By Mike Paradise
Andrew and Diane Chudzik’s talented pacer Kolt Power, one of major threats in Saturday’s featured Open Pace, was an infrequent visitor to a winner’s circle until he joined the John Zawistowski Stable.
The Dragon Again gelding won only one race as a 2-year-old, a 1:53.3 mile at Pocono, and just one as a 3-year-old at Yonkers, a 1:56.3 clocking for his previous owners. This year he’s captured five races for his Plainfield, Illinois owners and he’s been a winning money-maker at Hawthorne where he hasn’t missed a purse check.
In his 9 local starts the 4-year-old Dragon Again gelding has come away with 4 wins, 2 seconds, 2 thirds and a fourth place finish mostly facing the top Open pacers on the grounds and he lowered his mark to 1:51.2 last week with Casey Leonard.
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Kolt Power has put $27,126 on his card during his Hawthorne starts. He made 19,975 this year in 10 starts at The Meadows in Pennsylvania. The horse was acquired in a by the Chudzik’s on July 24, 2015.
“I had some horses with Andy years ago,” said Zawistowski. “I had him send Kolt Power to a friend of mind (trainer) James Petrucelli but the horse ended up racing poorly and was sulking. I told Andy to have the horse sent back to me and I’ll see what I can do to get him turned around.
. “I worked the horse hard to get his attitude changed. Every time he started to sulk I got after him. Nothing abusive but I wanted to make sure I got his attention.
“Now he’s at the point where he likes his work and be likes being on the farm out here (in Plainfield, IL). The horse looks like a million dollars. He fits against these horses at Hawthorne,” continued the Chicago native.
“I have to give credit to Dale Hiteman who did a great job with the horse when he was driving him. Dale braved him up out there and now he’s a much more confident horse. Casey did a very nice job winning with the horse last week when Dale wasn’t available and will be back drive him Saturday.
“Even though the horse was racing poorly when I got him, I knew the horse had talent. It was just a case of bringing him around, and he did.
Kolt Power was handicapped with the 10-hole in Saturday’s $10,000 feature and has his work cut out to pick-up another Hawthorne victory.
His nine challengers (in post-position order) are Royale Rose (Matt Krueger), Bngs Express (James Lackey), Rockin The House (Todd Warren), Mr Coolie (Tim Curtin), Sunset Dreamer (Kyle Wilfong), Fiveknuckleshuffle (Travis Seekman), Cole Heat (Ridge Warren), Somestartsomewhere (Dale Hiteman) and Dinky Dune (Pat Curtin).