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This Weekend The Heat Is On (09/06/13)
For Friday, September 6, 2013
By Mike Paradise
The draws are out for this year’s Super Night eliminations and as usual the Orange and Blue colt division has a difficult road to its final.
With three elimination divisions a 1, 2 or 3 finish is needed to be guaranteed a start in the $200,000 (est.) Championship. A draw by lot will determine which of the three fourth place finishers advance and which two will race in a $26,400 Super Night Consolation.
Howvwr, this year the path is easier than it was in 2012 when four elimination divisions in the O & B colt were needed, meaning only the first two finishers were assured of starting in that final.
Is Super Night elimination weekend more of a pressure situation for a trainer than the championship night itself?
“I think it is, especially when you have a horse in a division where only the top three make it,” replied Springfield based conditioner Dirk Simpson. “It has to be the most nerve-wracking race of the year for a trainer and the owner.
“Once a horse makes the final, he’s certain of going for a lot more money than in a consolation and since they pay-out to all 10 finishers on Super Night you can finish off the board in an Orange and Blue final and still make 5 or 6 thousand dollars.”
The path for Springfield and Du Quoin State Fair champion P Q Three to add the O & B colt title to his list of first season accomplishments isn’t as bumpy as it could have been.
Owned by Obermeier & Quaid Stables of Evergreen Park, IL, PQ Three drew the outside seven-slot in of Saturday’s first race, the softest of the three elimination divisions. I made him 1 to 5 in my line. Unlocked, the chief rival to PQ Three in the ICF 2-year-old division, isn’t eligible for Super Night
It’s a much tranquil situation for drivers, trainers and owners in the Orange and Blue Filly division than in the colt. Only two eliminations will be contested Saturday night with the top five finishers in each moving on to that $200,000 final.
The Grandma Ann and Pete Langley Memorial also will have just two elimination divisions while the Tony Maurello for older ICF colts and geldings came up with three. Again a third or better finish is necessary to lock-up a start in that $127,000 Championship.
The ninth race Maurello elim is particularly strong with defending champion Iam Bonasera (Kyle Wilfong) taking on the streaking A Cool Card (Marcus Miller), winner of both State Fair crowns and the recent Big Tom, among five others
The Su Mac Lad and Lady Ann Reed eliminations are on Sunday, along with three divisions of the Lorna Propes for older ICF pacing mares.
Marcus Miller will come in to drive both this weekend and on Super Night. The 22-year-old will be behind some of his dad’s horses including a pair of recent State Fair champions, the 2-year-old filly My Little Bit and the 3-year-old distaffer Mystical Danica.
“My Little Bit really came around at the State Fairs,” said her trainer Erv Miller. “Hopefully she’ll hold her form through Super Night. The filly had been lazy and didn’t care about her work. We had to keep working with her for her to learn to be a race horse.”
My Little Bit landed the pole position in Saturday’s 11th race O&B Filly elimination where she meets Loyal Opposition victor Thesleazyprincess (Mike Oosting) and eight other freshman fillies.
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County Fair Report
DEKALB COUNTY FAIR AT SANDWICH
Thursday Afternoon, September 5 Results
FIRST: Free For All Pace, Purse $750:
Horse (Driver) Time (Track Good)
Equinox Seelster (Charles Wolf) 2:04.4
Trainer: Charles Wolf. Owner: Charles Wolf.
SECOND: Free For All Pace, Purse $750:
Bordo Bay (Jerry Dudzik) 2:06.3
Trainer: Leon Walker. Owner: Leo Walker.
THIRD: NICA Three-Year-Old Colt Pace, Purse $3,357:
Ricky Boobie (Mike Rogers) 2:04.2
Trainer: Mike Rogers. Owners: David and Adam Brooks.
FOURTH: NICA Three-Year-Old Filly Pace, Purse $3,280:
Rockin Reba (John De Long) 2:06.1
Trainer: Jesse De Long. Owners: Jesse, John and Austin De Long.
FIFTH: NICA Three-Year-Old Filly Trot, Purse $6,514:
Powerful Mel (John De Long) 2:09.1
Trainer: Jesse De Long. Owners: Hamm Family Trust and Jesse De Long.
SIXTH: IHHA Four-Year-Olds & Up Trot, Purse $2,250:
Fall Creek Bandit (Jay Garrels) 2:07
Trainer: Don Brown. Owner: Don and Vicki Brown.
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