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Short Week of Racing




Racing returned with a short week by means of no live racing on Sunday due to Super Bowl Sunday. However when racing resumed on Wednesday the gambling community had a pick five carryover of 4446 dollars to look forward too-- credit to Casey Leonard, Joe Boccia, as well as Varsity Singer via means of winning on Sunday January 31 at 44/1 and causing the carryover.  


Prior to the pick five getting under way young Tyler Freese guided home Doins to a front end score in 1:59.2/5 for a new lifetime mark for the Allen Trone charge. And the short week of racing was underway. 


Now it was time for the gambling community to fire there funds at the pick five carryover, and did they ever betting over 10,000 making it a 15,000 dollar pool to shoot for. For those that tried to coat ever position turned up to be a dreadful speculation as three favorites and two second choices were triumphant—Thatswhatshesaid (J. Roberts 4.00), Quaidzilla (J. Sutton 4.60), Rogers Finale (S. Widger 7.80), Red Phoenix (Tr. Tetrick 5.40), and Reilly’s Daughter ( M. Miller 2.60)  all won in that array to return a fantastic 162.55 for 50 cents. In other racing news equally Trace Tetrick and Sam Widger each drove three winners on the hours of darkness, trainer Roger Welch witnessed two of his trainees make it to winner circle.  All in all the gambling community was accurate on, except in the finale when John DeLong, Chris MacKwowiak, along with Passion Starlet took top honors in a career best equaling mile in 1:56 paying 20.40 for every two dollars wagered on her.    


Racing shifted to Maywood on Thursday night with a lot of issues escalating about this new method of racing “The Quick Start’. It’s too early to see if it really works or not—a few like it others don’t. What we did observe on the Thursday night line up was that six horses made breaks on the first turn –is it for the reason that of the quick start? Only time will tell,for now we are just observing.


Individually Gary Rath (Odds on Emanuel & Lady Of Rivndel) and Todd Warren (Romantic Jet & Not So Slim) were both able to maneuver home two winners on the eleven race card.  Return Lane (Tr. Tetrick) and Not So Slim (T. Warren) paced the co fastest miles of the night pacing there miles in 1:58 on a cold brittle night. In Newcomer Pacing Series News equally Master Jeeves (C. Leonard) and Western Tower (P. Knox) wired there fields to win very astoundingly, whereas M M West (Le. Miller) left from there outside post to shelter a rail trip-into an open stretch victory. Series action moves over to Balmoral for the colts. In gambling news the Pick five went unsolved causing an 873 dollar rain check for Friday night, at the same time there was one winning ticket in the pick four returning 1,574 dollars to one lucky bettor.  


Trainer Dave McCaffrey in quest to defend his Maywood title sent out the first race winner in Danny Noonan (S. Widger), whereas driver Josh Sutton is also trying to defend his title Sutton steered home six winners( Celebrity Best, Snilloc Five, Go Tuffy, Kansas Wildcat, Park Place Grace, and TJ’s Bob C) on the fourteen race Friday evening card.   Keither (J. DeLong) made a great last half rally to achieve a marvelous triumph for trainer Chris MacKwowiak in race ten making him one of three horse to close on the evening on a speed bias track along with stable mate Just Be Original and the Shannon Berry trained Wes Mantooth.  Snilloc Five the eight thousand dollar claimer owned and trained by John Price (the fastest winner of last week) came back to unite with Josh Sutton yet again for another gate to wire victory pacing the mile in 1:58 2/5 being the second fastest mile of the night.  The Friday night fastest mile went to the ex- seventy five thousand dollar claimer Kansas Wildcat going gate to wire in a very remarkable 1:57 4/5 (bearing in mind the racing conditions). In claiming news trainer Dee Cozzi and owner Pete Procopi reached in and claimed the nine year old Indiana bred JD’s Personalstatis from Todd Warren & Tim Wilson. The pick five along with the pick four gave gamblers a rough time as they mutually went unsolved causing carryover’s designed for Thursday night program when racing resumes.


Racing shifted back to Balmoral on Saturday night to end the short week of racing. Roll Bar Hanover (J.Sutton) started the evening giving owner/trainer Guy Calvert his third win with the seven year old Western Ideal pacer since claiming him on Dec 19. Driver Sam Widger (Village Mascot, Just Call My Name, Devachan, and Astro Hershey) along with Trace Tetrick guided home four winners (Storm’s Image, Joezehrlovesjohnny, Fox Valley Absolut, and Topville Dynamic) on the racing card. Bob Phillips (Village Mascot & Jeb’s Champion) and Nelson Willis (Just Call My Name & Topville Dynamic) had training doubles in the evening. As well on the evening both Village Mascot and Devachan made winning debut performances for there new training connections (Bob Phillips & Bruce Pacitti). Village Mascot had the fastest mile of the evening winning in 153:3/5 from post ten. Frequent to the winners circle was race six winner Boo Bug-- the seven year old gelding made his twenty ninth visit in his career for owner Clinard Racing and trainer Donna Lee-Ozment. Amazingly the pick five went unsolved on the evening with two 12 dollar horses to start the gimmick, a six dollar horse, a five dollar horse, and the public’s choice to end it. Wednesday carryover is set at 2516 dollars.


That was the short week of racing In Illinois.  

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