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Hiteman Is Back (03/27/13)

Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2013                                                

                                                By Mike Paradise

  With so many of our drivers having left or will be leaving it was nice to track down one who is arriving.

  Veteran Dale Hiteman rejoins our local driver colony Wednesday night and will be driving a number of Joel Smith trained horses including Fox Valley Arrow in the fifth race “Winner’s Over” trot feature.

  The now 56-year-old arrives with 8,145 career dash winners and money won of over $63 million. Dale’s drive in the first race behind Smith’s Fox Valley Legend will be Hiteman’s first since late November when he left Illinois for the winter.

  The Ohio native will be reunited with Fox Valley Arrow who pulled off an upset at 24-1 odds last week by overtaking the heavy favorite Celebrity Hercules in the lane with Casey Leonard who is off his drives on Wednesday along with Ross Leonard and Bobby Smolin.

  “I’m looking forward to competing again,” said Hiteman who talked to me from a ski resort in Colorado where his wife and kids recently purchased a bar and grill.

 “I know Fox Valley Arrow well,” said Dale. “I drove him in his 2-year-old season and also drove him early on as a 3-year-old but that year (2011) I was going back and forth to Indiana and lost the drive on him.”

  Casey took over and won both the Du Quoin Championship and the Su Mac Lad with the ICF trotter.

 Fox Valley Arrow (5-1) has the seven-slot, just as he did last week, and the 5-2 first flash favorite Celebrity Hercules the outside eight with John De Long.

  They’ll be challenged by Herbie L (programmed 8-1, Tim Curtin), Mad Cow Lisa (8-1, John Roberts), My Muscleman (6-1, Todd Warren), Squonk (12-1, Josh Sutton), Mischievous Jesse (4-1 Mike Oosting) and Melt In Your Mouth (6-1, Sam Widger).

  Hiteman had 13 consecutive seasons (1994 through 2006) were horses he drove earned over $2 million and he had over 210 dash winners. Dale’s best year came in 2001 when he posted 423 first place finishes and money won of over $4.5 million.

  Brief Time Out: Casey Leonard will be back to compete on Maywood’s Thursday program. The circuit’s leading driver with 89 dash winners is currently in the middle of a three-day hiatus with his wife and son in Arizona.

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