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Husted Keyed-Up Over Brown's Pacers (00/21/13)
Posted Saturday September 21, 2013
By Mike Paradise
A trio of Mike Brown trained horses have driver Kyle Husted excited about Saturday night where the circuit’s Invite and a number of smaller ICF stakes or consolations are sprinkled throughout Balmoral’s 14-race card.
The 22- year-old Husted is back behind Lennox Blue Chip, last week’s Invitational winner in race nine, the ICF 4-year-old Ice Scraper in the second race Consolation event, and St. David Hanover in the 11th race conditioned pace.
All three horses of Brown’s horses, owned by James Behrendt of Connecticut, have marks under 1:51 and each is a solid threat who figures to get plenty of play at the betting windows.
I asked Kyle to give me his assessments of Brown’s horses and here’s what the slender Effingham, Illinois native had to say:
“Lennox Blue Chip is a great horse to drive and Mike (trainer Brown) really has him sharp right now. In both of my Invite wins with the horse he came first over. Once he passed St Elmo Hero and last week it was Best Man Hanover. I thought last week Lennox was going to power by even if Best Man Hanover didn’t go on a break.
“Lennox has been racing strictly off the pace but last Saturday I left a little with him and I found out he can come off the (starting) car pretty good. I’m really excited about him again this week. I could be racing him off a ‘live helmet’ with the outside (nine) post.
“Before I started driving Ice Scraper I drove against him and he always looked to be a handful (on the racetrack). I’ve learned since that if I leave with him and don’t get him really started up, he drives okay and if I get him ducked, he’s okay.
“While he isn’t an easy horse to drive he’s not as bad as some people think he is. Last week when he ran off it was because a driver’s whip got into his face a little bit in the last turn. Even though he ran he still came home a last quarter in 27 and 2.”
The 7-year-old St David Hanover has only two wins in 18 starts this year but one was a 1:50.4 clocking. The gelding with over $190,000 in career earnings seems to be regaining his form with a third and a second the past two weeks.
“Last week I left with him from the 9-post and thought I would be able to get a nice little trip but I got closed-out of a hole and the horse ended up parked the mile. He still paced in 51 and change.
“Mike also has him sharp again. St David Hanover has had some poor racing luck at times and last week I gave him a bad drive that he wasn’t able to overcome. St David Hanover is a nice horse and he’s going to again show it.”
Lennox Blue Chip will open as the 7-2 in the Invite with the Perry Smith trained trio of Tink And Tiger (Dave Magee), Best Man Hanover (Mike Oosting) and Four Starzzz Z (Dean Magee), all owned by Sawgrass Farms, the 8-5 programed favorites.
A new face in the Invite is the four-year-old Breakin The Law (9-2, Jason Brewer) who now races out of Kathy Millman’s barn after spending the first eight months of 2013 on the east coast. The horse took his mark of 1:49.4 in June at The Meadowlands.
In his 3-year-old season Breakin The Law raked-in over $386,000 under the care of Ron Burke while racing mostly in New York Sire stakes. Among the horse’s 10 victories in 2012 was a sweep of the Survivor Series at The Big M, where he won his first three legs and then the $59,000 Championship.
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