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Nine Championships on Line at DuQuoin (08/24/13)
Posted Saturday August 24, 2013
By Mike Paradise
Saturday afternoon’s racing card could be dubbed “Champion’s Day at the Du Quoin State Fair” because all nine races is for an ICF titleholder crowned.
Race 1 and race 9 are $9,000 County Fair Championships. The first is for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings and the last for 3-year-old pacing fillies.
In between there are five stake races for 2 and 3-year-olds where a champion will be decided along with a pair $10,000 stakes for older trotters, the second race for mares and the seventh for their male counterparts.
Kicking off the 3-year-old events is the $21,500 Pronto Don for ICF sophomore trotting colts and geldings where King Mufasa guns for his eighth straight and because he’s coupled with his two main foes—Powerful Poe (Todd Warren) and Skyline Road (Marcus Miller)—there is Win and Exacta wagering only on the race. They open at 4-5 odds.
While King Mufasa has dominated this division he has been all out to win his last two. The Mike Brink trainee was only a head better than Powerful Poe in Balmoral’s Mike’s A Mystery and held off a fast closing Skyline Road by a scant nose at Springfield.
The fourth race $33,000 Director’s Award stake for freshman fillies and mares has been a very spirited division.
My Little Bit (3-1, Marcus Miller) proved best in the Springfield Final but Fox Valley Shiver (4-1, Todd Warren) beat her in their elimination and was beaten only a half-length in the final. The third place finisher Thesleazyprincess (5-1, Mike Oosting) drew off in the $50,000 in Balmoral’s Loyal Opposition in late July.
It’s another take-your-pick stake in the fifth race $21,500 Windy Skeeter.
Sara The Spy (3-1, Todd Warren) got her head in front of Little Ms Chrissy (2-1, Robert Taylor) at Springfield after the latter won the Springfield Prep and had back-to-back $12,000 ICF stakes triumphs at Balmoral earlier in the summer.
Little Ms Chrissy’s entry-mate Just For Fun (2-1, Casey Leonard) captured the $50,000 Violet Final back in late May. Meanwhile last year’s champion Trot Fudge Sundae (4-1, Dave Magee) raced improved in both Springfield starts and landing the rail is a big plus for her.
Fox Valley Lotus (John Roberts) pulled off a mild surprise when she won at Springfield in only her third career start and now has her sights set on the sixth race $33,000 Shawnee stake for 2-year-old trotting fillies and opens as the 3-1 favorite..
However “Lotus” drew the outside 9-slot Saturday while Springfield runner-up Bailey’s Wish (5-1, Dave Magee) secured the rail for trainer Dirk Simpson who also sends out the third-place Springfield finisher Fox Valley Hosana (6-1, Todd Warren).
S V Spirit (4-1, Todd Warren), who carried a three-race winning streak into the final where the even-money choice came up with a disappointing sixth place finish, could be ready to make amends with the four-slot today.
The $21,500 Time Dancer is another wide-open affair.
Slugging it out in race eight are Springfield champion Dallas Jones (4-1, Casey Leonard) and the second and third place finishers Mystical Danica (3-1, Marcus Miller) and Aliyah Maria (5-1, Todd Warren).
They’ll be challenged by Butterfly Kisser (8-1, Dave Magee), Feel Like Dancing (6-1, Kyle Wilfong), R Ciao Baby (12-1, Mike Oosting) and Incredible Filly (12-1, Mike Cox).
Feel like Dancing gets a very helpful post shift to the four-slot after she had the outside 10 at Springfield. The filly paced a sizzling :26.2 first quarter to get command and went to the half in :55.2 to keep it. While she finished fifth, Feel Like Dancing was beaten on a half-length by Dallas Jones.
Oosting drove 6 of the 10 winning horses on Friday night’s 10-race card at Du Quoin. John De Long bagged five on Maywood’s 14-race Friday program.
Balmoral’s Saturday evening card is headed up by the $17,000 eighth race Invite. Time To Roll, a 1:49.4 winner earlier on the Crete, IL big track, is back from Indiana and opens as the 2-1 favorite with Dave Magee who will drive in races 5 through 8 only.
Oosting and Warren will not compete on Balmoral’s Saturday program.
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DU QUOIN STATE FAIR
Friday Night, August 23 Results
FIRST: Topline Stake, 2-Year-Old Trot, Purse $4,000:
Horse (Driver) Win Price Time (Track Fast)
Vacations Pride (Mike Oosting) $4.80 2:02.2
Trainer: Mike Brink. Owners: Kiell Andersen and Linden Markor Stable.
SECOND: County Fair Consolation, ICF 3-Year-Old Filly Trot, Purse $4,000:
Divination (Mike Oosting) $3.60 2:00.3
Trainer: Nick Prather. Owners: Derrick Jacobus and Kevin Kline.
THIRD: County Fair Championship, ICF 3-Year-Old Filly Trot, Purse $9,000:
Elegant Rosie (Mike Oosting) $6.80 2:01
Trainer: Dennis Garner. Owner: George Knackmuhs.
FOURTH: Topline Stake, 3-Year-Old & Up Trot, Purse $4,000:
Lazurus (John Roberts) $12.80 1:55.4
Trainer: Curt Grummel. Owner: Dr. Patrick Graham.
FIFTH: Topline Stake, 2-Year-Old Pace, Purse $4,000:
Hello My Dream (Mike Oosting) $2.80 1:58.3
Trainer: Mike Brink.Owner: Ed Teefey.
SIXTH: County Fair Consolation, ICF 2-Year-Old Filly Trot, Purse $4,000:
Bands Pippa (Dirk Simpson) $7.60 2:00
Trainer: Dirk Simpson. Owners: Sam Daddono, Flacco Family Farms and Dirk Simpson Stable.
SEVENTH: County Fair Championship, ICF 2-Year-Old Filly Trot, Purse $9,000:
Macie Rae (Mike Rogers) $4.00 2:00.4
Trainer: Mike Rogers. Owner: Donald Huddleston.
EIGHTH: Topline Stake, 3-Year-Old & Up Pace, Purse $4,000:
Long Term (Mike Oosting) $60.00 1:51
Trainer: Tom Simmons. Owner: Benita Simmons.
NINTH: County Fair Consolation, ICF 2-Year-Old Colt Trot, Purse $4,000:
Battleshoe King (Buddy Simpson) $14.40 2:03.2
Trainer: Buddy Simpson. Owners: Buddy and Clay Simpson.
TENTH: County Fair Championship, ICF 2-Year-Old Colt Trot, Purse $9,000:
Big Bill Breeze (Mike Oosting) $3.60 2:02
Trainer: Nick Prather. Owners: Derrick Jacobus and Nick Prather.
CUMBERLAND COUNTY FAIR AT GREENUP
Friday, Afternoon August 23
FIRST: Illini Three-Year-Old Trot, Purse $6,114 :
Horse (Driver) Time (Track Good)
Powerful Anthony (Doug Graham) 2:02
Trainer: Doug Graham. Owner: Doug Graham.
SECOND: Illini Three-Year-Old Pace, Purse $6,136:
Majestic Edition (Antonio Love) 2:02.3
Trainer: Roshun Trigg. Owner: Mickey Bates:
THIRD: Filly and Mare Open Pace, Purse $1,210:
Hoosier Chatter (Cassidy Melloy) 2:02.3
Trainer: Cassidy Melloy. Owner: Cassidy Melloy.
FOURTH: Non-Winners of $5,000 Trot, Purse $1,150:
Super Scot (Merle Finn) 2:04.4
Trainer: Merle Finn Jr .Owner: Merle Finn Jr.