By Mike Paradise
With 17 ICF freshman trotters entered for Sunday night’s Illinois Department of Agriculture’s Cardinal a pair of $22,775 divisions were necessary for the initial major state-bred trotting stake of the summer.
Five of the 17 youngsters in the Cardinal events are all from the stable of trainer Roshun Trigg.
The Mississippi native will send out the trio of Priority Lou (Cordarius Stewart), Sumbodygetdisfool (Jordon Patton) and I’mnotalocaldude (Freddie Patton Jr.) in the fifth race first division and Shady Maple Valor (Freddie Patton Jr.) and Tropical Lou (Cordarius Stewart) in the fifth race second split.
The Flacco Family Farms home-bred Priority Lou is the younger brother of Lous Silver Flash (1:56.4) and Joe Joe’s Violet (1:59.4)
Priority Lou made a break at the start debuting in the first leg of the Kadabra where Coco D’Lascito (Casey Leonard) was hand driven to the wire of the 2:01.4 mile. The five-length winner is trained by Jenna Lubbeck for owner and breeder Sam Daddono of Grant Park, Illinois.
Testing the Hawthorne oval tonight for the first time are Release Cassis (Cliff Bell), Sudden Approach (Ronnie Gillespie) , E L Big Game (Brandon Bates) and Salute The Hero (Mike Oosting), a $19,000 yearling buy and a full brother of Don’t Be Cheeky (1:58.3).
Shady Maple Spirit (Mike Oosting), the second place finisher in the opening round of the Kadabra, is the other first Cardinal division hopeful.
The second Cardinal event consists of (from the rail out): Big Approach (Garrett Daniel, Shady Maple Valor. Lousrolando (Kyle Husted), Tropical Lou, Bobalou (Kyle Wilfong), Emsroscopcoletrain (Cornelius Cavett) Rndmununpreticable (Mike Oosting) and Loyz Say When (Brandon Bates).
In between Sunday’s two Cardinal events is the $46,000 Violet Trot. Ten juvenile fillies entered the stake but three were found to be not eligible so a field of seven will go to the gate tonight.
The pole position belongs to the Erv Miller trained filly Myonly Sin (Mike Oosting) who brought $20,000 at the 2019 Illinois Classic Sale. The Lou’s Legacy filly qualified twice at Hoosier Park for this race and will likely get good play.
Fox Valley Flan first leg runner-up Lolita (Kyle Husted) should also get a significant portion of the public’s wagering dollar after trotting a 27.4 last quarter in the “Flan.”
From the two-slot through the six post you’ll find BBR Lady (Freddie Patton Jr.), BC’s Rose (Curt Grummel), Breeze At Sunset (Ridge Warren), Lou Lou Lamour (Casey Leonard), a full brother to Lous Paisano (1:57.2) and Lucky Valerie (Tyler Shehan) who sold for $15,000 as a yearling.
The Curt Grummel trained filly Bobalou is a major threat off her solid winning event at Springfield. Nevertheless the USTA’s computer generated morning line of even-money seems to me to be too strong for a freshman trotter just making her pari-mutuel debut.
At this time of the juvenile campaign words like “Unpredictable,” “Erratic,” and “Fickle” are sometimes used to describe two-year-old trotters. On the other hand there could be a titleholder on the next Night of Champions competing tonight.
Distaff Delight: After a one week absence the circuit’s $10,500 Open Pace for fillies and mares returns with the last two Sunday overnight feature winners handicapped with the two outside posts.
Hawthorne’s June 28th conqueror It’s Time For Fun (Kyle Wilfong) landed the seven while Tempus Seelster (Travis Seekman), who saw her six race victory streak snapped, has the eight.
Tempus Seelster was assigned the 10-hole in the June 28th Open and it proved to be her downfall. The seven-year-old Rob Rittof trainee was parked out by some longshots to a 27.1 first panel and was pressured to a 55 half, so she was understandably a tiring mare in the lane.
New faces to tonight’s distaff Open are Roaring Home (Mike Oosting), Over Speeding (Todd Warren), Delightfully Wild (Ryan Anderson) and Lily Grace (Casey Leonard), all on winning streaks of three or more races. Look Kimbo (Cordarius Stewart) and Skeeter Machine (Kyle Husted) round out the ninth race event.
Chalk Up Another: Driver Ridge Warren gave the 4-5 favorite Connie On The Go ($3.80) a second-over trip and the Jamaica Patton trained filly used the favorable journey to wear down the pace-setting Princess Mooss (Kyle Wilfong) in the lane to gain a neck victory in last night’s $43,100 Violet Pace for two-year-old state bred fillies.
The first over Clearly The Bomb (Todd Warren) finished third.
The triumph was the second consecutive stakes victory for Connie On The Go. The Sportsmaster filly took Hawthorne’s opening leg of the Incredible Tillie stake series two week ago for Illinois owners Ron Phillips (Athens) and John Carver (Rock Island).
Connie On The Go covered the Violet mile in 1:58.1 and paced a 27. 1 last quarter.