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Rested Fort Silky Returns (05/18/13)
Posted Saturday May 18, 2013
By Mike Paradise
Illinois kingpin Fort Silky returns Saturday night after a two week hiatus to take on the streaking Time To Roll in the $17,000 Invitational.
The ninth race feature was handicapped by groups with the Leonard Stable’s Fort Silky (5-2) landing the outside 7-slot with the 2-1 morning line favorite getting the six.
“We don’t want to race Fort Silky every weekend just to race him,” said Casey Leonard. “We’re trying to give him the same type of schedule that Well To Do Guru had for the past few years and that’s to shoot for the older ICF stakes on the schedule and race enough times in between to stay sharp.”
Casey reports that Well Ro Do Guru has been back in training and should be ready for the summer state-bred stakes.
“He’ll qualify soon. “We’re pointing for the Broadway Preview at Balmoral in mid-June.”
Well To Do Guru is the defending champion of the of the $30,000 stake to be contested on June 15 on the Crete, IL big track.
Maywood Park’s $48,000 Cardinal stake on May 31 for older ICF colts or geldings is next on Fort Silky’s agenda.
“Both “Silky” and Tamarac Sassy are good fits for the upcoming ICF stakes at Maywood,” continued Casey. “She’ll go in next week’s Violet there.”
Saturday evening Time To Roll (Dave Magee) guns for his fourth consecutive victory and his third straight in a Balmoral Invite when he also takes on Peck Blue Chip (12-1, Todd Warren), Wilson’s Tracks (15-1, John De Long), St David Hanover (6-1, Bobby Smolin), Best Man Hanover (9-2, Mike Oosting) and Thunder Steeler (7-2, Kyle Wilfong).
No Elims: When nine ICF 3-year-old trotting fillies pass the entry box no elimination races were needed for next week’s $49,200 Violet Trot Championships. Most of the youngsters are prepping on this Sunday’s card.
The final field, in alphabetical order are: American Empress (9th race Sunday), Divination (1st race), Fox Valley Roxy (1st race), Just for Fun, Kelsey’s Star (1st race), Little Ms Chrissy (6th race), Powerful Goddess (6th race), Sara The Spy (9th race), and Trot Fudge Sundae (off this weekend).
Impressive Season Bow: Fox Valley Norman led from start to finish in last night’s $12,000 Gosox stake at Maywood Park, pacing a 1:54 flat mile in his 3-year-old debut.
The big, long striding Perry Smith trainee was one of three winning drives on the night for John De Long.
Big Brad was second best, beaten two-plus lengths. Middle Aged Crazy was third.
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