By Mike Paradise
Heavy overnight thunderstorms may have caused the cancellation of Saturday’s Springfield program but most of the card will be saved for Tuesday afternoon’s racing and the purse money for the two ICF stake preps for three-year-old pacers won’t be lost for horsemen.
The $6,000 pots slated for those sophomore stake prep races will be added to the Illinois Colt Fair Stake Championship events on Wednesday, boosting those purses from $30,000 to $36,000 each.
However, horsemen are reminded they must re-enter those 3-year-old ICF pacers again for the finals. Wednesday’s entries are being taken at Hawthorne this Sunday morning.
Tuesday’s card will have 10 wagering races and four that are non-betting
There will be a trio of ISFC stake showdowns for aged pacers and trotters. Those field are short but sweet ($7,000 pots each) for the owners of the horses who will be going postward.
The $7,000 horse and gelding aged pace has four combatants: Dixie’s Boy (Dale Hiteman), Fiveknuckleshuffle (Bobby Smolin), Fourboltmane (Tim Curtin) and Dinky Dune (Pat Curtin).
So does the filly pace for older ICF distaffers where Fox Valley Charm (TBA), Feel Like Dancing (Kyle Wilfong), Incredible Filly (Mike Rogers) and Perched On Top (Jamaica Patton) will decide who is the Springfield State Fair queen.
The aged male trot drew three horses and is a non-wagering events consisting of Rock Hollywood (Casey Leonard), Captain Greedy (Jared Finn) and Riet’s Kid (Bobby Decker).
The quartet of non-betting races will precede the regular 10-race Springfield card with n 11:15 scheduled post time. The wagering program begins at 12 noon.
Gals in the Mix: Hawthorne’s Sunday evening card will be headed up by an unusual $10,000 Open. The sixth race s even-horse field will have two of the top mares on the grounds, Feetonthedashboard (Dale Hiteman) and Seeyouatthefinish (Kyle Husted) taking on five of the meet’s better older colts and gelding pacers.
The gals drew the inside posts one with Hiteman’s mare geeing the pole position and the Deb Paul trained Seeyouatthefinish landing the one.
Wolf Creek Farm’s Mr. Coolie (Sam Widger) who saw his three race Open Pace winning streak snapped a week ago, was assigned the outside seven-slot but he’s not the program favorite.
That honor goes to the Terry Leonard Stable’s Mystical Walter who dropped a scant neck decision last week. The late charger ICF veteran leaves from post five with Casey Leonard.
The other trained horse in the race is the venerable Fort Silky who will be driven by Kyle Wilfong. The field is rounded out with Lucky Crusader (Bobby Smolin) and Bngs Express (Ridge Warren).
By Mike Paradise