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The Champion On Ice Trotting Series

07:07 AM 07 Aug 2013 NZST
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Mike Brink has a threat in each of the three splits
Mike Brink has a threat in each of the three splits

The Champion On Ice Trotting Series has always proven to be popular with horsemen and it’s no different this time around. A sizable 28 horses passed the entry box for Wednesday’s opening round at Balmoral Park, necessitating three harness racing divisions.

Local based horses will be challenged by trotters, mostly youngsters, who have come in from out-east tracks in Pennsylvania and New York, to Midwest facilities in Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota, as well as County Fair tracks.

Springfield based trainer Mike Brink has a threat in each of the three splits with Dave Magee driving all three. There’s Nidaros  a $50,000 yearling buy as a yearling in the opener, Jailhouse Rockn a Hoosier Park invader who got her maiden win in 2:00.2 less than two weeks ago in the second, and Justice And Fifth, a son of Justice Hall who was a 1:58.4 victor in Indiana on July 25,

Eligible to Champion On Ice Series are trotting colts and geldings with a victory as of July23. Fillies are mares are allowed one won by the same date. A second series round will be contested next Wednesday, the 14th, with the $9,000 (est.) Final slated for Wednesday, August 21.

Dirk Simpson, another Springfield based conditioner, has a pair of Champion On Ice hopefuls with I’m A Pop Star (Todd Warren) in race one and Chantilly Hall (he’ll drive) in race three. Both three-year-old fillies didn’t come cheap at yearling sales.

I’m A Pop Star sold for $40,000 when her name was Muscany Valley, while Chantilly Hall was a $32,000 purchase.

The second division morning line 5-2 favorite is the ICF filly Fox Valley Roxy (Dean Magee) fresh off a 2:00.1 victory.

I expect Homer Hochstetler Stable’s Emoticon, who has been campaigning in upstate New York at Vernon Down to go off much lower than his listed program odds of 12-1. The son of Conway Hall was unraced at two after being bought for $37,000 at the 2011 Lexington Select Sale and lands the one-slot for his return to Balmoral..

Third division programmed second choice at 9-2 is We’ve Got It All (Mike Oosting) sold at the same Kentucky sale for $97,000 to the trio Paymaq Racing (Long Grove, IL), Peggy Hood (Valparaiso, IN) and Canadian Greg Gillis.

Unraced as a 2-year-old, this year the Yankee Glide filly was winless in her first seven starts out east, campaigning mostly at Pocono Downs. Note that she’s raced with trotting hobbles in her last two starts when she was timed in 1:56.3 and 1:57.3 with fifth place finishes.

Springfield Opens: A double-draw for the Springfield State Fair cards of Friday, August 8 and Saturday, August 9 took place this Tuesday morning at Maywood Park.  Most of Friday’s opening program will be filled with Illinois State Fair Colt Stakes elimination races.

The 2 and 3-year-old ICF championships for both pacers and trotters will be conducted next Thursday, August 15, the final day of racing at Springfield.

County Fair Report


    Saturday Afternoon August 3 Results

FIRST: Downstate Classic Two-Year-Old Filly Pace, 1st Div, Purse $5,738:

Horse (Driver)                                                           Time (Track Fast)

Fox Valley Shiver (Freddie Patton Jr.)                             2:00

Trainer: Freddie Patton Jr. Owners: Peter Karras, Thomas Spathies and William Tortoriello.

SECOND: Downstate Classic Two-Year-Old Filly Pace, 2nd Div, Purse $5,738:

Kiss This Perch (J D Finn)                                                 2:02.1

Trainer: J D Finn.  Owner: Sharon Finn.

THIRD: Downstate Classic Two-Year-Old Colt Pace, 1st Div, Purse $6,302:

Marty Rocker (Ronnie Gillespie)                                       2:00

Trainer: Ronnie Gillespie. Owners: Ron Phillips, John Carver and Jesse Ferge.

FOURTH: Downstate Classic Two-Year-Old Colt Pace, 2nd Div, Purse $6,302:

Manny”s Z Tam (Rick Schrock)                                         2:02

Trainer: Dave Mc Caffrey. Owners: Z Tam Stables, Michael Polansky, Joseph McCaffrey and David McCaffrey.

FIFTH: Downstate Classic Two-Year-Old Filly Trot, 1st Div, Purse $5,630:

S V Spirit (Todd Warren)                                                     2:07.2

Trainer: Roger Welch, Owners: William De Long and Wm. Patrick De Long.

SIXTH: Downstate Classic Two-Year-Old Filly Trot, 2nd Div, Purse $5,630:

Say No Mo (Dirk Simpson)                                                 2:06

Trainer: Dirk Simpson. Owners: Dr. Patrick Graham, Flacco Family Farms and Dirk Simpson Stable.

SEVENTH: Downstate Classic Two-Year-Old Colt Trot, 1st Div, Purse $5,374:

Finnster (J D Finn)                                                              2:06

Trainer: J D Finn. Owner: J D Finn and Allison Finn.

