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Simpson's Star ICF Trotters Ready (04/21/13)
Posted Sunday April 21, 2013
By Mike Paradise
All systems are “Go” for the Dirk Simpson trained ICF freshmen trotting champions Powerful Poe and Trot Fudge Sundae to make their 3-year-old debuts at Balmoral Park.
Before the rains came the Simpson tandem finish one-two in a Wednesday morning qualifier with Powerful Poe overtaking Trot Fudge Sundae by a head at the end of a 1:58.4 mile with a quick :27.4 last panel for regular driver Todd Warren.
“I wanted to Trot Fudge Sundae one qualifier and then get her raced maybe next week,” said Simpson. “I’m shooting to get her a start in the (Sunday) April 29 (Koochie) stake at Balmoral. There’s a stake race on May 2 (The Iggy Magoo) for ‘Poe.’”
Powerful Poe finished his freshman campaign with five consecutive victories that included the Lincoln Land, Hanover and Cardinal championships. Earlier he took both the Springfield and Du Quoin finals and ended his first season with over $155,000 in earnings for Indiana owners Mystical Farms and Jack and Peggy Hood.
Trot Fudge Sundae also dominated her ICF filly division, rattling off eight consecutive victories that included the American National, Fox Valley Flan and also both State Fair crowns before dropping a decision in the Lady Lincoln Land Final.
However she came back to annex both the Hanover and Violet championships and put $183,210 on her freshman card for Illinois owners Jim Bafia, Gene White and Sam Daddono.
I asked Dirk how his two prize trotters did in between their 2 and 3-year-old seasons.
“They both grew over the winter the way I expected them to,” replied the recent Illinois Hall of Fame inductee. “Poe got a little bigger and is the stronger of thy two. He probably trained down a little more consistently than the filly who was on the bit a little.
“I’ve tried to change Trot Fudge Sunday’s racing style and have been training her behind horses. She likes to be on the front end but hopefully we can start out racing her off the pace a little bit. That’s my goal with her.”
In that same Wednesday qualifier finishing third behind Powerful Poe and Trot Fudge Sundae was Pretty Crazy, another Simpson sophomore trainee, who also is getting ready for her second season debut.
Pretty Crazy spent her freshman campaign on the east coast racing for Dirk’s son Brandon. The filly went 6-for-12 in mostly New York sire stakes and won a $57,968 final at Yonkers last August. She made almost $80,000 for owners Mystical Farms, Jack Hood and the Simpson’s (Dirk and Brandon).
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