Series Sweeps in the Cards?

By Mike Paradise


It’s showdown time this weekend for the Winter Wonderland Series with a pair of $22,000 pacing championships for fillies and mares and another for colts and geldings to be decided tonight and the trotting series champion on Sunday’s card.


Since the Late Closer series was for horses without $25,000 in career earnings ($37,500 for Illinois Breds), a sweep of the $11,000 first two round purses and the $22,000 final pot would go a long way for a winning owner’s pocketbook.


Tonight’s Winter Wonderland Paces have a horse in each division that could pull off a series sweep—the Gary Rath trained filly Pattycake Mooss (Todd Warren) in the female division and Rex Boston (Mike Oosting) from the barn of Nelson Willis in the male grouping.


While the vast majority on the Late Closer finalists are four-year-olds, neither Pattycake Moose nor Rex Boston is.


Pattycake Mooss is a three-year-old owned by Al Beals of Berwyn, Illinois who went winless as a freshman and made a modest $13,124 in 12 starts.



The Gary Rath Stable’s Pattycake Mooss (Todd Warren) goes after a series sweep tonight in the filly and mare division of the $22,000 Winter Wonderland pacing series championship. (Four Footed Fotos)

She’s a much different filly in her second season. The Major Bombay filly has captured three of her first five starts, including her two rounds of the Winter Wonderland, and banked more than $17,000 with a chance to pocket a lot more tonight.


How did Pattycake Mooss turn things around?


“She’s matured,” answered her Marengo, Illinois based trainer. “And winning her season debut did a lot for her confidence level.”


Pattycake Mooss, a $10,000 purchase at the 2019 Illini Classic Sale, is the eighth foal of the Real Artist broodmare R N Labelle. If you’re a long-time follower of Hawthorne harness racing you might remember R N Labell’s first. It was Omaha Survivor, a Night of Champions winner back in 2008 for the Tom Harmer Stable.


Pattycake Mooss didn’t draw particularly well with post position seven. The 8, 9 and 10 belong to Johnnys Gal June (Casey Leonard), Found My Rock (Kyle Husted) and Zero Net Profit (Joey Putnam).


The first six posts will be staffed by Sharia (Richard S Finn), Illustrate (Juan Franco), Martha Max (Mike Oosting), Lyons Queen (Robert Taylor), Dilly Dilly Time (Travis Seekman) and Meadowbrook Jenny (Kyle Wilfong), in that order.


All Good Now: Health issues had kept the homebred Rex Boston from competing. Now six, the Somebeachsomewhere gelding only has ten lifetime starts and four came this year for his owners and breeders Megan Rogers Stable of Chicago.


Rex Boston was put on Lasix on January 15, his second season outing, and went unplaced. However, he’s three-for-three on the bleeder medication since and was dominate in his last two series victories for Oosting.


Rex Boston was the first foal to the Megan Rogers stable’s Rocknroll Hanover broodmare Rocknroll Meg. This year she was bred to Unlocked, the ICF pacer who made over $600,000 for his Chicago owners while winning the 2014 Langley on Balmoral’s Super Night 2014 and the Molaro championship at Hawthorne in 2016 and 2018.


Landing the two-post in the 10 horse fifth race final should bode well for Rex Boston. Another Nelson Willis trainee, Walkin Papers (Juan Franco) is to his inside.


Posts six through ten went to Jo’s Shooter (Kyle Husted), Advance Man (Brandon Bates), Dum Luk Mooss (Gary Rath), Rockin Sandsave (Travis Seekman), Burnin Rubber (Todd Warren), Fox Valley Lynyrd (Casey Leonard), Feeling Like A Ten (Kyle Wilfong) and Shock Wave (Kyle Husted).


Six Bagger: Kyle Wilfong had the hot hand last night with six winning drives on the nine-race program, including another “Walk in the Park” for He’zzz A Wise Sky ($2.40) in the $13,700 feature Open Pace.


He’zzz A Wise Sky didn’t make the front until after the quarter-mile pole, reached in a leisurely 29.2.


Fox Valley Gemini stalked the heavy favorite through 27.4 and 28 flat middle quarters but the John Filomeno trained five-year-old had plenty left, to go 5-for-5 on his favorite track for Triple ZZZ Stable of Beecher, Illinois.