Day At The Track

Kyle Husted scores five in 48 hours

03:59 AM 25 Jun 2020 NZST
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Kyle Husted
Kyle Husted
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Altamont, IllinoisKyle Husted continued a sustained comeback in his career as a harness racing driver last weekend in Chicago, Illinois, scoring five wins at Hawthorne Racecourse in the span of 48 hours.

Husted, who underwent reconstructive knee surgery in January, got things started with a victory on Saturday in the $10,000 Open Trot with Louzotic (Lou`s Legacy - Fox Valley Lexus - Vaporize), before capturing the $45,000 Violet Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies with Fox Valley Exploit (Sportsmaster - She Likes It All - The Big Dog). He closed Saturday’s card with a victory behind 13-1 outsider Fox Valley Hijinx (Yankee Skyscaper - Kimmy - Western Hanover), before returning on Sunday to win the $21,000 division of the Violet Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies with Bee See (Cassis - Lovin You Forever - Credit Winner).

Husted’s most satisfying win might have been one which came later on the Sunday program, when he scored at odds of 15-1 with Dune Dane (Duneside Perch - Dixie Dame - Jate Lobell). The winning pacer was bred by Fair Meadow Farm of Altamont, where Husted’s mother, Pamela Coleman, serves as farm manager.

Effingham, Illinois’ Darla Martin Lohman also enjoyed success at Hawthorne, training 37-1 longshot Ashlees Spur (Ashlee`s Big Guy - Sharon Spur - Sharky Spur) to a third-place finish behind Fox Valley Exploit (Sportsmaster - She Likes It All - The Big Dog) in the Violet Stakes. The pacing filly is owned by Dean Debolt of Iuka, Illinois, and Scott Durbin of Dalton City, Illinois.

Other horses with local and area connections to hit the board in recent action at Hawthorne include Sirius Speedway (Sagebrush - Greedy - Precious Bunny), who was runner-up Sunday evening by a head as the 7-5 favorite for owner Jon Huddleston of Mattoon, Illinois, and Fox Valley Lolo (Sportsmaster - Fox Valley Flora - Yankee Skyscaper), who was third in the $12,000 Walter Paisley Final on Saturday for owner Cathy Finn-Kanitz of Olney, Illinois.

Still others include Princess Poprocks (Yankee Valor - Mom`s Princess - Victory Sam), third in a $21,000 Violet division on Sunday evening for owners Toni and Keli Bell of Windsor, Illinois, and Desert Sheik (Pizzazzed - Armbro Bahrain - King Conch), who was fourth in the $45,000 Cardinal Stakes for three-year-old trotters Sunday night for a partnership which includes Dean Biggs of Altamont, Illinois.

(Submitted by Kurt Becker - Altamont, Illinois, Disseminated by The Horseman's Voice)

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