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STICKNEY, IL - Leg 2 of the Ohyouprettything and Pretty Direct pacing series for harness racing fillies and mares took place on Friday evening at Hawthorne. The Ohyouprettything went in three divisions while the Pretty Direct was a full field of ten. In the first division of the Ohyouprettything, longshot JD's First Lady left and tried to steal things through a quick opening half. She led the field into the stretch but then things bunched up as heavy favorite Mystical Nectar took over with a quick three wide move. She continued her bid for driver Simon Allard as Mystical Nectar rolled to a four length victory in 1:55.2. Tamarac Smoochie finished second while Savoya Cruiser was third. The second division of the Ohyouprettything saw Lollipop carving out the early fractions while Gossip Model tracked her into the turn. Into the lane, Lucky Dali ranged up to challenge while Fox Valley Bailey tipped three wide to contend. It was Fox Valley Bailey who sustained her move and held off the late bid of Gossip Model, winning in 1:56.4. Lucky Dali finished third. The third division of the Ohyouprettything saw Backwoods Barbie sent off as the favorite. She moved early to challenge leader I Y Q Too on the backstretch but was unable to clear and eventually broke stride. In the end it was bombs away as 75-1 shot Don't Dali Around got up in the shadow of the wire for driver Brian Carpenter. Girls Girls Girls finished second while Sandy Win was third. Final time for the mile was 1:56.2. A full field of ten lined up for the second leg of the Pretty Direct pacing Series. Fox Valley Brooke set the early pace, tracked by favored Lovethewayoulook. In the stretch Lovethewayoulook grabbed the lead but couldn't hold off the late charge of Whiskersonkittens and driver Robert Smolin. Whiskersonkittens stopped the clock for the mile in 1:54. Lovethewayoulook was second, If I Didn't Dream finished third. Jim Miller

Harness racing Freshman pacing fillies took center stage on Saturday night at Balmoral Park as the Hosea Williams owned and trainer Lexington Lady prevailed by a length in 1:55.2 over seven rivals in the $8,140 Beecher Stake for state-breds.   Hustled right to the front from post position two by driver Brian Carpenter the speedy daughter of Lexington Legend--Stephie Kay was allowed to stroll through easy splits of 28.4, 59.2 & 1:27.1 while under no pressure from her rivals.   With plenty in reserve despite being off for five weeks prior to this start, this year's Filly Orange & Blue runner-up sprinted home in 28.1 keeping the hard charging Whiskersonkittens (Robert Smolin) and the pocket sitting Char N Marg (Casey Leonard) at bay as she recorded her eighth win in 12 career starts. Whiskersonkittens continued her late season improvement as she wound up in the bridesmaid role while Char N Marg was forced to settle for the show dough.   Sent off as a close second choice in the wagering at odds of 7-5 Lexington Legend returned $4.80, $4.00 & $2.20 while running her career earnings up to $62,795.   Lexington Lady and driver Brian Carpenter led from start to finish in Saturday's $8,140 Beecher Stake for 2yo pacing fillies.   Tom Kelley    

Lexington Lady, a winner of seven of 10 starts this season, looks to be the one to beat in the $155,000 Orange & Blue Filly Championship at Balmoral Park on Saturday.   Trained and owned by Hosea Williams, the daughter of Lexington Legend-Sephie Kay-Sportsmaster was bred by Jerry Graham and was foaled May 18, 2013 in Salem, IL.   A bargain price at just $2,500 at the 2014 Illini Classic Yearling Sale, Lexington Lady is a half-sister to: Captain Obvious p,4,1:55 ($46,914); Stephie Clay p,6,1:56.1 ($36,260); Tornado Henry p,4,1:53.4 ($19,074); and Runinthrudabridle p,4,2:01.1f ($11,686)--all by Henry Clay.   "I always liked her sire, Lexington Legend, and had always followed his career," Hosea explained. "She was the only one by him in the sale and I studied the bloodline and I knew the mare too and I decided to look at the filly."   When Hosea went to take a look at the filly, he wasn't initially impressed.   "I really didn't like her," he offered. "She was sway-backed. But she had a nice barrel on her and her legs were straight and she stood well. I went and looked at a few other fillies, but in the end, I came back to her. I thought she might grow into herself and grow out of being sway-backed, and she just about has."   Being a bit sway-backed sure hasn't affected Lexington Lady's performance on the racetrack.   She began her career by finishing second in a Balmoral 2-year-old test, clocked in 1:56.3 on June 6 and two weeks later broke her maiden in a Balmoral overnighter in 1:55.4.   "John DeLong drove her those first two starts and told me when he won with her, 'Hosea, you can throw these hobbles away.' I thought well, maybe, I do have something here," Hosea remembered.   Five days later she won in wire -to-wire fashion (which would become her mantra) in 1:57.4 by four lengths at Maywood Park, with Brian Carpenter driving for the first time.   "When we first broke her to the cart and she hit the track, she did nothing but pace," Hosea explained. "I kind of thought then she might be a pretty nice filly."   On June 9 Lexington Lady posted a 1:55.4 clocking at Maywood and ten days later won by six lengths with a front-stepping 1:54.1.   On Aug. 2 she prevailed by 3¼ lengths in another wire-to-wire performance at Balmoral, than was a close second at Balmoral on Aug. 8 in 1:53.4.   Hosea then decided to ship his prize filly to Springfield for Illinois State Fair action.   "The morning of her Springfield race I put her grain in her bucket and she walked away from her feed, which wasn't like her.   But I took her temperature and she was fine," said Hosea. "Then, I got a call from Brian (driver Carpenter) who told me he was sick and wasn't going to be able to be there to drive her.   So after a while, I find a driver, but then he doesn't show up to drive and the horses are going out of the paddock, and I have to score her down.   I borrow a race bike and I'm out there warming her up with my knees up to my chin, because the bike was set for a shorter driver, and I'm thinking, 'there's no way I can drive this filly with this bike.'   I go around Springfield and on the backside I see Casey Leonard leaning on the fence and realized that he didn't have a horse in my race, so I get him to drive her at the last minute and he did a fine job with her."   Lexington Lady finished second in 1:54.2 , beaten just a neck, for Leonard.   "Casey told me afterward he thought she was just a little sick, so I gave her some time off before her next start," Hosea related. "But that whole Springfield experience was a bit nerve-wracking, to say the least."   Lexington Lady returned to Balmoral, where she posted a 1:53 score by 2½ lengths on Aug. 29, reunited with Carpenter, before winning her Orange & Blue elimination a week ago in an impressive 1:53.4.   Hosea said he doesn't believe in training fillies too much and that Lexington Lady had an easy week since her last race. "I grew up around Bruce Nickells and he didn't believe in training fillies really hard and I kind of follow his line of thinking," Hosea said.   "We've got the ten-hole, which isn't where I'd like to be, but I'm happy just to have a horse in this race."   Tom Kelley

