By Mike Paradise
Unbeaten in three lifetime starts the youngster Double Parked has quickly shown she’s going to be a major player in the ICF 2-year-old pacing filly division.
With three convincing victories at Hawthorne, including Incredible Tillie and Violet stake division wins already in the rear view mirror for owner and trainer Leroy Hunt of Jackson, Tennessee, Double Parked has her sights set tonight on another “Tillie” triumph.
When Hunt acquired the filly pacer as a yearling, the daughter of Sagebrush out of the broodmare Parkedontheroad, already was named Double Parked by her breeder Fair Meadows Farm of Altamont, Illinois.
Nevertheless Leroy says the name Double Parked fits the filly perfectly.
“When you’re double parked you do things in a hurry to get back to your car. Well, everything Double Parked does is in a hurry. I mean everything. She even walks in a hurry.”
Leroy added that the filly also can finish a race in a hurry. In Double Park’s 1:56.2 Violet win two weeks ago she paced her last quarter in a rapid 26.2.
“My brother Mitch and I were interested in buying her at the Illini Classic Sale last year. Mitch couldn’t make the sale so I went there myself to check the filly out. When I saw her I was surprised to see how very small she was, so I wasn’t sure if I would go after her but a friend there pointed out that she’s from a good family and she did look bigger in the (sale) ring, so I ended up buying her.”
The purchase price for the filly was $8,500. Leroy and his brother have already have a quick return of $23.782 in her initial three outings and the ICF freshmen stake season still has a long way to go.
“She’ll be going to Springfield and downstate (to Du Quoin),” said Leroy who has been training horses for “25years.”
Double Parked may be small in stature but she comes big where it counts the most.
“The filly has a heart of a champion,” said Leroy. “She always tries hard and gives you her best.”
The Hunt’s talented filly landed the three post in Saturday’s second Incredible Tillie division and will open as the prohibitive 4-5 favorite. Inside of her are TE’s Smooth As Silk (Tyler Shehan) and June Dale Gram (Ridge Warren). Slots four through eight went to Molly Hotspur, Good Gaud Gerty (Gary Rath), Fox Valley Nia (Casey Leonard), Sign Her Up (Cordarius Stewart) and Ashlee’s Fine Girl (Luke Plano).
The first “Tillie” division consists of (from the pole position out): Castielle (Robert Smolin), Guru Vee Girl (Juan Franco), Ryans Allegra (Luke Plano), Fox Valley Vixen (Casey Leonard), Sleazy Gal (Kyle Wilfong), Fox Valley Exploit (Kyle Husted) and Locked On It (TBA).
Double Parked is the fourth foal of Parkedontheroad. The broodmare’s first is the ICF pacer Dakota Roadster, one of the top horses in the barn of veteran Illinois trainer Perry Smith. Now seven, Dakota Roadster (1:51), is a 25-time career winner with over $255,000 on his card earnings.
Interestingly, Dakota Roadster is driven locally by Travis Seekman, who has been at the lines of the pacer’s half-sister Double Parked in all three of the filly’s career starts.
Unbeaten No More: Fox Valley Ren, perfectly handled by driver Casey Leonard, put an end to RJ Wulfy’s undefeated three-race winning streak last night in the first $17,500 Incredible Finale series division for ICF freshman male pacers.
RJ Wulfy (Ryan Anderson) grabbed a quick lead from the get-go with Casey dropping the Nelson Willis stable’s Fox Valley Ren into fourth, some six lengths behind the 4-5 favorite who took the six horse field to a 28.1 first quarter.
However, Casey tipped Fox Valley Ren out on the backside and the Sportsmaster gelding zipped to the front by the 56.3 half. A soft 30.2 third quarter left the even-money second choice with plenty of pace for the long stretch drive and he went on to gain a one-length victory in the1:55.3 mile.
Fox Valley Ren is owned by the Megan Rogers Racing Stable of Chicago, Illinois.
Strictly the Best: The second Incredible Finale split was no contest as RG’S Tracer (Travis Seekman) pulled away to an almost eight length romp in 1:55.2 under wraps.
The Robert Grismore trained 2-year-old made the front end at the end of the first quarter (29.2), coasted to a 58.1 half with Canadian Mountie (Casey Leonard) on his back, and then showed his heels to the opposition in the stretch, coming home in 28.1.
Hello Rooster was a non-threatening second.
RG’s Tracer is a son of the trotting bred stallion Psychic Spirit out of the Sportsmaster broodmare Chicky Dee and is owned by Grismore (Freeport, Illinois) and Charles Knipp (Madison, Wisconsin).