Kelley…Friday, August 29th, 2014
FORT SILKY TAKES EGYPTIAN
STAKE IN BID TO REPEAT AS MAYWOOD PARK PACING SERIES CHAMP!
very familiar group of older state-bred pacers renewed acquaintances on Friday,
August 29th at Maywood Park as a classy field of five local stars
knocked heads in the $25,000 Egyptian Stake which was Leg 2 of the Maywood Park
Pacing Series. Much like a fine wine, John Prentice and Neva Jane Ikeler’s Fort
Silky just continues to get better with age as he rolled to an impressive two-length
wire to wire victory in a blistering 1:50.4, which was just 2/5th’s
of a second off the track record on the half-mile oval.
handled by driver Casey Leonard the eight-year-old son of Ft Apache Hanover was
sent right to the front from his outside starting spot.
total control of the proceedings, the Terry Leonard trained gelding reeled off
splits of 28.1, 56.1 & 1:23.2 while in hand to Maywood’s leading reinsman.
turning aside a first over bid from the always dangerous Al’s Hammered (Robert
Smolin), Fort Silky paced home in a wicked 27.2 to notch his 21st
win in the past two seasons. Al’s Hammered was forced to settle for the
runner-up role on this night while Mystical Walter (John De Long) finished
third, 6 ¾ lengths behind the winner.
off as the second choice in the wagering Fort Silky returned $5.60, $2.20 &
$2.10 while running his career record to an impressive 47-43-28 in 196 lifetime
starts with earnings of $664,350 for his proud connections. Fort Silky has now
captured the first two legs of this series as he looks to repeat his 2013 win