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Horse slaughter in Illinois
|Maywood Park (10/1/09)
Contact: Tom Kelley
VIOLET AND CARDINAL STAKE ELIMS FRIDAY NIGHT
Illinois top two-year-old pacers of both sexes will be on display on Friday, Oct. 2 as eliminations for the Violet and Cardinal Stake are contested. With a total of 15 fillies entered, a pair of $7,500 eliminations will be contested (races 2 and 4) with the top four finishers in each split moving on to next week’s $56,550 final. A field of eight colts will battle for four starting spots in the Cardinal which goes as race seven. The top four finishers will join Power Of A Moment, Voomerang, Indescribable and Fitz’z Z Tam in next week’s $52,650 final.
Others who merit strong consideration in here include Thrifty Way Stakes winners Fox Valley Naomi and Rolldownthehiway, and runner-up Makena Cat.
In the second division another Butenschoen trained miss – Fox Valley Oracle, the Orange & Blue winner – has been installed as the 9-5 morning line favorite. The good-looking daughter of Sportsmaster-Our Golden Promise came flying through the lane to win the year’s richest race for state-breds on Super Night as she stopped the clock in 1:54.1. Boasting a record of two wins, five seconds, and two thirds in 11 starts, Fox Valley Oracle has banked over $161,000 for the Stretch It Again Stable.
Others who figure to garner plenty of attention in this battle are Orange & Blue elimination winner Nice Big Star, State Fair & First Lady Stake champion The Assassinator, and State Fair Stake consolation winner Miss Kellie.
In this match-up the Tom Simmons trained Burnthemidnightoil, who finished second in the State Fair Stake consolation, could be tough to stop from his inside starting spot. Others who figure to grab a fair share of the betting action include Apache Renegade, who finished a tough luck fourth in the Orange & Blue Final, Governor’s Cup elimination winner Curb Your Z Tam and Yates Eagle Stake winner Fox Valley Barbosa.
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