By Mike Paradise
The Alex Adam Stable’s My Kind Of Dance stayed perfect through the third leg of the Incredible Tillie Stake Series while Princess Sage and Razzleme Dazzleme won for the second time in the ICF 2-year-old pacing filly events Friday night.
As she did in her first two Incredible Tillie stakes My Kind Of Dance started slow but finished fast for regular river Casey Leonard in Friday’s third division. The Skydancer Hanover filly, owned and bred by Adrian Adam of Beecher, Illinois was taken back from the nine-slot at the start.
The winner got live cover from the eventual second place finisher A Real Doozie (Bobby Smolin) and again proved fastest in the lane, winning by a half-length over the 14-1 longshot with a 1:56.4 mile.
The first two Incredible Tillie divisions were won in front-end fashion.
In the seventh race initial split driver Freddie Patton Jr. hustled the 1 to 5 heavy favorite out from the pole position and kept the pedal down throughout the 1:56 flat mile for the Sagebrush filly’s third triumph in five career starts.
Princess Sage cut fractions of 28.3, 58.3 and opened up on the field by seven lengths at the three-quarter pole (1:27). She had enough left in the tank to finish 1 and 1/2 lengths ahead of Fox Valley Charliz, who edged-out Pinstripe Pants (Ridge Warren) for second place honors.
Princess Sage is owned by Keli Jo Bell of Windsor, Illinois and her Clinton, Mississippi trainer.
Kyle Husted got the 6-1 longshot Razzleme Dazzleme on top in the second “Tillie” split with a 29.1 first panel and was able to take the Sagebrush filly to the half in a modest time of 59.1.
The field bunched-up on the Nick Prather pacesetter in the stretch but Razzleme Dazzleme dug in nicely and put away all the late rushers to win in 1:56.4 by a half-length over Hope Hoptspur with Dandy’s Dududidudu a close third.
In fact, the six finishers were separated by only two lengths at the finish wire.
Razzleme Dazzleme, owned by Derek and Amy Jacobus of Lewistown, Illinois, was one of five first place finishers Friday for Husted. The slender 24-year-old native of Effingham, Illinois is having a career year. He has 67 winners in 2016 and its still July. His previous best was 64 in 2013 with almost 400 more drives.
Friday was another big night for Leonard who brought home four winning drives and had 160 on the season going into Sunday’s card. Casey is more than 20 winners ahead in the Hawthorne driver standings.