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Antsy Trotter has Ryan Smiling (01/23/12)
Posted Tuesday January 23, 2013
By Mike Paradise
In a recent conversation with Ryan Anderson I mentioned how well he’s been doing with the Steve Searle trained filly trotter Ants Iner Pants and the 32-year-old driver instantly broke into a big smile.
“She’s really racing well isn’t she?” said Ryan. “It’s too bad she wasn’t as healthy as she is now when she was going for the big money in her division back in the late summer.”
Ants Iner Pants developed an abscess in a foot after stepping on likely a rock during a Springfield race and the result was sub-par performances in both State Fair stakes and the Lady Ann Reed Championship on Super Night.
The homebred, owned and bred by Searle and Tom Wisniewski of Howell, Michigan, made $52,136 in 26 starts as a 3-year-old and almost $30,000 of that amount came in her last eight starts of the year when she was in tip-top shape and Ryan at her lines.
The last six of those season-ending races came out of the ICF sophomore filly division.
“Her last half-dozen starts last year came in open company and against older horses and she’s been right there,” said Ryan. “That’s not easy for an ICF filly trotter who was just three at the time.”
Ants Iner Pants put together two more big efforts in her January starts as 4-year-old. After dropping a neck decision on the 2nd of this month in a high-level conditioned trot, she held off a field last week at tonight’s same $12,500 class and did it with a career best time of 1:55.2 with the temperature hovering around the freezing mark.
Nevertheless Ants Iner Pants (programmed 7-2) will have her work cut out in Wednesday’s feature. The Band’s Gold Chip mare landed the outside eight-slot while the very sharp Mischievous Jesse (6-1, Todd Warren) leaves from the opposite end with the pole position and the 3-1 favorite Benn’s Score Keeper (Mike Oosting) has the four-post.
Mischievous Jesse carries a four-race winning streak into the sixth race headliner with the last two triumphs coming after he joined the Kathy Millman Stable. The 5-year-old Ohio bred made over $45,000 last year and 1 of his 9 season victories came in the Invitational ranks at Hazel Park in Michigan.
Their challengers are Squonk (6-1, Sam Widger), Fox Valley Arrow (8-1, Casey Leonard), Better In Texas (12-1, Trace Tetrick), Miss Day Kat (10-1, Larry Smith) and Clever Upstart (4-1, Marcus Miller).
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