A Jam Packed ICF Stakes Card
By Mike Paradise
It’s another jammed packed ICF stakes program on tap tonight with two $50,000 three-year-old championships and five elimination divisions to determine the starting field for next week’s two-year-old finals.
It’s only the latter part of July but already tonight’s $50,000 Plum Peachy summer showdown can separate the “contenders” in the sophomore filly division from the “pretenders.”
Going into tonight final four fillies—Apple Valley (Jordon Ross), Kizzzmelikeumissme (Kyle Wilfong), Pattycake Mooss (Casey Leonard) and Rollnroz (Archie Buford) have shown they’re for real and are championship caliber fillies.
Bombay Parkway (Wyatt Avenatti), Lady Bombay (Atlee Bender), Iwannarocknroll (Todd Warren), Stardust Gram (Cordarius Stewart) and Fox Valley Captiva (Travis Seekman) needs to show tonight they can move to the “contender” column.
When the James Molitor stable’s Apple Valley romped by more than six lengths in the Cardinal with a 1:51.4 clocking she moved to the head of the class in the division. However, last week’s Plum Peachy prep show that the Michal Perrin owned filly is not invincible.
Apple Valley was second best to the John Filomeno trained Kizzzmelikeumissme, with the help of a nifty drive by Kyle Wilfong, while the Gary Rath stable’s Pattycake Mooss had more pace than any other filly in the race in the last sixteenth of the mile.
“Wilfong gave my filly a terrific drive,” said Filomeno. “Kizzzmelikeumissme hasn’t been in her last few races. I’ve been treating her and she’s getting close to 100 per cent.”
Kizzzmelikeumissme’s only disappointing races came at Springfield in June and Filomeno blames himself for the showings. “I gave her a few months off after the winter meet and should have given her a qualifier or two but instead went for the money and raced her and she finished off the board for the only times this year.
“But she has bounced back and was more like her old self in last week’s prep.”
Kizzzmelikeumissme landed the seven slot tonight with Apple Valley and Pattycake Moose inside of her with the five and six slots respectively. The draw wasn’t kind to Rollnrozz. She received the nine-hole.
Favorites Inside: The other $50,000 championships tonight is the ninth race Beulah Dygert Memorial for second season state-bred trotting fillies.
Has luck would have it, the three favorites—Ironclad Creation (Atlee Bender), Lous Xanadu (Casey Leonard) and Funky Wiggle (Kyle Wilfong)—drew the 1, 2 and 3 posts, in that order.
From the four-slot out you’ll find Tis The Loft (Juan Franco), Jazelyn (Cordarius Stewart), Creations Dream V (Jamaica Patton), Fiftini (Kyle Husted), Lous Monamie (Travis Seekman) and Hot Trotn Trixie (Jordon Ross).
Bevy of Elims: Eliminations for the Incredible Tillie will go in three divisions for ICF freshman pacing fillies, races three, seven, and ten. The first three finishers in each split advance to next weekend’s championships. They’ll be joined by a fourth-place finisher determined by a drawing.
The Fox Valley eliminations were split into two divisions—events four and eight on the card—with the first five finishers in each moving along to the two-year-old trotting final. Mike Brink’s Dawn Of Creations and Steve Searle’s Daisys Duchess are the early favorites in the first division while Curt Grummel’s Marvelous Mystery, undefeated in five outings, is the second group’s early betting choice.
Two Champions Crowned: The three-year-old ICF $50,000 Summer championships were decided last night, and it was Fox Valley Cairo (Kyle Wilfong) and front-stepping winner of the Erwin F. Dygert Memorial trot and Get E Up (Kyle Husted) capturing the $50,000 Robert F. Carey Memorial pace.
Lousdobb (Casey Leonard) the 4 to 5 post time favorite in the Dygert was eliminated right from the get-go when he went off stride soon after the start. That opened the door to victory lane for Fox Valley Cairo ($4.20) and the Mike Brink trainee took advantage of it, going right to the top and posting 1:56.2 front-end victory by two plus lengths over Mr Mizzou (Juan Franco). Good Boy (Atlee Bender) was third best.
Get E Up ($4.80), sent off at 7-5 odds, used a second over journey to wear down the pacesetting Fox Valley Ozzy (Casey Leonard) in deep stretch after the latter was pushed to a quick 55.2 first half.
The 1:51.2 mile was a new lifetime mark for the winning Amy Husted trained gelding owned by David Brigham of Concord, Michigan, John Schwartz of Wood Dale, Illinois and Kyle Husted, Altamont, Illinois.
Josie Rocksmyworld (Travis Seekman) edged a locked-in Fox Valley Crete (Juan Franco) for third place.
Moving Along Were: Three elimination divisions of the $12,000 Incredible Finale for two-year-old state breds male pacers were contested Friday evening.
Kage Daniel ($7.80), given a two-hole trip by driver Todd Warren won the first split by about a length in 1:54 flat for trainer Tom Graham Jr. and owner Shelly Graham of Salem, Illinois. Also advancing to next weekend’s final were the second and third place finishers, the 3-5 favorite Fox Valley Patriot (Atlee Bender) and Ghost Shark (Travis Seekman).
The 4-5 favorite Fox Valley Langley, also driven by Kyle Wilfong, got his nose in front of Fox Valley Cayman (Casey Leonard) in the final stride to take the second Incredible Finale division in 1:53.4. The third-place finisher Illini Jetset (Atlee Bender) also made the final.
The Erv Miller stable’s Fox Valley Jasper (Atlee Bender) breezed in the third grouping, almost four lengths the best in a 1:53 flat mile for Illinois owners Bowie Racing (Streamwood) and Engle Stable of Illinois (Northbrook).
Also advancing were the second and third place finishers Fox Valley Steeler (Casey Leonard) and Fox Valley Auburn (Todd Warren).
The two Kadabra freshman trotting colt eliminations went to Dennis Garner’s Tankmetodennyland (Kyle Wilfong) and Niko Man (Kyle Husted).
Also moving along to next week’s Kadabra championship are Ain’t N Mojo (Atlee Bender), Youain’tnofool (Cordarius Stewart). Rosita’s Dream (Anthony MacDonald) and Tequilalittletime (Travis Seekman) from the first division that went in 2:00 flat. From the second group, the other finalists are Judge Me Not (Todd Warren), Lous Andiamo (Casey Leonard), Goomster (Kyle Wilfong) and Whatta Year (Charles Arthur)