Day At The Track

A pair of unpredictable freshman stakes

02:14 AM 31 Jul 2013 NZST
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Dave Magee drives the 7-2 second morning line favorite in the Plesac
Dave Magee drives the 7-2 second morning line favorite in the Plesac

The first pair of major stakes race for ICF 2-year-old trotters—the $50,000 Fox Valley Flan for fillies and the $50,000 Plesac for colts—head up Wednesday’s mid-week program at Balmoral Park.

Since eliminations weren’t needed for either stake or a prep race wasn’t written for these inexeprience freshmen, both horsemen and bettors alike don’t have much of a gauge on both trotting stakes which will go as races 4 and 5 on the card.

The 7-2 second morning line favorite in the Plesac is Tour Hall (Dave Magee), winner of the Physic Spirit stake some three weeks ago. However the Mike Brink trainee and Bobby B Breeze (4-1, Todd Warren), the July 10 runner-up, have each had just that one start going into this major ICF first season stake.

“Of course like everybody else who has a horse in the race I wanted to race Tour Hall in either in elimination or a prep for this stake,” said Brink. “I wanted to give him a little more education, especially when you’re going for $50,000.

“So without an elimination or prep we’re going into this major stake kind of cold with this young horse. He’ll have just one start, and like some of the others in his stake, it came three weeks ago.

“Tour Hall is the second foal of that mare (Broadway And Fifth) that I bought. He is a nice horse and he’s been that way from day one. He hasn’t done much wrong,” continued the veteran Springfield based conditioner.

“I told Davey when he drove him in his first start to take an easy with him from out of the gate and from then on he was on his own. When Dave came back after the race he said ‘He’s not a very big horse but he is fast.’

“In his only start Tour Hall was far back (7th, almost 10 lengths behind) and he trotted a 58 last half to win. Davey told me he was just trying to steer him and never asked the horse for anything.  So like I said, I think he’s a good colt.

“I’ve had offers to sell him but I’ve opted not to at this time. We like him but with just one start we don’t know yet just what we have. I think he’s a player (in his division). I think his best trait is that he doesn’t know how fast he can go.”

Tour Hall will have an entry-mate, Just Leo, when he leaves from the 8-slot and also takes on Fox Valley Vero (8-1), Battleshoe Crown (8-1), Gottalovaredhead (20-1), Gray N Cloudy (the 3-1 programed favorite), Rory Borealis (10-1) and Polars Big Spender (20-1).

Buddy and Clay Simpson’s Battleshoe Crown and Polars Big Spender will test Balmoral’s big track for the first time.

Vienna will be making her seventh career start as the 2-1 favorite in the Fox Valley Flan. The Bob Phillips trainee was an easy winner of the July 7 Vaporize with Wilfong prior to being second to S V Spirit (not eligible to the Flan) in a Balmoral race a week ago

Vienna has seven challengers—Reina Bonita (8-1), High Balance (12-1), BS Casino Cowgirl (9-2), Bailey’s Wish (3-1), Fox Valley Lotus (10-1), Fox Valley Hosana (10-1) and Wacko (5-1)—and between them they have made only a total of 12 starts.

Unpredictable is probably the best way to describe Wednesday’s two $50,000 ICF trotting stakes.

$40,000 Pick 5 Pool: Balmpral’s 50 cent Pick 5 wager was not hit on Sunday night so a carryover of $10,288 will be added to Wednesday’s Pick 5. The guaranteed wagering pool will be $40,000:

County Fair Report


Saturday Evening July 27 Results

FIRST: Illini 2-Year-Old Filly Pace, Purse $3,424:

Horse (Driver)                                               Time (Track Fast)

Fox Valley Corinne (Ronnie Gillespie)                2:02.1

Trainer: Roshun Trigg. Owner: Timothy Williams.

SECOND: Illini 2-Year-Old Colt Pace, Purse $3,447:

Whawillhebe (Richard Fagan)                              2:06

Trainer: Trenton Watson. Owner: Brenda, Trenton and Baden Watson.