The countdown to Super Night XXVII began in earnest on Saturday, September 5th at the harness racing meeting at Balmoral Park as a bevy of stake elimination's for Illinois biggest night of racing were contested. The action kicked off with a pair of $12,500 Filly Orange & Blue elimination's for two-year-old pacing fillies . With 16 entered for this stake, the top five finishers in each elimination will return for next week's $155,000 est. final. In the first division the Hosea Williams owned and trained Lexington Lady continued her mastery of this division, gamely fighting back in the closing yards to win by a head in 1:53.4 for driver Brian Carpenter.   Placed on top as the field moved to the half-mile mark the daughter of Lexington Legend--Stephie Kay drifted out a bit through a thrilling stretch drive and appeared headed with 100 yards to go by chief rival Char N Marg (Casey Leonard) before digging in late to hold on for her seventh win in 10 career starts. Char N Marg was forced to settle for the runner-up role on this night while Narcissistic (Brent Holland) rallied to be third. Fox Valley Bailey and Fox Valley Addison also gained spots in the final. In the second elimination Dandy Farms and John Carver's Dandy's Diva took the shortest route around the track to victory as she came rolling through the passing lane to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:55.4.   Perfectly handled by driver Mike Oosting, the Jim Ellison trained daughter of Sportsmaster--C Suzabelle sat inside throughout the mile as Likeafireballshot (Jared Finn) led the way through pedestrian splits. With plenty in reserve for the stretch battle Oosting secured racing room with a sixteenth of a mile to go and Dandy's Diva reeled in the embattled leaders to notch her second win in career start number five. Fox Valley Gypsy (Clifton Bell) overcame the outside starting spot to wind up second while Sara's Terror (Matt Krueger). Likeafireballshot and Lexirose earned the last two spots in the final with fourth and fifth place finishes respectively. Next up were older pacing colts as a field of 10 battled in a $12,500 Tony Maurello Memorial elimination. The top seven finishers will be joined by Ice Scraper, Fort Silky and Fiveknuckleshuffle in the $95,000 (est.) final. This battle produced another thrilling finish as Hugh Lacey's Cole Heat came storming up the passing lane to stick a head in front in the final strides while stopping the clock in a career best of 1:49.4.   Content to save ground while the heavily favored Unlocked (Brent Holland) led the field through some brisk splits, Cole Heat was shuffled all the way back to fifth as the field turned for home. But veteran reinsman Dale Hiteman never panicked, eventually finding a seam in the passing lane and the Ray Hanna trained seven-year-old responded marvelously as he stormed home in 26.2 to prevail in the blanket finish. Iam Bonasera (Ridge Warren) was a game second while Unlocked held on for third. A Cool Card was a close up fourth while the remainder of the spots in the final went to Uncle Bud (5th), Big Brad (6th) and Gibbs (7th). Sophomore pacing fillies were next on the docket as a field of 10 lined up behind the gate for the $12,500 Grandma Ann elimination. Once again the top seven finishers will move on to next week's $116,000 (est.) final where they will join Lex, Fox Valley Aubrey and Southern Girl. Chalk players were rewarded here as the Peter Karras owned Fox Valley Charm, the 1-5 favorite in the wagering cruised to an easy 1 ¾ length victory in 1:53.0 for driver Mike Oosting.   Confidently handled from post three the Dirk Simpson trainer daughter of Yankee Skyscaper--Fox Valley Cherub had things her own way on the "engine" after pulling off an early give and go with Sportsmuffler (Todd Warren). In control of things the rest of the way Fox Valley Charm opened up an insurmountable lead at the top of the stretch and was on cruise control the rest of the way as she recorded her sixth win in 12 starts this season. Fox Valley Brooke (Ridge Warren) shook loose late after getting shuffled back on the far turn to finish second while Luvniecestopieces (Casey Leonard) finished third. Also gaining spots in the final were Mr Leland's Filly, I Y Q Too, BS Tyrichess and Lockport Legend. As usual the Orange & Blue for 2yo pacing colts attracted the most entrants as a total of 29 youngsters were sent out in a trio of $12,500 elimination's. The top three in each elimination and one fourth place finisher (drawn by lot) will be back for Super Night's richest event with a purse of $186,000 (est.).   In the first division BS Tyriffic, one of the division leaders up to this point, had no trouble overcoming post eight as he scooted home with a 1 ½ length victory in 1:55.4 for driver Kyle Wilfong.   Making a steady advance on the outside of horses despite being parked for most of the mile, the Robert Sanders trained son of Richess Hanover--Fox Valley Tyra mowed down the leaders in the stretch to notch his fifth win in seven career starts. The pride of owners Robert, Jeremy and Louis Buttice and Frank Santilli also has a pair of seconds in his brief career. Goinduneside (Brent Holland) rallied nicely to pick up the place money while Silver Sage (Dale Hiteman) fought through a tough first over journey to get the show dough. Shootin To Kill was fourth. In the second division Frank Chick's Grizzer Bear staged a determined rally in the lane to get up in the final strides, winning by a neck in 1:54.3 with Brent Holland at the controls.   After saving ground through the early portion of this battle the Erv Miller trained son of Sportsmaster--Czarina Katrina appeared to be hopelessly shuffled to seventh at the top of the stretch. After running into another road block in mid-stretch, Holland made an aggressive move to the inside. The lightly raced youngster then gunned through along the pylons like a seasoned veteran to notch his first lifetime victory in start number four. Red Red Redneck (Ridge Warren) was a hard luck second while JB's Hero (Robert Smolin) was third. He Gone Jack went a long mile while finishing fourth. In the final division of the Orange & Blue eliminations Nicole Potts Royale Rose returned from a stint on the "sick" shelf to post a very impressive four-length victory in 1:52.3 for Matt Krueger. Despite facing constant pressure while posting wicked splits of 28.2, 55.1 & 1:23.2 the gelded son of Ashlee's Big Guy--Caribe Royale turned aside every challenge then left his rivals in his wake as he rolled to his sixth win in eight lifetime starts for trainer Lyle Scurlock. Dan D Dune (Mike Oosting) shook loose in time to rally for second while Wondrous Sport (Casey Leonard) was third. Longshot Big Monty finished fourth. A total of 19 distaffers were entered for the $95,000 (est.) Lorna Propes Stake for 3yo and up necessitating a pair of $12,500 eliminations with the top five advancing to next week's final.   In the first split it was John Barnard's Ryleigh's Lilly who lived up to her heavily favored status as she shook off a five week layoff to win by 1 ¼ lengths in 1:53.1 for Casey Leonard. After making a long first over sweep to the lead as the field moved down the backstretch the Bill Crone trained miss then held off several challenges as she stood tall to the wire for her seventh win in 19 starts this season. Togetherforever (Mike Oosting) turned in a solid effort to finish second while Incredible Filly (Mike Rogers) used a ground saving trip to get the show dough. Also gaining spots in the final were Just By Design and Moon Bay Dancer. In the nightcap the Merle P'Pool leased Rev Me Up overcame a tough trip to post a hard fought three-quarter-length victory in 1:53.1 for driver Brian Carpenter.   Despite being five-wide in the first turn and then having to rough it first over for the final five-eighths of a mile the eight-year-old daughter of Park Place still had enough to wear down the pace setting State Street Liz for her ninth win in 32 starts this season for trainer Mark P'Pool. Party Hangover (Mike Oosting) rallied late to finish second while Kimberly R (Dale Hiteman) was third. Also gaining spots in the final were State Street Liz and Thesleazyprincess. In a "prep" for the $112,000 (est.) Langley Memorial on Super Night, the red-hot Engine One O One continued his winning ways as he teamed up with Mike Oosting to record a sharp 1½ length victory in a career best of 1:52.4. Favored Earndawg (Todd Warren) held on well to finish second after carving out all the splits while Mighty Hot Shot (Ridge Warren) was third. Live racing continues on Sunday, Sept. 6th with a pair of American National Stakes for 2yo trotting colts and fillies sharing top billing while elimination's for the Lady Ann Reed and a Su Mac Lad Stake Prep will also be contested.   All the action gets underway at 7:10pm on Sunday night with the $1 Pick 4 (races 7-10) now featuring a $30,000 guaranteed pool.   The 10-cent Hi Five (race 10) will feature a guaranteed pool of $20,000 on Sunday's while the highly successful trifecta guarantee on race nine will give fans the chance to play into a $25,000 guaranteed pool.   Tom Kelley

