Cardinal Champions are Crowned

By Mike Paradise


Five Department of Agriculture Cardinal stake two-year-old champions were crowned last night at Hawthorne and there weren’t a lot of major surprises.


The first of three Cardinal $16,833 divisions for juvenile colts and gelding pacers went to Fox Valley Cayman, who enjoyed a pocket trip from driver Casey Leonard. The 4-5 favorite Fox Valley Patriot (Atlee Bender) had a three-hole journey but was second best, beaten almost two lengths in the 1:54.4 mile. Unhynged Speed (Travis Seekman) finished third.


Fox Valley Cayman ($4.80) is trained by Tom Simmons for Illinois owners Carl Lacy (Springfield), James Craven (Buffalo) and Benita Simmons (Springfield).


It was another “Fox Valley” in the winner’s circle after the second Cardinal pace was concluded as Fox Valley Langley (Kyle Wilfong) stayed unbeaten in four starts for trainer Jamaica Patton.


Like Fox Valley Cayman, Fox Valley Langley is a Somestarsomewhere offspring.


Fox Valley Langley motored down the lane to overtake runner-up Kage Daniel (Kyle Husted) by a length in the 1:54.2 clocking. The 34-1 longshot Mister Sleaze (Atleer Bender) came or well to get into the trifecta.


Fox Valley Langley is unbeaten in four career starts for Illinois proprietors Lyle Lipe (Springfield) and Melvin Schoneweis (Petersburg).


Illini Jetset (Atlee Bender) overtook the 3-5 betting choice Fox Valley Landen (Kyle Husted) at the eighth pole to take the third Cardinal pace division by a neck.


The Erv Miller trained winner used a 26.3 last panel to cover the mile in 1:54.2 for Bowie Racing (Shorewood, Illinois), Sara Miller

of Stroudsburg, PA and Erv Miller Stable of Wind Gap, Pa.


Longshot Prevails: The $25,225 Cardinal trots looked to be wide-open affairs and the first split turned out to a unexpected win for the 8-1 longshot Rosita’s Dream (Anthony MacDonald).


The Jim Eaton trained youngster came off the pace to pop at $18.80. Goomster (Kyle Wilfong) took the runner-up role, beaten almost two lengths in the 2:00.4 mile. Fox Valley Corso (Juan Franco) came on to be third.


The second Cardinal trot turned out to be a thrilling stretch duel between the pacesetter Takemetodennyland (Casey Leonard) and Nino Man (Kyle Husted) with the latter grinding out a neck triumph in 2:00 flat.


Trained by Amy Husted for Bowie Racing (Shorewood, Illinois) and Anthony Lombardi (Morris, Illinois), Niko Man ($8.20) made up five lengths in the last quarter of a mile on Takemetodennyland for his initial victory.


   “Chalks” Dominate Preps: He’zzz A Wise Sky (KyleWilfong) cruised to a 1:50.3 clocking in the Robert Molero Memorial prep, holding off Fox Valley Gemini (Casey Leonard) by more than one length. The John Filomeno trainee’s $3.40 win payoff was a fair price considering there were only four horses going postward when Fox Valley Ren was scratched.


The heavy 2 to 5 public’s choice Talk About Valor had an easy time winning the Plesac prep in his usual front-end fashion. Driven by Travis Seekman, the Gerald Hanson trainee was able to coast to a 58 flat first half and won by three-parts over a length over Louscardamon (Kyle Husted) in 1:55.3. Heath Bar (Jamaica Patton) rallied for third.


Fillys Revenge (Kyle Wilfong) and The Magical Woman (Atlee Bender) will meet again in tonight’s eighth race Violet Pace for freshman pacing fillies. The John Fletcher trainee got the best of the Erv Miller trained filly a week ago. (Four Footed Fotos).

  More in Store: Five more ICF stake champions are still to be determined this weekend. The Violet’s, for both pacers and trotters, will go as five consecutive events on today’s card—races four through eight.


The first $22,675 division of the Violet trot kicks off the ICF stake bonanza in race four with six starters. The Roshun Trigg stable’s El  Brae Brae (Jamaica Patton), figures to get plenty of play with four victories in five starts. Her only loss came when she made some breaks on a fair track and ended up second.


Shepertifulpert (Travis Seekman), Mariah Lou (Juan Franco), Radiant Diamond (Richard Schrock), Trotamileinmyshoes (Richard S Finn) and Dawn Of Creation (Casey Leonard) provide the opposition.


The second Violet trot split is race six where Curt Grummel’s Marvelous Mystery looks to extend her unbeaten streak to four in a row. Last week she breezed in 2:01.4.


Lining up to take on the very likely post time favorite are Fox Valley Candor (Kyle Husted), Daisys Duchess (Casey Leonard), Fox Valley Adira (Gary Rath), Fox Valley Gianna (Eddie Henry), Lou Sangeal (Travis Seekman) and Fox Valley Ava (Archie Buford).


Streaks on the Line:  The most intriguing of the trio of Violet pace divisions is the second $17,150 split where the Mike Brink stable’s My Daddy sRevenge (Casey Leonard) and Tom Simmons’ Senorita Mouse, each put a three-race unbeaten streak on the line.


They’ll be challenged by Runaway Delight (Matthew Avenatti), Roan By Design (Travis Seekman), Lots Of Sass (Cordarius Stewart), Tyler Ty (Juan Franco), Ashlee’s Amanda (Wyatt Avenatti) and Rocknroll Dakota (Archie Buford).


One R Andis Star’s (Kyle Wilfong) 1:55.2 clocking last week at Springfield earned the Nick Prather trained filly the favorite role in the first (sixth race) Violet split.


Taking on One R Andis Star are Some Dancing Star (Kyle Husted), South Gate Sally (Casey Leonard), Major Rosita (Juan Franco), Ashlee’s Lil Angel (Cordarius Stewart), Iaintmadatcha (Travis Seekman), Sage on Stage (Archie Buford) and Harleys A Mooss (Gary Rath).


Revenge Motive: The eighth race third Violet grouping features a rematch of last week’s winner Filly’s Revenge (Kyle Wilfong) and runner-up The Magical Woman (Atlee Bender), second best at 10 cents on the dollar.


Longshot hopes include Fox Valley Reagan (Archie Buford), Dandy’s Apple (Cliff Bell), Fox Valley Cha Cha (Terry Skinner), Dandy’s Spice Girl (Juan Franco) and Frontier Molly (Richard S Finn).