Friday night’s (January 13) opening leg of the Fox Valley Redhot Series honors James and Donna Crebs Illinois bred mare who has proved to be a champion both on and off the racetrack.
Bred by Fox Valley Standardbreds, the daughter of Armbro Wolf—out of the Meadows Skipper dam Revenna Hanover—had a short (23 starts in three seasons) but a spectacular career for the Cantrall, IL couple. In her two-year-old campaign Fox Valley Redhot captured 7 of 9 starts, including the 1989 Orange and Blue Filly Final at old Sportsman’s Park with a four and three-quarter length victory (1:58.2) in the $275,000 stake.
After a freshman season that saw Fox Valley Redhot earn $194,027, she made only 14 more starts over the next two seasons because of various physical problems and was retired from the races with $257,038 in earnings to begin an even more successful career as a broodmare.
Her first foal in 1993 was Redhot Express, who made two only starts and took a mark of 1:59.4 as a two-year-old). Fox Valley Redhot would go on to produce 10 more foals and 6 were on to earn “six figures” and 7 would post marks of 1:54 or faster. Take a look at her offspring’s from 1994 through 2002:
Hot Chilli Pepper (1:51.1, $486,214), She’s Redhot (1:51.4, $116,375), R Roan Ranger (1:52.3, $131,044), R H Positive (1:52.4, $182,322), Redhot Chilli Dog (1:53.1, $158,507), Redhot Pepperpot (1:56.2, $28,101), Red Hot Lady (1:54, $16,154) and Ithinki’msomebody (1:52.1, $104,735).
A compact field of six mares without four career wins or $20,000 in earnings (through last December 1) will vie in Friday’s night’s third race opening leg. Red Head Tramp, the beaten favorite in the recentFinal, is the 2-1 early choice.
Red Head Tramp leaves from post five with Brent Holland, who drove her to her last two victories but wasn’t here for her December 30 loss. Sounds Of Silence (Dale Hiteman), the 2004 Orange and Blue Filly winner, opens at 3-1 with the six slot. Miss Sporty Pants (Ross Leonard, 9-2), Heather Jean Ann (Jason Dillander, 6-1), Fox Valley Carmel (Ryan Anderson, 7-2) and Suspicious Minds (Mike Oosting, 8-1) have posts one through four, in that order.
Superfectas have been carded on 11 of the 13 races on Friday’s card with the only exception being race three and seven, the start of the Pick Three and Pick Four, respectively. Nine-horse fields have been carded on races one, seven, nine and eleven.
Mike Paradise, director of publicity