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No Elims for Plesac or Flan (07/23/13)

Posted Tuesday July 23, 2013                                                

                                                   By Mike Paradise

  With 10 ICF freshman fillies and 9 state bred 2-year-old trotting colts passing the entry box elimination races were not needed on Wednesday’s Balmoral Park card for either the Plesac or Fox Valley Flan.

  The finalists for the $50,000 (est.) Plesac Trot, listed in alphabetical order are Battle Crown, Big Bad Brad, Bobby B Breeze, Fox Valley Veto,  Gottaluvaredhead, Gray N Cloudy, Just Leo, Polars Big Spender, Rory Borealis and Tour Hall.

  The contestants for the Fox Valley Flan Championship, also estimated at $50,000, are Bailey’s Wish, NS Casino Cowgirl, Fox Valley Hosana, Fox Valley Lotus, High Balance, Riena Bonita, Rushville Lady, Vienna and Wacko, a starter in Wednesday’s first race.

  The draw for posts for the freshman finals is Friday night.

  With Celebrity Hercules currently racing at Hoosier Park, Richard Key’s Big Chocolate has taken over the role of the favorite in the circuit’s “Winner’s Over” event, the feature race on Wednesday card.

   Dave Magee is back to guide the 4-year-old son of Chocolatier away from the three-post in the fifth race headliner when Big Chocolate opens as the 3-1 programmed favorite.

   Big Chocolate beat a similar field on June 23 at Balmoral when Magee took over the lines from trainer Homer Hochstetler but was beaten by over a half-dozen lengths when the 4-year-old trotter was second best to Celebrity Hercules in the same event two weeks ago.

  John Bernard’s B Fly Mc Queen (Bobby Smolin) is listed as the 4-1 second choice, followed by Hochstetler Stable’s Evil Urges (5-1) who will race uncoupled with Big Chocolate because of different ownership.

  They’ll be confronted in the fifth race by Big Sky Revenue (10-1), Clever Upstart (8-1), Fox Valley Arrow (8-1), Outlaw (12-1) and Easter Teka (6-1), winner of 4 of his last 5 races in Michigan including a pair of Hazel Park Invites. Kyle Wilfong gets the catch-drive behind the Wolverine invader.

  Brief Vacation: The circuit’s leading driver Mike Oosting will be back from his short vacation in time for Saturday’s Southland Festival of Racing and it’s bevy of 2 and 3-year-old ICF stake championships.

  Oosting usually takes a break from the horses every year around this time. Mike left town with 290 dash winners this far this season, putting him in the Top Ten nationally.

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   Casey Leonard was joined by family, friends and Illinois horsemen after he posted his 1,000 career victory last Friday night at Maywood Park.

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  County Fair Report


    Monday Evening July 22 Results

FIRST: ECS Three-Year-Old Pace, Purse $6,204:

Horse (Driver)                                                Time (Track Fast)

Tim’s Finale (Antonio Love)                                     2:02.2

Trainer: Timothy Barbre. Owners: Rick, Vernon, Gary and Edwin Barbre.

SECOND: ECS Three-Year-Old Filly Trot, Purse $3,302:

High Stepper (J D Finn)                                           2:04.3

Trainer: J D Finn. Owners: Mary Jeffers and Adele Everett.

THIRD: ECS Three-Year-Old Colt Trot, Purse $3,102:

Balance d Game (J D Finn)                         2:05

Trainer: J D Finn. Owners: Mary Jeffers and Adele Everett.

FOURTH: Free For All Pace, 1st Div, Purse $1,000:

Hoosier Chatter (Cassidy Melloy)                           2:00

Trainer: Cassidy Mellow. Owner: Cassidy Melody.

FIFTH: Free For All Pace, 2nd Div, Purse $1,000:

Bar B’s Apache Cam (H. Joe Haught)                   2:03.1

Trainer: H. Joe Haught. Owner: Thomas Throgmorton.

