The $88,000 Cinderella stake for three-year-old pacing fillies saw the Ohio bred Cruzin Inya Jammys take advantage of a second over trip to win in 1:54 flat for driver Dave Miller, holding off the 7-5 favorite Kennans Kelli. I Y Q took the show spot, beaten three-quarters of a length.
"Dan (Trainer Ater) told me she would have no problems getting around this track and that she was good on a half-miler," said driver Dave Miller. "This is the biggest win for the filly," added winning owner Mark Wooten.
Enzo The Baker Cooking in the Cardinal
Enzo The Baker notched another state-bred championship with an impressive hard-fought triumph in the $61,400 Cardinal stake for ICF three-year-old colts and geldings. The heavy 2-5 public's choice had to race first over much of the way and still worn down the runner-up pacesetter My Boy Like (Andy Miller) by half in 1:54 flat.
"That was a gritty effort for a two-year-old," said driver Mike Oosting, subbing for Dave Magee who was in Quad City to attend the wedding of his daughter Lindsey.
Andy Miller hustled My Boy Luke away from the five post and to the top. After a quick: 27.1 first quarter, My Boy Luke strolled to a: 30.1 second panel. Oosting had Enzo The Baker in fifth in the early going and the Springfield and Orange and Blue champion was out and going after the leader by the: 57. 2 half, pulling alongside the leader at the 1:25.3 three-quarters. "Enzo" was still cooking coming out of the last turn and made a late burst to notch his seventh win in nine career starts for Illinois owners (Joe) Scurto Stables, Anthony Somone, Michael Somone and Leon Johnson. The son ofnow has $198,090 on his card with next Friday's $140,000 Abe Lincoln Pace at Maywood Park next up.
"Topaz" Continues to Sparkle
Fox Valley Topaz continued her domination of the two-year-old Illinois bred filly pacing division when she knifed between horses in the late going to win the $61,750 Violet Final with Mike Oosting in 1:56 flat. The Ken Rucker trainee had already won both State Fair champions at Springfield and DuQuoin and the $260,000 Orange and Blue on Super Night and along with her new entry-mate Cane's Z Tam went off at overwhelming 1-5 odds.
"We adjusted her hobbles and put a Murphy blind on her tonight, and it paid off," said winning trainer Ken Rucker. "She was a little rolly in her elim here last week. She actually prefers a bigger track, she's a very big filly and if all goes well will next be in the Sarah Myers, the American National and then the Breeders Crown at The Big M. I won't race her any more on a half-she's such a big mare and racing on the half really does take its toll on her.She really hasn't been a maturing kind of horse, she's just been a big girl since day none"