Winning Streaks On The Line.
Each racing fan, gambler, driver, trainer, groom, and owner knows that the hardest thing to do is to prevail in a race. There is a great deal that can go wrong that will avoid them a chance from being part of that special Kodak Moment. What they have to understand is that you have up to nine or ten others trying to do the same thing that they are trying to do, it makes it more easily said than done than what everybody really thinks it is. I don’t believe people really comprehend how much can take place to prevent them from winning, I have seen broken head poles, broken hopples, broken lines, flat tires, hooked wheels, etc, etc, etc…that can put a stop to them winning a race. Consequently when that equine athlete gets in a winning streak you have to appreciate how lucky everybody involved with them really are, winning a race is exceptional, but when they get in these winning streaks it’s really extraordinary.
Last week when racing kicked off in the prairie state there was a total of 60 horses that raced during the week that were victorious in at least there last start, of those 60 horses 11 of those horses had at least 2 to 5 race winning streaks that were on the line.
Wednesday: A total of 7 of the 60 of them were competing on the Wednesday evening. Dynamite Dazzler, Remember Natalie, and Rogers Finale were the first to put the streaks in jeopardy in race two, and when Remember Natalie managed to get up by a neck in 1:58.4/5 for Catherine Ritzel of Saint Jacobs, Illinois the five year old daughter of Sportsmaster kept her endearing streak going, while the other two will have to start over. In race seven Refocus was putting her two race triumph streak on the line when she was facing six other rivals who were contending for the 5900 dollar purse. Halfway down the lane it looked like the 4 year old mare might have needed a race after being away from the races since December 30, however the Valley Victor miss surged late for Jamaica Patton in the lane to get the victory, and booted her winning streak up to three. The only other race to have horses competing that had at least won there last race was in race nine the Newcomer Series Final, Modern Artist, Bring The Rain, and Frostonpunkin were the three with a chance for a endearing the streak. When Marcus Miller guided the Jim Durante III trained Ajs Delight to a career best 1:54.4/5 victory it wrecked all three dead on there tracks without giving them a possibility to keep there winning streaks active when it was ruined by AJ’S Delight.
Remember Natalie and Refocus kept there winning streaks in tact after the Wednesday night card.
Thursday: A total of 8 horses were trying to keep their winning streaks going, and right off the get go in the first race Mr. Do Well turned the pocket trip to a neck verdict to keep his streak going to two now. Bobby Smolin handled the driving duties for Steve Weiss and Haugen Stables of Burr Ridge, Illinois. Mattjestic Help had a two race win streak snapped off when she and her arch rival Kennans Ellery battled early setting it up for the eventual winner in Don’t Pass Me By who was driven cleverly by Bobby Smolin for Hosea Williams of Chicago. In race four Ronny B Good and Barus Oxford Lady were trying to get back to back wins for there connections but when Todd Warren and Romantic Jet outsprinted her six rivals to the wire, the Perry Smith charge denied both of them the right to keep there winning streaks alive. Cams Little Dragon and Josh Sutton cruised to a five length score for trainer Adrian Adam which prevented Bouncy’s Mate from reaching the two race winning streak in the seventh heat of the evening. In race eight there were two ladies trying to keep there captivating streaks going in Kickapoo Cher, and Another Judy. They raced one two all the way around from start to finish but Another Judy was to much on this evening keeping hers but breaking her rivals win streak, Sam Widger had the driving obligation from Bruce Pacitti and O’Toole racing. In the filly Newcomer Series Final a five minute examination lasted but no change was made and the Roger Welch trained filly Reilly’s Daughter had her picture taken, this deprived Amy Ellen her second visit with the Maywood photographer, Marcus Miller did the steering for Obermeier & Quaid stables of Evergreen Park, Illinois.
Mr. Do Well and Another Judy kept there winning streaks going.
Friday: A total of 17 horses that had at least won there prior race with a handful of them with already winning streaks were entered to race. In the opener both Papas Pilgram and Onemagicalmoment had won there last start but the seven year old Erin Elliott trained Robert Sulzberger Jr owned Trace Tetrick driven Topville Dynamite denied both of them a chance to keep there streaks alive with a gate to wire score. The gossip of winning streaks came in race two when Snilloc Five had a three race, and Jds Personalstatis had a five race streak going into the evening. The John Price owned and trained Snilloc Five went in gate to wire manner to keep his winning streak up to four now, Josh Sutton rated the pacer to another triumph. Leroy Miller used the rail to full advantage in race three help giving M M West his third win in a row for owner breeder Merle Myers of Indiana, with that achievement that also prevented NJ’s Super Charger to get his second win in as many weeks. Subsequent to being pressured the whole mile last week, this week Sporty Babe and Todd Warren were able to manage things around there giving them a wire to wire tally,the Perry Smith charge denied both Just Be Original and Mackenzie’s Power a opportunity to keep there winning streaks. In race ten both Ice Express and Almost Positive had won there last start, but when Gerald Longo left and turned the pocket trip to a success it kept Ice Express winning streak up to two. Longo owns and trains the four year old pacer, Almost Positive was denied win number 12 in his livelihood. Really Showing Off, Fox Valley Gambler, and
Snilloc Five, M M West, Ice Express, and Go Tuffy all have winning streaks after the Friday card was raced.
