Maywood Park (11/1/12)
Contact: Tom Kelley
FOX VALLEY STEFFEN STROLLS TO VICTORY IN LIFE’S A HOLIDAY STAKE
What already looked like it was going to be a stroll in the park for Paula Smith, James Runyan and Gary Engel’s Fox Valley Steffen became even easier with the defection of two of the six scheduled starters in Thursday’s $12,600 Life’s A Holiday Stake at Maywood Park. The diagonally gaited sophomore colt then left no doubt as to who was the best among this group of state-breds as he cruised to a 3 ½ length victory in 2:01.3.
|Dale Hiteman and Fox Valley Steffen had no trouble disposing of three rivals in Thursday's $12,600 Life's A Holiday Stake at Maywood Park.|
Leaving from the inside spot in the compact field of four, driver Dale Hiteman sent the gelded son of International Chip-Super Renee right to the front where he proceeded to step through leisurely splits of 29.4, 1:01.1 and 1:32.2.
Under no pressure whatsoever at any point in the mile, the Joel Smith trainee sealed the deal with a 29.1 final quarter to notch his third win of the season. The pocket sitting Fall Creek Bandit (Brian Carpenter) finished second while One High Game (Jared Finn) was a distant third, some 11 ½ lengths behind the winner.
With just win and place wagering in the race because of the scratches, Fox Valley Steffen returned $2.20 and $2.10 while upping his career bankroll to $103,683.
Stakes action continues on Friday night at Maywood Park with a field of nine sophomore pacing fillies contesting the $12,900 Giggles The Clown Stake. Post time for the 14-race program is 7:10 pm (central).