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Maywood Suits Fox Valley Touche (03/29/13)
Posted Friday March 29, 2013
By Mike Paradise
Fox Valley Touche makes a rare appearance Friday night at Maywood Park in the 11th race co-feature for fillies and mares. While the Joel Smith trainee hasn’t made a lot of past starts on the circuit’s half-miler when she has competed, she’s done very, very well.
In her eight career outings at Maywood the now 6-year-old mare has finished first or second in every one of them and they’ve all been in high-level competition.
As a 2-year-old Fox Valley Touche won her Violet elimination at Maywood and was second in the $54,800 Final. As a 3-year-old she was perfect in a trio of trips postward, all in ICF stakes, including the $101,000 Maywood Filly Pace Final.
Last season Fox Valley Touche was the runner-up to Mystical Victress in the $38,735 Violet in late June and then won a conditioned pace there two weeks later.
This will be her second start of 2013 at Maywood. The mare was second in a “Winner’s Over” in her season debut in early January. Fox Valley Touche is the program’s early 5-2 favorite.
The Nelson Willis Stable’s Uncle Smoothie makes his 4-year-old season bow Friday as the 8-5 program favorite in Maywood’s fourth race and he’s also had past success at Maywood Park.
The Sawgrass Farms homebred captured his freshman on the half-miler in July of 2011. After going un-placed in his next Maywood start, he came back to take the $52,300 Cardinal in October and was third in the Abe Lincoln against open company 2-year-olds.
Uncle Smoothie opened his 3-year-old campaign with a victory in Maywood’s Taser Gun stake. The son of Sportsmaster won his Maywood Pace elimination before going off-stride at the start of the $123,000 Final and then came back to be second in a pair of Betzotic ICF stakes later last season.
The 10-year-old New Zealand bred Power Of Tara will test Maywood’s oval for the very first time in Friday’s seventh race for trainer Charlie von Knoblauch and opens as the 3-1 morning line second choice.
A two-time past Invite winner at Balmoral with over $600,000 on his card the veteran does know his way around small tracks.
From his 2-year-old season in 2005 through his 8-year-old campaign in 2011 Power Of Tara competed on mostly smaller ovals Down Under. When he arrived to the United States in 2012 he was the runner-up in a pair of $50,000 Levy Series races on Yonkers half-miler and also second in a $18,000 Open on Harrington’s half.
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Fox Valley Touche (Dale Hiteman) won the 2011 Maywood Filly Pace Final.