By Tom Kelley
Filly and mare pacers were highlighted on Saturday’s matinee program as a field of eight distaffers squared off in the $10,000 Fox Valley Redhot Series Final.
The preliminary rounds of this series produced several mild upsets and Saturday’s finale was no different as Louis & Robert Buttice, Nancy Magnus and Jack Gelman’s Cyber Comet rocketed through the passing lane to win by a half-length in a career best of 1:55.1.
Taking advantage of an inside starting spot and some patient handling by driver Tim Tetrick, Cyber Comet was able to save ground along the pylons for the entire mile. A tepid pace also provided some relief for this filly as Jay Bee’s Muffie (Sam Widger) and Heather Jean Ann (Jason Dillander), both preliminary leg winners, traded turns on the front end through splits of 28.3, 58.2 & 1:27.2.
The action heated up in the stretch as Heather Jean Ann desperately tried to hang on to a short advantage. After a pocket sitting journey for more than a half-mile Jay Bee’s Muffie, the 9-5 favorite of the betting public, had pulled right alongside to challenge the pacesetter. Da Sleazy One (Mike Oosting) was also putting in a valiant bid on the outside after a grueling first over journey.
Still sitting in fifth at the mid-stretch call, Tetrick maneuvered the daughter of Fighting Major into the passing lane where she responded brilliantly. Gobbling up ground with each and every stride, the Mike Schulfer trainee flew home in 27.0 to post her first victory of the season. Jay Bee’s Muffie held on to be second while Da Sleazy One wound up third.
Sent off at odds of 5-1 Cyber Comet returned mutuels of $13.40, $6.60, & $3.20 while pushing her career earnings up to $24,838.