Kelley Friday, June 12,
LEX IS MUCH THE BEST IN
FILLY MAYWOOD PACE
Illinois’ top sophomore pacing fillies renewed
acquaintances again on Friday night at Maywood Park as a field of eight second
year distaffers went postward in one of the season’s biggest events on the
half-mile oval the $35,600 Filly Maywood Pace.
advantage of a bye into the final of this event a fit and fresh Lex stormed
right to the front and made it look easy as she cruised home with an effortless
three-length victory in 1:54.2 for driver Kyle Wilfong over a track listed as
fast despite day long rains and temperatures in low 50’s.
right to the front from post position four by Wilfong the daughter of Lexington
Legend—I Bet U had things her own way as she strolled through opening splits of
28.0 & 56.4.
first over bid came from Sportsmuffler (Casey Leonard) as the field moved onto
the backstretch for the final time but Lex dug in gamely as she continued to
lead the field by the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:25.0.
turning aside the challenge of Sportsmuffler the Nelson Willis trained miss
seemed to find another gear, quickly
drawing away from the pocket sitting Fox Valley Kit (Pat Curtin) and a tired
Sportsmuffler to secure her fourth win in seven starts this year. Fox Valley
Kit, a 17-1 outsider turned that perfect two-hole trip into a nice second place
check while another longshot Duneside Perttie (Brian Carpenter) shook loose
late to finish third at odds of 32-1.
who also captured this season’s Violet Stake at Balmoral Park is enjoying a
very nice start to her second season boasting a record of 4-2-1 in 7 starts while
adding another $37,363 to her bankroll. For her career the ultra-consistent
homebred sports a record of 8-4-3 in 16 tries with earnings of $102,163 for
proud owner Kay Willis.
as though defeat was out of the question Lex returned $2.60, $2.40 & $2.10
to her legion of backers.
“boys” were also in action on Friday night as a field of eight sophomore pacing
colts squared off in their Maywood Pace Stake elimination. The top six
finishers will return next week where they will be joined by Earndawg and
Dixie’s Boy in the $36,000 final.
the inside starting spot to perfection driver Mike Oosting put heavily favored
Lucpark right on the “engine” and the gelded son of Sportsmaster—Treasure The
Best was never seriously threatened as he strolled home with a 2 ½ length
verdict in 1:55.1.
the exception of a mild first over bid from Gifted By Nature (Todd Warren) as
the field neared the three-quarter pole the Erv Miller trained Lucpark was
relatively unchallenged while putting up splits of 29.0, 58.3 & 1:26.1.
the mild fractions Lucpark had plenty in reserve, sprinting away from his
rivals in the lane for his second win in six starts this season. Rockin
Cassanova (Ridge Warren) sat on the winner’s back every step of the way to grab
the second place check while Frosty Dune (Kyle Wilfong) shook loose late to
finish third after a ground saving trip. Also gaining spots in the final were
Gifted By Nature, Dupage’s Z Tam and Gett’er Done Dune.
the win Lucpark now boasts career numbers of 6-3-3 in 18 starts with earnings
just shy of $90,000 for owner Rocco Ruffolo. The 3-5 favorite in the wagering
returned $3.40, $2.20 & $2.10.