Day At The Track

Hillsdale County Fair hosts Silver Circuit

04:46 PM 28 Sep 2011 NZDT
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The Hillsdale County Fair at Hillsdale, Michigan, opened up its two-day harness racing meet on Tuesday (September 27) by hosting the state's Silver Circuit. Nine races were contested over a track rated as heavy.

Heartsaregonnaroll (Hard Rock N Roll-Primrose Hanover) captured the 2-year-old filly trot in 2:14.3. Mike Sweeney trains the filly and also co-owns her with Francis Kayden. Jeff Sweeney picked up the winning drive on Heartsaregonnaroll.

Trainer-driver Carl Putnam, Jr. steered Splitsville (Hard Rock N Roll-Meet My Ex) to victory in the 2-year-old colt trot. Mary Johnson pays the bills on the gelding, which toured the Hillsdale oval in 2:13.3.

Trainer Mike Sweeney and driver Jeff Sweeney returned to the winner's circle after Tropical Breeze (Canyon Wind-Freddi's Surprise) took the 2-year-old filly pace in 2:09.3. Mike also co-owns the filly with Phil Stommen.

Keith Crawford's Ididitmyrei (Cheyenne Rei-Hoot N Dasher) won the 2-year-old colt pace in 2:07.1. Crawford also owns the colt with Carl Putnam, Jr. picking up the winning catch-drive.

Mike and Jeff Sweeney made a third appearance in the winner's circle when Girly Girl (Keystone Nordic-Birdsall Mary) came home first in the 3-year-old filly trot. Mike owns the filly along with Michael Charbonneau and David Haylett. Girly Girl took 2:11 to complete her mile over the Hillsdale twice-around.

Caught Cheatin (Hard Rock N Roll-Meet My Ex) duplicated his full brother's achievement by winning the fastest split of the 3-year-old colt trot in 2:09.3. Keith Crawford is the owner-trainer-driver of Caught Cheatin. The second division went to Benns Hicktown (Lockkeeper-Delightful Holli) in 2:12. Larry Smith piloted the Aaron Bennett-trained gelding with Bennett Farms Inc. of MI and Marilyn Oosting picking up the expenses.

Roca Rei (Cheyenne Rei-Roca Suave) was victorious in the 3-year-old filly pace with a mile in 2:07.3. Kelly Goodwin is the owner-trainer-driver of Roca Rei.

Lawrence Gary's Forty Four Magnum (Gunthatwonthewest-Dragon Jessi) had the fastest mile of the day with a 2:07 win in the 3-year-old colt pace. Todd LaFountaine trains the colt with Brad Kramer providing the driving services in Tuesday's last race.

Heavy overnight rains have caused Wednesday's 13-race Bronze Circuit program to be postponed until Sunday (October 2) with a 12 noon post time. Sunday's races will conclude fair racing in Michigan for 2011.

Each fall, the fairgrounds in Hillsdale, Michigan comes alive with the sights,

by Bill Peters

Courtesy of the US Trotting Association's Web Newsroom


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