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Miller Sends Out Pair of Aces (08/17/13)

Posted Saturday August 17, 2013

                                                    By Mike Paradise

  Two of the Erv Miller trained pacers who figure to be heavy favorites in their respective Saturday night $30,000 divisions of stake races for aged ICF pacers have taken completely different routes to this time and place.

  Mystical Victress, the 9-5 programmed favorite in the sixth race first Parklane Powerful split, a stake she’s captured the last two consecutive seasons, has over $743,000 on her card and is well on her way to her fifth straight year of earning six figures for Indiana owners Mystical Marker Farms and Peggy Hood.

  The now 6-year-old mare has won nearly half of her lifetime starts (43 for 86), three consecutive Super Night Championships, and consistently has been the top distaffer in her division since she was a 2-year-old.

  “Mystical Victress has been racing good and she’s been training well for this stake race,” said Mike Arnold who heads-up the Illinois division of the Erv Miller Stable. “She’s been a good mare for a long time. Mystical Victress is getting older but she’s pretty sharp right now.”

  On the other hand, the stable’s 5-year-old A Cool Card, is making only his 16th career start in the seventh race initial division of the Big Tom stake.

  Unraced at two, the son of Cole Muffler missed two full years of racing after winning 7 of his 8 starts as a 3-year-old including the Maywood Pace in June 2010 with Marcus Miller.

  A Cool Card came back in June of this year with a pair of wins out east for Miller and then rattled off a sizzling 1:49 victory last Saturday at Springfield with Casey Leonard at his lines.

  I asked Marcus Miller why A Cool card was sidelined for so long.

  “The horse cracked a knee after his Maywood Pace win,” he replied.

  “After surgery and a long healing process the horse came back in April of 2012 and won his qualifier with me at Balmoral in ‘55’ with a 27 last quarter but then he cracked his knee again.

  “That’s why it’s been two years since he raced. If A Cool Card didn’t get hurt everybody in the industry would know about him by now. He’s such a nice horse.”

  Was Miller surprised by the blistering mile from A Cool Card?

   “Not at all, not even a little bit,” replied the 24-year-old driver. “I drove him in his first five races back. He won in ‘51’at Tioga (Downs), a three-turn track, and that came in his first start in two years. A couple of starts later at the Meadowlands he had an outside post, was three-wide part of the way, and still drew off in 50 and change.

  “While The Meadowlands is a fast track, Springfield is even faster so his mile didn’t surprise me. The horse is that good.”

  Owned by Illinoisans Paymaq Racing (Long Grove) Shim Racing (Deerfield) and Ken Duffy (Orland Park), along with Mystical Marker Farms of Valparaiso, Indiana, A Cool Card will open up as the 8-5 first flash choice.

 The Miller stable also brought in Fox Valley Hermia (Mike Oosting) from the east coast for the Parkland Powerful and Super Night’s Lorna Propes stake. The 4-year-old mare is the 7-2 second choice in the second Illinois bred distaff stake behind Just By Design at 3-1. “Hermia” has made over $50,000 this season out east.

  Fort Silky (Casey Leonard) is the 2-1 early favorite in the second Big Tom division to post his 11th win of the season for the Leonard Stable. The 7-year-old gelding has finished first or second in 18 of 22 season starts and they’ve come in open Invitational paces or Illinois bred stakes.


     A Cool Card (Casey Leonard) had a dazzling 1:49 flat mile at Springfield.

                                                                             Kellie Lachata Photo

   County Fair Report


  Friday, Afternoon August 16

FIRST: NICA Two-Year-Old Pace, 1st Division, Purse $3,436:

Horse (Driver)                                                          Time (Track Fast)

Kiwi Party (John De Long)                                     2:03.3

Trainer: Jesse De Long. Owners: Jesse, John and Austin De Long.

SECOND: NICA Two-Year-Old Pace, 1st Division, Purse $3,436:

Fox Valley Ace (Jay Garrels)                                 2:07.2

Trainer: Jay Garrels. Owners: William and Pat De Long and Jay Garrels.

THIRD: NICA Two-Year-Old Trot, Purse $6,404:

Powerful Madison (Gabe Wand)                          2:16.1

Trainer: Ann Douglas. Owners: Ann and Allen Douglas.

FOURTH: NICA Three-Year-Old Filly Pace, Purse $3,380:

Rockn Reba (John De Long)                                2:04

Trainer: Jesse De Long. Owners: Jesse, John and Austin De Long.

FIFTH: NICA Three-Year-Old Colt Pace, Purse $3,457:

Checkout My Body (John De Long)                     2:01.2

Trainer: Jesse De Long. Owners: Jesse, John and Austin De Long.

SIXTH: NICA Three-Year-Old Trot, Purse $6,414:

Foxy Polar (Antonio Love)                                     2:07.1

Trainer: Roshun Trigg. Owner: Daphne Bogan.

SEVENTH: ICF Four-Year-Olds & Up Pace, Purse $6,600:

TJ’s April Angel (Steve Halford III)                        2:04.3

Trainer: Roshun Trigg. Owner: Roshun Trigg.


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