Freshmen pacing fillies were front and center on Thursday, July 9th at Maywood Park as a total of 12 state-bred harness racing youngsters squared off in a pair of $6,000 divisions of the My Metallica Stake. In the first division, the Nelson Willis trained Aunt Ethel took full advantage of the inside starting spot as she grabbed command right from the word go and made every call a winning one with a three-length victory in 1:57.3.   Confidently handled by driver Mike Oosting, the homebred daughter of Sportsmaster--Miller Creek Ethel shot to the top where she put up splits of 29.0, 57.4 & 1:28.0. When called upon on the final turn by Maywood's leading reinsman the bay filly responded with a nice 29.3 final panel while drawing away from her rivals. Burry Me Inthesand (Gary Rath) turned a nice inside trip into a second place check while Thetis (Ridge Warren) rallied to finish third, 5¼ lengths behind the winner.   The win was the first in two lifetime starts for Aunt Ethel who is owned by Rick, Erwin and Vernon Barbre.   In the second division the Hosea Williams owned and trained Lexington Lady continued to impress as she cruised to an easy 4¼ length front stepping score in 1:55.4 for driver Brian Carpenter.   Flashing her high octane gate speed the daughter of Lexington Legend--Stephie Kay zipped right to lead effortlessly posting fractions of 28.0, 58.0 & 1:27.1 while rolling along unchallenged on the "engine".   With plenty still in reserve Lexington Lady left her rivals in her wake on the final bend pacing home in a snappy 28.3 for her third straight ICF stake score. Fox Valley Addison (Todd Warren) finished in the runner-up spot while longshot Our Miss Cami (Mike Oosting) nabbed the show dough.   The 1-5 favorite who was a $2,500 bargain buy as a yearling now boasts three wins and a second in four lifetime starts with earnings of $9,000.   Live racing continues on Friday, July 10th at Maywood Park with two divisions of the Fox Valley Barzgar Stake for ICF two-year-old pacing colts sharing top billing on the card. Those battles will go as races four and six on the 12-race program which also features a $10,000 guaranteed pool in the Pick 4 (races 9-12) and a new $15,000 guaranteed pool on the 10 cent Hi-Five wager (race 12). Post time for the first race is 7:30 p.m. (central).   Tom Kelley

