Home - IHHA - The Illinois Harness Horseman's Association
IHHA Contact Us

15 Spinning Wheel Road, Suite 432 • Hinsdale, IL 60521
Phone: 630-323-0808 • Toll Free (IL): 800-572-0213 • Fax: 630-323-0761 • Infoline: 888-601-7223

IHHA Navigation

Looking Back to Sportsfancy (08/01/13)

Posted Thursday, August 1, 2013


                                                   By Mike Paradise

  Looking Back to Sportsfancy               

  A $10,000 buy as a yearling at the 2005 Cottonwood Farm Sale she turned out to be “a steal” for the Homer Hochstetler Stable and eventually also a lucrative purchase the Baron Racing Stable of Pennsylvania.

  Sportsfancy, a daughter of Sportsmaster and the first foal of the Life Sign mare Finish Firstfancy, ended her racing career in 2011 with 48 lifetime victories and as an Illinois bred millionaire with $1,001,957 on her card.

  Sportsfancy banked almost $125,000 in her freshman 2006 season for Hochstetler and she did it without racing at Springfield, Du Quoin or on Super Night.

  The filly captured the $63,700 at Maywood, Balmoral’s $50,000 Sara Myers, a $26,000 ISOBA and her $22,800 American National elimination before ending the season second in the American National Final to Cabana Fever.

  Sportsfancy became the queen of the Illinois bred pacers as a 3-year-old when she captured 15 races in 2007 and pulled down purse earnings of $359,280, all but $78,960 for the Hochstetler Stable.

  She was sold prior to her start in Maywood’s $75,000 Cinderella which she won for the John Butenschoen Stable,

  Ryan Anderson was a regular driver those first two years and he guided her to six consecutive triumphs early in that 2007 season which included the $48,000 Violet Final, the $100,000 Maywood Filly Pace and a $26,800 division of a Hanover,

  The filly went to Hawthorne that summer and swept its Determination Plus Series, including the $59,000 Final. Sportsfancy then came back to Balmoral and won her Grandma Ann elimination and that $174,000 Super Night Final.

  Sportsfancy raced at east coast tracks from 2008 through 2011, often against the top distaffers at race tracks like The Meadowlands, Yonkers, Chester, Dover and Harrington, taking her lifetime mark of 1:49.2 as a 5-year-old at The Big M.

  County Fair Report


    Tuesday Evening July 29 Results

FIRST: MWIRA Three-Year-Old Colt Pace, Purse $6,136:

Horse (Driver)                                               Time (Track Good)

Colechester (Tom Simmons) $3.60                      2:06.2

Trainer: Tom Simmons. Owner: Larry Breed.

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

Bands  Jeeves (Vince Espinosa) $4.20               2:14

Trainer: Vince Espinosa. Owner: Flacco Family Farms.

THIRD: Open Pace, 1st Div, Purse $2,000:

Snacker Backer (Kyle Wilfong) $6.80                  2:02.3

Trainer: Curtis Carey. Owner: Thomas Carey.

FOURTH: Open Pace, 2nd Div, Purse $2,000:

Rio’s Z Tam (Mike Oosting) $2.80                         2:07.1

Trainer: Danny Dubeansky.  Owner: Bertucci Racing Stables.

FIFTH: Open Trot, Purse $1,000:

Westbound Darin (Nick Prather) $4.20                2:05.1

Trainer: Nick Prather. Owners: Richard Crum and Nick Prather.

SIXTH: Maiden Pace, 1st Division, Purse $1,000:

Butteronmytoast (Mike Oosting) $2.10                 2:09.4

Trainer: Alan Bowen. Owner: George Pollock.

SEVENTH: Maiden Pace, 2nd Division, Purse $1,000:

Incredible Sporty (Darla Martin) $2.80                 2:07.4

Trainer: David Martin. Owners: Jeff Rehberger and David Martin.

EIGHTH: ICF Four-Year-Olds & Up, The Taser Gun, Purse $18,200:

N J’s Big Deal (Mike Cox) $5.20                           1:58.3

Trainer: John Fletcher. Owner: Stevanna Turner.



    Wednesday Evening July 31 Results

FIRST: Illini Three-Year-Old Filly Pace, 1st Div, Purse $1,839:

Horse (Driver)                                               Time (Track Fast)

Cranberry Muffler (J D Finn)                                 2:02.2

Trainer: J D Finn. Owner: Katherine Ritzel.

SECOND: Illini Three-Year-Old Filly Pace, 2nd Div, Purse $1,839:

Romantic Legacy (Isaac Love)                              2:00.1

Trainer: Derrick Flowers. Owners: Charles Arthur and Fabian West.

THIRD: Illini Three-Year-Old Colt Pace, Purse $3,157:

Party Cove (Tom Simmons)                                   2:03.

Trainer: Tom Simmons. Owners: Bart Seales and Dennis Beccue.

FOURTH: Illini Three-Year-Old Filly Trot, Purse $3,223:

Sherry’s Band (Freddie Patton Jr.)                       2:02.1

Trainer: Freddie Patton Jr. Owner: Freddie Patton St.

FIFTH: Illini Three-Year-Old Colt Trot, Purse $3,391:

Powerful Valor (J D Finn)                                      2:00

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

SIXTH: Non-Winners of Two Lifetime Trot, Purse $750:

Deacon’s Valley (Paul Cavett)                              2:02

Trainer: Paul Cavett. Owners: Ron Phillips and John Carver.

SEVENTH: Non-Winners of $7,500 L.T., 1st Div, Purse $750:

Racy Traci Place (Dylan Fagan)                           2:00.1

Trainer: David Fagan. Owners: Clifford and David Johns.

EIGHTH: Non-Winners of $7,500 L.T., 1st Div, Purse $750:

Fort Riley (Cathy Rutherford)                                2:06

Trainer: Cathy Rutherford. Owner: Cathy Rutherford,



Cafe Press


Click here to add your email address to receive updates from the IHHA.