Maywood Park (11/17/11)
Contact: Tom Kelley
MR WEB PAGE WILL TRY TO STOP EVIL URGES
The second division of Friday’s $50,500 Galt Stake for three-year-old trotting colts looks to be a showdown between Homer Hochstetler and Robert Buddig’s Evil Urges, a terror on the New York Sire Stake circuit, and Helping Hands Stable's Mr Web Page, who is coming off his biggest win to date in the $231,500 Oliver Trotting Classic at Indiana Downs.
After drawing the inside starting spot, Evil Urges has been installed as the slight 9-5 morning line favorite in this affair. The $27,000 2009 Harrisburg purchase returns to his home base for co-owner and trainer Homer Hochstetler, sporting a record four wins, six seconds and one third in 19 starts this year. A proven winner on the tough New York Sire Stake circuit this season, the son of Cash Hall-Siren Hall boasts victories at Vernon Downs, Buffalo Raceway and Monticello Raceway this year. The bay gelding also finished a strong third with some of the top trotters in the division in the Yonkers Trot back in July.
After posting three wins in 13 starts including a victory in the Kindergarten Classic at Vernon last season, Evil Urges, who banked over $43,000 in 2010, has pushed another $252,211 into his account this season, making him the richest trotter in the field.
Mr Web Page was winless during an eight race two-year-old campaign but he has certainly blossomed as a three-year-old, posting a record of eight wins, three seconds and two thirds in 18 starts with earnings of $201,992. Leaving from post position four in the Galt, Mr Web Page is a close second choice in the morning line odds at 2-1.
The royally bred son of Muscles Yankee-India Hall turned in a huge performance at Indiana Downs last time out, powering up first over on the far turn to challenge Live Jazz (first division) for the lead, and then holding off a late bid from The Evictor (first division) to win the Oliver in 1:55.2 for driver-trainer Dan Shetler. The good-looking bay finished second behind the highly regarded Manofmanymissions in his Breeders Crown elimination, but was hampered by a poor starting spot in the final of that race and did well to earn a fifth place check that night.
The majority of Mr Web Page’s victories this season have come at Vernon Downs where he tied Under The Stars for most wins at the meet by a diagonally gaited specialist, with five trips to the charmed circle.
The local hopes in this race will be carried by Jerry Graham, Pam Coleman and Mystical Marker Farm's Powerful Charger, who rallied from 10th to fourth in the Oliver last time out. An eight-time winner over the past two seasons, this state-bred son of Powerful Emotion-Fox Valley Poetry boasts career earnings of $165,273 and a mark of 1:55.4.