"My filly is ready. I have to deliver and I am the one under pressure but I have a willing partner," harness racing driver Roberts declared in a pre-race statement. Could he have been more prescient? Not only did Fox Valley Praline deliver in a big way but John Roberts was in his elements with a courageous drive in the $159,000 Grandma Ann Pace for three year-old filles.
The countdown to Illinois' biggest night of racing, Super Night 23 on Saturday, Sept. 17th, began in earnest on Saturday as elimination action for the Orange & Blue, Filly Orange & Blue, Tony Maurello Stake, Grandma Ann & Pete Langley Memorial highlighted the 13-race harness racing program.
Illinois top harness racing three-year-old pacing colts took to the track on Saturday night at Balmoral Park as an overflow field of 11 were sent to battle in the $9,000 Oakbrook Terrace OTB Stake. After a thrilling stretch duel that had the holiday weekend crowd on their feet Rockin Rumble sent shockwaves through the state-bred ranks as he out dueled Dutch Richman to win by a nose in a career best of 1:50.2.