Melrose Park, IL --- A very familiar group of older state-bred pacers renewed acquaintances on Friday (Aug. 29) at Maywood Park as a classy field of five local stars knocked heads in the $25,000 Egyptian Stake, which was Leg 2 of the Maywood Park Pacing Series.
|Kellie Lachata photo|
|Fort Silky and driver Casey Leonard cruised to a very impressive victory in Friday's $25,000 Egyptian Stake at Maywood Park.|
Much like a fine wine, John Prentice and Neva Jane Ikeler’s Fort Silky just continues to get better with age as he rolled to an impressive two length, wire-to-wire victory in a blistering 1:50.4, which was just two-fifths of a second off the track record on the half-mile oval.
Confidently handled by driver Casey Leonard, the 8-year-old son of Ft Apache Hanover was sent right to the front from his outside starting spot. In total control of the proceedings, the Terry Leonard trained gelding reeled off splits of :28.1, :56.1 and 1:23.2 while in hand to Maywood’s leading reinsman.
After turning aside a first over bid from the always dangerous Al’s Hammered (Robert Smolin), Fort Silky paced home in a wicked :27.2 to notch his 21st win in the past two seasons. Al’s Hammered was forced to settle for the runner-up role on this night while Mystical Walter (John De Long) finished third, 6-3/4 lengths behind the winner.
Sent off as the second choice in the wagering, Fort Silky returned $5.60, $2.20 and $2.10 while running his career record to an impressive 47-43-28 in 196 lifetime starts with earnings of $664,350 for his proud connections.
Fort Silky has now captured the first two legs of this series as he looks to repeat his 2013 series win.