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Looking Back to Kentucky & Nickells (07/18/13)

Posted Thursday, July 18, 2013

                                                   By Mike Paradise

  Looking Back to Kentucky & Nickells                                 

  The year was 1971 when, shown in the photo below, driver-trainer Bruce Nickells was all smiles in the Maywood Park winner’s circle after guiding his star pacer Kentucky to a record-breaking mile of 1:58.4 in a second round division of the $120,000 Maywood Pacing Series.

  Joining Nickells in the winner’s that Friday night was (left) Arthur Galt Jr., president of Maywood Park and (right) executive vice-president Sid Anton.

  That same year Kentucky won an $20,800 elimination of the American National Maturity Pace at old Sportsman’s Park in 1:59.2 and then came back that same night to capture the $62,400 Final with Nickells in 2:00.3.

  Kentucky will always be remembered by veteran Chicago circuit racing fans as the horse who pushed Albatross to his world record 1:54.2 mile a year later on the old five-eighths mile track when he finished second behind the horse that paced “the fastest harness race of all-time” on July 2, 1972.

  Kentucky ended his racing career with $497,270 in purse earnings for his owners Quaker City Stable of Salem, Ohio.

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  County Fair Report


    Tuesday Afternoon July 16 Results

FIRST: Big 10 Three-Year-Old Filly Trot, Purse $3,173:

Horse (Driver)                                   Time (Track Fast)

Bands Dee Dee (Dirk Simpson)                2:07.4

Trainer: Dirk Simpson. Owners: Flacco Family Farms and Dirk Simpson Stable.

SECOND: Big 10 Three-Year-Old Colt Trot, Purse $3,441:

Kung Foo Fighter (Randy Crisler)                        2:07.3

Trainer: Roshun Trigg. Owner: Roshun Trigg.

THIRD: Big 10 Two-Year-Old Filly Pace, Purse $3,274:

Syd’s Lollipop (Freddie Patton Jr.)            2:09

Trainer: Freddie Patton Jr. Owner: Perry Tillman Jr.

FOURTH: Big 10 Two-Year-Old Colt Pace, 1st Div, Purse $1,948:

Sky Cam (Randy Crisler)                            2:08.4

Trainer: Randy Crisler. Owner: Randy Crisler.

FIFTH: Big 10 Two-Year-Old Colt Pace, 2nd Div, Purse $1,948:

Fox Valley Ace (Jay Garrels)                     2:06.4

Trainer: Jay Garrels.  Owners: William De Long, Wm. Patrick De Long and Jay Garrels.

SIXTH: Free For All Trot, Purse $800:

Logan’s Express (Dirk Simpson)              2:19.1

Trainer: Dirk Simpson. Owners: Thomas Pollard and Dirk Simpson Stables.

SEVENTH: Non-Winners $2,000, Filly & Mare Pace, Purse $800:

In A Heart Beat (Ronnie Gillespie)                       2:34.2

Trainer: Ronnie Gillespie. Owners: Donald Jennings and Gail and Robert Sanders.


    Wednesday Afternoon July 17 Results

FIRST: Big 10 Two-Year-Old Filly Trot, Purse $3,297:

Horse (Driver)                                   Time (Track Fast)

Macie Rae (Mike Rogers)                           2:16.2

Trainer: Mike Rogers. Owner: Donald Huddleson.

SECOND: Big 10 Two-Year-Old Colt Trot, Purse $3,207:

Mister Photo (Ronnie Gillespie)                2:13.4

Trainer: Roshun Trigg. Owner: Roshun Trigg.

THIRD: Big 10 Three-Year-Old Filly Pace, Purse $3,329:

Rockin Reba (Ronnie Gillespie)               2:02.2

Trainer: Jesse De Long. Owner: Jesse, John and Austin De Long.

FOURTH: Big 10 Three-Year-Old Colt Pace, Purse $3,307:

Checkout My Body (Jay Garrels)              2:00.2

Trainer: Jesse De Long. Owner: Jesse, John and Austin De Long.

FIFTH: Free For All Pace, Purse $800:

Marie’s Jate (Jay Garrels)                           2:00.3

Trainer: Jay Garrels. Owner: Debra Solie.


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