The First Week Recap.
Feb 1, 2010
Racing resumed on Wednesday January 27 with a new scheduled post time of 7:10pm (Central) -- the new post for Wednesday thru Saturday-- after a 24 day break with some changes. First, and most important was the cut of purses -- this will effect thousands of people. Second was the “quick start” at
In the betting side of things once again there were changes-- the 50 cent pick five will be the second thru the sixth race now-- so the pick four can be moved back to the seventh race —in order not to go head to head with the Meadowlands pick four on Wednesday thru Saturday. On Sundays bettor will be able to bet 50 cent trifectas—a first in
Now let’s move to a recap of last weeks racing action.
The young guns stole the opening night spotlight by winning ten of the eleven races carded on the program at
Racing action moved over to
Todd Warren returned to the windy city winner circle after guided home She’s A Peach in the opener for the father/son owning team of Clarence and Randy Jacobs of Harvard—Charles Wolf took over the training duties on the pacing mare for the 2010 debut.
Gary Rath drove the winners of race four and five with two mares that he also conditions (Park Lane Dawn and Gypsys Little Star); Rath co owns them with his wife Kathryn of Marengo. Sam Widger managed to also win two races on the evening with mares when he guided home both Little Sweetheart in race seven for trainer David Rowney who co owns the mare with James Rowney of Marseilles, and Ronny Be Good in the finale for owner Z Tam Racing of New York…..David McCaffrey handles the training -- last year dash training champ at Maywood Park.
Claiming action started in race seven when owners Alan and Pearl Beals re-claimed Celebrity Best for trainer Karl Williams who will once again handle the training of the seven year old pacing gelding, Williams and the Beals lost Celebrity Best thru the claiming box on December 26 to trainer Billy Farmer.
The feature of the evening came in race eleven when the betting public seen it as a walk in the park for Dylan Rocks making him the 2/5 odds on favorite. The five year old son of Cole Muffler didn’t disappoint them as he went gate to wire from his rail spot for trainer Kim Roth--Rick Dane Jr guided him to victory in 1:57 for the Rock & Roll stables of
Speaking of rock and roll; that’s exactly what Josh Sutton did with Snilloc Five in race eight as he rocked and rolled the five year old
In driving news Josh Sutton (8th Snilloc Five 10th Go Tuffy14th TJ’s Bob C), and Sam Widger (1st Entertainment , 5th Hazel May , 12th Paul T) both got driving triples on the evening-- Casey Leonard (3rd Wes Mantooth , 13th Magical Five) and Todd Warren (6th JDs Personalstatis ,7th Western Jet) both got driving doubles. In the training news veteran conditioner Vince Accardo got a double (Entertainment and Magical Five) on the evening--high percentage trainer Bruce Pacitti picks up right where he left off last year by winning with his only starter(Hazel May).
Racing moved back to Balmoral to finish the first week back. Trainer Bob Phillips got all the early attention by winning races 4, 5, and 6 with Peekasoogly (R.Smolin), Little Mischeivous(M.Miller), and Who(R.Smolin)--those three winners finished the last three legs of the pick five ($88.70) in that order. Little Mischeivous returned back to racing action in three days and got her second win in as many tries since racing returned to the
The attention switched over to the feature race (nw $8,750 in the last five) with a purse of $6,000, and just like Friday night once again another one of the Kim Roth horses (Classy Character) came out on top but this time it was driven by Casey Leonard--the second place finisher (Distinct Color) was also trained by Roth, and driven by Rick Dane Jr. Classy Character covered the mile in 1:54 to have the fastest mile of the evening, the eight year old gelding is owned by Kimberly Silpath of New Jersey.
Sutton and Widger led drivers again with two wins apiece on the Saturday night card. Owner/trainer Guy Calvert claimed Little More Ram off owner/driver Rick Dane Jr and trainer Kim Roth in the finale-- last years horse with most wins at
To close the first week of action the 50 cent tri was introduced for the first time in
Four drivers (J. Sutton, S. Widger, M. Miller, and C. Leonard) had driving doubles on the evening; thirteen trainers had victories on the twelve race card on Sunday. For the first time since the break handle reached the one million dollar mark, but how much of it was on track handle is the question?
Will the fields, on track handle, and purses get bigger? For now only time will tell!
That has been the first week recap.