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Holdingallthecards Could Ace His Maywood Bow (07/31/14)

 Posted Thursday, July 31, 2014

                                                      By Mike Paradise

  The Bob Phillips Stable’s Holdingallthecards, winner of one-third of his career starts and nearly $250,000 in purse earnings in 2 and ½ seasons of racing, makes his career debut at Maywood Park Friday night.

  The 5-year-old gelding opens as the low-end 9-5 morning line favorite in the featured ninth race after going postward 66 times in his career and coming away with 22 victories, including a lifetime best 1:50 flat clocking in late May at Balmoral Park.

  Unraced as a two-year-old Holdingallthecards climbed up the through condition ranks as a three-year-old when he nailed down wins in 12 of 21 starts highlighted by a December triumph in the Invitational ranks against the likes of such heavyweights as St Elmo Hero and Al’s Hammered, earning him a journey to the east coast as a 4-year-old.

  In the early part of 2013 the gelding rattled off six consecutive wins at The Meadowlands that included a sweep of the Clyde Hirt Series and its $67,400 Final. He also won his first two legs of the Exit 16W Series before faltering in that final.

  Holdingallthecards spent most of the rest of his 4-year-old campaign in New York at Yonkers where he picked-up a couple of more wins and gained half-mile experience.

  The horse came back to Phillips and his home base at Balmoral for 2014 where he was second best in a June 28 Invite on the Crete, IL big-track for his Wisconsin owners William and Richard Mc Intyre.

  Regular driver Bobby Smolin will be in the bike tonight when Holdingallthecards leaves from post two against a solid field comprised of Firstclassallthway (programmed 5-2), Bettors Curse (12-1), Real Hero (6-1),  Get Goin Mel (10-1), Tiza Mojo (9-2) and the Dave Mc Caffrey trained entry of Turn It Up Loud and Chewy Baca at 8-1.

  Hanover Fields Set: The draw is out for this weekend’s Hanover stakes for two-year-olds. Both paces will go on Saturday while the trotters share the Sunday spotlight with the $25,000 Mike’s A Mystery for ICF trotters ages three and upward.

  Saturday’s $34,900 Hanover for freshman colts and geldings has a full field of 10 going postward but seven betting interests with a three horse Nelson Willis trained entry of Pathologist, Lima Real Easy and Gold Star Image and The Roger Welch Stable’s one-two Min Me finishers—King Of The Swamp and Earndawg.

  They’ll be tested by the Virgin Morgan trained invader Mohawk Warrior, along with Indian Outlaw, Lucpark, Bubba Tells All and Casey At Bat.

  The fifth race $27,400 Hanover for juvenile filly follows with a small field of five youngsters. From the rail out you’ll find Lex, Angel Demon, Mr Leland’s Filly, BS Tyrichess and Duneside Perttie. All five are ICF fillies.

  Sunday’s second race $29,500 Hanover 2-year-old filly trot lured Fox Valley Yoko, Powerfulebbrowning, PT Kaye, Sloane Elise, Rose Run Quiana and Lima Pizaz.

  The fourth race $28,800 for first season colt and gelding trotters will line up with Powerful Above All, Air Force Blue, Southerncomfortzone, Broadway Emotion, Cruisin Valor, Bulldog Benji and Gabe Three Chins.

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  County Fair Report 


       Tuesday Evening- 5:30 pm

FIRST: $3,315 Illini 3-Year-Old Filly Pace:

Horse (Driver)                                     Time (Track Fast)

Amazing Summer (Clark Fairley)                   2:01.2

Trainer: Clark Fairley. Owners: Combs Investments, Clark Fairley and Larry Skinner.

SECOND: $3,262 Illini 3-Year-Old Colt Pace:

Tower Power (Freddie Patton Jr.)                  1:58.3

Trainer: Freddie Patton Jr. Owner: Marvin Kendrick.

THIRD: $5,939 3-Year-Old Pace:

Finnmaster (Jared Finn)                                  2:06.3

Trainer: Jared Finn. Owners: Tami Michi and Jared Finn.

FOURTH: $1,120 Non-winners of Two Trot:

Abc Marla (Mathew Avenatti)                       2:07

Trainer: Owner:

FIFTH: $1,120 Non-Winners of $7,500 LT Pace:

Whoopedemaginjosey (Cassidy Melloy)        1:59

Trainer: Cassidy Melloy. Owner: Cassidy Melloy.


