Maywood Park (7/7/12)
Contact: Tom Kelley
WELL TO DO GURU CONTINUES TO ROLL IN COOK COUNTY STAKE
A pair of state-bred stake events were contested on Friday’s (July 6) Maywood Park program but the “King” of the state-bred pacing set stole all the headlines as James Gorman’s Well To Do Guru continued his dominance with an easy 1:51.4 wire-to-wire victory over seven rivals in the $30,000 Cook County Stake. On the undercard John Carver and Ron Phillips JPS Mini Me also scored in front-stepping fashion, winning the $12,000 Fox Valley Barzgar Stake in 1:58.1.
|Well To Do Guru dominated state-bred rivals once again as he posted a wire-to-wire victory in the $30,000 Cook County Stake on Friday at Maywood Park.|
Taking advantage of an inside post, driver Casey Leonard employed the same tactics as he has in the “Guru’s” last two victories, sending the eight-year-old gelding right to the top.
Once in control of the proceedings, the Terry Leonard-trained son of Richess Hanover-Guru’s Girl rattled off splits of 27.0, 55.0 and 1:23.4. Under assault from a first over Thisbigdogwilfight (Todd Warren) for most of the mile, Well To Do Guru shrugged off that challenge heading into the final turn.
Beginning to draw away from his rivals while still under a snug hold from Leonard, Well To Do Guru left no doubt as to who was the best on this night as he paced home in 28.0 to win by a widening 2 ¾ lengths. Lazy Lizard (Mike Oosting) parlayed a perfect two-hole trip into the second place check while Fox Valley Yukon (Kyle Wilfong) finished third.
With the win Well To Do Guru boasts a record of 4-3-2 in 12 starts this year and his career earnings now stand at $629,999. The 1-9 favorite returned $2.20 and 2.10. Show wagering was not allowed.
A field of seven Illinois conceived and foaled two-year-old colt pacers were sent postward in the night’s first race and driver-trainer Ronnie Gillespie continued his great Spring-Summer campaign, guiding JPS Mini Me to a one-length wire-to-wire victory in 1:58.1.
|JPS Mini Me and Ronnie Gillespie are now a perfect two for two after winning Friday's Fox Valley Barzgar Stake.|
Hustled away from post position five, Gillespie and the home-bred son of Lifeguard On Duty—Jeffries Peach were parked through much of an opening quarter that went in 28.3.
After grabbing control of the proceedings Gillespie hit the brakes with the bay colt and they proceeded to cruise through pedestrian middle splits of 1:00.3 and 1:30.1.
Turning away a challenge in the lane from a hard charging Singular Sight (Todd Warren), JPS Mini Me then drew away in the closing yards for his second win in as many starts. Singular Sight settled for second while Fox Valley Dijon (John De Long) was third.
Coming off that stakes victory in his debut at Balmoral Park, JPS Mini Me was heavily backed at the betting windows despite being off for a nearly a month, returning $3.60, $2.40 and $2.10.
Veteran reinsman Todd Warren enjoyed a huge night on Friday winning seven races on the 14 race card, including the final four of the evening.