By Mike Paradise
Hawthorne’s 2020 Late Closer Summer Series, scheduled to be held in May, has been pushed back and will begin at an undetermined date at the meet.
That’s welcome news for Illinois horsemen and their owners who paid various nomination fees to get their horses raced on two consecutive weekly Late Closer legs and hoped to earn enough points to have a horse be one of the 10 series finalists.
The vast majority of this year’s Hawthorne Late Closers had plenty of nominations with the exception of the Mike Paradise for ICF three and four year-old male pacers with $10,000 or less in lifetime earnings. The Paradise only had six horses entered and any Late Closer with less than eight eligible horses may be canceled by the Hawthorne Race Office.
The Daryl Busse Trot series for 3 or 4-year olds that are non-winners of $10,000 lifetime (for ICF or filly and mare trotters its $15,000 LT) took in the most nominations with 35 horse entered, making it very likely that leg one will have four divisions.
While skimming through all the 2020 Late Closer nominations available on the Hawthorne web-site, one name jumped out to me and that was the Jim Eaton trained filly trotter Encantado in the Bea Farber Trot series for non-winners of $30,000 lifetime (for ICF or F&M its $15,000). Encantado was one of the elite Illinois-bred trotters in 2018 as a two-year-old when she headed into that year’s Night of Champions.
Unfortunately for trainer Jim Eaton Encantado broke in the championship, just as she did in her previous start. It turned out the filly had health issues that needed to be resolved and she hasn’t competed since,
Now a four-year-old, it’s been 20 long months since the well-regarded filly has gone postward. With $44,300 on her card, Encantado is eligible for the Bea Farber by just $700.
As a freshman the daughter of Lou’s Legacy came out ready to ramble in mid-June of 2018, winning the Violet and her leg of the Fox Valley Flan nine nights apart. After a second place finish in a second leg of the Fox Valley Flan, Encantado rose to the top of her division with a sweep at Springfield with Casey Leonard at her lines for owners Phil Langley, John Schwartz Jr. and Eaton. The filly trotted a season best 1:54.2 mile in the State Fair championship and looked superb doing it.
However she wasn’t the same flawless filly after Springfield despite a three week rest.
Encantado then made a break in the stretch on the lead in her next leg of Fox Valley Flan and was far back at the finish. She got off to a sluggish start in the final “Flan” leg and was last, more than a dozen lengths behind at the first quarter. She did well to come on to be third.
When Encantado begins her comeback in the Bea Farber one of her Late Closer rivals is her sophomore stable-mate Fox Valley Lush, a filly who blossomed late in the ICF freshman season. Fox Valley Lush won a September leg of the Fox Valley Flan and picked-up the third place check for the Eaton stable in the championship.
Eaton will also have is three-year-old colt trotter Fox Valley Kobe in the Farber. A son of Pizzazzed, out of the former ICF champion mare Fox Valley Diva, Fox Valley Kobe was a winner in an opening leg of last year’s Kadabra stake series.
The other Bea Farber trot eligible horses are Be Magical, Bella Magnifica. Captainsblacksparrow, Fox Valley Elicit, Roma Hall, Trotterlicious, Trouble For All and Volare TZ.
The 14 distaffer pacers nominated for the Walter Paisley (NW $30,000 LT, ICF $45.000) are Admit, Always Nadia, Ashlee’s Fine Girl, Dreaming Image, Flames Of Fire, Fox Valley Lolo, Little Adaline, Maddison Ivy, My Uptowne Girl, Nightgirl, Pootie Cat, Rock It Out. Sands And Rocks and Street Parade.
The 23 Bob Larry Series eligible pacers: Artspire, Brysen, Candys Image Rocks, Chick Magnet, Cuzberttoldmeso, Evco Lane, Flying Marvin, Fox Valley Lincoln, Haulin’ Oats, Hot Day Cool Night, Life Is A Highway, Little Bita Sass, Netbigten, Pianno Roll, Pirates Alley, Rockinscience, Rollin’ Times, Skyway Artimus, Some Nobody, Sports Hero, Talk About It, Tappin Outamessage and Toxic Rock.
The eight Dave Magee filly or mare series nominations were Amazon Princess, Harper, Patches Dreamgirl, She’s So Funny, Sporty Perch, Syrna, TE’s Smoothas Silk and Umakeit Utakeit.
The 35 Daryl Busse eligible trotters: Andover The Halo, Bluebird Luigi, Buck Dancer, Cassy Chip, Coach Cougar, Easy EO, Extreme Edge, Frontier Stylish, Gin Patty Lin, High Queen Anne, Hot Fuss, I Thank You, Justa Nother Bag, Kay Can Do, Look And Count, Los Paisano, Louistuit, Lucky Banker, Mamaneedsmorewine, Mr Wisconsin, Muffin For Fun, Mystical Momento, Olympic Hopeful, Pilgrim Caviar, Ramblin Cougar, Ready To Deal, Really Railee, Schubie, She’s Got Moxy, Skyway Bebop, Stella Krmp, Swan Mission, The Motion of Love, U S Patriot and Zone Six.
The 17 Tony Salvaro eligible fillies are Another Kari Lynn, Astounded Hanover, Elite Fine, Eternal Bliss, GD Potliker, Imthebigsis, Like A Peach, Lookintomyeyes, Mary’s Pretty Girl, Passionanpromise, Penny Girl, Sierra Mystique, Skyway Igotthis, Slow Your Roll, Spicy Lil Hope, Tropical Fruit and Yummy Candy
The 21 colt and gelding Phil Georgeff eligible pacers: Americanboy, Artscapade, Bobs Time, Cashncam, Dirt E Rock, Fox Valley Mondo, Frontier Rollo, Gotit, Hoosier Celebrity, Johnny Ringo, Mac Special, Master Place. Partner In Crime, Rock Jagger, Rockin American, Rockin Around, Silverstar’s Flash, Sugartime Shark, Time For Fraunswau, Turbo Power and W H Tenderfoot.
The only six male pacers nominated for the Mike Paradise were Bagman, BJ’s Cowboy, Cookie Jack, Grand Ole Party, L L Gram and Mighty T0ny Mac.
Sad News: Our condolences to the family of former Chicago circuit driver Donald Glassi who passed away earlier this week. The Oak Park, Illinois native drove during the late 1970s through the mid-1980s with his first winner coming at a winter meet on the Arlington Park racetrack back in 1977. Glassi was 68 years-old.
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