EIGHTH: Downstate Classic Two-Year-Old Colt Trot, 1st Div, Purse $5,374:

Gray N Cloudy (Dirk Simpson)

Trainer: Dirk Simpson. Owners: Sam Daddono, Dr. Patrick Graham, Dirk Simpson and Simpson Racing Stables.


   Sunday Afternoon, August 4

FIRST: Big 10 Three-Year-Old Filly Trot, Purse $3,173:

Horse (Driver)                                               Time (Track Fast)

High Stepper (JD Finn)                                          2:05.3

Trainer: J D Finn. Owners: Mary Jeffers and Adele Everett.

SECOND: Big 10 Three-Year-Old Colt Trot, Purse $3,341:

Powerful Valor (Jared Finn)                                  2:05.1

Trainer: J D Finn. Owner: Hinshaw Homestead Farms.

THIRD: Big 10 Two-Year-Old Filly Pace, Purse $3,574:

M A Duty (Ronnie Gillespie)                                  2:05.1

Trainer: Ronnie Gillespie. Owners: Ron Phillips, John Carver and Jesse Ferge.

FOURTH: Big 10 Two-Year-Old Colt Pace, Purse $3,597:

Tower Power (Freddie Patton Jr.)                         2:04.4

Trainer: Freddie Patton Jr. Owner: Marvin Kendrick.

FIFTH: ICF Four-Year-Olds & Up Male Pace, Purse $3,500:

T J’s April Angel (Ronnie Gillespie)                     2:02.2

Trainer: Roshun Trigg. Owner: Roshun Trigg.

SIXTH: ICF Four-Year-Olds & Up Mare Pace, Purse $3,500:

Fox Valley Barbosa (Jared Finn)                          2:03.2

Trainer: Ray Hanna. Owners: Ray Hanna and Jim Edgar.

SEVENTH: Free For All Trot, 1st Div, Purse $1,250:

LW Jaynie Flyer (Cassidy Melloy)                                    2:03.4

Trainer: Cassidy Melloy. Owner: Cassidy Melloy.

EIGHTH: Free For All Trot, 2nd Div, Purse $1,250:

He’s Lucky (Kyle Husted)                                       2:03.4

Trainer: Pamela Coleman. Owners: Horseman’s Financial Agency and Premier Racing Stables.


   Monday Afternoon, August 5

FIRST: Big 10 Two-Year-Old Trot, Purse $6,104:

Horse (Driver)                                               Time (Track Fast)

Bessiebearcat (Eric Collier)                                   2:12

Trainer: Delbert Burkett. Owners: Delbert Burkett and Eric Collier.

SECOND: Big 10 Three-Year-Old Filly Pace, Purse $3,329:

Queen Beatrice (Darla Martin)                              2:02

Trainer: David Lohman. Owners: Fred and David Lohman.

THIRD: Big 10 Three-Year-Old Colt Pace, Purse $3,574:

Party Cove (Tom Simmons)                                   2:01.3

Trainer: Tom Simmons. Owners: Beat Seales and Dennis Beccue.

FOURTH: Filly and Mare Open Pace, 1st Div, Purse $1,000:

Wild Berry Muffler (J D Finn)                                 2:04.2

Trainer: J D Finn. Owner: Catherine and Ritzel.

FIFTH: Filly and Mare Open Pace, 2nd Div, Purse $1,000:

Prosper (Kyle Husted)                                             2:01

Trainer: Pamela Coleman. Owner: Fair Meadow Farm.


  Monday Afternoon, August 5

FIRST: ECS Two-Year-Old Pace, Purse $6,204:

Horse (Driver)                                               Time (Track Fast)

Syd’s Lollipop (Freddie Patton Jr.)                        2:05

Trainer: Freddie Patton Jr. Owner: Perry Tillman Jr.

SECOND: ECS Two-Year-Old Filly Trot, Purse $3,202:

Bands Giant Star (Freddie Patton Jr.)                  2:12.1

Trainer: Freddie Patton Jr. Owner: Flacco Family Farms.

THIRD: ECS Two-Year-Old Colt Trot, Purse $3,212:

Battleshoe King (Buddy Simpson)                                   2:12

Trainer: Buddy Simpson. Owners: Buddy and Clay Simpson.

FOURTH: Non-Winners of $1,500 Lifetime, 1st Div, Purse $600:

Wings (Merle Finn)                                                  2:08.4

Trainer: Merle Finn Jr. Owner: Merle Finn Jr.

FIFTH: Non-Winners of $1,500 Lifetime, 2nd Div, Purse $600:

Dusty Dunes (H. Joe Haught)                               2:09

Trainer: H. Joe Haught. Owner: H. Joe Haught.

SIXTH: Free For All Trot, Purse $800:

Elmar (E. Leroy Moore)                                           2:08.4

Trainer: E. Leroy Moore. Owner: E. Leroy Moore.

SEVENTH: Non-Winners of $3,500 Lifetime Pace, Purse $800:

Lion Of Judah (H. Joe Haught)                             2:08.1

Trainer: H. Joe Haught. Owner: Thomas Throgmorton.

By Mike Paradise

The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association

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