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Springfield Meet Ends With Bang (08/16/13)
Posted Friday August 16, 2013
By Mike Paradise
The Illinois State Fair meeting at Springfield came to an end with a bang Thursday afternoon when PQ Three became the fastest Illinois bred 2-year-old pacer in history with a 1:50 flat track record performance for driver Mike Oosting.
The Erv Miller trained gelding put an end to Unlocked’s unbeaten streak at six when he went past the front-stepping 4-5 pacesetting favorite in the lane in the meet’s finale, the freshman colt and gelding pace showdown and the last of 8 Illinois State Fair Colt Stakes Championships contested.
The first of finals came in the 3-year-filly trot division where owner-driver Todd Warren gave his Sara The Spy ($12.20) a perfect two-hole journey and the filly overtook the favored Little Ms Chrissy in the final stride for a head victory.
The time of 1:54 flat was a career best for Sara The Spy who will head next to the Du Quoin State Fair that starts a week from today.
King Mufasa ($2.10) was all out to capture the 3-year-old colt trotting final, his seventh straight for the driver-trainer combination of Mike Oosting and Mike Brink, just holding off his fast charging entry-mate Skyline Road.
King Mufasa, who this year is 9-for-9 in his division, trotted a lifetime best time of 1:53.4 and went over $130,000 in season earnings for owners Bill Wright and Mystical Marker Farms.
Fox Valley Lotus ($8.40) made her third career start the charm, taking the freshman filly trot final despite a first-over journey. John Roberts guided the Curt Grummel trainee to her maiden triumph in 1:57.3 over Bailey’s Wish for Pittsfield, Illinois owner Dr. Patrick Graham.
My Little Bit ($7.40) led from start to finish when she annexed the 2-year-old filly pace crown with Marcus Miller, pacing a 1:53.4 mile for trainer Erv Miller and her winning Evergreen Park, Illinois owners Obermeier & Quaid Stables.
When Fox Valley Veto went off stride in mid-stretch on the lead it made the task easier for eventual winner Tour Hall ($9.40) who flashed past and drew away to the freshman championship for trotting colts and geldings.
“Mike (trainer Brink) made some changes on him since last week and he was much better today,” said driver Dave Magee in the winner’s circle. “When he was keeping up at the quarter mile pole I knew we had a good chance. That had been an issue him in his earlier races. He was full of trot when we turned for home and I couldn’t wait to pull him.”
Owned by his Springfield based trainer and Loren Tournear of Liberty, Illinois, Tour Hall knocked almost three full seconds off his first winning mile with a 1:57.3 clocking.
Brink, who is recovering from major shoulder surgery from an earlier accident at a County Fair track, had a training triple on the day. He won earlier with King Mufasa and with his 2-year-old filly pacer April May Dune.
The 3-year-old filly pace final saw the 10-1 longshot Dallas Jones ($23.40) get her nose in front of the pacesetting Mystical Danica at the end of a quick 1:51.2 mile.
Capably driven by Casey Leonard for trainer Joel Smith, the filly erased over three seconds from her lifetime mark with season win No. 7 for Hoosier Paula Smith and Illinoisans James Runyan and Frank Pike.
Leonard was back in the winner’s circle a third time with a heady drive behind the favorite Mystical Walter ($3.80) in the championship for sophomore pacing colts and geldings.
With the field “walking” to a the first half, timed in :59.3, Casey took Mystical Walter out of fourth on the backside and to the lead before the last turn. The Miller trainee came home in 26.1 at the end of his 1:53.4 mile for Illinois owners Paymaq Racing of Long Grove and Mystical Marker Farms of Dwyer, Indiana.
Oosting won the Springfield meet’s driver title and Miller successfully defended his trainer’s crown.
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PQ Three (Mike Oosting) stopped the timer in 1:50 flat at Thursday's State Fair in Springield, making him the fastest Illinois bred 2-year-old pacer in history.
Kellie Lachata Photo
ILLINOIS STATE FAIR AT SPRINGFIELD
Thursday, Afternoon August 15
FIRST: IDOA Two-Year-Old Filly Pacers, Purse $5,000:
Horse (Driver) Time (Track Fast)
M A Duty (Ronnie Gillespie) $3.40 1:57.4
Trainer: Ronnie Gillespie. Owners: Ron Phillips, John Carver and Jesse Ferge.
SECOND: IDOA Two-Year-Old Filly Pacers, Purse $5,000:
April May Dune (Dave Magee) $3.60 1:56.1
Trainer: Mike Brink. Owners: Mike Brink and Ed Teefey.
THIRD: IDOA Two-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers, Purse $5,000:
One Sure Apache (Mike Oosting) $4.20 1:55
Trainer: Nelson Willis, Owner: Jerry Graham.
FOURTH: IL State Fair Colt Final, 3 Yo Filly Trotters, Purse $45,000:
Sara The Spy (Todd Warren) $12.20 1:54
Trainer: Michael Groucher. Owner: Todd Warren.
FIFTH: IL State Fair Colt Final, 3 Yo Male Trotters, Purse $45,000:
King Mufasa (Mike Oosting) $2.10 1:53.4
Trainer: Mike Brink. Owners: William Wright and Mystical Marker Farms.
SIXTH: IDOA Two-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers, Purse $5,000:
Silver Devil (Casey Leonard) $7.80 1:52
Trainer: Nick Giberson. Owners: Stephanie Winship, Carl Lacy, Amy Giberson and Monty Thompson.
SEVENTH: IL State Fair Colt Final, 2 Yo Filly Trotters, Purse $45,000:
Fox Valley Lotus (John Roberts) $8.40 1:57.3
Trainer: Curt Grummel. Owner: Dr. Patrick Graham.
EIGHTH: IL State Fair Colt Final, 2 Yo Filly Pacers, Purse $45,000:
My Little Bit (Marcus Miller) $7.40 1:53.4
Trainer: Erv Miller. Owners: Obermeier & Quaid Stables.
NINTH: IL State Fair Colt Final, 2 Yo Colt Trotters, Purse $45,000:
Tour Hall (Dave Magee) $9.40 1:57.3
Trainer: Mike Brink. Owners: Mike Brink and Loren Tournear.
TENTH: IL State Fair Colt Final, 2 Yo Filly Pacers, Purse $45,000:
Dallas Jones (Casey Leonard) $23.40 1:51.2
Trainer: Joel Smith. Owners: Paula Smith, James Runyan and Frank Pike.
ELEVENTH: IL State Fair Colt Final, 3 Yo Colt Pacers, Purse $45,000:
Mystical Walter (Casey Leonard) $3.80 1:53.4
Trainer: Erv Miller. Owners: Paymaq Racing and Mystical Marker Farms.
TWELFTH: IL State Fair Colt Final, 2 Yo Colt Pacers, Purse $45,000:
PQ Three (Mike Oosting) $4.00 1:50
Trainer: Erv Miller. Owners: Obermeier & Quaid Stables.