By Mike Paradise
It’s the second time around this week for ICF freshman pacers and trotters in Hawthorne’s summer stakes series.
First up are the $10,000 second legs of the Fox Valley Flan for 2-year-old filly trotters and the Kadabra for juvenile male trotters.
Sis’s Ellie Mae and Lou’s Credit Report came away with first leg victories and earned 50 series points toward a starting berth in the stake’s final on Hawthorne’s Night of Champions, its showcase evening of the meet,
Lou’s Credit Report’s (Jamaica Patton) win came in his first pari-mutuel start for trainer Roshun Trigg a native of Mississippi.
Sis’s Ellie Mae (pp 2) and Lou’s Credit Report (pp 5) drew into the same second Fox Valley Flan division Thursday night, the fourth event on the 11-race card.
Trixie’s Jethro, a John D Finn stable-mate of Sis’s Ellie Mae, and Matt Q, trained by Nelson Willis, also chalked up 50 points with opening round triumphs in the Kadabra, taking a major step towards that stake’s championship on Saturday, Sept. 10.
Trixie’s Jethro (pp 8, Jared Finn) has been much the best in his first two pari-mutuel starts and is expected to be a heavy favorite in the third race first Kadabra split while Matt Q (pp 6, Casey Leonard) will likely be at low-end odds in the sixth race first Kadabra division when he goes after his third consecutive win.
The Kadabra (pictured) honors the ICF trotter bred by Connie Hochstetler who went on to become a national success in the early 2000’s when he won 26 of 36 career starts and over $1.8 million.
Also on tap at Hawthorne Thursday are single elimination divisions for both the 3-year-old Violet and Cardinal trots.
The first eight finishers in the eighth race Violet elim will advance to next week’s final and join Powerful Princess and Surviver DI who drew byes based on the two highest 2016 purse earnings among the 12 fillies entered.
The first seven sophomore trotters to cross the finish line in the ninth race Cardinal elimination will link up with Mr. Strata, Primed N Powerful and Hail Caesar who drew byes into that colt and gelding showdown.
Friday’s Hawthorne card will be headed up by the second round of the Incredible Fanny stake series for first season filly pacers while their male colleagues will be in the limelight Saturday, battling it out in the Incredible Finale stakes. Both are $1,500 events.
If the first go around is any indication you can expect multiple divisions for both “Incredible” 2-year-old stakes. Four divisions were needed in each two weeks ago in the first go-around.
By Mike Paradise