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Loulita Aims to Mimic Stablemates

By Mike Paradise   Can the Steve Searle trained filly trotter Loulita follow in the footsteps, or should I say hoof steps, of her stablemates Louzotic and Lous Abigail and deliver a third consecutive Beulah Dygert championship to her connections?   Looking at how good the talented filly has been in her last few starts, […]

Looking Peachy Keen for Hart’s Heart

By Mike Paradise   The adage “What a Difference a Year Makes” sometimes applies to racehorses and that’s certainly the case of the filly Hart’s Heart, the heavy favorite in tonight’s third leg of the $15,000 Plum Peachy stake.   A little more than a year ago the Mike Brink trained home bred made her […]

Next Up: Round Three of the Carey Series

By Mike Paradise   Leg three of the Night of Champions series for ICF sophomores will have the public’s attention this weekend and it begins with Friday evening’s Robert F. Carey Jr. Memorial stake event.   Looking at the Carey’s current standings, Bombay Bobby is leading with 75 points after winning the first leg for […]

Not Just Quantity on Sunday Night

By Mike Paradise   Sunday’s card at Hawthorne has all the right ingredients for an entertaining evening of harness racing, a quite possibility a program that could do well wagering-wise as well.   A larger than normal 14 race card starts off with a pair of $17,500 Night of Champion series stakes divisions for ICF […]

So Far, So Really Good for “Ozzy”

By Mike Paradise   Saturday night’s second leg of the Incredible Finale freshman pacing stake takes us to the half-way point of the Night of Champions series for ICF juvenile pacers.   There’s still a lot of time left before Hawthorne’s gala evening of its meet, it’s annual Night of Champions, nonetheless already some of […]

Those ICF Baby Fillies are Back

By Mike Paradise   For the third time in the last four weeks, ICF freshmen pacers and trotters will be in the spotlight. This time around it’s the second leg of the various Night of Champion series.   On tap tonight is round two of the Incredible Tillie stake series for state-bred pacing fillies. A […]

Violet, Cardinal Trots a Plum to Pick

By Mike Paradise   One of the drawbacks to not having a longer Illinois harness racing season is that it puts a lot of pressure on trainers to get their “babies” ready to race in a hurry and once they go postward then it is one ICF stake event after another without much rest for […]