The anticipated duel between Illinois State Fair freshman champions My Boy David and Hot N Sporty turned out to be even better than expected when My Boy David scooted to a world record clocking of 1:52.4 in Friday night’s (October 14) $65,000 Cardinal stake pace final for two-year-old ICF colts and geldings.
My Boy David’s clocking is the fastest for any two-year-old pacer on a half-mile track.
Even though the 9-5 second choice My Boy David (Andy Miller) left from the five-post while his rival Hot N Sporty (Tony Morgan) had the coveted pole position as the 3-5 favorite, My Boy David shot out of the gate so quick he had the lead by the first turn . . . and he never looked back.
“I made up my mind before the race that I was going to out of there hard, and see what happens,” said winning driver Andy Miller. “I figured at worse I’d get the two-hole. But when he cleared, and got there pretty easily, it was kind of his race.”
My Boy David ($5.60) took the field to a :27.2 first panel and was able to get a :29.3 second quarter breather with Hot N Sporty sitting in the pocket. However, when they came out of the third turn Tony Morgan took Hot N Sport out after the leader. The pair raced side-by-side through a :27.4 third quarter and into the last turn. The Homer Hochstetler trained winner though still had plenty left, coming home in :28 flat to post a three-quarter length victory in 1:52.4 for Illinois co-owners Shirley Le Vin and David Riff.
It was only My Boy David’s second start on a half-mile track. Last Friday (Oct. 7) the gelding went wire-to-wire in 1:54 flat in his Cardinal elimination.
“Last week they raced him in an open bridle,” continued Miller. “Tonight they put the (blinker) cups back on and he was ready for anything I through at him. He raced relaxed last week and had a nice race but tonight he was all business. When Tony came at him at the three-quarter pole he swelled right up. He was ready to race him.”
With victories in Friday’s Cardinal and the Governor’s Cup last month at DuQuoin, along with second place finishes in Springfield State Fair Championship and Orange and Blue Super Night stake at Balmoral, My Boy David may have vaulted into lead as the prairie state’s two-year-old freshman division leader. The son ofnow sports a first season record of 6 wins, 5 seconds and 2 thirds in 13 starts with $189,999 in earnings
Mystical Tenor (Sam Widger) pulled off an upset in the first of two $12,725 divisions of the Illinois Owners and Breeders Association stake for second season state-bred pacing colts and geldings and the 16-1 longshot did it rather easily.
Windy City Pace eligible Team Hutch (Dave Magee), the heavy 3-5 favorite, got to the front after the first turn and after a :27.1 first quarter and a :28.1 second looked like he was going to reward his many backers however the first over Mystical Tenor ($33.60) simply blew past on the backstretch and was a three-quarter length winner in 1:52 flat, a tick off the track record for a three-year-old gelding.
Team Hutch held on for second over a fast closing Fox Valley Emerald (Brent Holland) who was one and one-half lengths behind the Art’s Conquest offspring trained by Seldon Ledford and owned by New Jersey’s Elegant Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone and George Giamarino, along with the Ledford Racing Stable of Crete, IL.
The second ISOBA stake split saw Windy City Pace eligible sophomores Chevie Cash ($14.20) and Perdition finish one-two, while the 2-5 heavy favorite Brian And Kellie was a non-threatening third.
Chevie Cash (Dale Hiteman) cleared the (:27.2) first quarter pacesetter Perdition (Andy Miller) right before the :55.4 half-mile marker. The winner then paced a :28 flat third quarter and held off a charge by Perdition, gaining a one and three-quarter-length victory in 1:53 flat. The triumph was Chevie Cash’s fourth in 15 season starts with earnings of $89,378 for owner Clyde Stevens of La Center, KY.
In his freshman season Chevie Cash was a 12-time winner for trainer Ronnie Guhy—including Maywood Park’s Abe Lincoln open company stake—while banking $169,325. Another son of, Chevie Cash’s two season earnings stand at $259,766.
By Mike Paradise, director of publicity