By Mike Paradise
The only thing definite thus far in the Night of Champions Plum Peachy series is that that after two legs of the ICF 3-year-old filly pacing a stick out has not has emerged.
Thus far a case can be made for five or six fillies to go on and be crowned the champion and of course one way or another that could change Saturday tonight after two third round divisions are in the history book.
In the first two legs four different second season fillies and posted a series win: Rollin Coal and Allbeastnobeauty in round one and The Sister Master and Skeeter Machine in round two after both of those fillies skipped in the series opening leg.
Two $12,500 Plum Peachy events will be raced Saturday evening with The Mike Brink Stable’s Allbeastnobeauty(Tim Curtin), who also won a division of the Violet in May, as the 7-5 morning line favorite with the two-slot and the 2-1 second programmed choice Skeeter Machine (Kyle Wilfong) from the barn of trainer Alan Bowen, with the outside seven-slot as she tries to make it 5 wins in 6 season starts.
JB’S Shooting Star (pp. 1, Casey Leonard) is the 4-1 third choice, with Party Belle (pp 4, Travis Seekman) next at 9-2. The other seventh race hopefuls are Fox Valley Miranda (20-1, Ridge Warren), Shelby Rae (20-1, Gary Rath) and Yank’s Rendezvous (15-1, Jamaica Patton).
The Hosea Williams Stable’s Rollin Coal (Casey Leonard) will be at even-money first flash odds in the eighth race second Plum Peachy split with The Sis Master, trained by her driver Michele Morgan) next at 5-2 followed by The New Americana, trained and driven by Steve Searle, on the rail at 4-1.
That trio will be challenged by likely longshots Sparkle And Dazzle (Ridge Warren), Lilac Laurey (Kyle Wilfong), Frontier Ginger (Juan Franco) and Frontier Cuzin (Kyle Husted).
Two Opens: Hawthorne’s Saturday card got a nice boost with the addition of two Opens on the 10-race card, the second race $10,000 Open I Trot and the fifth race $8,800 Open II for pacing fillies and mares.
Picky Picky Valor (pp 4, Casey Leonard) and Anna’s Lucky Star (pp 5, Kyle Wilfong), a pair of ICF 4-year-olds, will renew their rivalry in the Open Trot. Picky Picky Valor turned the table on Anna’s Lucky Star a week ago with a 1:54.1victory after the Nelson Willis trained mare beat the star of the Gerald Hansen stable three consecutive starts in June.
Big Expense (Kyle Husted), Primed N Powerful (Jamaica Patton) and Totally Pazzazzed (Tim Curtin) are the other Open Trot aspirants.
Char N Marg, from the stable of Terry Leonard, will open as the 8-5 betting choice in the fifth race Open II distaff pace, drawn by groups. Casey Leonard will take her to the five-slot on the starting gate while Boogie On Down (3-1, Kyle Wilfong) will be on her left and Rocknroll Hoochcoo (9-2, Tim Curtin) on her right.
The first three posts belong to Filly Forty (Kyle Husted), Fox Valley Audrey (Juan Franco) and Triple Lane Melody (Ridge Warren).
Sweet 16 in the Bag: The unstoppable 3-year-old IC F pacing star Fox Valley Gemini (Casey Leonard) stayed unbeaten in Friday night’s $12,500 third leg of the Robert F. Carey stake series with his 16th victory in a row.
The pride of the Terry Leonard stable came rolling down the lane and posted a 1:52 flat winning mile, finishing one and one-half length ahead of Backstreet Lawyer (Kyle Husted). You’remyhearthrob (Kyle Husted), who took the field to a quick 55.1 first half, held on for third.
Fox Valley Gemini ($2.60), owned by Jim Ballinger of Atwater, IL), has earned $208,120 in his first 16 winning starts.
Al’s Briefs ($13.60), nicely rated by his driver Travis Seekman, was a front-end winner in Friday’s second Carey division for Illinois owners Anthony Somone (Willow Springs), Dave Mc Caffrey (Burr Ridge) and trainer Clark Fairley (Charleston).
Seekman urged Al’s Briefs away from the starting gate and the first time Lasix user worked his way to the front at the 27.4 first quarter and to a 55.4 first half. The Party Artsplace gelding opened up on the field in the lane and held on by a nose over the fast closing Cool Casper (Tim Curtin) who was disqualified to ninth for stretch interference.
M T Gunslinger (Casey Leonard) was awarded second place and Herecomesmagotta (Juan Franco) was moved up to third.