THIRD: Illini 3-Year-Old Trot, Purse $6,014:

Powerful Anthony (Dou Graham)                         2:04.1

Trainer: Doug Graham. Owner: Doug Graham.

FOURTH: Topline, Two-Year-Old Trot, Purse $2,500:

Morgan’s Majestic (Ronnie Gillespie)                  2:09.1

Trainer: Jeremy Jones. Owner: Gloria Gillis.

FIFTH: Topline, Three-Year-Old & Up Trot, Purse $2,500:

Skyline Happy (J D Finn)                                       2:01.2

Trainer: J D Finn. Owners: J D and Brent Finn.

SIXTH: Topline, Two-Year-Old Pace, Purse $2,500:

Liberal (Cornelius Cavett)                                      2:05.3

Trainer: Cornelius Cavett. Owners: Cedric Daniels and Christopher Spann.

SEVENTH: Illini 2-Year-Old Trot, Purse $6,204:

Phychicfinn (J D Finn)                                           2:12.1

Trainer: J D Finn. Owner: Mark Finn.

EIGHTH: Illini 3-Year-Old Pace, Purse $6,036:

Kittitas (Tom T. Tetrick)                                            2:02.3

Trainer: Tom D. Tetrick. Owners: Mary and Tom D. Tetrick.

NINTH: Topline, Three-Year-Old & Up Pace, Purse $2,500:

B C’s Bad Cat (Michael Johnson)                        2:02.2

Trainer: Michael Johnson. Owners: Gary Crumrin and Mike Davison.


Sunday Evening July 28 Results

FIRST: ECS Three-Year-Old Colt Trot, Purse $3,220:

Horse (Driver)                                               Time (Track Fast)

Master Of Excuses (Marcus Turner)                     2:02.2

Trainer: Ronald Knupp. Owner: Ronald Knupp.

SECOND: ECS Three-Year-Old Filly Trot, Purse $3,110:

High Stepper (J D Finn)                                         2:04.2

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

THIRD: ECS Three-Year-Old Colt Pace, Purse $3,050:

Tim’s Finale (Antonio Love)                                   1:59.4

Trainer: Timothy Barbre. Owners: Rick, Vernon, Gary and Edwin Barbre.

FOURTH: ECS Three-Year-Old Filly Pace, Purse $3,200:

Uneek Shuttle (Harold Finn Jr.)                            2:02.4

Trainer: Dakota Birch. Owners: Dakota Birch and Eric Lamay.

FIFTH: ICF Four-Year-Olds & Up Pace, 1st Div, Purse $3,500:

Mighty Oak Perfect (Marcus Turner)                    2:00

Trainer: Marcus Turner. Owner: Terry Wilson/

SIXTH: ICF Four-Year-Olds & Up Pace, 2nd Div, Purse $3,500:

Tinkers Dam (Mike Knicley)                                   2:01.4

Trainer: Mike Knicley. Owner: Randall Denham.

SEVENTH: Non-Winners $5,000 Lifetime Trot, Purse $800:

Anita’s Dream (Donald Bryant)                             2:08.4

Trainer: Donald Bryant. Owner: Donald Bryant.

EIGHTH: Non-Winners $15,000 Lifetime Pace, 1st Div, Purse $800:

Jazmin Mykal (Larry L. Ward)                                2:07.1

Trainer: Larry L. Ward. Owner: Larry L. Ward.

NINTH: Non-Winners $15,000 Lifetime Pace, 2nd Div, Purse $800:

Allstar Gal (J D Finn)                                               2:04.3

Trainer: Gary Gorrell. Owner: Gary Gorrell.

TENTH: Non-Winners $15,000 Lifetime Pace, 1st Div, Purse $800:

Dusty Dunes (H. Joe Haught)                               2:04.3

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


Monday Evening July 29 Results

FIRST: ICF Four-Year-Olds & Up Filly Pace, Purse $3,700:

Horse (Driver)                                               Time (Track Fast)

Mystical MJ (Tom Simmons)                                  2:00.3

Trainer: Tom Simmons. Owner: Clinard Properties.

