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Jazzie Mermaid aims for Lady Lincoln Land Final

04:14 AM 02 Oct 2014 NZDT
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Jazzie Mermaid, harness racing
Jazzie Mermaid and driver Dave Magee
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With less and less people now days going to Illinois yearling sales, those who do attend and purchase a youngster, especially a trotter, sometimes spend very little money and still end up with a productive and money-making horse.

One of those bargain buys is the Nick Prather freshman trotting filly Jazzy Mermaid.

The daughter of Pizzazzed, out of the unraced Muscles Yankee mare Yankee Mermaid, was sold for only $2,100 to the Megan Rogers Racing Stable of Chicago at last September's Illini Classic Sale and she’s put nearly $50,000 on her card with a big shot to add a lot more in Wednesday’s $90,000 Lady Lincoln Land, the biggest plum of the season for ICF 2-year-old trotting fillies.

Jazzie Mermaid drew nicely in the sixth race feature with the two-slot after going wire-to-wire in a Lincoln Land Prep a week ago with Dave Magee and will open as the 3-1 second choice.

Springfield and Du Quoin champion Fox Valley Yoko drew well, too. The Curt Grummel trainee has the pole position after racing first up last week from the 8-slot and is programmed as 5-2 morning line favorite. Regular driver John De Long, who is recovering from burns on his face, arm and hand suffered in a farm accident, returns to the races to handle the filly.

The late-rushing Lady Lincoln Land runner-up Bi Polar Rose (8-1, Travis Seekman) is a good fit from 5-post and American National champ Persuasive Look (programmed 7-2, Casey Leonard) has shown she has the gate speed to gain a spot up-close, using it last week to get a pocket-trip and a third-place finish behind Jazzy Mermaid.

Jazzie Mermaid spent most of her first season on the County Fair Circuit before Prather turns over the lines to Magee for the State Fairs. The filly prompted won a $30,000 State Fair stake division at Springfield, took second in the $34,000 Shawnee at Du Quoin and Balmoral’s American National, and then last week dug-in won last week in 1:59.1.

The National Hall of Fame driver likes what he’s seen from smallish filly. 

“She’s really quick off the gate and she’s coming along really nicely. She raced well at Springfield and at Du Quoin and I think she’ll continue to get better and better. She’s a small filly who likes her job.

 "Nick does a good job annually with 2-year-olds and this filly is no exception. She’s been taught well at the fairs and then introduced to the top level in her division at Springfield and Du Quoin and she was ready for them.”

The Lincoln Land Final is rounded out with longshots Butterthantherst (15-1, Pat Curtin), Bigolwezeweddwess (15-1, Dean Magee), Fox Valley Elaine (15-1, Dale Hiteman), Bands Muse (20-1, Rick Magee), Fox Valley Harrah (10-1, Kyle Wilfong) and Powerfulebbrowing (20-1, Brian Carpenter).

Solid Opener: A second ICF trotting stake will open Wednesday’s nine-race card. It’s the $10,000 Betzotic for 3-year-old trotting fillies and it’s headed up by the major champions in the division—Bailey’s Wish, Macie Rae and Say No Mo.

Bailey’s Wish (programmed 8-5, Dave Magee) comes off her victory in last month’s $100,000 Lady Lincoln land Final for trainer Dirk Simpson. Earlier she captured the $52,000 State Fair showdown at Springfield.

The 6-5 listed favorite Macie Rae (Mike Rogers) went off stride in mid-stretch with the lead in the Lady Ann Reed Final after earlier winning the Windy Skeet at Du Quoin. Trainer Mike Rogers changed bikes for the Lady Ann Reed Consolation and the filly stayed flat and drew off.

Say No Mo (5-1, John De Long), another Simpson trainee, captured the $42,000 Fox Valley Evita earlier in the summer and was beaten by only 3/4’s of a length in the Lady Ann Reed Championship.

Fox Valley Skylar (10-1, Dale Hiteman), Bands Alexis (10-1, Todd Warren) and Fox Valley Lotus (5-1, Kyle Wilfong), who is coupled with Say No Mo, complete Wednesday’s Betzotic.

by Mike Paradise, for IHHA

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