A Sunday night program at Balmoral Park full of Illinois conceived and foaled stakes action which mainly put the spotlight on this year's crop of harness racing two-year-olds kicked off with a non-wagering event as a field of five diagonally gaited fillies met in the Star Slinger Stake.   Powering to the front after an opening quarter in 30.3 Providence West Inc.'s Vengeful never looked back as she put up middle splits of 59.1 & 1:29.4 while cruising to a 1¼ length victory in 1:59.3 for Brian Carpenter. Shez A Devil Woman (Dale Hiteman) followed the winner's every move after relinquishing the lead at the quarter to wind up second while Praise Singer (Casey Leonard) finished third.   The winner, who is a daughter of Powerful Emotion--Over The Top was a $5,000 Illini Classic yearling purchase is conditioned by Kenny Collier.   Their male counterparts kicked off the wagering program with a field of seven trotting colts squaring off in the $4,000 Million Dollar Bye Stake.   Instead of looking like a first time starter Quaid Racing's Wrightwood acted like a seasoned veteran as he completely overwhelmed this group, rolling to an 11¼ length triumph in 1:58.4.   Confidently handled by driver Casey Leonard, the son of Powerful Emotion--Racy Roz was content to trot along in third while watching Iron Band (Jamaica Patton) and Prince Simba (Mike Brink) battle through tough early splits of 29.1 & 57.3.   Still third but on the move behind JD Cheese (Travis Seekman) who grabbed command as the field hit the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:29.1, the Nelson Willis trained colt easily reeled in that one, blowing right by with an eighth of a mile to go then quickly drawing away while leaving his rivals in his wake. JD Cheese was forced to settle for the runner-up role while Todger (Todd Warren) finished third.   After prepping for his debut with a pair of sharp second place finishes in his qualifiers Wrightwood was well backed at the windows returning $4.20, $3.20 & $2.40.   With a total of 14 freshmen pacing fillies entered for the Incredible Tillie Stake the young ladies were split into a pair of $5,000 divisions.   In the first division the Hosea Williams owned and trained Lexington Lady used the passing lane to perfection rallying up the inside in the final strides to put a nose in front of Sara's Terror as they tripped the timer in a snappy 1:55.4.   Perfectly positioned by driver John De Long, the daughter of Lexington Legend--Stephie Kay left alertly and wound up landing in the garden spot as Sara's Terror (Brian Carpenter) led the field through splits of 29.2, 59.1 & 1:28.4.   Patiently awaiting room at the pylons as Sara's Terror and Fox Valleytiramisu (Robert Smolin) battled through the lane, De Long maneuvered his charge into the passing lane where she rallied gamely for the hard fought victory. Sara's Terror was a tough luck second while Fox Valley Addison (Todd Warren) rallied to be third. Coming off a second place finish in her career debut last week Lexington Lady, who was a $2,500 yearling purchase returned $6.00, $3.60 & $2.40 to her backers.   In the second division trainer Nelson Willis, Quaid Racing and driver Casey Leonard struck for their second stakes win of the night as Char N Marg came charging between horses to rally for a one-length victory in 1:56.3.   Using an advantageous draw Leonard positioned the daughter of Sportsmaster-Zip Up Your Pans in the coveted two-hole while Fox Valley Bailey (Dale Hiteman) leisurely cruised through fractions of 30.3, 59.3 & 1:29.1.   Saving ground the entire way Leonard began to search for room with Char N Marg as a first over Fox Valley Gypsy (Clifton Bell) and Fox Valley Bailey continued to slug it out through the lane. With less than a sixteenth of a mile to go, Char N Marg found the room she needed and the good looking filly wasted no time splitting rivals to pick up her first lifetime victory in start number two. Fox Valley Gypsy turned in a very solid effort to finish second while Fox Valley Bailey wound up third.   After flashing a big closing kick in her fourth place finish last week Char N Marg attracted plenty of attention at the betting windows on Sunday night returning just $2.80, $2.20 & $2.10.   Sophomore trotting fillies closed out the stake action on Sunday night with a field of seven meeting in the first Xpressbet Stake of the season.   This battle could not have closed out the action in a more exciting fashion as last year's top two money earners in the division, Fox Valley Yoko and Persuasive Look ended on even terms, finishing in a dead-heat for the win while stopping the clock in 1:55.4.   In a race filled with action right from the start Fox Valley Yoko (John De Long) was able to save ground throughout the opening half-mile as Fox Valley Harrah (Todd Warren) trotted through splits of 29.1 & 58.2. The Curt Grummel trained miss then managed to slip to the outside heading around the final bend, picking up the live cover of a second over Persuasive Look (Casey Leonard) who had been grinding away on the outside of horses since the five-eighths pole.   Sitting third and fifth respectively Persuasive Look and Fox Valley Yoko both took dead aim on Bi Polar Rose (Travis Seekman), who had overtaken Fox Valley Harrah as the field sped by the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:26.2.   With the trotters fanning out across the track Persuasive Look and Fox Valley Yoko zipped right by the leaders, drawing clear of the rest of their rivals by 3¼ lengths while finishing in the dead-heat for the win. Tal Wi Wi (Kyle Wilfong), who saved ground throughout the mile finished third.   The win was the fourth in 16 career starts for Fox Valley Yoko (Pizzazzed) who pushed her career bankroll up to $102,240 for owner Patrick Graham. Persuasive Look (Powewrful Emotion) now sports career numbers of 6-5-5 in 20 lifetime starts with earnings of $108,571 for co-owner trainer Homer Hochstetler and partner Robert Buddig. Tom Kelley

Freshmen pacing colts kicked off Saturday's harness racing stake action at Balmoral Park as a total of 16 youngsters were dropped in the box for the Wicked Brew Stake. Thus a pair of $5,000 divisions were carded by Racing Secretary Doc Narotsky.   The opening split went as race two on the 12-race program and the "chalk players" never broke a sweat in this one as Nicole Potts' Royale Rose, the winner of last week's Bingo Johnnie Stake in his career debut, cruised to a two-length victory in a career best of 1:55.1 for driver Brian Carpenter.   Hustled right to the front from post eight, the gelded son of Ashlee's Big Guy--Caribe Royale rattled off splits of 29.0, 59.0 & 1:27.4 while going along unchallenged on the "engine". Despite racing "greenly" and getting out a bit at the half and again through the lane, the Lyle Scurlock trainee sped home in 27.2 to remain perfect in his young career. My Man Red (Mike Oosting) rallied to finish second Silver Sage (Kyle Wilfong) came through along the pylons to get the show dough.   The 3-5 favorite despite having the outside post Royale Rose returned $3.40, $2.10 & $2.10 while running his career earnings up to $4,500.   Brian Carpenter made it a clean sweep in the second division of the Wicked Brew guiding first time starter BS Tyrrific to a hard fought neck decision in a snappy 1:55.4.   Zipped away from post position seven the Christine Buttice trainee was parked through an opening quarter in 29.2 while making his way to the front. In control of things as the field moved onto the backside the son of Richess Hanover--Fox Valley Tyra put up middle splits of 58.0 & 1:27.2 while cruising along on the lead.   Holding sway through the lane a game BS Tyrrific had just enough left in the tank to hold off the pocket sitting Sagebrush Sam (Kyle Husted) and a fast closing Red Red Redneck (Todd Warren).   Coming off a pair of winning qualifiers BS Tyrrific was heavily backed at the betting windows returning just $2.80, $2.20 & $2.20 while opening his career on a winning note for the partnership of Robert, Jeremy & Louis Buttice and Frank Santilli.   Fillies and mares were also in action on Saturday night as a field of eight assembled for the $14,000 Sue Fee Stake. Once again the favorite had problems in here as John Barnard's Ryleigh's Lilly came flying down the lane to notch her second straight Balmoral Park score, winning by 1 ½ lengths in 1:52.4 for Casey Leonard. Ducked off the gate as Rev Me Up (Ryan Anderson) led the field through early splits of 28.2, 57.2 & 1:25.3 Leonard picked up live cover approaching the half-mile mark and quickly moved into contention around the bend, looming boldly in a second over position while sitting third as the field straightened for the money.   As she's done so often in recent years, the five-year-old daughter of Western Hero--Fox Valley Chosen uncorked a wicked 27.0 final quarter as she blew by her rivals to notch her fifth win of the season for trainer Bill Crone. A pair of longshots rounded out the trifecta in this tussle as 17-1 shot Joyful Game (Ridge Warren) flew home in 26.2 to be the bridesmaid while 54-1 outsider Fox Valley Aubrey (Robert Smolin) rallied to be third.   Bet as though defeat was out of the question the 1-5 favorite returned $2.40, $2.20 & $2.10 while upping her lifetime record to 16-10-14 in 77 trips postward with earnings of $121,399. The state-bred stake action really heats up on Sunday, June 21st with a trio of events for the youngsters. Freshmen trotting fillies will get the action underway in a non-wagering test as a field of five battle in the Star Slinger Stake which will go at 6:45 p.m. (central). Their male counterparts will start the regular program with a field of seven diagonally gaited colts squaring off in the Million Dollar Bye Stake. With a total of 14 two-year-old pacing fillies entered for the Incredible Tillie Stake the youngsters have been split into two divisions which will go as races four and five and finally ICF sophomore trotting fillies will close out the action as a field of seven are scheduled to face the gate for the Xpressbet Stake which will go as race six on the 10-race program. Once again the wagering action gets underway at 7:10pm on Sunday night and as always the $1 Pick 4 features a $25,000 guaranteed pool. The Pick 4 is on races seven through 10 on Sunday night. Tom Kelley

