The Erwin F. Dygert Memorial trot, carrying an estimated purse of $100,000, will take place as the tenth race of Suburban Downs at Hawthorne’s 12-race card on Friday (June 17).
Morning-line favourite, Fox Valley Flan, owned by Tanah Merah Farms LLC, drew post position seven.
This talented mare had been a track record holder briefly last year but she set a new track record in her Dygert Elimination.
In fact, she trotted the fastest mile by any filly or mare ever at Hawthorne. Trained by Ervin Miller and driven by Dave Magee , she was pegged by the linemaker at 3-1.
Mr McNally, owned by Jo Anne and Dan Shetler Junior and Mitchell Rosenthal, who won the other Dygert Elimination drew the rail.
Interestingly, he stopped the clock in the same time in his Elimination, 1.53.3, as Fox Valley Flan and also set a track record in the process. Tabbed at 4-1, he is once again scheduled to be driven and trained by Dan Shetler.
Dink Adoo, second to Fox Valley Flan in their Elimination, drew post nine. This 6-Year-Old is trained by Ken Rucker and will be driven by Brent Holland. Owners, the Panhellenic STB Corp, hope he can better his sixth-place finish in this race last year. Dink Adoo is 9-2 in the line.
illionaire, Million Dollar Bye, who was favoured in his Elimination but beaten by Fox Valley Flan and finishing fourth, was installed as the 5-1 fourth choice.
Trained and driven by Joe Anderson and owned by Anderson Racing and Thomas Lewandowski, this brilliant 9-Year-Old already won 12 of 15 races this year, with earnings of well over $100,000
Two members of last year’s Dygert are scheduled to race in this year’s edition.
Dink Adoo who finished sixth in 2004, placed in last Friday’s Elimination while Mr Mackintosh, fourth in last year’s Dygert, finished fifth in his Elimination a week ago
r Mackintosh, owned by Sandbur Farms & Valerie Sutton, finished fourth in last year’s edition of the Dygert.
But, trainer Doug Hamilton and driver Dale Hiteman have some work cut out for them if they expect to equal or exceed last year’s effort. Mr Mackintosh hasn’t been in the best of form this year and needs dramatic improvement.
Armbro Approach, missed by a head to Mr McNally in last. Trained by Jeffrey Miller, owned by Jeff Miller, he drew the two and was placed at 8-1 in the morning line.
Muscles Marinara was the slowest of the qualifiers in the two Eliminations. He hasn’t won this year but he does keep Tony Morgan in the bike.
The Gandolfo Stables and Lenny Zelin, along with trainer Jessica Stevens, hope that he’ll be able to surprise. He’s 12-1 in the line.
Doug Ackerman Stables Inc’s Coventry, led for much of his Elimination but faded to fourth in the stretch. He should be in good position once again. Could bounce back with a stronger effort. Projected to go off at 10-1, he could be the surprise of the night.
Harmony Spring Stables’ Sweet Deal Hanover has been on a roll all year, finishing first or second in 10 of his 12 2005 races. Driver Michael Oosting has been hot. Could give this 5-Year-Old the perfect trip for trainer Perry Smith. 8-1 in the line.
drew the 10 hole. Driven and trained by Martin Wollam and owned by Polichhena Motors Inc, Anthony Minute & Acadia Farms Inc, he’ll need a lot of racing luck to score from here.
He’s 20-1 in the morning line.
Courtesy Of Jim Miller, Publicity Director, Hawthorne Race Course