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Trot Elim, ICF Filly Stake on Tap (09/29/13)

For Sunday September 29, 2013

                                                       By Mike Paradise

  A single Lincoln Land elimination and the Direct Dottie stake share the spotlight on Sunday’s Balmoral Park program.

  Ten ICF 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings wills square off in the second race with the first seven finishers advancing to next weekend’s $105,000 Lincoln Land Final where they’ll meet division leaders Tour Hall, Bobby B Breeze and Fox Valley Veto who drew byes based on the highest season earners among the 13 horses entered.

  Tour Hall will stay sharp for next week added money event, the richest stake of the year for ICF freshman male trotters, with a start in the third race where he’ll take on older trotters in a conditioned event

  The seventh race Direct Dottie is for 3-year-old ICF pacing fillies who didn’t finish in the top five in the Grandma Ann Final or 1-2 in its Consolation.

  Feel Like Dancing (programmed at 5-2) and Aliyah Maria (4-1), two of the division leaders, should get plenty of play in the Direct Dottie but neither filly drew particularly well. Feel Like Dancing has the 7-slot for Kyle Wilfong while Aliyah Maria has to buck the 10-hole for Dave Magee.

  This will be Feel Like Dancing’s first outing since Super Night where she battled through quick fractions to make the front and maintain it before fading to seventh in deep stretch.

  Her stable-mate Crankin’ It Up, a solid second in the Langley Final on Super Night, made his first start in two weeks last night.

  “Both of these 3-year-olds have had very good years,” said Kyle. “They’ve held up well through a lot of tough races.”

  Feel Like Dancing with $96,828 on her card for owners Brett and Candice Wilfong (Donovan IL) and Roy Drevs (Addison, IL) can go over the $100,000 with a first or second in the Direct Dottie.

  “Feeling Like Dancing has trained well for Sunday’s race,” continued the 22-year-old Wilfong. “We’ve made a little adjustment to get her a little more on the bit and keep her going. We like to see her be better on the end of it.

  “She had a tough trip on Super Night and didn’t finish well but she wasn’t alone that night. For some reason a lot of horses didn’t do well on the end of their mile”

  Crankin It Up has $97,382 on his card.

  “Crankin It Up got a good trip on Super Night,” said Kyle. “Everything seemed to work in his favor that night. He’s had a very good year.”

  The homebred is owned by Kyle’s parents Brett and Candice Wilfong, and his grandparents, Lynn and Barbara Wilfong.


  Illinois horsemen, along with family and friends of Jim Musick gathered in Balmoral's winner's circle last weekend to honor the long-time owner/trainer/driver who passed away at the age of 64 recently.

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