Battle looms in Langley Pace

The winners were impressive in the elimination legs last Friday for the Langley Pace.

What that should mean is that a top-flight battle is on tap Friday in the $33,000 final of the event four four-year-old horses and geldings. 

Lennix Lewes and Maxamillenium stole the show in each of their legs, winning by big margins in impressive times. However, a full field of challengers will show up regardless. 

Lewes, in his first start since Nov. 8, used a gate-to-wire effort to triumph by five lengths in a time of 1:55.1. Owned by Garden Gate Stables of Victoria, Comstat Stable of Langley and Mary Jane Wiggins of Surrey, trained and driven by Jim Wiggins, the son of Arts Card Shark now has lifetime earnings of more than $97,000.

Dale Reo was second and Mattjestic Pistol third. 

Maxamillenium got an early challenge from Red Star Blaze and did not get the lead until the homestretch the first time past. But he also pulled away after that and won by 4 lengths in 1:55.2, a new lifetime mark. 

Maxamillenium is owned by Warrior Stable and Gordon Stickler of Coquitlam, trained by Wayne Isbister and was driven by Rod Therres. The son of Dal Reo Hop Sing and a half brother to Red Star Minckler (the mom is Precious Paloma) has now won 12 of 15 lifetime starts. 

Blaze held on for second and Top Flite Justice was third. 

Others in the field tonight are Red Star Emerson, Time Step and Yeah Norton. 

It would not be surprising if several in the field decide to go for the early lead. Lennix Lewes and Maxamillenium usually like it up front and the draw gives a slight advantage to the latter with his three-hole. Lewes got the five-hole. 

However, Emerson, with the rail and leading driver Bill Davis, and Top Flite Justice, from the two, also should leave.  

Hang on to your hats.