What a difference a week makes.  Last Saturday’s Direct Balance stake for ICF 3-year-old pacing fillies wasn’t raced when only four distaffers were entered. The Balmoral Park Race Office smartly wrote the stake back for tonight and was rewarded when twice as many horses were dropped into the harness racing entry box. If you want to watch eight-horse field of state-bred sophomores’ slug it out you’ll have to stick around close to the midnight hour because the $8,000 stake was placed as the 12th and final race of the program. The first step to Super Night’s Grandma Ann stake should be worth the wait. Making her second season debut is Kay Willis’ Lex, last year’s Filly Orange and Blue bridesmaid who made nearly $65,000 in her freshman season. Lex finished worse than third only once in 9 tries, winning 4 of those races. This will be the homebred first start since last Super Night. The daughter of Lexington Legend out of the Willis’ Artsplace broodmare I Bet U, had an impressive 1:58.2 winning qualifier on Wednesday morning, drawing off by seven lengths with Brian Carpenter had driving her to the wire. Brian liked what he saw from the Nelson Willis Stable’s filly. “Lex qualified super,” said Carpenter. “She was on idle in her qualifier. The filly is like a Cadillac to drive. “I never drove her in her 2-year-old season. Kyle Wilfong drove her and the filly had a very good year. This was the first time I was ever sat behind her. “At first Nelson wanted to leave out of there with her but when we had a bunch of trotters leaving inside of her who might go out and scatter the field he told me to go easy taking her out. It turned out that nobody left and we ended up on top pretty easily. She was just pacing through the bridle at the finish. She looks like she’s just a push-button filly.” Among the 3-1 morning line favorite seven rivals in the Direct Balance is the fast-improving Southern Girl (Casey Leonard), trained by Bob Rittof, the 7-2 programmed choice, and the Roger Welch Stable’s Galley Wench, a 1:56 flat victor in her initial career start on March 22 at Balmoral. Southern Girl was taken back in her March 22 debut and was tenth and last, some 10 lengths behind at the three-quarters, but when she was asked for pace she delivered a wicked :26.1 last quarter in her fifth place finish. The Sportsmaster filly then served up back-to-back first-over triumphs, the last a 1:56.1 clocking. Galley Wench, a $30,000 yearling purchase by Bo and Pat De Long, went to Hoosier after her strong winning local bow. The filly finished a solid third in her first leg of a Series but was saddled with the 10-hole in the Final, raced on a sloppy track, and was a non-factor. The 4-1 early third choice, Galley Wench, will also take on her Welch-trained stable-mate Sporty Project (6-1, Pat Curtin). She’s also owned by Bo De Long but will race uncoupled on the wagering. Gracie On My Mind (8-1, Bobby Smolin), Duneside Perttie (6-1, Mike Oosting) and The Doe (5-1, John De Long) leave from posts 1, 2 and 3, in that order while Simply Burbon (15-1, Richard Finn)with the outside 8-slot complete the Saturday finale field. Mike Paradise

State-bred pacing fillies will get the 2015 stake season underway at Balmoral Park on Saturday, April 11th as a field of eight sophomoreâs will line up behind the gate for the $8,000 Direct Balance Stake which goes as race 12 on the harness racing card.   Kay Willis's homebred Lex, a multiple stakes winner during her freshman season, has been accorded the morning line favoritism in this event as she makes her sophomore debut after a resounding seven-length triumph in her qualifier here at Balmoral on April 1st. The daughter of Lexington Legend closed out a very successful two-year-old campaign in which she posted a record of 4-2-2 in nine starts with nearly $65,000 in earnings, with a second place finish in the year's richest event for the ladies the $162,000 Filly Orange & Blue on Super Night. Brian Carpenter is scheduled to handle the driving duties for the Nelson Willis trainee as she starts from post position five.   The Rob Ritoff trained Southern Girl has turned home heads with back to back wins coming into this event and the lightly raced daughter of Sportsmaster figures to garner plenty of attention at the betting windows. A $34,000 purchase at the 2013 Land Of Lincoln sale, the good looking brown filly debuted with a fifth place finish here on March 22nd before posting a pair of impressive come from behind scores for the ownership group of Kristopher Heim, Connie Hochstetler and James Michels. Casey Leonard gets the call on Saturday as Southern Girl leaves from post position six.   Another to keep an eye on is Galley Wench who hails from the red-hot barn of conditioner Roger Welch. This filly also fetched a big price at the 2013 Land Of Lincoln Sale bringing a $30,000 bid from William C and William P Delong who have enjoyed plenty of success here in the Prairie State in the last few seasons. This daughter of Sportsmaster debuted with a last to first victory on March 22nd before shipping to Hoosier Park where she posted a third place finish in the opening leg of the Rosie Harness Series. A sloppy track and the dreaded 10-hole combined to do her in in the final of that event as she wound up a disappointing seventh. Todd Warren will be in the sulky behind Galley Wench as the pair starts from post position four.   Rounding out the field from the pylons out are Gracie On My Mind, Duneside Perttie, The Doe, Sporty Project and Simply Burbon. Tom Kelley

Despeardo Alibi, the grey gelding who paced up a storm at Maywood Park in the last few months of 2014 before heading to New York, is back home. The now 5-year-old pacer looks well placed for his local season debut in Friday’s tenth race, a mid-level conditioned pace for non-winners of $4,000 in their last five starts. Desperado Alibi rattled off victories in his last 4 starts of 2014 at Maywood and 7 of his last 8 on the half-miler with Brian Carpenter at his lines. The son of Gunthatwonthewest is owned by Brian’s wife Lydia and trained by Merl P’Pool. Desperado Alibi made only three starts at Younkers during his six weeks in New York, earning $2,000. “We just couldn’t get the horses started there,” said Brian. “The east coast kept getting clobbered with snow and it seemed most times when he was scheduled to race the Yonkers card had to be canceled because of bad weather, so we brought him back home.” Desperado Alibi arrived in Illinois last week. “I‘ve trained him since he got back and he’s trained well, said the 55-year-old Indiana native. “He looks like he’s in a good spot Friday and should do okay.” What’s ahead for Desperado Alibi? “We’ll just play it by ear for now,” replied Brian. One of Desperado Alibi’s foes in Friday’s 10th race is the Merv Chupp Stable’s Master Of Desire, who landed the one-slot in his first start in seven months. The 8-year-old Real Desire gelding breezed with a 1:53 clocking last June for Chupp in his only career start at Maywood Park. Master Of Desire won 4 of 5 starts from the middle of last May to mid-June for Chupp, including a 1:50.4 mile in a non-winners of $15,000 last 5 event where he beat the likes of Holdingallthecards and Major Monet. That win earned him a couple of unsuccessful starts in Balmoral’s Invites. Master Of Desire tailed in July and health issues kept him on the sideline ever since. Friday night he’ll open as the 7-2 third choice behind Desperado Alibi (5-2) and Fox Valley Norman (3-1, Todd Warren) They’ll be opposed by CS Eye (programmed 6-1, Kyle Wilfong), Cotton Eyed Joe (12-1, Bobby Smolin), Gypsy Leather (10-1, Dale Hiteman), Donald Himself (15-1, Casey Leonard) and Powerful Pilot (8-1, Mike Oosting). Horse Shortage: No less than 16 of the horses competing on tonight’s (Thursday) Maywood card are back in to go Sunday night at Balmoral. A total of 63 horses are scheduled to race Sunday so that means 25% of them will do so on three day’s rest.  By Mike Paradise

