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Friday Feature Rock Solid (02/22/12)

Posted Friday February 22, 2013

                                                      By Mike Paradise

  Maywood Park has a solid winter-time Friday feature tonight. It’s for non-winners of $9,500 in their five starts and it drew a trio of pacers who had been competing in the Invitational ranks at Balmoral—I Scoot Sam, Touch Of Rock and Body Guard.

  This is Touch of Rock’s 15th start on the local circuit since trainer Jim Eaton brought him here from Pennsylvania where the son of Rocknroll Hanover had back-to-back sub 1:50 winning performances at Pocono, including a career fastest 1:49.2 mile last August.

  This is only the fourth time Touch Of Rock hasn’t started in a Balmoral invite locally for owner Robert Siberberg of Farmington Hills, Michigan. Once came in the American National Aged Pace and the other three in conditioned paces, winning twice and nosed out of another.

  The last time Touch of Rock (programmed 3-1, Todd Warren) raced at Maywood Park was his next-to-last start of 2012 and he came away with a 1:53.2 victory on that mid-December evening.

  Both the Terry Leonard Stable’s I Scoot Sam (5-2, Casey Leonard) and Body Guard (8-1, Josh Sutton) from the barn of trainer Gary Kreischer were also victorious in their last Maywood start’s when each won at tonight’s class on January 25 races.

  Making his first souting at Maywood in over a month is NJ’s Big Deal (7-2, Brian Carpenter) who secured the coveted one-slot for trainer Angie Affrunti.

. The now 4-year-old pacer captured the $100,000 Maywood Pace Final last year and like most of his foes in the $10,000 ninth race feature, he visited the Maywood winner’s circle in January.

  Completing the competitive field are Con Game (10-1, John Roberts), TJ’s Rocky (12-1, Sam Widger), Onhishonor Hanover (6-1, Mike Oosting) and Bruener (15-1, Dean Magee).

  Pennsylvania Bound: Really Lucky (3-1, Casey Leonard), winner of 4 of his last 5 starts for trainer Merv Chupp, will be heading out east next week after Friday’s seventh race. He’s eligible for the Walter Russell Memorial Series that begins March 5 at The Meadows. The month long series has a $20,000-plus Final.

  “Each time he races he gets better and stronger,” said Chupp. “His confidence level is very high. He’ll get a chance to see what he can do against some tougher competitive in Pennsylvania.”

  Invite Newcomer: St Elmo Hero puts his four-race winning streak on the line in Saturday’s second race headliner and will be at 7-5 first flash odds with Mike Oosting.

  A new addition to the $17,000 Invitational is Clinard Properties Time To Roll, the $105,000 purchase at the mid-January Meadowlands Sale with over $560,000 on his card and $367,500 of that coming when he was second in last year’s $1.47 million North America Cup.

  The Tom Simmons trainee is 2-for-2 on the local scene and landed the two-slot in the six-horse field with St Elmo Hero assigned the outside six-slot.

  They’ll be challenged by Fort Silky, Park Lane Deputy and the Mike Brown trained entry of Ice Scraper and Lennox Blue Chip.

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