Kelley Friday, June 21st,
FANCY CREEK ELUSIV TAKES
MAYWOOD PACE IN A THRILLER
a shaky effort in last week’s eliminations division leader Fancy Creek Elusiv proved that he is still the one to beat among the
Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-old colt pacing set taking Friday’s
$115,000 Maywood Pace by a hard fought head in a blistering 1:52.3.
a great steer by Hall of Famer Dave Magee the Nick Giberson
trainee settled in fifth through the early going as Big Brad (Robert Smolin) and Silver Devil (Todd Warren) slugged it out
through wicked opening splits of 26.3 & 54.3.
the three-wide cover of the heavily favored Crankin’
It Up (Kyle Wilfong) as the field moved under the
finish line for the first time Magee was perfectly positioned to pounce on the
early pace setters.
was plenty of action going on up front and I knew I wanted to be somewhat close
to it,” said Magee. “Nick (Giberson) made some
changes on him and he felt so much better that I was pretty confident in him. I
was thrilled that we were following Crankin’ It Up
because I knew he was going to take us a long way and get us where we needed to
the backstretch Crankin’ It Up quickly swallowed up
the early leaders but Magee was looming boldly on the outside of him with Fancy
Creek Elusiv as the two charged by the
three-quarter-mile mark in 1:23.2.
his assault as the field moved into the turn Fancy Creek Elusiv
rolled right by a tiring Crankin’ It Up but the issue
was far from over as Mystical Walter (Casey Leonard) who once again got off to
a tardy start, was circling up from last to second with a huge three-wide move.
the way the track was playing tonight and the fractions being as fast as they
were I had a feeling that it would take a toll on the early leaders,” said
Magee. “I knew when Mystical Walter pulled alongside of us that he was going to
be a real challenge. But at that point it was totally up to my colt since he
was in perfect position and still felt strong.”
in gamely through the stretch the gelded son of Sportsmaster-Elusive
Image held sway gamely keeping a head in front of Mystical Walter for his third
win in four starts this year. Big Brad was a distant third, 8 ¾ lengths behind
the big victory Magee was asked to assess his pacer’s winning effort.
was a good mile on this track tonight and my horse was back to his old self
tonight,” said a smiling Magee. “On a scale of 1-10 I’d say he was a 10 this
week compared to last week.”
the win Fancy Creek Elusiv now boasts a career record
of eight wins and two thirds in 15 starts with earnings of $227,231 for the
partnership of Hart Walker, Robin Mullink, Homer
Henke and Robert Walker.
off as the second choice in the wagering despite his disappointing fourth place
finish in last week’s elimination Fancy Creek Elusiv
returned $7.60, $3.60 & $3.80 to his backers.
10 cent Pick 6 wager carried over for a second night as well. There will be a
carryover of $2,855 on next Thursday’s (June 27th) program. The Pick
6 wager starts on race five each night. Post time for next Thursday’s first
race at Maywood Park is 7:10 p.m. (central). Driver John Roberts had three wins
on Friday’s card and is now just two wins shy of reaching the 1,000 win plateau
in his career.