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Violet Final Berths on the Line (05/12/13)
Posted Sunday May 12, 2013
By Mike Paradise
The first major stake race of the season for ICF horses is next Sunday’s Violet Final. Tonight 14 sophomore pacing fillies will vie for the 10 starting positions in the $55,300 championship in a pair or eliminations races.
A fifth place or better finish is all that’s needed to qualify for the Violet showdown.
The fourth race first divisions is headed up by the Joel Smith Stable’s Dallas Jones, already a five-time winner this year including a division of last week’s $10,000 Betzotic, and John Carver’s Auniqueaquistion who is making her 3-year-old debut after earned over $103,000 in her first season for trainer Donna Lee Ozment.
While Auniqueaquistion won half (4) of her 8 freshman starts and plenty of dough, she is looking for her first major stakes triumph. Last season the filly was the bridesmaid in the Orange & Blue, the Violet, and the American National championships.
Regular driver Mike Oosting (programmed 5-2) leaves from post two in tonight’s Auniquequistion (3-1) with Casey Leonard again teaming-up with Dallas Jones with the pole position.
Private Ashley (8-1, Kyle Husted), Our Miss Kristi (6-1, Kyle Wilfong), Fox Valley Ruby) 12-1, Dean Magee), Fox Valley Isabela (10-1, Todd Warren) and Mystical Danica (4-1, Dave Magee) are the other first division hopefuls.
The Wilfong family’s Feel Like Dancing goes for her third consecutive victory in the second Violet elimination. The 5-2 morning line choice landed the outside seven-slot with Kyle Wilfong after a lifetime best 1:53.4 mile in a division of last week’s Betzotic stake.
The first six slots in the fifth race elimination will be manned by My Marisa Clair (10-1, Phil Knox), Incredible Filly (7-2, Dave Magee), Thank You Doc (9-2, Dean Magee), C Roc Party (6-1, John De Long), Aliyah Maria (8-1, J D Finn) and State Street Liz (6-1, Bobby Smolin).
This will be State Street Liz’s first start since she won the Violet Final as a freshman last October for trainer Bob Phillips. The homebred filly had 5 wins and 4 seconds in 10 first season starts for Chris Choros, banking over $45,000 for the Calumet City, Illinois owner and breeder.
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Dallas Jones and driver Casey Leonard team-up again in Sunday's Violet elims.
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