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Chicago - Midwest horses scoring wins

07:24 AM 20 Aug 2020 NZST
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Local and area harness racing horses continue to post victories across the Midwest, led by an Altamont, Illinois, pacer who has scored back-to-back wins in Chicago.

Apologize, owned and bred by Altamont, Illinois, native Bart Seales, scored a half-length victory at Hawthorne Racecourse on August 9th, before returning to win by the same margin on August 16th. The three-year-old is trained by Kimberly Roth and was driven in his most recent triumph by Ridge Warren. The pacer has won twice in three starts on the year, with a lifetime best for the one-mile distance of 1:54.

Fox Valley Exploit upped her record to five (5) wins in five starts on the season for owner-trainer-driver Kyle Husted of Altamont, Illinois, winning an elimination of the Illinois State Fair Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies last Saturday (August 15th) at Hawthorne Racecourse in 1:54.4 as the odds-on favorite. Husted, who shares ownership in the filly with David Brigham of Concord, Michigan, marked his second victory since returning to the races after being injured in an accident at Hawthorne Racecourse on July 19th.

Justin Roedl of Edgewood, Illinois, realized a milestone on August 10th at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, in DuQuoin, Illinois, with his first career victory as a trainer, having conditioned Don't Like School to a win in the Topline Stakes for two-year-old trotters. Roedl, who also owns the colt, called on Cornelius Cavett to handle the driving chores.

In other action, Captainblacksparow finished runner-up at Hawthorne on August 16th for owner Jackson Loy of Beecher City, Illinois, while Dry Creek Sam recently won at Hoosier Park in Anderson, Indiana, for owner Steve Walden of Cowden, Illinois, in a blistering time of 1:49.3.

Most stables in Effingham, Illinois, and adjoining counties have announced plans to continue focusing on parimutuel action at Hawthorne Racecourse and Hoosier Park through the end of the Summer campaign.


by Kurt Becker through The Horseman's Voice

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