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On The Right Track (03/08/13)
Posted Friday March 8, 2013
By Mike Paradise
Handicappers like myself often use the label “horses for courses” to describe a pacer or trotter who performs much better on a particular racetrack. That terminology applies perfectly to Friday’s 11th race co-feature race starter Native World.
The 5-year-old gelding did little out east before he joined the Mike Brown Stable last year and did even less for the Momence, Illinois trainer in his 13 starts at Balmoral Park.
Brown then sent Native World to Maywood Park and the pacer been a tiger since.
“At Balmoral he was out of control,” said his driver Josh Sutton. “And when he was sitting in a hole you couldn’t do anything with him. If you pulled him he didn’t have anything.
“However when Mike took him over to Maywood he was completely a different animal.
At Maywood you can drive him with two fingers.”
The well-bred Native World was bought for $25,000 at the 2010 New Jersey Classic Sale by his Connecticut owner James Behrendt. The son of All American Native is out of the Abercrombie broodmare Top Of The World.
Unraced at two, Native World won only 2 of 16 starts in his 3-year-old campaign, mostly at Chester, and made $16,405.
Early in 2012 year the horse was shipped to Brown who had turned pacers around for Behrendt such as Lennon Blue Chip and Washington Hanover.
However Native World didn’t win a race at Balmoral for Mike and most of the time couldn’t smell a purse check.
After Native World extended his losing streak to 18 in a row Brown took him to Maywood Park where he’s won 3 of 5 starts, his first 2 by a combined 21 lengths, and was solid second and third in his other half-mile outings.
Native World will open up as the 3-1 second choice from the two-slot with Josh with I Scoot Sam (5-2, Ross Leonard) on his left and Voomerang (7-2, Todd Warren) on his right.
Posts 4 through 7 will be manned by Dontgetbyme (5-1, Casey Leonard), Con Game (8-1, Sam Widger), TJ’s Rocky (20-1, Ryan Anderson) and NJ’s Big Deal (8-1, Brian Carpenter).
Native World’s stable-mate Bring the Rain (15-1, Brent Wilfong) landed the outside 8-slot and will race un-coupled because of different ownership.
Tamarac Sassy (Casey Leonard) is the 5-2 early favorite to get a repeat victory in the tenth-race conditioned pace co-feature for fillies and mares.
Taking on the 8-year-old mare are Park Lane Heather (7-2), Phobic Princess (15-1), Waiting And Hoping (8-1), Blazing Fury (12-1), Dislocated (8-1), Mystical MJ (12-1), Weekend Update (12-1) and Melodie Hotspur (6-1) in the second tier.
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Josh Sutton driving Native World to another win at Maywood Park.
Maywood Park Photo
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