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Looking Back to Coffee Dan (08/29/13)
Posted Thursday, August 29, 2013
By Mike Paradise
He was one of the standout horses forn the Dan Shetler Stable in the early 1980s.
Coffee Dan (outside with Shetler) is shown winning a three-horse photo on June 26, 1981 at old Sportsman’s Park. It was Pete Langley Memorial elimination and the ICF pacer did it in 1:58 2 despite being parked-out most of the mile.
The center horse is Foolish Eyes with Jim Curran and ending up third on the inside is Senkey Avalon (Ray Parker)
A week later Coffee Dan would go on and capture of $120,800 Langley Final (then a pre-Super Night stake) by a half-length over Foolish Eyes in 1:58 flat.
A son of Egyptian Dancer out of the Coffee Break mare Kitchen Made, Coffee Dan would go on to take the 1981 Illinois 3-year-year-old colt pacer honors after raking in $158,349.
He finished that season with 9 wins, 2 seconds and 1 third in 12 season starts for Illinois owners George Barounes of Oak Lawn, Robert Parrish of Plano, 809 Corp of Naperville and Dan Shetler, then a Cicero resident who now resides in Indianapolis.
Among the horses other wins as a 3-year-old came in the $77,500 Cardinal Final over Egyptian Cheetah., along with the Winter Time and Gay Skipper ICF stakes on the Cicero, IL oval.
Bred by Orville Rursch and foaled in Leroy, Illinois, Coffee Dan raced for his quartet of Prairie State owners until 1985 when was sold to east coast interests.
Unraced s a 2-year-old, Coffee Dan won 11 races as a 4-year-old that included a 1:56.3 mile on Sportsman’s when it was n five-eighths track. The gelding’s last season of racing was in 1988. He finished with 37 career victories and earnings of $341,944.
Speedy Enough: Mike’s Price Shots landed the front-stepping winner Speedy Alber in Balmoral’s first race Wednesday night at $13.80.
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