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                                                         ILLINIHARNESSRACING/NEWS ARTICLE

Bragging Rights belong to Dee Dee.

December 31, 2009                                                        

By G.M. JONES for ILLINIHARNESSRACING.COM

 

When two year old filly pacer DEE DEE SAGE lined up behind the starting gate on Wednesday night she was the only one with a chance for the series sweep in the Incredible Finale pacing series.  But before she could have the bragging rights she need to step up and defeat her nine rivals, that included seven other preliminary round winners and one filly that was awarded a preliminary victory after a stewards placing.

 

If you went by the past performances on the racing program, DEE DEE SAGE’S main rivals were REILLY’S DAUGHTER, TEMPERMENT, and KENNANS ETHEL who were all powerful winners of either first round or second round action.  But with a field such evenly matched in conditions you really couldn’t count anybody out. So someone had to step up and earn the bragging rights of being this year Incredible Finale champion for fillies. Who would it be?

 

When the wings of the gate folded driver trainer Steve Searle gambled and took a shot with outsider ASCOT COURAGE as he left from the nine hole that gave driver Josh Sutton no choice but to try and hold his inside position with FOX VALLEY KATRINA. Getting away in third was the Roger Welch trained REILIEYS DAUGHTER, back in fourth was driver trainer Gary Rath with his charge FOX VALLEY WINDY.  Sliding in fifth was Rick Dane with the Nelson Willis charge SHAKE SOME, as the first and second round winner DEE DEE SAGE gave up early position when she couldn’t handle the clubhouse turn so well. The rest of the field got away in post position order as they raced towards the quarter.

 

Through an opening quarter in 28.3/5 driver Josh Sutton worked the give and go with Steve Searle, as Sutton moved his filly FOX VALLEY KATRINA back to the top and raced quickly towards the half on a track listed as good. They raced towards the half and the first to pull was the only two time winner of the series DEE DEE SAGE with one of her main rivals on her back KENNANS ETHEL (Mike Oosting).  That  gave driver Del Chupp something to worry about, locked in and getting the shuffle was her other so called main rival REILLYS DAUGHTER (Marcus Miller) now Del knew that he had to keep this promising filly locked in to help his charges chance of get bragging rights.  TEMPERMENT and Tyler Buter were still a ways back in tenth.

 

When they reached the half in a quick 57 1/5 it definitely set it up for the closers, but who would be the strongest in the lane to earn bragging rights?   Both FOX VALLEY KATRINA and ASCOT COURAGE had battled each other to defeat early, and DEE DEE SAGA was not handling the turns that left KENNANS ETHEL, REILLYS DAUGHTER and TEMPERMENT with the best chance of getting bragging rights.

 

When the three quarters read 127 both of the early leaders FOX VALLEY KATRINA and ASCOT COURAGE were now in deep water as both DEE DEE SAGE and KEENANS ETHEL were now starting to out sprint them so there chances of claiming bragging rights was over.  REILEY’S DAUGHTER was looking for racing room as she was weaving in and out of traffic, TEMPERMENT in the mean time was closing from far back on the outside so they still had a small chance to get bragging rights. Halfway down the lane it looked like KENNANS ETHEL was going to go right on by and win the bragging right but the first over DEE DEE SAGE showed some class and determination as she out fought all nine rivals to the wire in 156 4/5.  

 

The Incredible Finale Champ is owned and trained by Eligio Boccia of Chicago Heights, Illinois. So Bragging Rights belong to DEE DEE SAGE.