By Mike Paradise
A number of ICF freshman pacing fillies are racing Friday night to stay sharp for the Springfield State Fair and its $35,000 championship coming up in a couple weeks including Razzleme Dazzleme a two-time Incredible Tillie Series winner at Hawthorne.
Razzleme Dazzleme sits tied for second with My Kind Of Dance in the Incredible Tillie standings. Both freshmen have 112 points, trailing only Princess Sage who has 125.
The fourth leg of the series won’t be contested until September 2. So the next “major” for ICF freshman fillies is Springfield.
“I’m love that she drew the nine-hole,” said Husted. “I think she’s better racing off the helmet but the way things have worked out in her earlier races I had to use her harder and earlier than I wanted to. I think it’ll be good for her to be raced off the helmet going to Springfield.
“She’s a good size filly and she covers the ground easy. So far she’s shown she can race with the top fillies in her division,” added Kyle.
The likely post-time favorite Razzleme Dazzleme will have to come up with a big effort to overtake tonight’s field. Two of her foes—Just Doit Queeny (James Lackey) and Jump Right Up (Casey Leonard)—also own Incredible Tillie leg series triumphs, while Dandy’s Dududidudu (Todd Warren) comes off a confidence boosting win last Sunday and drew nicely with the two-slot.
The Bob Phillips trained Just Doit Queeny won a second leg division of the “Tillie” by a romping five-plus lengths on July 8 and was a solid third to My Kind Of Dance two weeks later in a third leg series event.
Just Do It Queeny has earned 67 points in the filly series, good for a seventh place, two notches below Jump Right Up (76 points) and A Real Doozie (75 points).
The Nelson Willis Stable’s Jump Right Up has post eight, just to the left of Razzleme Dazzleme tonight when she’s reunited with Casey Leonard who drove the filly in her first start.
Jump Right Up is 2-for-5 in her young career and one of these victories came in an opening leg division of the “Tillie” on June 24 which followed a career best 1:57.2 mile a week earlier.
Looking to pull off an upset in Friday night’s eighth race are Fox Valley Sasha (Pat Curtin), Pinstripe Pants (Ridge Warren), Angel Eyes (Dale Hiteman), Final Gift (Bobby Smolin) and San Antonio Rose (Kyle Wilfong).