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Monopoly Man Tests Maywood (09/20/13)
For Friday September 20, 2013
By Mike Paradise
Looking over Maywood Park’s Friday night card I found one somewhat surprising starter listed and that’s the Homer Hochstetler Stable’s 3-year-old Monopoly Man.
Fourth in last week’s Langley Final on Super Night, Monopoly Man previously never raced at Maywood Park.
As it turned out, the ICF sophomore landed the dreaded 8-hole in race three but it’s a rather soft conditioned race Monopoly Man who has spent most of the season bucking heads against the top state-bred sophomores and still consistently making money for his Illinois owners Connie Hochstetler (Crete) and Kristofer Heim (Tinley Park)
Monopoly Man hasn’t missed a check since De Long took over the horse’s lines in mid-July. The Sportsmaster gelding has averaged around $4,000 a start with De Long who will back at his lines when Monopoly Man makes his Maywood debut at opening odds of 9-5.
Monopoly Man is probably racing Friday to show some potential east coast sale buyers that he can get around a small-track just fine and could be a money-maker racing at Yonkers next season as a 4-year-old.
“I don’t think he’ll have any trouble getting around Maywood,” said De Long. “He’s clean gaited. He’s a good little horse who has had some tough luck here and there. Monopoly Man likes to see a horse in front of him and go after him.”
The 24-year-old De Long is having his best season thus far with 193 dash winners going into Friday evening’s card. Only Mike Oosting and Casey Leonard have more winners among Chicago circuit drivers.
Oosting’s trio of winning drives Wednesday evening at Balmoral put him at the 400 mark in season dash winners. It marked the eighth time 51-the year-old Michigan native has driven 400 or more winners in a single season.
Last night Mike bagged six winners at Maywood while De Long had a driving triple on 12-race Thursday card.
Oosting’s best year came in 2008 when he brought home 568 winning horses and his money won was less than $25,000 from topping $4 million. Mike currently is at $2.8 million with about three months of racing left.
Casey has 290 winning drives in 2013, over 50 more than his previous best year in 2011 when he chalked up 235. Horses he’s driven have now made over $2.1 million, around a half-million dollars more than his former best earning season in 2012.
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