By Mike Paradise
The second legs of the Fox Valley Flan and the Kadabra stake series for ICF two-year-old trotters go postward Thursday might at Hawthorne and trainer Roshun Trigg, who is a long way from his home in Mississippi, sends out a pair of “Lou Lou’s” who figure to be major players in their respective events.
His filly Lou’s Credit Report (pictured in this Four Footed Photo) the early favorite in the fourth race second Fox Valley flan division after her impressive 2:02.1 first leg triumph a few weeks ago in first-over fashion.
Her stablemate Louscipher was second best in his opening leg of the Kadabra and also raced without cover. He’s the early second choice behind the stake series favorite Trixie’s Jethro (Randall Finn) who dominated the opposition in his first two starts for the John D Finn Stable.
Jamaica Patton, also a Mississippi native, will again be in the sulky Thursday night behind Trigg’s “Lou Lou’s,” both owned by their breeder Flacco Family Farms of Alexis, Illinois and sired by Lou’s Legacy.
I caught up to Roshun on his way Tuesday afternoon to Carlinville (250 miles south of Hawthorne) where he was racing 10 horses. Wednesday after he’ll be at the Knoxville fair (165 drive northwest from Carlinville) where he’ll raced another half-dozen horses. Then it’s another long ride back (200-plus) east to Chicago for Thursday’s Hawthorne stakes.
“Louscipher is a good-gaited colt who is getting better with very start,” said Trigg. “He trained down good for his 2-year-old season but not as well as the filly (Lou’s Credit Report) did.
“The filly has always done well right from the get-go. She always tries hard and whatever you ask her to do, she does it. I have high hopes for her. She has a chance to be a good filly.”
Trigg has been a fixture on the Illinois County Fair Circuit for the last 10 years. He’s raced horses in Kentucky at tracks like Bluegrass and Thunder Ridge and was at Balmoral in 2015 for that track’s last hurrah.
The 38-year-old Flowood, Mississippi native began this week with 428 training wins in his career and is having a terrific 2016 season. Roshun went to the Carlinville Fair with 59 horses started this year and 23 ended up first, almost a 45 per cent winning clip. He’s also had 16 seconds and 9 thirds. That’s 48 of his 79 starters finishing 1, 2 or 3.
Elimination Time: Single elimination divisions of both the Violet and Cardinal trots for 3-year-old state-bred fillies are also on Thursday’s card and will go as races 8 and 9.
The first eight finishers in the Violet elimination will advance to next week’s championship with its estimated $20,000 purse and join Powerful Princess and Surviver DI who drew byes based on the highest purse earnings thus this far this year among the 12 fillies entered..
A seventh place finish or higher is needed in the Cardinal elimination to gain that stake’s final where the top money earners Mr. Starta, Primed N Powerful and Hail Caesar got the week off with byes and are already in the $22,000 (est.) championship.
By Mike Paradise