Day At The Track

First look at the Illinois 2-Year-Olds Sunday

07:51 PM 02 Jun 2013 NZST
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Summer may not be officially be here until June 21 but for many Illinois horsemen the summer-time season arrives three weeks earlier with tonight's $6,000 Jimmy Sunshine, the first stake race of the season for 2-year-olds.

Seven ICF freshman pacing colts and geldings will race for the first time in an early (6:45 pm) non-wagering race since it'll be the career debuts for the entire field.

They all have had one qualifying race except No. 1 Legendonthegreens (Pat Curtin), who has had a pair of qualifiers. He's a son of Big Green Machine and the fourth foal of the broodmare Society's Delight. Her fastest was her first, Legends Never Rest (1:51.4).

Totally Random (Randy Crisler), is the 12th foal of Only Too Late, two have gone in 1:55.

Fancy Creek Mitch (Dean Magee) is the 11th foal of Mytross Hanover. This son of Yankee Skyscraper sold for $2,100 at the 2011 Walker Standardbred Sale.

Diddy Dune (Todd Warren) is the sixth foal of the broodmare Four Starzzz Gal. Her best was her first, Four Starzzz LC (1:51.4). This Dunside Perch colt went for $5,400 at the Illini Classic Sale. The freshman's 2:00.1 qualifier at Springfield on May 23 is the fastest in the Jimmy Sunshine field.

Truly Wild (John Roberts) is a Freedom Hill Farms homebred. He's the second foal of Trulyrose. Her first was Truly Magical (1:56.2).

Fox Valley Nico (Jimmy Daniel) is the fifth foal of Fox Valley Nuance, who also produced Fox Valley Nipper (1:56.4).

Wimpy Doodle (Art Gregory Jr.) is the first foal of the Allamerican Native mare Wimpie Hanover. This son of Sportsmaster sold for $4,200 at the Illinois Classic Sale.

Cardinal Dominance: Despite saddled with the 10-hole Fancy Creek Elusiv ($5.40) proved to be much the best in Saturday night's $57,300 Cardinal Final for ICF 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings.

The Nick Giberson trainee ended up almost four lengths the best at the end of a 1:51.3 mile contested on a "good" track with National Hall of Fame driver Dave Magee back at his lines.

Crankin' It Up came on well to be second while Monopoly Man held on for the third place money in the field of 10 pacers.

Mike Oosting bagged five more winners on the Saturday card. Magee had a driving triple.

By Mike Paradise

The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association

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