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Ladies Turn at Maywood Park in Incredible Finale

Friday December 18, 2009, by G. M. Jones for


 After Mother Nature turned round one of the Incredible Finale pacing series into a nightmare for some connections, round two she was a little more kind to them. In round two, thirty two fillies dropped in the box including round one winner  KENNANS ETHEL who was in division one, while division four had the other three first round winners in FOX VALLEY WINDY, DEE DEE SAGA, and ASCOT COURAGE all respectively.   


KEENANS ETHEL was putting her undefeated record on the line as this young daughter of RICHESS HANOVER was 2 for 2 going into the second round action but she also had to deal with post six on the half mile oval, Dean Magee got the driving assignment from new Illinois hall of famer Joel Smith. The seasoning and inside advantage went to a six time winner TEMPERMENT who was getting first time lasix for her new connections who claimed her three starts back with intentions of racing her in the Incredible Finale pacing series.  TAFFY TOWNE drew the rail for round two; BYPASS was able to make the second round as the weather was calmer in the Midwest this week. FOX VALLEY DEVON and CINDY’S PAVILLION struggled in bad conditions in round one but now had to deal with bad post position with post 5 & 7.  Having the worst luck of them all was GYPSY’S LITTLE STAR who drew the worst post of them all post eight but managed to move in to post seven when PRAIRIE GANACHE was scratched sick by the vet out of round two.


When the wings of the gate folded for the first division both BYPASS (Josh Sutton) and TEMPERMANT (Tyler Buter)  both left for early control but quickly the publics choice TEMPERMANT took command of the race as the rest of the field fell in post position order. They raced past an opening quarter in 29 4/5  and as they raced by the stands for the first time positions were unchanged as they went by a half in 1:00 2/5, but out and moving first over was the undefeated filly KEENANS ETHEL who was trying to keep her record intact.  In the mean time Tyler Buter was getting a breather with the Perry Smith charge, as they raced towards three quarters enjoying a perfect two hole trip was the Tom Simmons filly BYPASS.  Taking inside routes were both TAFFY TOWNE and FOX VALLEY DEVON not getting any racing luck were both CINDY’S PAVILLION and GYPSY’S LITTLE STAR. As they raced by three quarters in 1:30 1/5 TEMPERMANT had won the cat and mouse battle by getting two breathers and now turning it into a sprint to the wire.  With a last quarter in 29.2/5 TEMPERMANT was able to hold off BYPASS in a stretch dual by a convertible length. Unfortunately the undefeated record for KEENANS ETHEL is over as she couldn’t sustain her first over trip into slow fractions.


TEMPERMANT is owned by her trainer Perry Smith and B&C racing stables of Crete & Naperville, Ill. 


Division two had no winners of round one but the betting public knew that REILLY’S DAUGHTER had been a victim of two speed bias tracks in her first two starts life and moving all the way inside couldn’t do nothing but help this young daughter of SPORTSMASTER who was sent off at 3/5. According to the betting public B R AMERICAN GIRL and MOOCHIESMONEYMAKER were the only two fillies with a chance to upset the heavy favorite. While PARK LANE DAWN, PEYMORKENNA PARK, EPONA, SHAKE SOME, and LILLY FILLY were all long shots to even compete in this event according to the wagering.   


The Betting public was right on as the Roger Welch trained REILLY’S DAUGHTER went wire to wire to win for owners Obermeier & Quaid Stables of Evergreen Park Illinois. The two year old filly went fractions of 29.2 59 128.4 and covered the mile in 158.1 for a new life mark as she records her first pari mutual victory.


Division three also had no winners of round one action but had some tough luck first round losers when both SPORTABELLA and FOX VALLEY KATRINA both had stretch leads to get beat in round one. LANGTREE LILY and ALYCOLE both drew inside while MARION AVIS, GIBMEACHEAPTAN, BLUE JEWELS and MY FRIENDLY GIRL all drew outside post.


At the start both LANGTREE LILY and SPORTABELLA both made early miscues and it turned the whole picture around early. When the odds on favorite FOX VALLEY KATRINA had an easy lead through early fractions of 29.1 and 59.1 it would take a major race out of one of these fillies as most of them were either interfered with or had made a break at the start.  So the ball was definitely on her court, when she reached three quarters in 128.4/5, and she opened up three lengths it looked like the party was over but all of a sudden her challengers were coming from both sides on the outside Andy Shetler with SPORTABELLA, and on the inside Casey Leonard with ALYCOLE. Now FOX VALLEY KATRINA and Josh Sutton needed the wire to save them unfortunately it didn’t happen but they did get help from the Maywood stewards as they ruled SPORTABELLA didn’t comply with the breaking rule and was disqualified from first to seventh. The final time for the mile was 158.4 Robb Ritoff co owns and trains FOX VALLEY KATRINA with Mark De Vience of Chicago, IL.


In Division four three of the four first round winners had drawn in, FOX VALLEY WINDY, DEE DEE SAGA and ASCOT COURAGE. Also coming from the first round was MASTER BETTE who had a tough assignment in round one like she had again from post seven in round two. The other three MISS FANTASTIC, RACY TRACI PLACE, and CHOCOALATE NEMESIS were all newcomers to the series. KENNANS STELLA was scratched sick out of the second round. 


With three fillies trying to stay unbeaten in series action and three others debuting in the series this lead bettors to believe that a wicked pace would be set but incredibly it wasn’t. Newcomer CHOCOLATE NEMESIS with John De Long in the sulky went straight to the front for trainer Dave Mc Caffrey, getting a quarter in 29.3 a half 100.3. First round winner DEE DEE SAGA was left to do all the work first over for Del Chupp, while first round winners FOX VALLEY WINDY was getting shuffled for Gary Rath, and ASCOT COURAGE was third over for Steve Searle. When they raced past three quarters in 130.2 it was time to start sprinting, and the daughter of former Illinois FFA pacer SAGEBRUSH showed some heart and determination as she was able to out sprint them to the wire in 159.2. DEE DEE SAGA is owned and trained by Eligio Boccia of Chicago Heights, Illinois


DEE DEE SAGA is the only filly to have won both rounds of the INCREDIBLE FINALE pacing series.