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Talk About Unexpected (09/21/12)
Posted Friday September 21, 2012
By Mike Paradise
Super Night can always be filled with surprises and last Saturday none were bigger than in the $30,800 Consolation of the Orange and Blue Colt stake, race 13 on the evening.
The maiden Fox Valley Christo, winless in 7 lifetime starts and beaten 10 lengths in his elimination, popped at 54-1 for his Illinois owners Fox Valley Standardbreds (Sherman) and Harold D Carter (Williamsville).
Veteran Brian Carpenter drove the $11140 winner for trainer Mike Brink, nosing out the heavy favorite Darth Quaider and 8t other freshman pacing colts and geldings, taking the lead before the :56 flat first half and winning in 1:53.4.
Carpenter had never driven Fox Valley Christo before Super Night and didn’t know what to expect before the race.
“Mike (trainer Brink) wasn’t there on Super Night.,” said Carpenter “His second trainer told me about the horse. He said everybody has been a little afraid of the horse because he can get a little “steppy.”
“But he also said that this is the best the horse had ever been and to put him on the gate. He told me the horse would be good.
“So I did what he said and put him right on the gate and he was right . . . the horse was good.”
The son of Yankee Skyscraper came into the Super Night race with $3,370 in purse earnings and left with $13,706 more.
“I’ve won on Super Night before but never with a longshot like this horse was,” continued the Indiana native. “Winning on Super Night is a hard thing to do whether it’s in a final or a consolation.
“I’m happy for the people who were in the winner’s circle with the horse. It’s a night they’ll always remember.”
Fox Valley Christo sold for $14,000 at the 2010 Walker Standardbred Sale. He has a younger half-brother Dark Rye (1:54.2) who is currently racing in Ohio.
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