Day At The Track

Looking back to Springfield

08:28 PM 08 Aug 2014 NZST
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My Boy David
My Boy David - A scorching 1:47.4 clocking, tying the world record
My Boy David

Through the years fast miles have been the norm on the mile clay oval at Springfield. The fastest in a pari-mutuel race was eight years ago when My Boy David sped to a 1:47.4 clocking with Andy Miller in 2006.

While many may remember My Boy David’s fastest mile in Springfield history that came in his Illinois State Fair Stake elimination race, most fans may not know that the 3-year-old Homer Hochstetler trainee didn’t go on to win that $50,000 Final four days later.

Fox Valley Tribal, driven by Tim Tetrick for trainer Bob Sanders, took the championships in 1:49 flat, a half-length ahead of Thisbigdogwilfight. My Boy David settled for third (1:49.2), beaten two lengths.

My Boy David would bounce back to take the Dudley Hanover title at Du Quoin and the Pete Langley Memorial Championship on Super Night and would go on to compete into 2012 at the age of nine, amassing over $1.3 million for owner Shirley Le Vin of Barrington Hills.

My Boy David winning at Balmoral

The great Mack Lobell holds the Springfield record for a trotter when he motored to a 1:52.1 clocking with John Campbell in the 1987 George Alexander Memorial as a 3-year-old.

The fastest mile ever paced on the Springfield big track came in a time trail in 1993 when Cambest (Bill O’Donnell) stopped the timer in a sizzling 1:46.1.

The oldest Springfield track record goes back to the year 2000 when the Erv Miller Stable’s Incredible Tillie (Andy Miller) took the 3-year-old filly pace in 1:49.2 some 14 years ago.

The newest track record belongs to PQ Three, another Erv Miller trainee. 

Last year Mike Oosting drove PQ Three to a 1:50 flat victory in the 2-year-old colt pace championship, bettering the old mark by 2/5’s of a second shared by Hot N Sporty (2005) and Lucky’s Z Tam (2006).

To view Archived Notes and Quotes click here

    County Fair Report


  Tuesday Afternoon-1 pm

FIRST: $1,125 2 and 3-Year-Old Pace:

Horse (Driver)                                     Time (Track Fast)

Perfectly Clear (Kyle Wilfong)                       2:00.2 

Trainer: Bob Rittof. Owners: Angela Coleman and Bob Rittof.

SECOND: $1,125 2 and 3-Year-Old Pace:

Togetherforver (Michael Johnson)                  2:02.4

Trainer: Michael Johnson. Owner: Rhonda Manship.

THIRD: $1,300 Open 3-Year-Old Trot:

Morgans Majestic (Ladarrius Whitaker)         2:0.2

Trainer: Ladarrius Whitaker. Owner: Gloria Gillis.

FOURTH: $1,300 Non-Winners of $7,500 LT Pace:

Ava Destruction (Darla Martin)                      2:00.3

Trainer: Joan Brown. Owners: David and Joan Brown.

FIFTH: $1,900 ICF Maidens Trot:

At Risk (Darla Martin)                                    2:06.4

Trainer: Darla Martin Owner: Darla Martin.


  Tuesday Afternoon-Noon

FIRST: $3,575 NICA 2-Year-Old Filly Pace:

Horse (Driver)                                     Time (Track Slow)

Rockin Cassinova (Jay Garrels)                      2:15.1

Trainer: Jay Garrels/ Owners: William and Wm. Pat De Long.

SECOND: $3,496 NICA 2-Year-Old Colt Pace:

Miss Mascoutin (Robert Yohn)                      2:25.1

Trainer: Robert Yohn. Owners: Philips Krogman and Robert Yohn.

THIRD: $6,039 NICA 2-Year-Old Trot:

New Achiever (Orval Bronkhorse)                 2:21.3

Trainer: Orval Bronkhorse. Owner: Orval Bronkhorst.

FOURTH: $3,300 ICF 4-Year-Olds and Up Trot:

Fall Creek Bandit (John Roberts)                   2:13

Trainer: Don Brown. Owners: Don and Vicky Brown.

FIFTH: 1,000 Non-Winners of $1,500 Trot:

Foxiesbandofgold (Robert Yohn)                  2:14.4

Trainer: Robert Yohn. Owner: Richard Thompson.

SIXTH: PACE, 2 and 3-Year-Old Pace:

Elusive Return (Gary Rath)                            2:11.1

Trainer: Gary Rath. Owners: Gary and Kathryn Rath.


    Tuesday Afternoon: 1 pm

FIRST: $5,852 ECS 3-Year-Old Pace:

Horse (Driver)                                     Time (Track Fast)

Cypress Hill Rose (Clay Simpson)                  1:59.2

Trainer: Donald James. Owner: Donald James.

SECOND: $5,752 ECS 3-Year-Old Trot:

Battleshoe King (Clay Simpson)                    2:04.3

Trainer: Clay Simpson. Owners: Buddy and Clay Simpson.

THIRD: $800 Non-Winners of $3,500 LT Trot:

Hoosier Jared (Cleon Woods)                         2:03.4

Trainer: Cleon Woods. Owner: Cleon Woods.

FOURTH: $800 Free For All Pace:

Smoke Rings (Larry Ward)                             2:00.3

Trainer: Larry Ward. Owner: Larry Ward.

FIFTH: $6,700 ICF 4-Year-Old and Up Trot:

Hong Kong Kwyne (Dennis Gardner)           2:04.4

Trainer: Dennis Gardner. Owner: George Knackmuhs.

By Mike Paradise

The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association

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