SECOND: ICF Four-Year-Olds & Up Colt Pace, Purse $3,500:

Fox Valley Barbosa (Jared Finn)                          1:58.2

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

THIRD: Illinois Stallion Stakes Two-Year-Old Filly Trot, 1st Div, Purse $6,175:

Say No More (Dirk Simpson)                                 2:06.2

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

FOURTH: Illinois Stallion Stakes Two-Year-Old Filly Trot, 2nd Div, Purse $6,175:

Bands Pippa (Dirk Simpson)                                 2:06.4

Trainer: Dirk Simpson. Owners: Sam Daddono, Flacco Family Farms and Dirk Simpson Stable.

FIFTH: Illinois Stallion Stakes Two-Year-Old Colt Trot, Purse $11,750:

Big Bill Breeze (Nick Prather)                                2:04.1

Trainer: Nick Prather. Owners: Derek Jacobus and Nick Prather.

SIXTH: Illinois Stallion Stakes Two-Year-Old Filly Pace, 1st Div, Purse $6,175:

Kiss This Perch (J D Finn)                                     2:01.2

Trainer: J D Finn. Owner: Sharon Finn.

SEVENTH: Illinois Stallion Stakes Two-Year-Old Filly Pace, 2nd Div, Purse $6,175:

My Girl Pippa (Ronnie Gillespie)                          2:01.2

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

EIGHTH: Illinois Stallion Stakes Two-Year-Old Colt Pace, 1st Div, Purse $6,175:

Tower Power (Freddie Patton Jr.)                         2:05.2

Trainer: Freddie Patton. Owner: Marvin Kendrick.

NINTH: Illinois Stallion Stakes Two-Year-Old Colt Pace, 2nd Div, Purse $6,175:

Unlocked (Nick Prather)                                         2:02.1

Trainer: Nick Prather. Owner: Megan Rogers.

TENTH: Amateur Pace, Purse $620:

Goose On The Rocks (Jazmin Arnold)                2:02.2

Trainer: Jared Seekman. Owners: Tina and Joe Seekman.


Monday Evening July 29 Results

FIRST: Two and Three-Year-Old Open Trot, Purse $1,000:

Horse (Driver)                                               Time (Track Fast)

Powerful Goddess (Mike Cox) $3.40                    2:06

Trainer: Mike Cox. Owners: Jerry Graham and Mystical Marker Farms.

SECOND: Two and Three-Year-Old Open Trot, Purse $1,000:

Deacons Valley (Paul Cavett) $5.00                    2:05.3

Trainer: Paul Cavett. Owners: Ron Phillips and John Carver.

THIRD: Maiden Pace, Purse $1,000:

Kay’s Lucky Day (Paul Cavett) $3.00                   2:04.1

Trainer: Michele Morgan. Owners: Michele Morgan, Janet Betley and Raymond Morgan.

FOURTH: Non-Winners of Three Races, Pace, Purse $1,000:

Pita (Jerome Daniels) $9.00                                  2:05.1

Trainer: Dirk Simpson. Owner: Simpson Racing Stable.

FIFTH: MWIRA Three-Year-Old Filly Trot, Purse $3,173:

Fox Valley Yavonne (Vince Espinosa) $3.40     2:03.2

Trainer: Curt Grummel. Owner: Dr. Patrick Graham.

SIXTH: MWIRA Three-Year-Old Colt Trot, Purse $3,441:

Bandslam (Vince Espinosa) $11.40                     2:04

Trainer: Curt Grummel. Owner: Dr. Patrick Graham.

SEVENTH: MWIRA Two-Year-Old Colt Pace, Purse $3,397:

Back At Cha (Tom Walker) $5.00                          2:08.1

Trainer: Mark Walker. Owners: Karen and Larry Walker.

EIGHTH: MWIRA Two-Year-Old Filly Pace, Purse $3,374:

Fox Valley Twist (Jamaica Patton) $5.20             2:05.3

Trainer: Robert Walker. Owners: Hart Walker, Robyn Mullink, Homer Henke and Robert Walker.

By Mike Paradise

The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association

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