Desperado Alibi may be a male pacer but he certainly rates as one of the Cinderella stories this year at Maywood Park, going from a one-time conditioned-claimer to a purse check away from the top-level conditioned paces at the half-miler. Desperado Alibi is the winner of 6 of his 7 last starts at Maywood, including his last three in the mid-level conditioned pacers with driver Brian Carpenter whose wife Lydia owns the striking grey 4-year-old gelding. Friday night the son of Gunthatwonthewest is saddled with Maywood’s dreaded 8-hole and its 5.5 winning percentage in the fourth race but, pardon the pub, Brian won’t use the outside post has an alibi if the horse doesn’t hit the board. “Even with the 8–hole I expect him to perform well. He’s been really sharp for us,” Desperado Alibi had modest success for in his first two seasons, winning 2 of 9 starts, but making only about $8,000 for his owner and trainer Merle Myers, Brian’s father-in-law. Since Merle’s daughter Lydia took over the ownership, Desperado Alibi has won 8 of 11 races for the Lowell, Indiana couple and their trainer Merl P’Pool, banking over $21,000. With lifetime earnings of $29,328 Desperado Alibi is eligible for tonight’s’ race, non-winners of 4 races or $30,000 lifetime) by less than $700. “The horse set a track record on Merle’s farm so we all knew he had some ability,” continued Brian. “However I have to admit, he’s exceeded our expectations “As a 3-year-old he won at Hoosier in 54 but then tailed off last year in his last coupled of starts. This year they weren’t having much luck with him either (the horse didn’t get a purse check in his last six starts in Indiana). “When he became my wife’s horse the first thing we did was put him on Lasix. He won first time out of the box for us (non-winners of 3 to be claimed for $8,000) despite being parked the whole mile. We didn’t have him rigged up quite right at that time. Now that we have, he’s really been good. “He won those last couple of races pretty much in hand for me. I think he’ll be able to step up at a higher condition (race) and do okay for us. He’s been winning in 54 and has been pretty much on idle.” “He’s become a pretty nice horse for us.” I would agree. Desperado Alibi opens as the 4-1 choice in the morning line.im race four behind Some Heart Throb (5-2, Kyle Wilfong) and Boogie Nights (3-1, Casey Leonard), with posts 2 and 1, respectively. The competitive field of fillies and mares also lured Jerrico (8-1, Mike Oosting), Cantholdmackback (10-1, Sam Widger), Goose on the Rocks (12-1, Ridge Warren), Total Sin (15-1, Lavern Hostetler) and Tiza Mojo (6-1, Todd Warren). by Mike Paradise, for IHHA

With last week’s Invite winner Let’s Drink On It racing tonight in a Breeders Crown 3-year-old pace elimination, the ICF speedball Ice Scraper will assume the favorite role in the $15,000 Invitational at Balmoral Park tonight. It’s not very often we have an Invite that isn’t handicapped by the circuit’s Race Office, at least by groups, but that’s the case in the sixth race headliner. However the 5-2 program favorite did manage to land the outside slot in an 8-horse field. Brian Carpenter took over the lines on the 5-year-old Mike Brown trainee back in mid-September and Ice Scraper has won twice in 5 starts with the veteran Indiana native, and both times under 1:49 for his Connecticut owner James Behrendt. On September 27 in a conditioned pace Ice Scraper got down to the three-quarter pole in a sizzling 1:20 flat and carried his speed to the finish wire with a lifetime best 1:48.3 clocking, more than a half-dozen lengths the best.. Two starts alter on October 25 in a high-end conditioned pace Ice Scraper led at every pole, cutting fractions of :26, :53.4, 1:21.2 and coming home in :27.1 for a 1:48.4 victory. In between those starts Ice Scraper was second best to Al’s Hammered (racing tonight at The Meadowlands for his new barn), clocked in 1:49.4. Last week the Yankee Skyscraper gelding gave way in the late going only to Let’s Drink On It at the end of a 1:50.1 on a chilly evening in the mid-30s.   “Ice Scraper got beat by a very good horse last week and while I don’t want to make excuses for him, the horse wasn’t on his game last Saturday even though it was a fast mile for a cold night,” said Carpenter. “Last week was the first time since I’ve been driving him that he never once was on the bit. When he’s at the top of his game I don’t think it makes much difference to him if he gets down the half in 55 or in 53. The horse likes to go out here and roll. All you have to do his put is head on the gate  and he’s off.” With Al’s Hammered recently sold and now racing out east the last two Invites have taken on a completely different look. “I though last week’s Invite field was a well-balanced field, making it good race for bettors. This week field looks very competitive, too,” added Brian. Ice Scraper likely will have to work hard to get command tonight. Time To Roll (7-2, Dale Hiteman), Kanaris (5-1, Dave Magee) and Best Man Hanover (0-2, Todd Warren) all do their best racing up-close. Fort Silky (10-1, Casey Leonard) is another who can leave the gate in a hurry hen asked. The 2014 Illinois Aged Pacer of the Year has been ducked in his last two starts and finished fifth and sixth, respectively in those starts. Fort Silky’s stable-mate In Over my Head (8-1, Kyle Wilfong) can uncork at wicked last panel at times and should be charging late along with Ice Scraper’s entry-mate Lennox Blue Chip (Ridge Warren) and the Mike Brink Stable’s 8-1 longshot Fiveknuckleshuffle (Bobby Smolin) who was given the rail a week ago but has the 6-slot tonight. Also on the Saturday card is the $10,000 Betzotic for ICF 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings and a pair of $11,000 “Winner’s Over” events, one for filly and mare pacers and the other trotters, The Roger Welch Stable’s Earndawg (Todd Warren) looks like an absolutely “lock” in the first race (No Show Wagering) $10,000 stake against 6 foes. The multi-stake champion with a first season bankroll of nearly $215,000 is 2-5 in the morning line and 1-9 in my line. Welch also has the favorite in the five-horse fifth race filly and mare co-feature. Always About Katey (Todd Warren) is at 7-5 first flash odds trying to shed her bridesmaid role that now encompasses her last four starts, Evil Urges (5-2 in my line, Matt Kruger) and Celebrity Hercules (2-1, Casey Leonard) with over a combined $950,000 in career earnings between them, head-up the seventh race “Winner’s Over: Trot. Justice Jet, another Welch trainee driven by his son Ryan, is my 4-1 third choice. The Indiana bred has a $316,319 bankroll in only two seasons of racing and does possess current sharpness. by Mike Paradise, for IHHA   

