Day At The Track


05:39 AM 25 Jul 2005 NZST
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The last legs of the Illinois Conceived and Foaled Trotting Series took place Sunday night (July 24).

With the Finals of the Vicster and the Silhouette Star, each with estimated purses of $100,000, less than two weeks away, the fields are set.

In the second race, Leg 3 of the Vicster, for 2-year-old Trotters, Colts and Geldings, Buddy and Clay Simpson’s Battleshoe Bridge pretty much led from start to finish. With Tony Morgan in the bike, this Tom Harmer charge set fractions of :30.3, 1:00.0, and 1:30.3 on his way to the mile in 2:00.2, with a comfortable margin of a length and a half.

In winning this race, Battleshoe Bridge set a new track record, for 2-year-old male trotters, beating the 2:00.3 set two weeks ago by Cunning.

He got the final quarter in :29.4 despite a fairly stiff headwind that, at times, gusted to 24 mph.

As the 4-5 favorite Battleshoe Bridge paid $3.80 for the win and enters the Final as the top earner in his division.

In the Silhouette Star, for 2-year-old Illinois Conceived and Foaled Filly Trotters. Fox Valley Charmer, owned by Gary Hafner, trained by Don Freese, and driven by Andy Miller, scored a three and a quarter length victory.

With her victory in this race, Fox Valley Charmer became the top money winner in her division.

Fox Valley Charmer covered the mile in 2:01.0, with fractions of :29.2, 1;00.1, and 1:30.2. As the second choice in the wagering, she paid $8.60 for the victory.

TOP 10

Listed are the top 10 money winners of the Vicster and the Silhouette Star. The top 10 that enter will be eligible for the Finals on August 5th, Hawthorne’s Night of Champions


1. Fox Valley Charmer $7500

2. Go Go Gabby $6750

3. Victor’s Finesse $3500

4. Victor’s Vicky $2250

5. Rockome Vicky $1800

6. Peaceful Victory $1750

7. Kendal Has Panache $1200

8. Fox Valley Shimmy $860

9. Giantjellybean $840

10. Rosemont’s Gypsy $830


1. Battleshoe Bridge $7250

2. Cunning $6500

3. Aye Aye Matey $4520

4. Diego Gram $4220

5. Fox Valley Cayenne $2560

6. Sorse Of Victory $1750

7. Adam Gram $1500

8. Kan Wire $1480

9. Magnetic Victor $1240

10. He’s The Cashews $830

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