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ICF Freshman in Sunday Spotlight (06/16/13)
Posted Sunday June 16, 2013
By Mike Paradise
The $15,000 Wicked Brew for ICF colt pacers, one of the two scheduled freshman stakes is a “go” for Sunday night however the Million Dollar Bye, for state-bred trotting colts was KO’d because of insufficient entries.
Unless the Million Dollar Bye is re-scheduled, the first stake of the season for ICF 2-year-old male trotters won’t be until the July 10 Psychic Spirit, 3 and 1 /2 weeks away.
While it’s very early in the season for two-year-olds, the sixth race Wicked Brew does have an early nice match-up with the winners of the first pair of ICF stakes for pacers squaring off for the first time.
Wimpy Doodle (Art Gregory, Jr.), a romping winner in 1:58.4 when he debuted in the June 2 Jimmy Sunshine will meet for the first time Unlocked, who drew off to a 1:56.2 win in his June 9 bow in the Bingo Johnnie.
Bruce Pacatti trained Wimpy Doodle (p.p. 2) and also shares ownership with the son of Sportsmaster with O’Toole Racing of Batavia, IL. Unlocked (p.p. 3), a son of Duneside Perch, is trainee by Curtis Rice for owner Bart Seales of Mason, IL.
The sixth race feature also lured Fancy Creek Mitch, Fox Valley Nico, Cotton Eyed Joe, Totally Random, Diddy Dune, Bloodbath McGrath and Dave’s Skyscraper.
The first time starter Cotton Eyed Joe (Bobby Smolin), owned by his trainer Bob Phillips, is a full brother to his stable-mater Big Zipper, the 3-year-ld with 9 wins in his first 20 starts and over $46,000 in purse earnings.
Silky Smooth: Fort Silky continued this year’s dominance of the older Illinois bred pacing division with another victory in last night’s $30,000 Broadway Preview stake. It was the 7-year-old’s ninth victory in 18 season starts with driver Casey Leonard,
The Leonard Stable also had the second-place finisher in the ninth race headliner when Whirlwindiplomacy motored home in :26.4 with Mike Oosting to be a half-length short at the end of a 1:52.2 mile.
As expected Fort Silky used his excellent gate speed to grab the lead and went unchallenged through a modest :56.1 first half.
Fort Silky put away a first over bid from Richess Emperor and then had to hold off his stable-mate Whirilwindiplomacy who was seventh at the top of lane before Oosting weaved the 4-year-old gelding through traffic and was gaining on the winner.
Fort Silky had now earned $120,151 on the season for Paw Paw, Illinois owners John Prentice and Neva Jane Ikeler.
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Wimpy Doodle (Art Gregory, Jr.), winner of the June 2 Jimmy Sunshine stake, takes on eight other iCF freshman pacers in today's $15,000 Wicked Brew.