Former Balmoral Trainer Champ Won’t Return

By Mike Paradise The possibility of a shortage of race horses for this summer’s Hawthorne meeting grew a little closer to a reality when former Balmoral Park trainer champion Bob Phillips confirmed that he won’t be back for the summer’s 80-night meeting. “It’s hard to try and make a living in Illinois when there’s racing […]

Simmons Hit Bullseye with Single Shot

By Mike Paradise Through the years Springfield based trainer Tom Simmons and his wife Benita have owned outright or shared proprietorship with over 400 horses and most were ICF yearlings. Some of those youngsters went on to do very well racing in Illinois for the Simmons stable such as former Orange and Blue Colt champions […]

Current Stakes Schedule the Sensible Solution

By Mike Paradise While the catchphrase “Fair and Balanced” is the staple slogan of the Fox News Channel it can also be accurately applied to the Illinois harness racing stake schedule inaugurated last year at Hawthorne Race Course and enriched for this summer’s meeting. . The move to conduct a number of stake series legs […]

Princess Sage has Freddie Energized

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Princess Sage has Freddie Energized

By Mike Paradise Trainer and driver Freddie Patron Jr. always seems to have a smile on his face and justifiably so these days. After all his talented young filly pacer Princess Sage was anointed the 2016 Illinois Harness Horse of the Year at the recent District 5 USTA Awards Banquet held in Springfield, Illinois. “I’ve […]