WE’VE GOT LEGS…AND WE KNOW HOW TO USE THEM
Sorry Z Z Top. I know, that’s corny but writing headlines is an art that, unfortunately, eludes me. So, if one must “borrow”, might as well borrow from some of the best.
Anyway, during tonight’s card, we’ll feature three separate Leg 2’s from our Series run-up to the Night of Champions.
The Omaha Survivor
The first race of the evening is the first of two Omaha Survivor Series events. The Omaha Survivor Series, both Leg 2’s, is for ICF 2-year-old Colt and Gelding Pacers. The winners of the Leg 1 events are both entered in the second Leg 2 of the evening but that doesn’t diminish the importance of this race.
Both Richie the Clown and Big Heern raced competitively in their Leg 1 and only a half length separated them at the wire. Neither was a match for Fox Valley Slammer but neither will have to worry about that rival; at least for tonight. They raced in what appeared to be the tougher of the two Leg 1’s. Both could be factors in this race.
Big Heern was expected to be a top contender and he was. He finished third in that race. Showed good speed, while parked, early; eased into a stalking position by the half, then came on again late to miss by three lengths. Richie the Close was more of a surprise. He had never shown a thing but he got a great trip and wound=2 0up second, a half length ahead of Big Heern.
The second Leg 2 features not only the winners of the first two Leg 1’s, Fox Valley Iccarus and Fox Valley Slammer, but a number of Pacers that could rise to the occasion.
Fox Valley Slammer, off two sparkling efforts, is likely to go off as the heavy favorite and most certainly deserves that favoritism. He was impressive in qualifiers and even more impressive in his races. He stalked the pace in both of his races, made big moves on the backstretch to get into contention, took the lead of the far turn in both of his races, and was well within himself when he won.
Fox Valley Iccarus, the winner of the other Leg 1, really hadn’t shown much going into that race. He had traffic trouble and broke stride in his debut race. But, he was confidently driven in his second start and showed good tactical speed. When he got to the lead20in the stretch, it was as good as over.
This will be more than a match race between those two, however. Fox Valley Saphron, who finished fourth to Fox Valley Slammer, had finished second in the Hanover at Balmoral three races back and finished second in her local debut. She did have the lead at the three-quarter pole in the Omaha Survivor but wasn’t able to hold off the late move of the winner. She could turn the tables in this one.
The Mogo on the GoGo
Leg 2 of the Mogo on the GoGo Trotting Series for 3-year-old ICF Fillies features most of the field of Leg 1, including Cardinal Speedy, the longshot winner, and Fox Valley Shannon, the beaten favorite.
Fox Valley Shannon seemed well on her way to her fourth straight victory in Leg 1. She had her preferred spot at the head of the field and hadn’t been seriously pressured from the start but Cardinal Speedy collared her rival by the eighth pole then proceeded to draw off to a daylight victory. With considerable other speed in this race, including a couple of quick Trotters to her inside, Fox Valley Shannon might have to work harder to get to the lead. That could open things up for one or more of her longer-priced rival.