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Older Violet Comes Up Large (05/24/13)

Posted Friday May 24, 2013

                                                By Mike Paradise

  The opportunity to race an older Illinois bred pacer for a crooked number five-figure purse doesn’t come around often in our racing season so when the Illinois Department of Agriculture put up a lot of dough for the Violet stake for older mares to be raced at Maywood Park tonight there weren’t a shortage of entries.

  In fact, with 10 mares going postward in the $47,868 ICF stake there will be two trailers: Fox Valley Touche (programmed 6-1, Dale Hiteman) and Fox Valley Matinee (301, Brian Carpenter) with posts 9 and 10, in that order.

  The first eight slots in the 12th late night feature will have Dee Dee Sage (10-1, Todd Warren), Fox Valley Hermia (5-2, Mike Oosting), Just By Design (12-1, Dave Magee), Tamara Sassy (8-1, Casey Leonard), Makena Cat (15-1, Dean Magee), Party Hangover (9-2 Kyle Husted), Tweeds Fly N Star (4-1, Leroy Miller) and Rev Me Up (7-2, John Roberts).

  Two new faces to Maywood Park for this season—Fox Valley Hermia and Party Hangover—are no strangers to the half-mile oval. They finished one-two in the Giggles The Clown stake last November as 3-year-olds with Party Hangover winning for the eighth time enroute to being named the 2012 Illinois 3-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year.

  Both fillies went east soon afterward. Party Hangover was off the board in two Pennsylvania starts in 2012 while Fox Valley Hermia has made almost $33,000 in the Keystone State for the Erv Miller Stable in 2013, winning twice in 9 starts with a trio of seconds.

  Owned by Horseman’s Financial Agency and Premier Racing Stable of North Aurora, Illinois, Party Hangover now races out of the Kyle Husted Stable this year after making over $161,000 last season for trainer Jesse De Long, capturing both State Fair Finals and the Grandma Ann Super Night Championship.

  “I was thrilled to death the way Party Hangover finished in her first start back since December,” said driver Kyle Husted who also now trains the 4-year-old ICF filly.

  “Since it was her first start in several months I ducked her. We were a dozen or so lengths behind on the (Balmoral) backside and we only got beat only two lengths in a 53 and change mile. She came home really fast (:26.3).

  “She only bled a very little bit but I didn’t want to take any chances with her down the line so I put her on Lasix.

  “I drove against Party Hangover a few times when she raced for the De Long’s and I always thought she was a real good filly,” continued the 21-year-old resident of Altamont, Illinois.

  “While I ducked her in her first start she showed last year she can also get it done up-close so she gives me some choices going into a race. I know she’s in tough Friday but maybe things will go our way.

   “All I know is that I’m very lucky to have her land in my barn. I’m excited to be racing a real good mare like her.”

  Party Hangover will open up as the third choice in the morning line at 9-2 behind Fox Valley Hermia (5-2) and Rev Me Up (7-2).


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