT
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Fox Valley Amanda, harness racing
Fox Valley Amanda
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Veteran trainer Joel Smith is watching his late-season plans for his star ICF 3-year-old filly pacer Fox Valley Amanda fall apart and there isn’t anything the Illinois Harness Hall of Famer can do about it.

After picking up a fifth place check on Windy City Pace Night in the Cinderella, Smith had his sights set for Fox Valley Amanda in the Giggles The Clown stake two weeks later at Maywood , followed by another $10,000 stake for state-bred 3-year-old pacing fillies this Friday.

Smith struck out on the Giggles The Clown. It was canceled by the Race Office because of “insufficient entries.” It’s likely he’ll also swing and a miss on next Friday’s schedule Betzotic, also for state-bred sophomore fillies.

“I plan is to enter Fox Valley Amanda in next week’s filly stake at Maywood but these stakes haven’t been filling. The tracks have dropped a couple of stake races lately. I don’t know what happen to all the 3-year-old ICF fillies. I know a few are in the Harrisburg sale.”

I reminded Joel that it’s not just the 3-year-old filly stakes that have been dumped by Maywood. The $25,000 Associates for older horses and last week a $10,000 Betzotic for second season trotters also was abandoned instead of carded as non-wagering races.

“Yea I know because I entered by 3-year-old trotter Cardinal Wind in last week’s stake that also didn’t fill and hasn’t been re-scheduled,” Joel replied.

Fox Valley Amanda is the 9-2 third choice in Friday’s 11th race, Maywood’s highest level conditioned pace for non-winners of $9,500 in their last 5 starts or non-winners of 7 races lifetime.

“I have to race Amanda somewhere and the cheapest was Friday at Maywood. She’s in against older and more seasoned mares but I didn’t really have a choice. Either she got another week off or she races Friday against older mares.”

I asked Joel what’s the future plans for Fox Valley Amanda, the winner of this year’s $89,000 Maywood Filly Pace.

“I going to continue to race Fox Valley Amanda here in Illinois for a little while longer but I’ll then probably put her in the Meadowlands Sale,” he answered. “That’s where I’ll have to go with her because there isn’t any place to race here in Illinois.

“I recently sold one of my other horses because people at Yonkers are calling and looking for good young horses to race there and Amanda gets around a half real well. She might bring a decent sale price.”

Scheduled to be put on the market at the Harrisburg Sale are ICF 3-year-old filly pacers My Little Bit and Party Hangover Two. Among Illinois bred colt and gelding pacers auctioned off are A Cool Card, Uncle Ugly, Mystical Walter, Rockin Rumble and Photo Surprise.

by Mike Paradise, for IHHA

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