SIXTH: Free For All Pace, 3rd Div, Purse $1,000:

Yankee Euro (Antonio Love)                                    2:02.4

Trainer: Antonio Love. Owner: Byrean Fountain.

SEVENTH: Free For All Trot, 1st Div, Purse $1,000:

LW Jaynie Flyer (Cassidy Melloy)                           2:04

Trainer: Cassidy Melloy. Owner: Cassidy Melloy.

EIGHTH: Free For All Trot, 2nd Div, Purse $1,000:

Elmar (E. Leroy Moore)                                            2:05

Trainer: E. Leroy Moore. Owner: E. Leroy Moore.   


    Tuesday Evening July 23 Results

FIRST: ECS Two-Year-Old Filly Pace, Purse $3,202:

Horse (Driver)                                               Time (Track Fast)

Syd’s Lolloipop (Freddie Patton Jr.)                     2:08.4

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

SECOND: ECS Two-Year-Old Colt Pace, Purse $3,252:

Whatwillhebe (Dave Fagan)                                  2:07.4

Trainer: Trenton Watson. Owners: Brenda, Trenton and Braden Watson.

THIRD: ECS Two-Year-Old Filly Trot, 1st Div, Purse $1,901:

Bessiebearcat (Eric Collier)                                   2:13

Trainer: Delbert Burkett. Owners: Eric Collier and Delbert Burkett.

FOURTH: ECS Two-Year-Old Filly Trot, 2nd Div, Purse $1,901:

Bands Giant Star (Freddie Patton Jr.)                  2:10

Trainer: Freddie Patton Jr. Owner Flacco Family Farms.

FIFTH: ECS Two-Year-Old Colt Trot, 1st Div, Purse $1,901:

Finnister (J D Finn)                                                 2:09

Trainer: J D Finn. Owner: J D Finn.

SIXTH: ECS Two-Year-Old Colt Trot, 2nd Div, Purse $1,901:

Swiss Mocha (Richard Fagan)                              2:17

Trainer: Trenton Watson. Owners: Brenda, Trenton and Braden Watson.

SEVENTH: Non-Winners of $1,500 Lifetime Pace, Purse $1,000:

Dusty Dunes (H. Joe Haught)                               2:04.2

Trainer: H. Joe Haught. Owner: H. Joe Haught.

EIGHTH: Non-Winners of $1,500 Lifetime Pace, Purse $1,000:

Cheyenn Shark (Clay Simpson)                           2:04

Trainer: Buddy Simpson. Owner: Thomas Cave.

NINTH: IHHA Four-Year-Olds & Up Trot, Purse $2,300:

Hong Kong Kwyne (Dennis Garner)                    2:06

Trainer: Dennis Garner. Owner: George Knackmuhs.



    Tuesday Afternoon July 23 Results

FIRST: Big Ten Two-Year-Old Pace, Purse $6,472:

Horse (Driver)                                               Time (Track Slowt)

Fox Valley Roxanne (Mike Rogers)                     2:10.1

Trainer: Owner: Stevanna Turner.

SECOND: Big Ten Two-Year-Old Trot, Purse $6,204:

Macie Rae (Mike Rogers)                                       2:10.4

Trainer: Mike Rogers. Owner: Donald Huddleston.

THIRD: Non-Winners $5,000 Lifetime Pace, Purse $1,000:

Towne’sbrightlight (Mathew Avenatti                   2:05.2

Trainer: David Avenatti. Owner: David Avenatti.

FOURTH: Non-Winners $5,000 Lifetime Trot, Purse $1,000:

Cash The Check (Clark Fairley)                           2:07.1

Trainer: Jerald Vivani. Owners:  Sue Phillips and Jerald and Donna Viviani.

FIFTH: IHHA Four-Years-Old & Up, Pace, Purse $2,250:

N J’s Big Deal (Mike Rogers)                                 1:58

Trainer: John Fletcher. Owners: Stevanna Turner and John Fletcher.



