By Mike Paradise
Tonight’s $44,000 Violet, the first major stake event of the season stake for ICF three-year-old pacing fillies could be a dandy in more ways than one.
The Mike Brink Stable’s Hart’s Heart (Kyle Wilfong) was bet down in her first leg of the recent Plum Peachy and didn’t let down in many supporters who sent her off at 40 cents on the dollar, posting a career best 1:54.4 winning mile.
The good-looking filly, owned and bred by Illinoisans Donna Crebs and Judy Conzo, is listed at even money in the morning line and it is highly likely she will go off at those type of low odds.
However, there are eighth other Prairie state sophomore gals who will have a say in tonight’s outcome, particularly the Plum Peachy bridesmaid Scorecard Dandy (Juan Franco).
The Gregory Kain trained filly came up with a very game effort in the Plum Peachy. Scorecard Dandy was parked every step of the way leaving from the nine-hole in an 11-horse field and was still coming on at the end, beaten by less than a length.
Scorecard Dandy’s determination in the Plum Peachy and tonight’s significant post shift to an inside post (the three) makes her a must consideration in tonight’s seventh race headliner,
And don’t count out the ultra-consistent Gary Rath trainee Princess Mooss (Ridge Warren). She went on Lasix in the Plum Peachy and finished third and was a game second last week prepping for the Violet. The filly drew well with the four post.
The longshot hopes in the Violet are Esther’s Delight (Gary Rath), Cleary The Bomb (Kyle Husted), Connie On The Go (Jamaica Patton), Ryans Secret (Todd Warren), Dandy’s Duchess (Jordan Patton) and Kandi’s Fortune (Freddie Patton Jr.).
It should be pointed out Hart’s Heart had to work in the early going to make the top in her Night of Champion series triumph. The filly left from the seven-slot and was parked out the entire 29.2 first panel before settling in on the front end.
Hart’s Heart wasn’t nominated for last year’s Night of Champions series or her first season earnings of $35,223 probably would have been much higher. The bulk of her freshman bankroll came with convincing victories in the Springfield championship and the Director’s Award showdown, both raced at Hawthorne instead of the State Fairs because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Scorecard Dandy’s grit and determination in last month’s Plum Peachy should not have come as a complete surprise to those who have followed the Sportsmaster filly, owned by Green Acres LLC (Beecher, IL) and Mike Kilmas (Oak Lawn, IL).
Scorecard Dandy was a late bloomer in her first season. She didn’t make her debt until mid-July and went unplaced in a round leg of the Incredible Tillie. Less than two months late she won a later leg of the Incredible Tillie series and then raced without cover when she was second in the $80,000 championship.
A No Doubter: Ideal Big Guy proved to much the best in last night’s $44,000 Cardinal stake for ICF three-year-old male pacers. Nicely handled by Casey Leonard, the Terry Leonard trained gelding pulled away to a five and one-half length victory in 1:55 flat, a new career mark.
Casey sprinted out Ideal’s Big Guy from the two-slot and was content to take the hole behind Bombay Bobby in the early going. However, after a modest 29.1 first quarter, Ideal’s Big Guy was taken out of the pocket and into command where he was never seriously threatened.
Bombay Bobby won the battle for second over Ryan’s Loan Shark.
Ideal Big Guy is owned the Illinois quartet of Dandy Farms Racing (Glenview), Terry Leonard (Harvard), Peter Kouchis (Palos Heights) and Martin Buckey (Plainfield).