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New Connections Just Keep Winning.

By Illiniharnessracing


Every now and then a little change is high-quality. And lately in the Chicago area there have been some changes on more than a few horses that are racing successfully. What I have recognized is that all of these horses that presently are winning all have had trainer changes some time recently. Some may inquire-- is it the new atmosphere--the fresh feed program--the innovative workout plan--a twist of fate,why they are winning? The respond to those questions could easily be all of them; however nobody knows for certain the right respond. What I do distinguish is that they all have fresh homes.


I will recognize some of these connections that presently are winning.


Village Mascot is a fairy-tale of its own, as the five year old son of Artsplace has done nothing but win since joining the Bob Phillips barn after his January 30th win for his ex-trainer Mike Brink. Since then he has reeled off six straight wins raging as of a condition claimer to thrashing the best the Windy City has to offer right now. With those six wins in arrow that consists of every Saturday night since that one win for his old connections, his tally is up to seven now to begin with back to that January 30th victory in spite of of two bowed tendons.


Then at hand is the four year old Cole Muffler mare Devachan who has won seven out of her last nine starts with two seconds. Following winning three in arrow for her old trainer Jeff Baker on Nov 29th, Jan 3rd, & Jan 31st ,trainer Bruce Pacitti clandestinely purchased her .Since then Pacitti likewise won three more in arrow on Feb 6th, 13th, & 20th, prior to Decavhan finally getting beat a nose on Feb 28th. With a week in between her most recent race Devachan is back on the winning habits after an extraordinary off the pace score on the 13th of March, when she was sluggish behind the gate.


What about Sponzo Brotka--being three for thirty six the previous year despite the fact that being condition by one of the top conditioners in the area in Perry Smith. Currently with John Price looking over his training he has rattled off two consecutive wins on March 6th & 13th. The four year old Richess Hanover gelding is two for four since switching stables winning both races first over in impressive fashion.


Let’s not forget three year old filly May Night who was purchased privately by the Brooks (Adam & David) of Cambridge from east coast trainer David Pinkney after her January 6th race at Freehold Raceway.  It did take them a while to get her going, as May Night debuted for the Brooks with lasixs on February 10 at Balmoral Park with a fifth place finish. Followed by four days later with a third place finish while first over, and then three days later again first over to another fifth place finish. Ever since then she has come back to be triumphant four consecutive races on Feb 24th, Mar 3rd, 10th, &14th all at the Crete oval.


Subsequently we have Three On The Floor who joined the Matthew Riggle barn from the Joe Seekman barn following his February 7th race at Windsor Raceway. The five year old Arts Conquest gelding had four lifetime wins to his tribute when he arrived in the Riggle barn, since then he has racked up three successive scores on March 3rd, 10th,& 14th  as well all at Balmoral Park. The gelding now has seven lifetime wins.


Kennans Ashley went 2 for 30 last year for owner Ken Spurlock and trainer Joel Smith, but on March 11th debuted at Maywood Park for trainer Jose Morales with a three length gate to wire score.


As a result of all this evidence let’s salute all these horses and their connections that are presently winning at the moment.

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