By Mike Paradise
Horsemen flooded the Hawthorne Race Office entry box with 37 horses to be processed into the opening leg of Friday’s Incredible Tillie stake series for 2-year-old ICF pacing fillies necessitating four divisions to be sprinkled throughout the 12-race card.
The $12,500 divisions will go as nine-horse fields in races 1, 3 and 6 while race 5 will have 10 horses line-up at the starting gate.
The Top Ten point earners in the four legs of the series will earn a start in the Incredible Tillie Championship on Hawthorne’s September 10 Night of Champions program. The Consolations are schedule for Sunday, September 11.
A win in a series stake leg is worth 50 points, then its 25 for second, 12 for third, 8 for fourth 5 for fifth and 1 point for starting in a stake series leg.
One of the more impressive performances thus far by a Incredible Tillie hopeful came last week when Filly Forty, a Roshun Trigg filly owned by Dossie Minor of Springfield, Illinois, came from far out of it to post a winning debut in 1:57.3 with a quick 26.4 final quarter.
The victory came with Jamaica Patton at her lines.
“That was the first time I ever sat behind the filly,” said the 35-year-old Mississippi native. “Roshun (trainer Trigg) told me she was a late closer so I really wasn’t that worried when we were far back in the early going. She really came up with a big effort in her very first start.”
Filly Forty is by Duneside Perttie out of the former ICF champion mare Filly Finale who raced for trainer Brian Calvert and won the $55,500 Violet at Balmoral, the $55,000 Springfield Final and a $27,600 division of Du Quoin’s Time Dancer as a 3-year-old.
Filly Forty could turn out to be quite a bargain buy for her Springfield owner. Minor only paid $1,800 for filly at the 2014 Illini Classic Sale.
Filly Forty leaves from post six in Friday’s third race, second division of the Incredible Tillie stake series. I’ve got her listed at 8-5 in my line with the Nick Prather’s Razzle Dazzleme next at 5-2.
Trainer Bob Phillips has a horse in each of the four Incredible Tillie divisions—Just Doit Queeny (first), Annie Girl (second), Fox Valley Maya (third) and Da Blue Jay (forth).
Veteran conditioner Nelson Willis sends out a trio of freshman fillies and two of them, are division favorites. Hope Hotspur (Casey Leonard) is my 9-5 choice in race five and Jump Right Up a game 1:57.2 winner last week, at odds 4-5 in race six in my line.
Willis also has Sheadealer (8-1, Casey Leonard) in the first race opener where her main threats appear to be Princess Sage (8-5, Freddie Patton Jr.) and Dandy’s Dududidudu (3-1, Todd Warren),
Hillbilly Heaven: Fans of the old TV hit comedy series The Beverly Hillbillies got just what they were looking f0r Thursday night when “Ellie Mae” and “Jethro” teamed-up for the first Daily Double on the card, although it was of the petite variety at a $6.40 payoff.
Sis’s Ellie Mae ($4.00) led from start to finish in her winning 2:02.1 mile in the first $10,000 Fox Valley Flan leg of the ICF stake series for ICF freshman filly trotters and Trixie’s Jethro ($2.60) followed with a nine-plus length romp in the park in 2:00 flat in the first division of the $10,000 Kadabra for state-bred juvenile rotting colts and geldings.
Jared Finn drove both the John D Finn trainees. Breeder Charles Doehring owns Trixie’s Jethro and shares ownership of Sis’s Ellie Mae with his fellow Brownsville, Illinois breeder James Rine.
The “Chalk” parade continued in the second split of the Kadabra with the 1 to 2 favorite Matt Q sweeping past in the stretch and drawing away for Quaid Racing of Chicago, IL.
No one in the eight-horse field was in danger of getting s speeding ticket. The race went in a little more than a training mile time of 2:06.2 thanks to a 1:04.4 first half set by the leader Swiss Bank.
Casey Leonard was contend to race Matt Q in fifth and really didn’t get the Nelson Willis trainee into second gear until they field got to the last turn.
Casey swung Matt Q out in the middle of the track for the stretch drive and the freshman gelding hardly broke a sweat chalking up his first career victory.
The betting public also had it right in the second Fox Valley Flan stake division sending off the first-time starter Lou’s Credit Report off at even-money with Jamaica Patton and the Roshun Trigg trainee didn’t disappoint, winning in 2:02.1 and paying am even $4.00.
By Mike Paradise