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|Maywood Park (6/19/09)
Contact: Tom Kelley
$100,000 FILLY MAYWOOD PACE HEADLINES FRIDAY’S ACTION
Kay Willis and Richard Beere’s Native Hotspur comes into this race sporting a flashy five-for-five record in 2009, and the daughter of Ft. Apache Hanover has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite. The Nelson Willis-trained miss opened her second season with a victory in the Direct Balance Stake at Balmoral Park on April 11 as she stopped the clock in 1:53.3. Since then she has gone on to annex the Desperate Lady Stake, an ISOBA Stake and a Violet elimination. Then in her perhaps the most impressive performance of her career she returned to take the $56,900 Violet Stake Final while establishing a new life mark of 1:52.2.
Native Hotspur comes into this race with nine career victories in 20 starts and lifetime earnings of almost $115,000. Sam Widger will be at the controls as Native Hotspur leaves from post position four.
L & L DeVisser’s My Heart Was True captured the elimination for this stake last week and she brings a perfect four-for-four record into this battle. The versatile daughter of Cole Muffler has made it look easy in her victories this year, coming from off the pace to take her first two starts of the year and then capturing her next two outings in front-stepping fashion. After recording just one victory in eight starts as a two-year-old the Nick Giberson-trained miss has flourished in her second season and she now boasts a career record of 5-2-1 in 12 starts with earnings of just under $38,000.
Fresh off equaling her career best of 1:54.4 in that elimination, win My Heart Was True is the second choice in the morning line at odds of 3-1. Brandon Simpson will get the call to drive again as My Heart Was True starts from post position six.
Others to keep a close eye on in here include the Dave McCaffrey trained Honey B Skipalong, who tuned up for this encounter with a sharp front stepping score in 1:56.3 here at Maywood last week, and the rapidly improving Tom Harmer trainee She’s A Pegase, who was third in the Violet Final and second in her elimination last week.
Rounding out the field are Honey’s Luck, Park Lane Rhythm, Kiss My Josie and Miss Olivia.
MAYWOOD PACE ELIM’S ON TAP AS WELL
Sophomore pacing colts will also be in action on Friday as 16 three-year-old colts will battle in a pair of $10,000 Maywood Pace eliminations. Carded as races eight and 12 on the program, the top four finishers in each test will be back next Friday for the $100,000 final.
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