By Mike Paradise
A total of 13 Late Closer Series Finals will be decided this week starting with a trio of five-digit championship purses on Thursday night at Hawthorne. The top ten money earnings in each series that enter will go on to compete in the championships.
I’ll reserve tomorrow’s column to discuss Thursday’s Series finals.
No less than five series for filly and mare pacers will be decided on Friday night headed up by the $17,600 showdown for winners of $1,000 per start in 2015 and 2016. Bernie and Deb Paul’s Seeyouatthefinish took the first leg while Peter Karras’ Fox Valley Charm, the second round victor, appears to be the early co-favorites.
The Late Closer (No. 13) for NW of 4 distaffers will carry a $16,600 purse. The series (No. 11) for NW of 2 open company gals will go for $13,000 while the NW of 2 for strictly ICF fillies and mares has a $12,800 pot.
On Saturday the rampaging Roger Welch trainee Ontario Success will again be the overwhelming favorite in the $17,400 Final for horses with winning of over $1,000 per start.
Also on tap is the Late Closer (No. 6) and its $15,400 purse will be the first showdown between Southwind Scorpion and Sunset Dreamer, who both steamrolled to back-to-back wins in their respective divisions.
Three more Late Closers finals close out the series on Sunday. The NW 2 (No. 1) limited to ICF colt or gelding pacers carries a $15,400 prize. The NW 2 for open company male pacers (No. 2) has a $14,000 pot while the (No. 4) series for NW 4 will have a field of ten vying for winner’s share of a $13,300 purse.
How It Adds Up: While unofficial, I did some calculations and came up with what appears to be Sunday’s Series finals, assuming these horses are entered, and have added with the amount of money each as earned during the first two rounds.
The Claude Gendreau Stable’s Major Legacy has earned the role as the pacer too beat in Sunday’s $14,000 Late Closer (No. 2) showdown for open company colts and geldings without two wins or $10,000 earned through the first three months of this year.
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After popping at 63-1 in the first series leg with driver Kyle Husted in 1:54.1, the 3-year-old Art Major colt showed last weekend that win wasn’t a fluke. He whipped the same field of horses at 5-1 with a 1:54.2 mile, and he did it racing first up.
With $7,500 in series winnings Major Legacy tops the list in this Late Closer followed by Shotski ($3,750), Buff’s Image ($3,500), JD’s Blitz ($1,800), JD’s Military Star ($1,750), Mighty Macarthur ($1,200), Sonic Joy ($840) and Royal Image ($750).
Probable starters for the Late Closer No. 1 for ICF NW 2 or $10,000 as of 04/01/16 are Caffeine Kid ($7,500), Iyq Yqr ($7,500), Citizen Kane ($5,500), Sleazy Dude ($3,750), He Gone Jack ($1,800), Duneside Sport ($1,750), Fox Valley Ethan ($1,750), Impressive Art ($1,310), Jethro ($1,240) and Sagebrush Sid ($990).
The first nine money earning horses for Series No. 4 for NW of 4 or $10,000 as of 04/01/16 were JD’s Chancey Design ($8,500), John Jay ($6,500), Red Hot Art ($4,250), Rocknroll Wildcats (3,080), Goinduneside ($2,890), Dr. Drake Ramoray ($1,480), Always Kenzler ($1,410), Party Falls ($1,090) and Ocaptain My Captain ($900).
Walker Meister and Lyons Jimmydean tied for tenth with $720 earnings. A drawing will likely determine the last finalists.