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Rain, Rain Go Away (08/12/14)
Posted Tuesday August 12, 2014
By Mike Paradise
It took five days nevertheless the harness racing meet at the Springfield State Fair is finally going to get under way Tuesday after rain forced Monday’s card to be pushed back to Wednesday, originally a dark day for racing.
Friday’s scheduled opening day card, along with Saturday’s earlier program was washed out by the weekend of dreary and wet weather.
Tuesday’s Springfield card is headed up by the Orin Baker Memorial Review stake for three-year-olds pacers of both sexes and the $38,600 George Alexander Memorial for trotters of both sexes.
With only five betting interests in the sixth race Baker stake there will be no showing wagering.
Morning line favoritism is divided between the Nick Giberson trained entry of colts Rollinglikeashotshot (Dale Hiteman) and Odds On Rhodonite (John De Long) at 8-5 and Ed Teefey’s If I Can Dream filly Hello My Dream (Dave Magee) at 9-5.
The Trenton Watson owned and trained entry of colts Whatwillhebe (9-1, Pat Curtin) and Independent Dude (9-1, Dean Magee) and the Engel Stable’s filly Marzy Barzy (Todd Warren) are the other challengers.
The seventh race Alexander Review Trot’s $28,600 purse will see half of $16,800 go to the colt who finishes first and 50 per cent of $11,800 to the first filly to cross the finish line.
The Mike Brink Stable’s 8-5 morning line entry of Vacation’s Pride (Dave Magee) and Chocolate Surprise (Mike Brink) and Dirk Simpson’s Chantilly Hall (12-1) are the three fillies in the seven horse field.
The Trenton Watson Stable’s Swiss Mocha (Pat Curtin), a 1:56 flat winner in early July at Pocono opens at 5-2 along with entry-mate Ringo The Star (Watson) and heads up the colt and gelding brigade.
They’ll take on Maple Grove Joe (programmed at 4-1, Jamaica Patton), Fancy Feet Ferge (Paul Cavett, 5-1) and Mannerism (12-1, Tyler Shenan).
An $85,000 Buy: The Land Of Lincoln Sale took place at Walker Standardbred Farm Sunday and the She’s Redhot filly Fox Valley Serrano was the highest priced yearling sold when she went for $85,000 to William De Long.
The Sportsmaster colt is a full brother to the De Long’s 2-year-old ICF champion King Of The Swamp (1:55). Some of his other successful brothers and sisters include Brian And Kellie (1:49.4), Hot N Sporty (1:50.2), She’s So Hot (1:51), He’s Redhot (1:50.4) and He’s So Hot (1:50.2).
The top selling fillies at Sunday’s Sale was Fox Valley Tiramisu who went to Ron Phillips for $50,000 and Miriam who was a $48,000 purchase by Rocco Ruffalo and a full sister to the Chicagoan’s talented 2-year-old colt Lucpark (1:54/4). Fox Valley Tiramisu is a sister to former Breeders Crown champion Fox Valley Topaz (1:51.4, $823,581)