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Pretenders or Contenders? (07/20/13)

Posted Saturday July 20, 2013

                                                     By Mike Paradise

  It’s still very early-on for 2-year-olds but the first major ICF stakes for freshman are only a week away so tonight’s eliminations for both the Mini Me for colts and the Loyal Opposition for fillies will begin to separate the “pretenders and contenders.”

  A fifth place finish in their respective elimination division will earn a 2-year-old a start in one of the Southland Festival of Racing championships next weekend. The Mini Me final for “the boys” will go for an estimated $65,500 while the Loyal Opposition showdown for the gals is estimated at $2,000 less.

  While the Erv Miller Stable now days is headquartered in New Jersey, he has divisions of his stable in Pennsylvania, Canada and here in his home state of Illinois.

  Once again this year Erv has some ICF freshmen that look like major contenders. In fact, all three of Miller’s 2-year-olds starters are the favorite in their respective divisions—My Little Bit (3-1) in the first Loyal Opposition division, PQ Three (2-1) in the initial Mini Me elim and Badger Quinn (5-2) in the second.

  My Little Bit will be catch-driven by Bobby Smolin tonight with Lewayne Miller at Hoosier for that track’s lucrative “Champions Night” program. The Sportsmaster filly comes off a 1:56.1 win a week for Obermeier & Quaid Stable who bought My Little Bit for $11,000 at the 2012 Walker Sale when her name was Fox Valley Parade.

  The same Evergreen Park, Illinois owners also have PQ Three, a first up victor in 1:54.1 with Mike Oosting last Saturday. She also sold for $11,000 when she was originally called Fox Valley Sultry.

  While PQ Three has limited experience with three career starts, all with Oosting, Mike thinks the son of Yankee Skyscraper is a contender in the ICF freshman division.

  “PQ Three is loaded with talent,” said Oosting. “He’s got real quick speed.

  “The first time I drove the horse he wasn’t quite lined-up. Then they made a couple of adjustments and he was better. This last time they were able to take some of the equipment away and the horse raced real well. We came first up and he still finished strong.”

  PQ Three leaves from post two in the seventh race with Bloodbath McGrath (2-1) on his inside. Posts 3 through 9 belong to Fox Valley Cupid (15-1), R Duneshine (4-1), The Fiscal Cliff (3-1), Traffic Cop (6-1), Justlearnin (12-1), Fox Valley Deuce (8-1) and Dave’s Skyscraper (20-1).

  Todd Warren gets the catch-drive in the second Mini Me elimination with the Miller Stable’s Badger Quinn, a fast closing second a week ago with Lewayne Miller, coming home in a quick :26.1 last quarter in his debut.

  Paymaq Racing (Mike Anderson) of Long Grove, IL paid $26,000 for Badger Quinn when he sold as Fox Valley Heath. The horse is at son of Yankee Skyscraper out of the successful broodmare Hot Shot Michelle, a daughter of Artsplace. Her best was Atochia who is still racing at the age of eight with a mark of 1:49 and over $1.7 million in earnings.

  Badger Quinn landed the outside 8-slot in his division when he takes on Cotton Eyed Joe (5-1), Tornado Henry (10-1), Duneside Art (7-2), Beach Boy Broady (5-1), Blue River (15-1), Wimpy Doodle (6-1) and Fox Valley Van (8-1).

 The line-up for the third race first Loyal Opposition elim with program odds is Anything I Want (12-1), Fox Valley Taylor (10-1), Rds Master Revrac (12-1), Western Dame(6-1), My Little Bit (3-1), Linda On My Mind (4-1), Sister’s Keeper (6-1), Fox Valley Rockn (8-1), Déjà vu Guru (8-1) and The Sleazyprincess (5-1).

  Molly Go Lightly (3-1) and April May Dune (4-1) are the early second L.O. elimination favorites. They’ll meet Perfectly Clear (6-1), Mae Flynn (8-1), Ms Solongbyebye (8-1), Fox Valley Amanda (12-1), Green Valey (9-2), Life On The Row (6-1) and Amazing Summer (10-1).

  1,000 for Casey: Congratulations to Casey Leonard are reaching 1,000 career winning drives. There's a nice story on today's USTA newsroom on his accomplishment.

  Twice Is Nice: Mike’s Price Shots hit Friday night on both Don’t Tell Wayne in the first race at $9.80 and Della Bea in the fourth at $17.00.

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  County Fair Report


    Friday Afternoon July 19 Results

FIRST: MWIRA Two-Year-Old Filly Trot, 1st Div, Purse $2,048:

Horse (Driver)                                               Time (Track Fast)

T C’s Connection  (Nick Prather)                          2:14

Trainer: Nick Prather. Owner: D. Bartlow.

SECOND: MWIRA Two-Year-Old Filly Trot, 2nd Div, Purse $2.048:

Say No More (Ronnie Gillespie)                           2:05

Trainer: Ronnie Gillespie. Owner: Roshun Trigg.

THIRD: MWIRA Two-Year-Old Colt Trot, Purse $3,307:

Come And Tell Pap (Isaac Love)                          2:07.2

Trainer: Antonio Love. Owner: James Collier.

FOURTH: MWIRA Three-Year-Old Filly Pace, Purse $3,429:

Another Burbon (Tom Simmons)                          2:04

Trainer: Dennis Brooks. Owner: Dennis Brooks.

FIFTH: MWIRA Three-Year-Old Colt Pace, Purse $3,507:

Majestic Edition (Jamaica Patton)                         2:01.2

Trainer: Roshun Trigg. Owner: Mickey Bates.

SIXTH: ICF 4-Year-Olds & Up Pace, Purse $3,500:

TJ’s April Angel (Kerry Perymond)                       2:03

Trainer: Roshun Trigg. Owner: Roshun Trigg.

SEVENTH: ICF 4-Year-Olds & Up Pace, Purse $2,000:

Sporty Gypsy (Tom Simmons)                               2:01.2

Trainer: Tom Simmons. Owners: Clinard Properties, Benita Simmons and David Clinard.

EIGHTH: ICF 4-Year-Olds & Up Pace, Purse $2,000:

N J’s Big deal (Mike Cox)                                       1:54

Trainer: John Fletcher. Owner: Stevanna Turner.


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