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New Year Brings Up Old Series (01/01/13)
Posted Tuesday January 1, 2013
By Mike Paradise
It’s a new year of racing so it’s time for the Balmoral Park Racing Office to regurgitate its annual winter Incredible Finale Series. Wednesday night is the first round for ICF filly pacers and on Saturday the colts and geldings get their chance.
The series is for state-bred pacers without two wins or $4,000 in lifetime earnings as of December 17, 2012.
With 13 fillies passing the entry box for Wednesday’s first leg two divisions were carded on the 10-race program and they’ll go as races 2 and 4. A second round will be contesetd next Wednesday with the highest placed finishers advancing to a $10,000 Final on Wednesday, January 16.
RT Skyscraper and Feel Like Dancing have been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorites in their respective divisions.
This will be RT Skyscraper’s first start out of the stable of Curt Grummel. Trace Tetrick will guide the now 4-year-old mare for the first time away from the outside six-slot.
Hosea Williams’ Cee Cee’s Delight, an easy winner bowing for the Chicago native on Dec. 27 at Maywood, is the 3-1 second choice. The second race division also lured Rich Item (8-1), Flirtin With Danger (5-1), Msrichstyle (4-1) and Chariots Afire (9-2).
Feel Like Dancing (Kyle Wilfong) finished strong once she shook loose in his Dec. 19 career debut for breeder and trainer Brett Wilfong, who shares ownership, along with his wife Candice, with Roy Drevs of Addison.
Feel Like Dancing landed the outside 7-slot in the fourth race second split with Dallas Jones (9-2), Desiree Bellabella (8-1), Fox Valley Bonita (10-1), O M G (5-1) and Wild Berry Muffler (6-1) the 1 though 5-slot starters.
Feel Like Dancing is a half-sister to Forcryingoutloud, who starts in race 10 Wednesday for trainer George Clegg. Both are out the Wilfong’s dam Fox Valley Funny but have different sires.
Wednesday’s headliner is a $12,500 conditioned high-level trot. The primary condition is for horses that are non-winners of $12,500 in their last five starts.
National Hall of Fame driver Dave Magee chose to stay with the Homer Hochstetler Stable’s Evil Urges, the 5-2 program choice in the six race feature. Magee was also listed on Heeza Nordic (9-2, Todd Warren) who won his first two Balmroal starts with the Green Bay native.
The competitive trot also landed Hot Rod Riley Mae (10-1), C-O-To Bluegrass (10-1), Ants Iner Pants (7-2) and Fox Valley Arrow.
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(Mike Paradise writes an additional weekly column—Trot Topics—in Saturday's The Daily Journal. The Kankakee, IL based newspaper has expanded its coverage of racing at Balmoral Park and welcomes comments and questions on Illinois harness racing.