Day At The Track


05:00 AM 07 Nov 2005 NZDT
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First season Illinois bred pacing colts and geldings will slug it out in a pair of $15,000 divisions of the Illinois Owners and Breeders Association Super Sale stakes Monday night November 7. They’ve been carded as the seventh and ninth races.

The seventh race first division with a full field of eight freshmen has the early favoritism split between Fox Valley cruiser (5-2, Mike Oosting) and Joe Somebody (3-1, Andy Miller) and they’ll leave next to each other from posts five and four, respectively.

Fox Valley Cruiser picked up the fifth place check in the $140,000 Abe Lincoln stake against open company two-year-olds on October 28 for Illinois owners Engle Stable and Rucker Stable. The Ken Rucker trained youngster took third in both the $47,600 Sarah Myers at Balmoral and our $65,5000 Cardinal Final earlier in October.

Joe Somebody lost all chance in the Sarah Myers when he went off stride before the start. The Incredible Finale offspring however, boasts a 1:52.3 first season mark, taken in his Orange and Blue elimination at Balmoral in mid-September. The Homer Hochstetler trainee is looking for his fourth season win Monday night for Wooddale, Illinois owners Open Outcry Harness and No Cry Harness.

I Believe Its True (9-2, Sam Widger), Forever Mack (12-1, Dean Magee), Fox Valley Piston (6-1, Dale Hiteman), Leadmetothetruth (8-1, Jason Dillander), John’s Z Tam (6-1, Tim Tetrick) and Boomer The Clown (12-1, Pat Berry) are the first ISOBA division challengers.

Thisbigdogwillfight (Pat Berry) is the 9-5 morning line second division favorite, followed by Instant Classic (Dale Hiteman) at 3-1 and the late blooming Fox Valley Appeal (Andy Miller) at 7-2. Love is Amazing (9-2, Tim Tetrick), It’ll Do (15-1, Sam Widger), Greg Bishop (8-1, Mike Oosting) and Latte Tom (6-1, Lavern Hostetler) complete the seven-horse second split.

Thisbigsdogwillfight was runner-up to ICF freshman division leader My Boy David in the $80,000 Governor’s Cup Championship in early September at the DuQuoin State Fair. The Jim Eaton trained juvenile was beaten only a half-length when he was timed in a very quick 1:50.4 clocking. Illinoisans Redbud Stable and Michael Mc Neely own the son of The Big Dog.

Mike Paradise, director of publicity

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