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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.

  To view Archived Notes and Quotes click here

  County Fair Report

DE WITT COUNTY FAIR at FARMER CITY

    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.

DE WITT COUNTY FAIR at FARMER CITY

    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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