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Trio of Mares Prefer Maywood (03/01/13)
Posted Friday March 1, 2013
By Mike Paradise
A trio of mares—Melodie Hotspur, Tamarac Sassy and Nina Coleada—drop out of Balmoral’s Open Pace ranks and into Friday’s high-level conditioned event at Maywood, a track where they all have posted their last triumph.
While all three have a preference for the circuit’s half-mile oval, Tamarac Sassy has fared the best there, winning 24 of her 29 victories at the Melrose Park, IL facility.
Every year since 2009 in her 4-year-old campaign Tamarac Sassy(programmed at 6-1) has paced her season mark at Maywood Park. The last time she won a race at Balmoral was in 2008 as a 3-year-old and that came in a May conditioned-claimer.
“Tamarac Sassy can race at Balmoral but she has had better success at Maywood,” said her driver Casey Leonard. “We were able to drop her into Friday’s conditioned race where the competition isn’t as tough as those Opens at Balmoral.”
Owned by Neva Jane Grevengoed of Paw Paw, Illinois, the 8-year-old homebred mare would go over the $200,000 plateau with a win in Friday’s second race against seven tough foes.
Casey’s older brother Ross will steer Melodie Hotspur. The 5-2 morning line favorite, away from the pole position for trainer Warren Reck. The 4-year-old ICF mare was a winner in her last Maywood start and it came at tonight’s same class and from the same post.
The 5-year-old ICF mare Nina Coleada (programmed at 8-1) won her last race of 2012 at Maywood and was the runner-up behind Melodie Hotspur when they met on the half-miler on January 25.
Nina Coleada has a mark of 1:50.3 at The Red Mile in Lexington, taken in 2010 for her Minooka, Illinois owner Jim Bafia, the fastest of any mare in tonight’s field.
The well-balanced field of fillies and mares also brought out Weekend Update (3-1, John De Long), Blazing Fury (12-1, Sam Widger), Twilight Delight (7-2, Josh Sutton), Dislocated (10-1, Mike Oosting) and Shabalabadingdong (15-1, Ryan Anderson).
Another conditioned pace for non-winners of $9,500 in their last five starts, this one for males, will go as race 11 on the 14-race card. The morning line favorites are Raging Cam (5-2, Mike Oosting), Native World (3-1, Josh Sutton) and Con Game (4-1, Sam Widger),
They’ll be tested in the $10,000 event by Looking For Jack (6-1, Brian Carpenter), Turn It Up Loud (8-1, Casey Leonard), Body Guard (12-1, Todd Warren) and Bruener (12-1, Dean Magee).
Jush Sotton had five winning drives on Thusrday's Maywood program.
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