By Mike Paradise
No doubt there are some nervous owners and trainers sending out their 2-year-old pacing or trotter ICF fillies for tonight’s fourth and final legs of the Incredible Tillie or the Fox Valley Flan stake series.
They’ll know after two $16,000 divisions of each freshman filly stake is in the history book, if they are racing for a lucrative (est.) $120,000 Incredible Tillie purse and a $90,000 Fox Valley Flan purse on next Saturday’s Night of Champions in a final, or a much more modest $20,000 pot in a consolation event.
Only the top 10 series point earners will make a championship field.
The Incredible Tillie Point Standings heading into tonight’s fourth legs have two-time series winner Fox Valley Jazzy at 125, followed by Rollin Coal at 87, The New Americana at 74, Lex Two and Allbeastnobeauty at 58 each, Shelby Rae at 38, Red Hot Packerette and Frontier Cruzin at 37 each.
No. 9 Incrediblenasty could be in good shape with 27 and then it’s a crap-shoot. The Sis Master is tenth with 13, followed by Fox Valley Miranda and JB’s Shooting Star with 10 each. Even Jazzy Bern (7), Poppy Seed (7) and Fancy Creek Annie (5), are still a possibility to make the final.
Meanwhile in the Fox Valley Flan standings the top five are: Good Design (150), Trotting Grace (75), Maui Mama (62), E L Miss Kaibra (55), Fox Valley Winnie (28), are championship “locks.”
No. 6 Frontier Jackie, with 27 didn’t enter leg four, but still could enter for the championship. Lous Silver Star and White Pants Fever have 25 apiece going into tonight and probably can be penciled in the final.
Then it gets very dicey. No. 9 Powerful Temptrist has 11 points, No. 10 Undeniable Emotion has 10 and No. 11 Honey In A Hurry has 9.
The Plum Peachy stake series point standings for ICF 3-year-old pacing fillies is cloudy because two of the top ten fillies, No. 3 Filly Forty (83) and No. 9 Rousey Ronda (30) didn’t enter tonight’s fourth leg divisions and things are pretty jammed-up from tenth place down.
Boogie On Down and Lady’s Party share the top spot with 87 points earned. No. 4 Fancy Creek Jolene has 76, Princess Sage has 63, A Real Doozie has 58, and Fox Valley Dandy’s 51 points has him at No. 7, followed by My Mona Me at 35.
No. 10 Fox Valley Dududidudu is on “the bubble” at 29. Right behind her are Fox Valley Cheriz (26), Ashlee’s Cocktail (21). In striking position are My Kind Of Dance (13) and C Far (10).
The championship field for Beulah Dygert Memorial stake is a done-deal. Tonight’s prep field will all move on, headed by last year’s division champion Annas Lucky Star (Kyle Wilfong), who will bring a six-race winning streak into Friday’s second race.
Posts two through five in the trotting prep, will be manned by Daisy Lou Duke (Kyle Husted), Lous Credit Report (Mike Oosting), Beatrice (Casey Leonard) and Fox Valley Elana (Tim Curtin).
Ironically, their post positions tonight, match-up in the same order as they are listed in the Dygert point standings.
The seventh race Maurello Prep, will serve as a good preview of next week’s $50,000 for ICF pacing mares. Here’s how they’ll line-up in post position tonight with morning line odds:
Bucklegirl Bobette (Kyle Wilfong), Whiskersonkittens (Kyle Husted), Phyllis Jean (Juan Franco), State Street Liz (Jason Brewer), Art Angel Baby (Ridge Warren), Joyful Game (Rick Dane Jr), Fox Valley Charm (Mike Oosting) and LK’s Nancy Lee (Casey Leonard).
Much the Best: The Pennsylvania invader Tricky Nick ($2.60) cruised to a 3 and 1 /2 length victory in last night’s $15,000 Plesac Prep. The 1-5 favorite trotted the mile in 1:55.1 for driver Jim Pantaleano. Ants Iner Pants was second best while the 30-1 longshot Kickitinwithkohler finished third.