This weekend its time for the all important Super Night elimination races at our sister track at Balmoral Park.
Saturday stake elims will be conducted for the two and three-year-old pacing divisions—both Orange and Blues, the Langley and the Grandma Ann—and Sunday they’ll race the older pace stake elims—Dan Patch and Ann Vonian—as well as the two sophomore trots (Su Mac Lad and Lady Ann Reed).
Hall of Famer Dave Magee has been far and away the most successful driver since Super Night was inaugurated at old Sportsman’s Park in 1989.
Through the last 18 years the 53-year-old Green Bay, WI native has brought home 23 Super night champions, 11 more than any other driver.
And Dave could very well add to his success on Super Night 2007.
While the finalists for the eight championships are yet to be determined, Magee will likely be handling the heavy public’s choice She’s So Hot in Orange and Blue Filly, and Thisbigdogwilfight, one of the Dan Patch favourites
She’s So Hot goes into Saturday’s O&B second race elimination after a 1:51.1 track record performance in her Springfield State Fair Championship, only a tick off the world record for a two-year-old pacing filly.
Bred and owned by James and Donna Crebs and trained by Rick Schrock, the talented filly skipped DuQuoin to get ready for Super Night.
ier She’s So Hot set a freshman filly track record at Hawthorne of 1:52.4 enroute to sweeping that track’s Broadway Tax series. “She’s So Hot has the fortitude to be a special filly,” said Magee.
“She keeps going and going and going. She’s just getting started when the race is over. “
Thisbigsogwilfight carries a sparkling season record of 10 wins in 17 starts with $172,508 into Sunday’s Dan Patch seventh race elimination for owners Rosebud Stable and Michael McNeely.
His 1:50.3 winning mile in Maywood Park’s Cook County stake in early June was a world record for a four-year-old pacing gelding on a half-mile track and the second fastest mile ever record on this half-miler.
Magee describes Thisbigdogwilfight as “just one tough horse. He may not have as much ability as some of the others but he’s all guts. What he lacks in speed he makes up in fortitude. He’s just a gutty horse.”
“Thisbigdogwilfight seems very smooth this year,” said his trainer Jim Eaton.
“Last year, even though I never put knee boots on him, every once in a while he'd have a little bit of dirt on a knee like he'd brushed it slightly. Also, last year he had a rough time cleaning up his feed tub and this year he eats like there's no tomorrow."
There will be a special early 7 o’clock first post on Super Night when 14 races (eight championships and six consolations) go postward on September 19.
By Mike Paradise, Publicity Director, Maywood Park