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Its a Topsy-Turvy Sophomore Filly Division (07/02/13)

Posted Tuesday July 2, 2013                                                

                                                   By Mike Paradise

  What a difference a year makes when it comes to the ICF trotting filly division.

  Last season Trot Fudge Sundae dominated the freshman division when she won 10 of 13 starts and became the first Illinois bred ever to win the American National 2-Year-Old-Filly Trot.

  This year the playing field is so level it’s anybody’s guess who will win any given 3-year-old Illinois bred distaff stake trot.

  Trot Fudge Sundae with her regular driver Dave Magee did notch the Koochie in late April and the June 9 Fox Valley Diva  for the Dirk Simpson Stable however  it was Just For Fun, only 1-for-14 as a freshman for trainer Robert Taylor, who took the $50,000 Violet with Casey Leonard near the end of last month and was disqualified out of another win in the recent Betzotic.

  Meanwhile Sara The Spy, winless in eight ties as a 2-year-old, captured the Trotting Tilly in early April for trainer Dane May and then was bought by driver Todd Warren a few weeks later and drew off in a May 5 Betzotic stake for her new barn.

  Then there’s Little Ms Chrissy, who made over $129,000 in her first season with a good portion of that amount coming in the Lady Lincoln Land championship. This Robert Taylor miss dropped her first four decisions as a 3-year-old before rushing past in time to take the June 23 Betzotic.

  These four talented Illinois bred fillies will square off once more in Wednesday’s $12,000 Sorce Ann stake at Balmoral Park. Just for Fun and Little Ms Chrissy will be coupled again with common ownership and will be the 2-1 second flash favorites from posts 2 and 3, respectively.

  Sara The Spy opens as the 9-5 programmed choice from the pole position. Trot Fudge Sundae (Dave Magee) is listed at 4-1 from the four-slot.

   The fast improving Divination (Mike Oosting) is at 5-1 for trainer Nick Prather with American Empress (Matt Krueger) and Powerful Goddess (Mike Cox) at 10-1 and 12-1, in that order.

  Divination (p.p. 6) had only 1 win in 15 starts as a freshman and it came on the Lincoln fair track in 2:04. Nevertheless she was a front-end winner with Prather in this year’s Downstate Classic at Decatur before he turned over her lines to Mike Oosting who promptly won with her in 1:57.2 in an open company non-winners of 2 or 3 races event.

  The Southwind Breeze filly then came up with a big effort when she raced first up in the June 23 Betzotic, took the lead in mid-stretch and then gave way late, beaten one length by Little Ms Chrissy.

  Like Brother, Like Sister? If the breeding in Wednesday’s opener on the first-time starter Déjà Vu Guru, a  daughter of Richess Hanover out of the Guru dam Guru’s Girl, looks familiar that’s because she’s the 2-year-old full sister of Jim and Marilyn Gorman’s venerable ICF pacer Well To Do Guru (1:49.3, $726,358.

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