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Brink Has Trio in Early Stake (05/07/13)
Posted Tuesday May 7, 2013
By Mike Paradise
Wednesday’s $12,000 Betzotic for ICF trotting colts and geldings landed eight starters but because there would have been only six betting interests the stake was slotted as a non-wagering event with an early 6:45 pm post before the regular card.
King Mufasa and Powerful Poe, the one-two finishers in last week’s Speedy Rodney stake, will square off again. Both trotters are owned in part by Mystical Marker Farms.
Powerful Poe was the 2012 Illinois 2-Year-Old Colt Trotter of the year for trainer Dirk Simpson while King Mufasa is now conditioned by Mike Brink who also will start Fox Valley Dubai (Dave Magee) along with And That’s A Winner (Dale Hiteman) in the Betzotic.
King Mufasa uncorked a dazzling :26.4 last quarter when he overtook Powerful Poe at the wire last week. It was the horse’s first start for Brink after going 2-for-8 as a freshman the Joel Smith Stable.
“Bill Wright, who owns the horse along with Mystical Marker Farm, called me in December and asked me if I would be interested in racing the King Mufasa and I said yes,” said Brink.”
“Bill told me he thought the colt had some talent last year but that the horse had some issues and he got sick at the wrong time and that they couldn’t quite get him over it.
“He asked me to take my time with the horse, however long that might be. Get him ready for his 3-year-old season and tell us what you think of the horse. Bill said they really never had a chance to go fast with the colt because he was sick for so long.
“So we did bring him along slowly. The horse has never been anything but a good colt from the first day I got him. We trained him on the half down here (Springfield) all winter. He’s a great gaited-colt and he has a good attitude.
“King Mufasa is crazy fast. Mike (driver Oosting) told me he had to help the horse a bit last week because the horse wanted to trot more. I told Mike before the race that we were shooting for the Cardinal with him and that he didn’t have to do anything fancy with the colt. I just wanted to make sure he was manageable for the upcoming races.
“Mike came back after the race and said: “Hey, I drove him all over the racetrack and he was real good. When I started him up a little bit he just kept going forward. I knew when we got at the clubhouse he was trotting ‘way’ fast and he could have gone more. If he went any faster he would be flying.’
Brink’s Fox Valley Dubai finished third in last week’s Speed Rodney, his first start of the year and his initial race for the barn.
“His previous owner wanted to sell him so we picked up in November,” said Brink. “I was happy with his first race of the year. He trotted in :56.4, a last quarter in 28 flat Fox Valley Dubai raced in 58 as a 2-year-old before we got him. We are pleased the way he’s been coming along.”
Brink will also start And That’s A Winner (Dale Hiteman). It will be the gelding’s first race of the year after winning 1 of 6 starts as a freshman, a 2:00 flat mile at Springfield.
“He raced a half-dozen times for us and he never made a break and never did anything wrong,” continued Brink. “However, we couldn’t get him to carry any weight. He seemed to be a little upset stomach-wise so we treated him a little bit for it.
“He was a big gangly looking colt. I told my partner let’s stop with him and try to make a 3-year-old of him so that’s what we did. I don’t know yet what kind of 3-year-old he’s going to be but he is a good gaited-horse and he has been carrying his weight better this year.”
Wednesday’s early non-betting stake also lured Fox Valley Cameo (Jamaica Patton), Powerful Yield (John Roberts) and Powerful Commander (Dean Magee).
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