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This ICF Star Loves Her Job

By Mike Paradise   Illinois long-time trotting queen Annas Lucky Star is getting old like the rest of us but her passion to compete hasn’t diminished one bit.   The now seven-year-old ICF star has won 3 of her last 5 Hawthorne starts and will be the 5-2 first flash favorite in Sunday’s featured fifth […]

Look Who is Prominent Again in Illinois

By Mike Paradise   A number of years have passed since we’ve seen the name Erv Miller among the leading trainers at a Chicago circuit harness racing session, however, that’s no longer the case.   The Midwest division of the Erv Miller Stable goes into this weekend of racing sitting third in the Hawthorne trainer […]

It’s the Return of the ICF Titans

By Mike Paradise   After a three-week absence our version of the “Battle of the Titans” returns tonight when ICF standouts He’zzz A Wise Sky and Fox Valley Gemini square off with the return of Hawthorne’s $12,000 Open Pace.   The last time these two Illinois bred star pacers tangled was back on July 9 […]

Loulita Aims to Mimic Stablemates

By Mike Paradise   Can the Steve Searle trained filly trotter Loulita follow in the footsteps, or should I say hoof steps, of her stablemates Louzotic and Lous Abigail and deliver a third consecutive Beulah Dygert championship to her connections?   Looking at how good the talented filly has been in her last few starts, […]

Looking Peachy Keen for Hart’s Heart

By Mike Paradise   The adage “What a Difference a Year Makes” sometimes applies to racehorses and that’s certainly the case of the filly Hart’s Heart, the heavy favorite in tonight’s third leg of the $15,000 Plum Peachy stake.   A little more than a year ago the Mike Brink trained home bred made her […]

Next Up: Round Three of the Carey Series

By Mike Paradise   Leg three of the Night of Champions series for ICF sophomores will have the public’s attention this weekend and it begins with Friday evening’s Robert F. Carey Jr. Memorial stake event.   Looking at the Carey’s current standings, Bombay Bobby is leading with 75 points after winning the first leg for […]

Not Just Quantity on Sunday Night

By Mike Paradise   Sunday’s card at Hawthorne has all the right ingredients for an entertaining evening of harness racing, a quite possibility a program that could do well wagering-wise as well.   A larger than normal 14 race card starts off with a pair of $17,500 Night of Champion series stakes divisions for ICF […]