Freshmen Series Picture Even Fuzzier

By Mike Paradise

Now that the dust has settled from the second rounds of last week’s two-year-old Night of Champions series, it’s apparent there were some significant happenings, however they didn’t make the ICF freshmen picture any clearer.

Far from it, instead at the half-way point of Hawthorne’s juvenile stake series, all four added money contests are without a doubt up for grabs. Nevertheless, this much we do know:

. . . There won’t be any unbeaten 2-year-old stake series pacers or trotters going into the September 21st Night of Champions.

. . . Three of the four winners in ether last Friday’s Incredible Finale pacing events for colts and geldings or Saturday’s Incredible Tillie for filly pacers didn’t start in those series first leg races.

. . . Only two youngsters, both trotters from the barn of Springfield based horseman Mike Brink, have managed to follow their first leg victories with another win in round two.

Gone from the ICF freshmen unbeaten list is: RJ Wulfy in the Incredible Finale, Double Parked in the Incredible Tillie, Lous Abigail in the Fox Valley Flan and Fox Valley Quest in the Kadabra. All were heavy favorites in their respective series legs last weekend.

RG’S Tracer (Travis Seekman) stamped himself has a prime candidate in the Incredible Finale series with a convincing eight length victory (155.2) in last week’s second round of the ICF freshman colt and gelding pacing stake. (Four Footed Fotos)

RG’S Tracer (Travis Seekman) stamped himself has a prime candidate in the Incredible Finale series with a convincing eight length victory (155.2) in last week’s second round of the ICF freshman colt and gelding pacing stake. (Four Footed Fotos)

The Nelson Willis stable’s Fox Valley Ren (Casey Leonard, 1:55.3), who wasn’t ready to start in the first Incredible Finale knocked off RJ Wulfy while Robert Grismore’s RG’s Tracer (Travis Seekman, 1:55.2), made is first state bred stake series appearance a winning one Friday night in the second “Finale” division.

Fox Valley Exploit (1:58), from the barn of Kyle Husted, followed his third place finish in leg one of the Incredible Tillie with a win in round two Saturday, while June Dale Gram (Ridge Warren), who was a non-threatening fourth in her July 5th debut for trainer JD Lewis ended Double Park’s three race undefeated streak in the second “Tillie” split.

In Sunday’s Night of Champions series trots, double stakes winner Lous Abigial, was second best to the Mike Brink trained Celone Hall (Brandon Bates, 2:00), in the first Fox Valley Flan for fillies. Bee See (Kyle Husted, 2:00.4), from the barn of Steve Searle, rewarded the chalk players in the second with a $2.60 winning mutuel.

Celone Hall, also was a first leg victor in the Fox Valley Flan for the Brink stable.

After Fox Valley Kobe (Kyle Wilfong), nailed down his maiden victory Sunday’s initial Kadabra division in 2:00 flat, the unbeaten Fox Valley Quest shocked the Hawthorne watchers, when he went off stride in the first turn of the second $17,500 Kadabra.

Mike Brink, the trainer and driver of Desert Sheik (1:58.3), a first round winner of the Kadabra, pounced on the “break”, powering his trotter past the pacesetter Fitchey For Fun and holding off a game effort by the fast closing runner-up Fox Valley Quest.

The next major ICF stake for 2-year-olds will come about at the Springfield State Fair in mid-August followed by the ICF championships at Du Quoin at the end of next month.

Here’s the unofficial look at the 2-year-old stake series leaders in each event after two rounds:

ICF 2-Year-Old Pacing Colts & Geldings
Horse Trainer Pts
RJ Wulfy Ronnie Roberts 75
Illini Force Kevin Miller 55
Fox Valley Ren Nelson Willis 50
RG’s Tracer Robert Grismore 50
Hello Rooster Nelson Willis 37
Chick Magnet Tim Roach 37
Canadian Mountie Terry Leonard 26
RG’s Tracer Robert Grismore 50
Ryans Ambassador James Molitor 20
L L Gram JD Lewis 16
Patton Plus Jamaica Patton 13
Bagman Shawn Nessa 12
Kbtwo Charles Arthur 6
Sassy Lil Thing Bridget Williams 6

ICF 2-Year-Old Pacing Fillies
Horse Trainer Pts
Double Parked Leroy Hunt 75
Sleazy Gal Erv Miller 75
Fox Valley Exploit Kyle Husted 62
A Girl Named Jim Jamaica Patton 50
June Dale Gram JD Lewis 50
Ashlees Fine Girl Kim Roth 37
Castielle David Rowney 37
Fox Valley Vixen Nelson Willis 30
Jimmy’s Girl Jamaica Patton 12
Good Gaud Gerty Gary Rath 9
Guru Vee Girl Nelson Willis 8
Sign Her Up Cordarius Stewart 6

ICF 2-Year-Old Trotting Fillies
Horse Trainer Pts
Celone Hall Mike Brink 100
Lous Abigail Steve Searle 75
Bee See Steve Searle 55
Fox Valley Lush Jim Eaton 37
Lauren Hall Mike Brink 30
Lous Flashy Dancer Steve Renard 30
Olympic Hopeful Angie Coleman 20
Really Railee Kennedy Lindsey 20
El Oh Govner Mike Brown 17

ICF 2-Year-Old Trotting Colts & Geldings
Horse Trainer Pts
Desert Sheik Mike Brink 100
Fox Valley Quest Tom Simmons 75
Fox Valley Kobe Jim Eaton 62
On Higher Ground Mike Brink 37
Deememorymaker Demarrio Brown 33
Fox Valley Briton Mike Brink 33
Twin Cedars Rocket Merle Finn Jr 20
U S Patriot Kyle Husted 9
Lousintuit Steve Searle 8
Lou Paschal Roshun Trigg 6
Crooked Creek Mike Brink 5