By Mike Paradise
Four of the main championship stakes for 3-year-old ICF horses will be decided this week with the Violet and Cardinal finals for both trotters and pacers.
Thursday’s $21,7000 Cardinal trot championship will go as race six and a Race Office re-draw was kind to the Kenny Collier Stable’s Fear, a dominate eight length winner in last week’s elimination and Dygert Leg two champion Hail Caesar from the Mike Brink Stable.
Fear will leave from post two with Todd Warren who was at her lines a week ago and also in her 6 and 1/2 length romp on June 30 in his second leg of the Dygert colt stake. Fear originally had the 8-slot.
Post three through nine in the Cardinal will now be manned Budda Pest (Gary Rath), Powerful Father (Pat Curtin),) Bands Aniston (Jamaica Patton), Storm Winds (Janes Lackey), Mr. Strata (Kyle Wilfong), Primed N Powerful (Freddie Patton Jr.),Wrightwood (Bobby Smolin) and PJ Boy (Mike Rogers).
Storm Winds was omitted from the original Cardinal finalists posted, necessitating a re-draw of the race
Collier’s Vengeful (Todd Warren), an easy winner in the Violet Elimination, and the Steve Searle Stable’s Surviver DI (Kyle Husted), who drew a bye into Thursday’s filly championship, are the likely favorites in the eighth race co-feature and they also landed outside with posts 8 and 9, respectively.
Also looking for the winner’s share of the Violet’s $20,100 pot are Ryleigh Marie (Lewayne Miller), Roma Falls (Matt Krueger), More Than Likely (Kyle Wilfong), Fox Valley Mirage (James Lackey), Awfully Emotional (Travis Seekman), Powerful Princess (Casey Leonard), HS Karissa (Delbert Burkett) and Fox Valley Bugatti (Bobby Smolin).
The 75-year-old Burkett is the son-in-law of Kenny Collier and is a long time member of the Illinois Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Delbert, a part-owner of HR Karissa, also trains the Howard Schrock bred filly.
Friday’s $25,200 Violet Stake pacing final has been draw with last week’s elimination victors, Burry Me Inthesand and Char N Marg, landing the one and two posts, respectively.
They’ll be challenged by LK’s Nancy Lee, Fox Valley Gypsy, Ashlee’s Fine Lady, Likeafirballshot, Art Angel Baby, Lexington Lady, Dakota Sleek and Dandy’s Diva with slots three through ten.
The likely favorites for Saturday’s $28,200 Cardinal Pace crown are last weekend’s winners Holdonwe’rolling (Todd Warren) and BS Tyriffic (Kyle Wilfong), along with 2015 freshman champion Dan D Dune (Casey Leonard), the second elim runner-up
Dan D Dune put over $120,000 on his card as a 2-year-old and captured five races including the Orange and Blue Colt title on Super night. However he is winless in five tries in his second season.
Other Saturday Cardinal finalists include Cloe’s Princess, Impressive Art, Wondrous Sport and Red Dog Ryan from the first elimination division and Goinduneside, Royale Rose and He Gone Jack.