By Mike Paradise
Sunday night’s round two of the Night of Champions series for ICF 2-year-old trotters of both sexes brings about an interesting first-time match-up in the second Kadabra stake division for colts and geldings.
First leg winners Fox Valley Picaso and Trixie’s Turbo will meet for the initial occasion in the third race and a victory by one or the other would vault the winner into the early favorite role for September’s Kadabra Final on Hawthorne’s showcase night of their meeting.
Fox Valley Pisaco (Casey Leonard) was hammered down to odds of 1 to 5 and 1 to 9 when she captured the $59,900 Cardinal and his first leg of the Kadabra and in both races, it was strictly no contest. The Herman Wheeler trained colt won the Cardinal by 4 and 1 /2 lengths (2:01.1) and his Kadabra by almost four lengths and was well in hand both times.
Hawthorne’s morning line has Fox Valley Pisacco (p 3) at even-money while Trixie’s Turbo, also a first round Kadabra winner (2:03.4) who breezed a week ago in a series prep race (2:02.4) opens at 2-1.
Trixie’s Turbo (Jared Finn) is trained by Heather Stell and is from a family of successful ICF trotters. He’s the fifth foal of owner and breeder Charles Doehring (Brownstown, IL) broodmare Tropical Trixie. Her first was the Yankee Valor colt Captain Greedy, a 23-time career winner with a mark of 1:554.4 and over $190,000 in earnings.
Tropical Trixie’s second is Trixie’s Jethro (1:56) , currently campaigning at Northfield Park, and her third Sunny Sasha was a 1:57.4 winner at Hawthorne. Next came Trixie’s Turbo and all are from the ICF sire Cassis.
The third race Kadabra division also lured Captainsblacksparrow (Kyle Wilfong), Frontier Manard (Freddie Patton Jr.), Lous Endeavor (Ronnie Gillespie), Rusty Red Valor (Tim Curtin), Prince Cassius (Mike Oosting) and Banner blue (Travis Seekman).
The first race Kadabra division also has a morning line favorite from the barn of Herman Wheeler. He’s Foxvalleyrushour (pp 7), beaten only a half-length by Trixie’s Turbo in their earlier Kadabra match-up. Casey Leonard takes over the lines the 2-1 favorite when he meets Lourhianon (Kenneny Linsey), Louscardamon (Mike Oosting), Super Betcha (Mike Brink), Crackerjack Bill (Jared Finn), Big Garcia Vega (Ronnie Gillespie), and Swaneelou (Matt Avenatti).
Sunday’s Fox Valley Flan filly stakes series also was split into two $12,500 divisions with unbeaten Encantado (Casey Leonard) from the barn of trainer Jim Eaton the 3-2 first flash favorite in the fifth race second $12,500 split for state-bred freshman trotting fillies.
Encantado debuted with a front-end triumph (1:59.2) in a division of the $30,050 Violet and followed with a 2:01.2 victory in her opening leg of the Fox Valley Flan, both with Kyle Husted in the bike. Casey Leonard steers the Lou’s Legacy filly for the first time tonight.
Skippymalouu (Ryan Anderson), Heidi High (Charles Arthur), Lous Mistress (Ronnie Gillespie), Ours Is Victory (Juan Franco), Anything But Mine (Clay Simpson), recent winner Louzotic (Steve Searle), Pizza Maker (Mike Oosting) and Christie K (Tim Curtin) are the Encantado’s challengers.
The fourth race first “Flan” has the pre-race favoritism divided between The Mike Roger stable’s E L Game On (pp 6, Kyle Wilfong) at 2-1 and Steve Renard’s owned by trained filly Loussolataire (pp 2, Tim Curtin), listed at 5-2.
E L Game On followed her bridesmaid role in a Violet division with a come-from-behind victory in a first leg of the Fox Valley Flan in 2:01 flat. The well-traveled Loussolataire was third in her “Flan” start, beaten only one length by Encantado on June 25 and has made five starts at five different County Fair tracks since. Tonight will be the filly’s 15th time she’ll head to the gate in her first season as she goes after her ninth season win.
The other first Fox Flan hopefuls are Lou Scion Lou (Mike Oosting), Friday I’m In Love (Casey Leonard), Sonnie Rae (Ridge Warren), first-time Lasix user Notanangel (Travis Seekman), Lou’s Paramour (Steve Searle), Puddin Cheeks (Jared Finn) and Joe Joe’s Violet (Ronnie Gillespie).
Twice as Nice: Casey Leonard steered both Ken Rucker trained ICF 2-year-old colts The Bucket ($3.40) and Maximus ($4.60) to their victories in Saturday’s two $12,500 divisions of the Incredible Finale stake series.
The Bucket came out of third in the lane, looked the front stepping Meyer On Ice (Kyle Husted) in the eye near mid-stretch and then drew off when the latter went off stride. The Bucket covered the mile in 1:57.2 and ended up almost seven lengths of the second place horse Coming Up (Ride Warren). Meyer On Ice regained stride to be third.
Leonard had Maximus in sixth, ahead of only one horse through much of the second division. The 1:57.2 winner was 9 and 1/2 lengths behind the leader Fox Valley Julius (Kyle Wilfong) with a quarter of a mile to go when Maximus rallied past in his second career start. Viola (Ryan Anderson) came on well to be second beaten three quarters of a length. Fox Valley Julius was third best.