Illinois conceived and foaled two-year-olds shared top billing on Friday's Maywood Park card as a pair of elimination tussles for freshmen pacers were contested. Fillies kicked off the action with a field of eight gathering behind the gate for a $10,000 Violet Stake elimination. The top five finishers will get the chance to join Sportsmuffler, Angel Demon and Duneside Perttie in next Friday's $43,600 final. With the defection of division leaders Mr Leland's Filly and Lex, the final should be a wide-open event but the betting public was right on for the elimination as 7-5 favorite Luvniecestopieces posted a two-length wire to wire victory in 1:57.1 for driver Todd Warren. Sent right to the front from post six by Warren the daughter of Yankee Skyscaper--Fox Valley Dujour cruised through splits of 27.4, 58.2 & 1:27.3 while never being challenged. With plenty in reserve and an outer flow that was going nowhere, the Hart Walker trained miss rolled home in 29.3 to notch her third win in 10 starts this season. Fox Valley Charm (Kyle Wilfong) shook loose late to wind up as the bridesmaid while Fox Valley Kit (Brian Carpenter) was third. Also gaining spots in the final were Girls Hunt Too and Lyrics Fall. The public's choice returned $4.80, $3.60 & $2.60 while moving her record to 3-4-1 in 10 starts with earnings of $19,551 for the partnership of Hart & Robert Walker, Robyn Klingler and Homer Henke. The Cardinal elimination also brought out a field of eight youngsters and produced another front stepping winner as Engel Stable of Illinois The Big Sleazy reported home with a half-length win in 1:56.4 with Dave Magee at the controls. After working hard to gain control of the proceedings the gelded son of Sagebrush--Decent Lawyer stepped through splits of 28.3, 58.3 & 1:27.4 for his Hall of Fame reinseman. The Nelson Willis trainee appeared to be well within himself through the lane turning back a brief bid from the pocket sitting Mighty Hot Shot (Todd Warren) as he notched his second win in seven lifetime starts. Mighty Hot Shot was forced to settle for the runner-up role on this night while C Note (Travis Seekman) took the "overland" route to a deceptively strong third place finish. With the top four in this event moving on the last spot in next week's $43,350 final went to Thisishowweroll. They will be joined by Dupage's Z Tam, Earndawg, King Of The Swamp and Lucpark. Bet to even-money favoritism The Big Sleazy returned $4.00, $2.40 & $2.10 while pushing his lifetime slate to 2-2-1 in 7 starts with earnings of $23,070. by Tom Kelley, for Maywood Park  

The elimination action for Super Night 2014 came to a close on Sunday, September 07 at Balmoral Park as a field of 10 sophomore trotting colts looked for nine starting spots in next Saturday's (Sept. 13) $98,000 (est) Su Mac Lad Stake final which will be part of the big Super Night Card at Balmoral Park. Despite the fact that he was coming off an impressive win in a "conditioned" event against older company here at Balmoral Park last week, Bo & Pat De Long, Gordon Wright and Roger Welch's Bobby B Breeze slipped by the betting public once again as he trotted to a 1 ¼ length victory in 1:57.0 for driver Todd Warren. Sent forward from post position four as the wings of the gate folded by Warren, the gelded son of Southwind Breeze--Lindy's Fireball settled into a perfect spot as stablemates Nino Marino (Dean Magee) and Fox Valley Cicero (Brian Carpenter) battled through an opening quarter in 29.2. Content to sit inside and save ground through middle splits of 58.2 & 127.1 the Roger Welch trainee was just waiting for his chance to pounce on the embattled leaders as the field straightened for the money. Setting sail for the wire the Bobby B Breeze zipped right by the top pair, drawing clear in the shadow of the wire for his second win in 14 starts this season. Fox Valley Cicero held on for second while 30-1 longshot Cardinal Wind (Dale Hiteman) staged a nice late rally to finish third. Also gaining spots in the final were Photo Surprise, Nino Marino, Tour Hall, Gray N Cloudy, Swiss Mocha and Big Bill Breeze. They will be joined by Fox Valley Veto, who elected to take a "bye" into the final but was victorious in a snappy 1:55.4 while facing "older" company earlier in the night. For more information regarding the big Super Night card on Saturday, September 13th, please visit www.balmoralpark.com by Tom Kelley, for Balmoral Park

While the local harness racing focus is on Super Night, as well it should be, with those all-so-important stake eliminations on tap this weekend, this is also the month Balmoral Park begins to host the American Nationals, its most prestigious events of the year. Elimination races, if necessary, for the 2-year-old American National trots are a week from Wednesday (Sept. 10) and with that in mind trainer Gerald Hansen sends out his Hanover champion Cruisin Valor in this Wednesday’s fourth race. The Race Office handicapped the freshman trotting race by season earnings and Crusin Valor was assigned the outside 10-hole. After a poor showing in his pari-mutuel at Balmoral in early July, the Yankee Valor gelding, romped in an outing on the Urbana Fair Track on July 22 and then was much the best in the $29,800 Hanover on the big track in Crete, IL, drawing off by five lengths in 2:00.1 while well in hand to driver Brian Carpenter. Cruisin Valor followed that stakes victory with a pair of valiant efforts at both State Fairs, dropping photos to Captain Greedy, first at Springfield in 1:59 and then in a division of Du Quoin’s Darn Safe in 1:59.3. I caught up with Carpenter over the Labor Day weekend and asked the 54-year-old veteran driver for the low-down on Cruisin Valor, owned by Illinoisans Shelley Steele (Monee), Payton Ode (Joliet) and the Sam Lilly Racing Stable (Downers Grove). “I helped Gerry break and train Cruisin Valor,” said Brian. “He also had another 2-year-old trotter who is a three-quarter brother to Southern Rocketop, a very good trotter who I used to drive. “When the time came to qualify both trotters I was given Southern Special and Casey (Leonard) drove Cruisin Valor. However, the horse went out and lost his mind in that qualifier and tore up a race bike. “The horse went on the (steward’s list) and Gerry called me and asked me the re-qualify the horse, which I did. While he didn’t have any trouble out there he was a handful. For whatever reason the horse didn’t have the same temperament when he came back to me that he had earlier. “But we worked with him and while you still have to be careful with him scoring him down, in a race he has minded his manners and has been a gentleman. He’s a pretty quick colt. “He raced well at both on the dirt tracks at Springfield and Du Quoin but I think he’s best at Balmoral. “We’re still making some tweets with him to hopefully give him that little extra at crunch time so maybe a photo will go his way next time.” Cruisin Valor has made almost $30,000 in his freshman season and still ahead for him is the $90,000 (est.) American National 2-Year-Old Colt Trot on Wednesday, Sept. 17 and the $100,000 Lincoln Land ICF stake on Sunday, October 3. by Mike Paradise, for IHHA

