Maywood Park (6/14/12)
Contact: Tom Kelley
$112,000 FILLY MAYWOOD PACE HEADLINES BIG FRIDAY CARD
The state's top sophomore pacers will all be in action on Friday evening as a field of eight Illinois conceived and foaled fillies square off in the featured $112,000 Filly Maywood Pace final while 13 of their male counterparts will meet in a pair of $10,000 Maywood Pace eliminations. The top five finishers will return next week to battle for a $100,000 (est.) jackpot.
|Melodie Hanover is seen here rallying from last to first to pull off the upset in her Filly Maywood Pace elimination last week at Maywood Park.|
Carded as race nine on the 14-race program, Friday's featured Filly Maywood Pace figures to be a heated affair from start to finish.
Fox Valley Hermia, who captured one of last week’s eliminations in wire-to-wire fashion for driver-trainer Ronnie Gillespie, has drawn the inside post and thus has been accorded the 5-2 favoritism in the morning line. The chestnut daughter of Yankee Skyscaper has won 11 of her 12 career starts for owners Ron Phillips and Jesse Ferge.
Sleazy Does It finished just a neck behind Fox Valley Hermia last week and she has been installed as a close second choice at 3-1 by the line maker at Maywood Park. The Nelson Willis-trained miss has been a model of consistency throughout her first two seasons, hitting the ticket in 14 of her 18 starts. Owned by the Engel Stable LLC, this daughter of Sagebrush is the leading money earner in the field with a bankroll of nearly $119,000.
Rounding out the field are Moment Of Magic, Through My Eyes, Kendyl, Hostess Lisa, Party Hangover and Melodie Hotspur, who pulled off a shocking upset in the other elimination last week.
A field of six will go postward in the first Maywood Pace elimination, which has been carded as the fifth race on the card. The top four will move on to next week’s rich final.
Among the top contenders in this elimination are multiple stake winner Uncle Smoothie and last season’s top two-year-old Crime Of Passion, who captured the $50,800 Cardinal Stake in his last race at Balmoral Park.
The second elimination goes as race seven and this race features Al’s Hammered, a multiple stakes winner who is fresh off a score in 1:52.1 at Balmoral Park, and NJ’s Big Deal, who was the runner-up in the Cardinal and is already a stakes winner here at Maywood Park in 2012.