    Tuesday Afternoon July 23 Results

FIRST: Topline Two-Year-Old Pace, Purse $1,500:

Horse (Driver)                                               Time (Track Good)

H-andnhardleythejet (Ronnie Gillespie)                2:04.1

Trainer: Ronnie Gillespie. Owner: Ronnie Gillespie.

SECOND: Topline Two-Year-Old Pace, Purse $1,500:

Codey Shark (Clay Simpson)                                2:04.2

Trainer: Buddy Simpson. Owner: Thomas Cave.

THIRD: Topline Two-Year-Old Trot, Purse $1,500:

Morgan’s Majestic (Randy Crisler)                        2:09.3

Trainer: Jeremy Jones. Owner: Gloria Gillies.

FOURTH: Illini Two-Year-Old Filly Pace, Purse $3,324:

Ineverkissntell (Ronnie Gillespie)                          2:06.2

Trainer: Ronnie Gillespie. Owner: Kevin Quinn.

FIFTH: Illini Two-Year-Old Colt Pace, Purse $3,547:

Surf’s Up (Ronnie Gillespie)                                 2:04.4

Trainer: Ronnie Gillespie. Owner: Jeordie Mason.

SIXTH: Illini Two-Year-Old Filly Trot, Purse $3,247:

Bands Pippa (Dirk Simpson)                                 2:13

Trainer: Dirk Simpson, Owners: Sam Daddono, Family Flacco Farms and Dirk Simpson Stable.

SEVENTH: Illini Two-Year-Old Colt Trot, Purse $3,247:

Fox Valley Metro (Randy Crisler)                          2:08.4

Trainer: Herman Wheeler. Owner: Herman Wheeler.

EIGHTH: Non-Winners $2,500 LT or NW 1 Pace, Purse $675:

Rebelgear (Steve Searle)                                       2:08

Trainer: Elizabeth Wegmann Owner: Freeman Miller Jr.

NINTH: Non-Winners $2,500 LT or NW 1 Pace, Purse $675:

Fore (Harold G. Finn)                                              2:08.3

Trainer: C. Alan Finn. Owner: Mack McGrillis.

TENTH: Non-Winners $2,500 LT or NW 1 Trot, Purse $675:

Fort Riley (Catherine Rutherford)                         2:10.2

Trainer: Catherine Rutherford. Owner: Catherine Rutherford.

ELEVENTH: Non-Winners $2,500 LT or NW 1 Trot, Purse $675:

So Photogenic (Jerome Daniels)                          2:12.2

Trainer: Jerome Daniels. Owners: Jerome Daniels and Cornelius Cavett.



    Tuesday Evening July 23 Results

FIRST: Topline Three-Year-Olds & Up Pace, Purse $2,500:

Horse (Driver)                                               Time (Track Fast)

Madoff (Randall Finn)                                                        1:59.3

Trainer: Randall Finn. Owners: Rex Sigler and Shirley Finn.

SECOND: Topline Three-Year-Olds & Up, Trot, Purse $2,500:

Valbon Reve (Gary Mills)                                                   2:05.4

Trainer: Gary Mills. Owner: Susan Poe and Linda Beal. 

THIRD: Illini Three-Year-Old Pace, Purse $6,036:

Bummed Out (Steve Searle)                                              2:06.2

Trainer: James Rowney. Owner: James Rowney.

FOURTH Illini Three-Year-Old Trot, Purse $6.114:

Powerful Valor (Jared Finn)                                              2:07.4

Trainer: J D Finn. Owner: Hinshaw Homestead Farms.

FIFTH: Free For All Pace, Purse $1,000:

Spill The Beans (Dillon Cox)                                             2:00.4

Trainer: Mike Cox. Owner: Mike Cox.

SIXTH: IHHA Four-Year-Olds & Up Trot, Purse $6,500

Super Sonic Flash (Rick Schrock)                                      2:05.2

Trainer: Rick Schrock. Owner: Jodi Peacock.

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