SPOTLIGHT ON ILLINOIS STALLION STAKES

04:12 AM 29 Jul 2005 NZST
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The Illinois Stallion Stakes will open up the three-day harness meet at the White County Fair in Carmi, Ill. on Sunday, July 31.

Six of the eight races on the card will feature 2-Year-Olds on both gaits vying for purses of $55,000 in the event.

One of the major focuses during the day will be the match up between Mack In Black and Fox Valley Piston in the 2-Year-Old colt pacing division.

Listed as the eighth and final race on the program, Mack In Black brings in three wins in four outings for 2005 with a career best time of 1.59.1 taken at the Edgar County Fair in Paris.

Hart Walker will drive the Armbro Mackintosh colt for trainer Bob Walker. Mack In Black will start from post five in the seven-horse lineup.

Fox Valley Piston and trainer-driver Tom Simmons will begin from post six.

The son of Richess Hanover has three wins in five outings this year. He ventures to Carmi off a personal best time of 1.57.2 in his last start at Balmoral Park.

In other Stallion Stake action, Rachel's Rich and Dirk Simpson will be the pair to beat in the seventh race, which is one of two divisions for 2-Year-Old filly pacers.

The Richess Hanover filly has three wins and two seconds in seven lifetime starts. Her best time of 2.01 was recorded at Martinsville two starts back. She will start her journey from post four in the six-horse field.

Driver Jamaica Patton has several 2-Year-Olds primed and ready for the Stallion Stakes. Patton will guide Victor's Vicky in race two, going for her fifth win in her eighth start this year.

The trotting filly starts from post four in the eight-horse field.

Patton also has a 2-Year-Old trotting colt with multiple victories this year.

EBM Superman has raked in five wins in nine starts. He will be a major factor in the fifth race from post four.

Post time for the opening card at the White County Fair will be 4.00 pm.

Harness racing will resume Tuesday, August 2 at 6.00 pm followed by the final night of racing at 6.00 pm on Wednesday, August 3.

The Egyptian Colt Stakes will be the featured event on the Tuesday evening programme.

Courtesy Of Tammy Knox for White County Fair

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