Hot N Sporty and My Boy David, dominating winners in their respective eliminations a week ago, will square off for another freshman state-bred championship as the co-favourites in Friday night’s (October 14) $65,000 Cardinal Pace Final.
Hot N Sporty (Tony Morgan), a 1.53.4 front-end winner, will open at 8-5 odds, while rival My Boy David (Andy Miller) is at 9-5 in the seventh race morning line. The luck of the draw did go Hot N Sporty’s way. He has the coveted one-post, while My Boy David leaves from the five-slot in the eight horse field for ICF colts and geldings.
Latte Tom (8-1, Lavern Hosteler), Fox Valley Cruiser (6-1, Mike Oosting), Fox Valley Piston (20-1, Dale Hiteman), I Believe Its True (15-1, Sam Widger), Thisbigdogwillfight (12-1, Pat Berry) and Joe Somebody (10-1, Dave Magee) are the Cardinal challengers.
Hot N Sporty rattled off victories in his first nine career starts before My Boy David got the best of him in the Governor’s Cup Final on September 3. Hot N Sporty then breezed (1.52.3) in his Orange and Blue elimination a week later, however he never was in position to contend on the $300,000 Super Night championship at Balmoral Park and fell back to finish ninth in the 10-hose field.
“On Super Night this horse got locked in and I think I chocked him down pretty good,” said Morgan. “Right now he’s not as sharp as he was earlier in the season but he raced well in his (Cardinal) elimination.
“Hot N Sporty is by far the best two-year-old I’ve ever sat behind—and that includes Chevie Duramax (1.50.3 at Springfield),” Morgan stated. “This horse just has tons of ‘go,’ and he’s not a huge colt, which I think in the long run will help him to stay much sounder. Jim (trainer Crebs) has done a good job of managing this horse.”
My Boy David has been the model of consistency in his first season for the Homer Hochstetler Stable. He’s never finished further back than third 12 starts, winning 5 and placing the other five times. Thewas second best to Hot N Sporty’s record 1.50.2 clocking in their Springfield State Fair showdown, beaten nearly four lengths. Nevertheless, My Boy David bounced back and beat his rival in the DuQuoin championship.
Andy Miller hadn’t been at the lines of My Boy David until his October 7 elimination and the 36-Year-Old driver very much liked what he saw from the freshman pacer.
“This was the first time I drove this horse and he just did everything I asked him to do and he did it easily,” said Miller. "The horse really impressed me. He handled the turns really well and just scooted around the track. We got a nice breather in the middle there, but he paced home in .28.3 under wraps.”
Also on Friday night’s card are two $12,725 Illinois Standardbred Owners and Breeders Association stakes for 3-Year-Od state breds pacers.
Langley and Springfield champion Team Hutch (Dave Magee) is the 8-5 second race early choice, while the tenth race favoritism is split between Brian And Kellie (2-1, Tony Morgan), Perdition (3-1, Andy Miller) and Chevie Cash (7-2, Dale Hiteman).
Courtesy Of Mike Paradise, Publicity Director, Maywood Park