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                                                      ILLINI HARNESS RACING/ NEWS ARTICLE

Last weeks racing action in Illinois at a glance.

Monday December 21, 2009



When the Incredible Finale Pacing Series were contested this week the playing fields were switched, as the colts had their chance to show their stuff on the mile track, while the fillies had to move over to the half mile bull ring.


The racing action kicked off for the week when driver/ trainer Mike Brink was able to urge home his condition claiming pacer VILLAGE MASCOT to a near wire to wire victory in 157 1/5 on a track listed as fast. Brink co owns the four year old gelded son of ARTSPLACE with the Hamm family trust of Missouri.


Trainer Rory Moore was able to get back on the winning ways when his home bred three year old PERFECT HOPE trotted first across the finish line in 200 1/5 with Sam Widger handling the driving duties.


HARMONY OAKS RENGO kicked of series action as he was able to grind down a feisty BRING THE RAIN in 158.1/5 for trainer John Butenschoen who trains the 2yr gelded son of COLE MUFFLER for owners Harmony oaks racing stables & Walter Butenschoen. Marcus Miller handled the driving duties.      


ONE CHASER and DRAMA PARTY were both victorious for trainer Gary Kreischer and driver Mike Oosting in the pacing series.  Both pacers were switched over to their trainer’s barn for this week’s action when they were privately purchased late last week off owner/trainer Stanley Miller. ONE CHASER is the only two time winner in the series so far.


Two year old RUSH OF FOOLS stamped himself as a top contender in the series with a powerful first over grind to win in 155.2/5 for trainer Jim Eaton who conditions this nice looking son of COLE MUFFLER for owner F. Phillip Langley.  Hall of Famer Dave Magee guided him to victory, while later on the evening Magee also managed to steer SHAREMYLEASE to a 157 4/5 triumph for trainer Brian Freese who co owns the pacer with Jerry Freese.


In Trotting action the pacing bred trotter BOILER SPUR BLUR managed to lower his lifetime mark to 159 4/5 when he worked a perfect two hole into a pocket rocket victory. This gave the three year old his third victory of the year out of 10 starts for owner trainer Bruce Pacitti who co owns with his wife Linda, Art Gregory Jr had the driving assignment by his boss.


John Kina and Jason Thompson were able to get their first victories in the windy city when their trotter READY FOR FREDDIE came first over and just held on to a nose victory in 158 4/5.


In betting action no one was able to correctly pick the first five finisher of the tenth race on Wednesday, so a hi-five carryover was on the works for Saturday’s tenth race.


When action moved to Maywood on Thursday both driver and trainer titles were clinched as both Josh Sutton and Dave Mc Caffrey had big enough leads with only three nights of racing left for the year.  


In Incredible Finale Series action TEMPERMENT, REILLY’S DAUGHTER, FOX VALLEY KETRINA, and DEE DEE SAGE were all victorious for their connections in this week’s action. DEE DEE SAGA is the only two time winner in the series thus far as action moves back to Balmoral Park next week.


Sam Widger was able to get three straight victories when he guided ALMOST POSITIVE (Walter Haynes), ANOTHER JUDY (Bruce Pacitti), and IM GOOD TO GO (Phil Pevion) in the eighth, ninth, and tenth race.


Tyler Buter and Perry Smith teamed up with WAITAWHILE and TEMPERMENT to post driving and training doubles on the night.    


When action returned on Friday night so did the combo of Perry Smith and Tyler Buter as they picked up right where they left off Thursday night, when both WESTERN JET and FOX VALLEY GAMBLER got both of them back in the winners circle in race ten and eleven as they recorded four wins each for the week at Maywood.


Maywood’s leading driver Josh Sutton was able to bottom out fields in four races when he went down the highway with PAN OF THE CENTRY (second race), TJ’S BOB C (sixth race), SNILLOC FIVE (eighth race), and INDY DREAMER(fourteenth race) as he guided the pacers for trainers Todd La Fountaine, John Price and twice for Billy Farmer.


Driver Sam Widger was able to get two more wins as he guided REAL WELL (Tom Simmons) and TWISTAN (Robert Mc Cabe) as that brought his total to five for the week tying him with Josh Sutton for most wins this week at Maywood Park.


In betting news their were no superfecta tickets sold with the right combinations in races seven and nine when both odds on favorites REALLY SHOWING OFF and AMERICAN FIREDOG failed to hit the tickets. After a consolation was paid off to the tickets with the most correct combination the rest of the pool was carried over to the next race that offered superfecta wagering.      


Action moved back to Balmoral on Saturday and the highlight was the high five carryover for the betting public while the feature was the Open pace in race five of the fourteen scheduled races.  


In the open action Rick Dane Jr was able to guide home DISTINCT COLOR to victory in 152 2/5 for trainer Kim Roth for the Rock n Roll Stables. Dane posted a three bagger on the evening when he was also able to guide home VIGOURS (second race) and LUCKY JO (eighth race) to victories these two pacers are also trained respectively by Kim Roth.


Driver Mike Oosting was able to get yet another driving triple on the card when he started the night with the Donna-Lee Ozment trained TIMEWELL to win the first race. Top reins man Mike Oosting however didn’t find the winners circle again until he guided ARTIOVASCULAR who he trains to a nose victory in race ten.  In race thirteen owner George Dremonas was waiting for his charge DIRT SLINGER to return to the winners circle for a after race celebration as his 4yr old son of ALMAHURST FRONTIER was victorious again for trainer Erin Elliott as he’s two for two since being purchased two starts back, Mike Oosting was at the controls again.


Drivers Sam Widger and Tyler Buter both had two wins on the saturday program.


Trainer Guy Calvert went on a Christmas shopping spree spending 22,500 and claiming three horses RED RIVER RESTLESS (Pacitti 12,500), RIP ROCKIN RAIDER( Buter 6,000), and ROLL BAR HANOVER( Rath 4000).


In early pick four action no one was able to select all four winners so a 5000+ carryover was added to the late pick four which resulted in a 20000 dollar pool. While the pick five also went unable to be solved so another 5000+ would be carried over to Sunday’s card, in the high five which had a carryover coming into the racing action another 21000+ was wagered into it which resulted in a 1030.98 payoff.


On Sunday the pick five was the talk of the town as it had a 5000 carryover for bettors to shot for and another 26000 was bet into it.  Now if you had all five winning numbers an early Christmas present came to you in the form of 3930.10.


Classy veterans SPECTACULAR CAM and BENNS SURE THING both handled there overmatched foes with ease for there connections. 


Celtic Force gave the red hot Bruce Pacitti yet another victory.


Mike Oosting padded his lead with three more winners MA PIPER (Pevion), ICU GO GIRL (J. Mapes), and SMILING ANGEL (Elliott).


Yet another week of racing action is in the books


Racing resumes Wednesday at Balmoral for a short week of racing with the Christmas holidays their will be no racing this week at Maywood Park.