Saturday: Once for a second time 17 horses were coming in to the racing evening with winning streaks, Crazy Dan completed it two wins in a row for Casey Leonard and Kimberly Roth by winning the opener keeping his win streak going however denied Samstorm the opportunity. When Get That Cheese and Hall of Famer Dave Magee got up from last to win the second race individually Utopianne who had won last week and Not So Slim who had a three race win streak going had there streaks busted. The late driver change to Casey Leonard in race three on Parkm Out Girl must have made the disparity making her a one and a half length winner for trainer Joe Boccia and owner Sam Salamone helping to keep Linda’s Big Sugar out of back to back wins. An additional powerful stretch rally from the Homer Hochstetler trained, Shirley Le Vin owned Ice Man Comet’h in race four made it repeated weeks that the home bred pacer was victorious with Marcus Miller handle the driving duties. With a dominant rally on the grandstand side Apache Jake made it also back to back weekend wins for the combo of Leonard and Roth. Village Mascot completed it four wins in a row and three since joining the Bob Phillips barn, Phillips co owns with the Blackfoot Farms, Sam Widger has steered him to four straight victories. Donna Lee-Ozment’s trained Boo Bugg made it three wins in a row with his standard driver Josh Sutton patiently steering him to an open stretch score, Clinard Racing LLC owns the seven year old Grinfromeartoear pacer. Race nine had equally Successfully Rich and John Drew likewise trying to keep there wins streaks going, but as soon as the Joel Smith trained brushed by the pacesetters at the three quarters and coasted to a five lengths plus achievement it left John Drew looking to get back in the winning ways, Trace Tetrick was in the sulky for Paula Smith and Ed Bardowski. Astro Hershey and Storm’s Image were both surprised by Captain Kid with Dave Magee when they came from eighth to first in a prevailing stretch rally denying both of the early mentioned pacers a chance to keep there winning streaks alive, Pat Curtin handles the morning assignments for the Kid Stables and the Par III Stables. CR Shanghai reserved his streak going when he out closed his six rivals to the wire in race 11 giving him back to back week wins, Dave Magee handled the motivating for Brenda Romania and owners Art and Sharon Barsella of Darien, Illinois…. Trainer Kathy Millman did claim the pacer for Mike Etter. Devachan made it six in arrow by winning race 12 for Bruce Pacitti, her third win since joining his barn, Pacitti co owns with O’toole Racing once again Sam Widger got the driving duty from these connections. Del Chupp and Charles Gates Jr flawed the chance for The Witness and Mike Johnson to make it two wins in arrow with there five year old pacer Radiant Truth, Randall Slabaugh and Joe Lemmon owns him.
Crazy Dan, Ice Man Comet’h, Apache Jake, Village Mascot, Boo Bugg, Successfully Rich, CR Shanghai, and Devachan were all victorious, and kept there winning streaks going.
Sunday: A total of 11 horses were racing with a win in there most recent start. Fox Valley Rival left and protected a front end score in race three denying Playmate Advizer the chance to keep his winning streak going, Joel Smith trains the three year old International Chip gelding for Paula Smith and James Runyan, Trace Tetrick was at the controls. The driver change to Josh Sutton in race 4 and a perfect second over trip gave the James May owned and trained Dmitri One a much over due win, that triumph kept Levi Thunder Thug away from a two race win streak. Electric Jingles scoring in race 5 for Walter Haynes Sr and Dave Magee denied both Innovation To Play and It’s Mary Time from observance there winning streaks going. Dishin Out and Free Parking Behind were both deprived of keeping there streaks alive when Dishin Outs stable mate Spyder Bite surged at the wire to catch Mattjestic Help and Leroy Miller, Dan Dubeansky co owns and trains the mare with Brett Wilfong, Rodney Mills did the driving. Race eight saw Boltin Bride come first over and overwhelm her seven rivals to get her second win in as many starts, Trace Tetrick teamed up once again with Erin Elliott, Beatitude Farms own the four year old mare. Tetrick came right back in race nine this time with a mare he owns, Ima Parkin Opps, Tom T does the training. Marion Avis was denied a second visit with the camera man when Dean Magee and PW Felix brushed to the top past the quarter and showed there heals to the field, reporting home in . 1/5 on a track listed as snowy, Dale Wade trains and co owns with James Suba. In Race 11 Ivy League Lindy was the final replicate winner of the week when he out sprinted a compressed field of seven to the wire in 202.2/5, Todd Warren handled the driving project from Todd La Fountaine and owner Lawrence Gary of Florida. In the finale of the Sunday card, and of the week Wands Cowgirl and Todd Warren took the cover from Allamerican Virgin until the upper stretch then flipped off her back to protect the win and denying her cover the chance to keep her winning streak, Charles Gates Jr trains her for Gabe and Robert Wand of
Boltin Bride, Ima Parkin Opps, and Ivy League Lindy kept there streaks going after Sunday.
So after this week of racing we had 60 horses that had a chance to protect there winning streaks, and out of those 60 a total of 19 accomplish that. Of the 11 horses that had at least a two race win streak on the line 7 managed to keep them alive, while four will have to start new ones.
Leading all pacers and trotters are Devachan (6), Snilloc Five (4), Go Tuffy (4), Village Mascot (4), Boo Bugg (3), Refocus (3), and M M West (3).