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Monday December 28, 2009



Before racing could resume on Wednesday another jab was given to Illinois racing as the Seventh Circuit Courts of appeals entered an order on the Boats request to continue the TRO on the HB 1918 money. So the wait continues as reported by the IHHA website.


None the less racing had to continue as scheduled for Wednesdays, but not without another jab this time coming from Mother Nature. With some precipitation in the area and strong winds it made it for a cold start to the Christmas week in Illinois racing. 


With a track listed as sloppy young Travis Seekman started the Christmas week by being the first one to make it to the winners circle when he guided his fathers (Joe Seekman) horse LAST SECOND SHOT to victory in 203.2/5 to start the Wednesdays night program that included the final elimination round on the Incredible Finale Pacing Series.


In series action their were two filly division and three colts divisions that needed to be contested to see who would move on to next weeks finals or next weeks consolations. In the first filly division Josh Sutton was able to defeat nine other rivals with SHAKE SOME in 203.1/5, the filly is trained by Nelson Willis for owners Taylor & Robert Rietveld of Bourbonnais, Illinois.


In the second filly division MOOCHIESMONEYMAKER reported home first in 202.2/5, as she was able to out sprint her nine rivals to the wire for owner/trainer Don Filomeno who co owns with his wife Joann. Tyler Buter handled the driving duties for the Cicero couple.


In the first of three colts divisions a son of Incredible Finale, INCREDIBLE AL was able to go gate to wire in 202 with Mike Oosting handling the controls. Don Brown trains and co owns the three year old gelding with Allan Weishar of Lexington, Illinois.


In the second division of three with a late driver change to Jamaica Patton BIG DADDY WOO WOO was able to slide up the open stretch to score a neck victory in 207 for owner Carol Henricks of Eldon, Missouri. Nick Prather trains the three year old gelded son of FT APACHE HANOVER for his longtime client.


In the final division of the series, the shocker of the series came in as the Eligio Boccia and Leonard Nixon’s GENCORS Z TAM got up in the final yards to record the victory in 204.4/5 by a long head over AJS DELIGHT. Tyler Buter guided home the $56.20 long shot winner for his connections.


In trotting action news Mike Oosting was able to just get up with the Tom Simmons trained REV IT NOW in the final jump, the three year old son of Revenue S is owned by the M & J Stables and Benita Simmons both of Illinois. While REFOCUS minded her manners this week and closing like an express train to get the 203.2/5 victory.   REFOCUS is owned by John Carver and Ron Phillips of Illinois, Jamaica Patton a Mississippi native handles the training and driving duties on the VALLEY VICTOR three year old filly.


Young Tyler Buter stole the Wednesday night show with four driving victories (HANDSOME HO, MOOCHIESMONEYMAKER, GENCOR’S Z TAM and MILLER TWELVE PACK), while Jamaica Patton and Mike Oosting both guided home two winners.  In training news 11 races were won by 11 different trainers throughout the cold evening.


With Christmas Eve and Christmas Day falling on Thursday and Friday this year that meant there would be no racing at Maywood this week, however one more racing day is left for this year with New Years Eve racing on Thursday December 31 at Maywood Park.


With a fourteen race program on hand to be contested Saturday night drivers, trainers, owners, fans and many more were anxious and couldn’t wait to get back to the racing action after being dark for two days with the Christmas Holidays.  When the action started with a track listed as good for the racing evening young Marcus Miller got the night underway with the Bob Phillips trained FT LARAMIE, Phillips co owns the colt with The Tanah Merah Farms of Springfield, Illinois.


But Saturday night belonged to “Double O” as Mike Oosting was able to guide home seven winners on the card, three of those winners (CLAYTON DAVID, THEREPLAYINOURSONG, AND HEATH) he also own\s and trains himself. Oosting guided home two more winners for Nelson “Spider” Willis (JUST CALL MY NAME AND ROCK RIDGE ROAD), one more for Joel Smith (KENNAS KELLI) and one more for Erin Elliott (RE FAREWELL) on the evening.


In the feature race of the evening the OPEN pace JEREMY’S SUCCESSOR made quick work of his seven overmatched rivals in a very impressive 152.4/5. Tyler Buter guided home the Andrea Ann Hill five year old son of MACH THREE who is trained by Dean Eckley.


When driver Trace Tetrick gave the ten year old war horse ABOUTTOLOSECONTROL a perfect steer in race ten it made for a successful return to the races for the “old guy” who is owned by Brandy Pinske giving her the second owning victory of the evening and giving her father SPIDER Willis his third training victory of the evening.


In training news Spider Willis & Mike Oosting both shared top honors with three wins a piece. But track announcer Dominick Polito said it best to describe Saturday nights racing action. “DOUBLE O SEVEN”


In Sundays racing news the feature races of the evening was the FM OPEN and even though there were two entries scheduled to compete in the feature race of the evening that had a total of nine entries.  Holding the upper hand was trainer Amber Buter with the powerful entry of PARK AVENUE and RIP ROCKIN LADY, both returning from stakes action in Michigan. When both mares crossed the finish line one, two that gave trainer Amber Buter 75% of the $11,000 purse for owners Lynette Buter , Eugene Oldford, and Tyler Buter who drove the winner PARK AVENUE while Mike Oosting drove RIP ROCKIN LADY to the second place finish.


In driving news posting three wins a piece were both Tyler Buter (SPORTY BABE, I’M ALL COUNTRY, and PARK AVENUE) and Mike Oosting (CHARLENES DREAM, MARTY DOT COM, and SMILING ANGEL) on the racing card  giving them 9 and 12 wins for the week.  Brian Carpenter won two races in the evening one with KOKO D ORO (G.Kain) and the other with TALKABOUTJOY (M. Reading).


In Training news their was twelve races competed on Sundays program and twelve different trainers winning races. Racing final week before the break kicks off Wednesday at Balmoral Park while racing returns this week at Maywood Park on Thursday.


In Incredible Finale Series action the fillies final will be contested on Wednesday at Balmoral and the colts final will be competed on Thursday at Maywood Park.  


What a Christmas week in Illinois.