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Incredible Finale gets split upped.

January 1, 2010



When ten different colts won preliminary rounds of the Incredible Finale pacing series, the only fair thing to do is have two divisions for the final.  As we all know that it wouldn’t be fair for colts and there connections to race as trailers if they would race all the winners in one heat and have ten starters at Maywood where only eight of the ten horses can score directly behind the starting gate. But when it was determined that it would be best to have two finals it gave the opportunity for some horse that didn’t even win a preliminary round a chance to take home the series final. Some though that wasn’t right to split up the final, while others thought it was great to split it up.

In all fairness Doc Narotsky and his staff did the right thing for the colts and there connections, by splitting the final to two divisions as it allowed every horse an opportunity to put his nose on the starting gate. But it did have some contradictions to some of the preliminary round conditions.  


In the first division it had a total of four winners of preliminary rounds that included RUSH OF FOOLS (T. Buter), YIANNOULAS BOY (B. Simpson), FOX VALLEY NIPPER (J. Roberts), and DRAMA PARTY (J. Sutton). With DRAMA PARTY having the eight hole it influenced the betting public to leaning the favoritism towards RUSH OF FOOLS from post three as they sent him off at 3/5.


When the wings of the gate folded and the starter yelled go for the first division, owner, trainer, driver Dean Magee was trying to hold his inside position with his charge FROSTONPUNKIN, but that plan went right outside the window when FROSTONPUNKIN made a very unfortunate break going into the first turn. Taking full advantage of all that misfortunate was PHARNQUE who has been struggling lately by being scratched at the last minute by the judge’s lame then coming back and breaking stride. Also capitalizing from the early breaker was YIANNOULAS BOY as he was able to slide right in for the perfect pocket trip. Getting away in third and holding his position was RUSH OF FOOLS while getting in fourth from his outside post was DRAMA PARTY. PHARNQUE with the aggressive Sam Widger was able to get away with early fractions of 28.1 and 58.1 before the publics choice RUSH OF FOOLS came first over to challenge for the lead.  As they raced towards three quarter RUSH OF FOOLS was able to slide into the pocket as YIANNOULAS BOY was starting too tired, or was he getting outsprinted as they reached three quarters in 126.4. Once they made the last turn the betting public knew that the sprint to the wire was down to the two, two year olds PHARNQUE and RUSH OF FOOLS. As they raced past the wire in 157 the two year old son of COLE MUFFLER-CHARGED TO THE MAX-ABERCROMBIE was victorious for owners Phil Langley, Ken Spurlock and John Johnston the colt is trained by Jim Eaton.


While in the second division action five of the preliminary round winners were in the field as INCREDIBLE RAIN (M. Miller), BIG DADDY WOO WOO (T. Buter), INCREDIBLE AL (S. Widger),  GENCOR’S  Z TAM (D. Chupp), and ONE CHASER (J. Sutton) were all in the fieldof eight starters. But missing for the final was the Dave McCaffrey trained FITZ T TAM who has been missing since his first round victory.


When both aggressive drivers Sam Widger and Josh Sutton both left with there horses form outside post with, INCREDIBLE AL from post four and ONE CHASER from post seven it made it for a quick early pace.  When the top two were able to race through fractions of 28.2 and 57.3 it gave young driver Marcus Miller no choice and commit first over with his dads (Erv Miller) horse INCREDIBLE RAIN as this week’s instruction were to not get locked in this week like they did two week ago. Following live cover and working the perfect second over trip was BIG DADDY WOO WOO as they raced past three quarters in 127.2 in the meantime INCREDIBLE RAIN had grind to just a nose of the pace setting INCREDIBLE AL, and enjoying the battling leaders was ONE CHASERin the pocket in third as he was getting ready for his stretch battle. In the meantime GENCOR’S Z TAM was still not heard from as pacers were making there last turn of four into the stretch. At the top of the stretch it looked like INCREDIBLE AL had outfought the first over INCREDIBLE RAIN but he still had to worry about the fresh threat in ONE CHASER but as they reached the wire in 156.4 INCREDIBLE AL was able to just hold on by a nose over ONE CHASER for trainer Don Brown.  Holding on for third was INCREDIBLE RAIN and completing the super in the Incredible Finale Final was BIG DADDY WOO WOO. The three year old son of Incredible Finale-Pats Society-Ideal Society is owned by his trainer Don Brown with partnership with his breeder Allan Weishar.


So when it was all done and said RUSH OF FOOLS and INCREDIBLE AL split upped the championship of the Incredible Finale pacing series.