While the local harness racing focus is on Super Night, as well it should be, with those all-so-important stake eliminations on tap this weekend, this is also the month Balmoral Park begins to host the American Nationals, its most prestigious events of the year. Elimination races, if necessary, for the 2-year-old American National trots are a week from Wednesday (Sept. 10) and with that in mind trainer Gerald Hansen sends out his Hanover champion Cruisin Valor in this Wednesday’s fourth race. The Race Office handicapped the freshman trotting race by season earnings and Crusin Valor was assigned the outside 10-hole. After a poor showing in his pari-mutuel at Balmoral in early July, the Yankee Valor gelding, romped in an outing on the Urbana Fair Track on July 22 and then was much the best in the $29,800 Hanover on the big track in Crete, IL, drawing off by five lengths in 2:00.1 while well in hand to driver Brian Carpenter. Cruisin Valor followed that stakes victory with a pair of valiant efforts at both State Fairs, dropping photos to Captain Greedy, first at Springfield in 1:59 and then in a division of Du Quoin’s Darn Safe in 1:59.3. I caught up with Carpenter over the Labor Day weekend and asked the 54-year-old veteran driver for the low-down on Cruisin Valor, owned by Illinoisans Shelley Steele (Monee), Payton Ode (Joliet) and the Sam Lilly Racing Stable (Downers Grove). “I helped Gerry break and train Cruisin Valor,” said Brian. “He also had another 2-year-old trotter who is a three-quarter brother to Southern Rocketop, a very good trotter who I used to drive. “When the time came to qualify both trotters I was given Southern Special and Casey (Leonard) drove Cruisin Valor. However, the horse went out and lost his mind in that qualifier and tore up a race bike. “The horse went on the (steward’s list) and Gerry called me and asked me the re-qualify the horse, which I did. While he didn’t have any trouble out there he was a handful. For whatever reason the horse didn’t have the same temperament when he came back to me that he had earlier. “But we worked with him and while you still have to be careful with him scoring him down, in a race he has minded his manners and has been a gentleman. He’s a pretty quick colt. “He raced well at both on the dirt tracks at Springfield and Du Quoin but I think he’s best at Balmoral. “We’re still making some tweets with him to hopefully give him that little extra at crunch time so maybe a photo will go his way next time.” Cruisin Valor has made almost $30,000 in his freshman season and still ahead for him is the $90,000 (est.) American National 2-Year-Old Colt Trot on Wednesday, Sept. 17 and the $100,000 Lincoln Land ICF stake on Sunday, October 3.    County Fair Report CHRISTIAN AND TRI COUNTY FAIR AT PANA      Sunday Afternoon FIRST: $6,039 Big Ten 2-Year-Old Trot: Horse (Driver)                                     Time (Track Fast) Tricky Nick (Nick Prather)                             2:05.3 Trainer: Nick Prather. Owners: Megan Rogers Racing Stable; Amy and Derek Jacobus. SECOND: $900 2-Year-Old Trot: Ky Liz (Dillon Cox)                                        2:09.1 Trainer: Rushun Trigg. Owners: Michael Summers and Roshun Trigg. THIRD: $3,386 Big Ten 3-Year-Old Filly Trot: E L Trixie (Steven Renard)                             2:07 Trainer: Steven Renard. Owner: Steven Renard. FOURTH: $3,152 Big Ten 3-Year-Old Colt Trot: Battleshoe Crown (Buddy Simpson)  2:04.4 Trainer: Clay Simpson. Owners: Buddy and Clay Simpson. FIFTH: $900 3-Year-Old Pace: Go Run N Telithat (John Roberts)                  2:02 Trainer: Mike Titus. Owners: Mike Titus, Mitchell Titus and Dennis Wright. SIXTH: $1,832 Big Ten 3-Year-Old Filly Pace: Listen To The Beat (Freddie Patton Jr.)         2:01.4 Trainer: Gregory Tillman. Owner: Bridgette Williams. SEVENTH: $1,832 Big Ten 3-Year-Old Filly Pace: Duneside Chella (Nick Prather)                      2:02.2 Trainer: Nick Prather. Owners: Derek and Amy Jacobus. EIGHTH: $3,412 Big Ten 3-Year-Old Colt Pace: Back At Cha (Tom Walker)                            1:59.3 Trainer: Mark Walker. Owners: Karen and Larry Walker. CHRISTIAN AND TRI COUNTY FAIR AT PANA      Monday Afternoon FIRST: $1,000 Non-Winners of $2,000 L.T. Trot: Horse (Driver)                                     Time (Track Fast) Forest Raider (Dakota Birch)                         2:12 Trainer: Joan Brown. Owners: Joan and David Brown. SECOND: $1,500 Free For All Trot: LW Jaynie Flyer (Cassidy Melloy)                 2:03 Trainer: Cassidy Melloy. Owner: Cassidy Melloy. THIRD: $3,645 Big Ten 2-Year-Old Filly Pace: Fox Valley Aubry (Mike Rogers)                   2:01.1 Trainer: Freddie Patton Jr. Owner: Ron Phillips and Jesse Ferge. FOURTH: $3,524 Big Ten 2-Year-Old Filly Pace: Frosty Dune (Hart Walker)                             2:06 Trainer: Robert Walker. Owners: Robyn Klinger; Hart and Robert Walker. FIFTH: $1,125 Free For All Pace: Uneek Shuffle (Dakota Birch)                        2:03.1 Trainer: Dakota Birch. Owners: Dakota Birch and Eric Lamay. SIXTH: $1,125 Free For All Pace: Just Us (C. Alan Finn)                                    2:01.1 Trainer: C. Alan Finn. Owner: C. Alan Finn. By Mike Paradise The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association

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