Maywood Park (10/21/11)
Contact: Tom Kelley
POWERFUL CONNECTION WINS SPEED N THE TUNNEL STAKE
Fans of the half-mile oval at Maywood Park may have had to do a double take on Thursday night as “trotters” took center stage with a field of eight three-year-old fillies grabbing the headlines in the $14,300 Speed N The Tunnel Stake.
|Brian Carpenter and Powerful Connection trotted to a wire-to-wire victory in Thursday's Speed N The Tunnel Stake|
Taking home top honors in this state-bred affair was Dixie Sue Graham and Steve Poore’s Powerful Connection as she grabbed command from the word go and made every call a winning one in 2:02.3 over a sloppy track for driver Brian Carpenter.
Zipped away from post position two by Carpenter, the daughter of Powerful Emotion-Alpine Queen grabbed command control of the proceedings heading into the first turn forcing a hard leaving Make It Rain (Mike Oosting) to take a seat in second as the field trotted by an opening quarter in 28.3.
From that point on the issue was never really in doubt as the Gerald Hansen-trained sophomore rolled through splits of 58.3 and 1:30.1.
With that slow third quarter under her belt, Powerful Connection had plenty in reserve as she rebuffed a bid from the pocket-sitting Make It Rain to notch her sixth win in 18 starts this season. Make It Rain was forced to settle for the bridesmaid role while My Funky Farkle (Dale Hiteman) turned a ground-saving trip into a third place finish.
A 10-time winner in her career now, Powerful Connection boasts over $60,000 in career earnings. Sent off as the 6-5 favorite in the field of eight, Powerful Connection returned $4.60, $2.80 and $2.20.