       Wednesday Evening- 5:30 pm

FIRST: $3,700 ICF 4-Year-Olds & Up Filly Pace:

Horse (Driver)                                     Time (Track Fast)

Poco Granny (John Roberts)                           1:57.3

Trainer: John Roberts. Owners: Lester Peters and Christine Roberts.

SECOND: $3,700 ICF 4-Year-Olds & Up Colt Pace:

Mr Three Quarters (Freddie Patton Jr.)          1:57.3

Trainer: Freddie Patton Jr. Owner: Terry Wilson.

THIRD: $11,600 Illinois Stallion Stake 2-Year-Old Filly Trot:

Shez So Sassy (Mike Rogers)                         2:06.3

Trainer: Mike Rogers. Owner: Donald Huddleson.

FOURTH: $11,800 Illinois Stallion Stake 2-Year-Old Colt Trot:

Captain Greedy (J D Finn)                             2:02

Trainer: J D Finn. Owners: Charles Doehring and J D Finn/

FIFTH: $12,000 Illinois Stallion Stake 2-Year-Old Filly Pace:

Fox Valley Aubry (Freddie Patton Jr.)           1:59.4

Trainer: Freddie Patton Jr. Owners: Ron Phillips and Jesse Ferge.

SIXTH: $12,000 Illinois Stallion Stake 2-Year-Old Colt Pace:

Rockin Cassinova (Jay Garrels)                      2:01.2

Trainer: Jay Garrels. Owners: William De Long and Wm. Pat De Long.

SEVENTH: $620 Amateur Pace:

Goose On the Rocks (Jazmin Arnold)            1:57.1

Trainer: Jared Seekman. Owner: Tina Seekman.



   Tuesday Afernoon-1:30 pm

FIRST: $3,495 Illini 2-Year-Old Filly Pace:

Horse (Driver)                                     Time (Track Fast)

Sportsmuffler (Eric De Long)                         2:02.1

Trainer: Jesse De Long. Owners: Jesse De Long and Hamm Family Trust.

SECOND: $3,674 Illini 2-Year-Old Colt Pace:

Frosty Dune (Hart Walker)                             2:05

Trainer: Robert Walker. Owners: Robyn Klingler, Hart and Robert Walker.

THIRD: $5,939 Illini 2-Year-Old Trot Pace:

Tai Wi Wi (Jay Garrels)                                  2:13

Trainer: Jesse De Long. Owners: Jesse De Long and Hamm Family Trust.

FOURTH: $3,515 Illini 3-Year-Old Filly Pace:

Anything I Want (Jay Garrels)                       2:01.2

Trainer: Jay Garrels. Owners: William De Long and Wm. Pat De Long.

FIFTH: $3,562 Illini 3-Year-Old Colt Pace:

Rip N Rock (Rick Schrock)                            2:00.3

Trainer: Jay Garrels. Owners: William De Long and Wm. Pat De Long.

SIXTH: $3,336 Illini 3-Year-Old Filly Trot:

Macie Rae (Mike Rogers)                               2:05.4

Trainer: Rick Schrock. Owner: Donald Huddleston.

SEVENTH: $3,102 Illini 3-Year-Old Colt Trot:

Big Bill Breeze (Nick Prather)                        2:04

Trainer: Big Bill Breeze. Owners: Nick Prather, Derek and Amy Jacobus.

EIGHTH: $1,000 NW 2 or $1,500 LT, Trot:

Polars Big Spender (Steve Searle)                  2:10

Trainer: Steve Searle. Owner: Flacco Family Farms.


     Tuesday Evening (7 pm)

FIRST: $5,950 ESC 2-Year-Old Trot:

Horse (Driver)                                                 Time (Track Fast)

Accokeek Apollo (Buddy Simpson)                           2:12.3

Trainer: Buddy Simpson. Owners:  Buddy and Clay Simpson.

SECOND: $6,300 ESC 2-Year-Old Pace:

Ms Grant Eighteen (Martin Woodward)                    2:05.4

Trainer: Martin Woodward. Owner: Tommie Grant.

THIRD: $1,000 Open Pace:

Whitneyreanna (Larry Ward)                                      2:04.2

Trainer: Larry Ward. Owner:  Larry Ward.

FOURTH: $1,000 Open Pace:

Smoke Rings (Larry Ward)                                         2:01

Trainer: Larry Ward. Owner: Larry Ward.

FIFTH: $1,000 NW $5,000 LT, 3-Year-Old Pace:

Pink Shorts (Ray Gash)                                              2:06.1

Trainer: Ray Gash. Owner: Sharkey Fisher.


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