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Last Week’s Racing Recap

February 16, 2010

By. Illiniharnessracing


The week started with the East Coast getting packed down with a snowstorm causing tracks like The Meadows, Dover Downs, Freehold, and The Meadowlands having to cancel there programmed races.  At the same time the Midwest got hit with snow as well, but the show got on the road and racing continued in the Prairie State.   


Action got underway on Wednesday night at Balmoral, and we all had to pinch ourselves as it looked liked we were watching a race from The Meadowlands as racing by the half there were five horses in and five horses out as they raced towards three quarters. After it was all said and done Marcus Miller guided home Dynamite Dazzler while being parked out the entire mile not only did it get the week started but it got trainer Homer Hochstetler started in quest to try to protect his training title. Hochstetler wasn’t the only one getting there first win of the season as trainer/driver Mike Johnson was able to maneuver home The Witness in race three. It was good to see “Frenchy” (Michel Dupuis) back in the winners circle when Brian Carpenter and Blame It On Boogie were able to beat eight rivals on race five. In race seven trainer George Anthrop got his first training win of the season when Phil Knox and Modern Artist out paced the other six rivals to the wire in the first division of the newcomer series. Dean Magee may be no stranger to the winners circles as a driver but as a owner and trainer it’s an oddity, in race nine the second division of the newcomer series seen that peculiarity occurred when Dean was able to split rivals in the late going and get that long overdue win with his four year old pacer Frostonpunkin.   In the finale the third division of the newcomer series Josh Sutton was able to just get up with Bring The Rain for trainer Mike Brown. In driving and training news there were eleven different trainers and there were ten different drivers with at least one win, Marcus Miller was the only one with two wins on the card.


Action moved to Maywood on Thursday with an eleven race program planned for the evening.  Josh Sutton and Erin Elliott teamed up once again for another victory when Sutton was able to steer home Barus Oxford Lady in the opener giving him the first of two victories on the night Suttons other win came in race four when he guided Cams Little Dragon for Adrian Adam . Some more changes were added to the method of racing, when race five was contested at a uncommon distance of three quarters of a mile -- on a half mile race track.  Onemagicalmoment and Marcus Miller covered the uncommon distance in 127.4/5 beating Cole Combustion and Josh Sutton by a half length, the winner is trained by Walter “papa” Haynes.  In Newcomer Series action both winners Adore You Too(Todd Warren) and Amy Ellen (Sam Widger) used the quarter move to the top to control the race and secure the win.  Sam Widger guided four winners on the Thursday evening program in races two (ICU Go Girl), six (Another Judy), ten (Amy Ellen), and eleven (Ronny B Good) for trainers Joe Mapes, Bruce Pacitti, James Scholz and Dave McCaffrey in that order.  Eleven different trainers had training wins on the evening.


Longtime Chicago based Gerald Longo started the Friday night program when he left and turned the perfect pocket trip to a victory with Ice Express, Longo owns and trains the four year old pacer. Both Go Tuffy (Josh Sutton-Erin Elliott) and Snilloc Five (Josh Sutton-John Price) reserved their winning streaks in tact by winning races eight and thirteen on the Friday night program. Ten year old gelding Marty Marty Marty notched his forty first career win in race six; Del Chupp handled the driving assignment from Karl Williams. Making a winning debut in race nine for his new connections was JD Personalstatis (Josh Sutton) after being claimed last week by owner Pete Procopi and trainer Deena Cozzi. Speaking of new connections Landmark Hall was claimed by James Suba and Dale Wade from the Bell Valley Farms and Bill Mc Enery out of the ninth race. Fox Valley Gambler turned in the fastest heat of the night in race eleven when he and Todd Warren went gate to wire in 1:57.1/5 the six year old gelding is trained by Perry Smith for the Sawgrass farms. Josh Sutton lead all drivers with three victories mention earlier while fourteen different trainers won one race in the evening.


After two nights of wicked action at Maywood the action returned back to Balmoral for Saturday and Sunday to conclude the racing week. Sam Widger and Devachan got the thirteen race Saturday night program and the Daily Double started when he was able to urge home the four year old daughter of Cole Muffler, the mare is trained by Bruce Pacitti for himself and the O’Toole Racing of Monee and Batavia Illinois. Utopianne, trained by Tom Simmons got back on the winning ways after she and Mike Rogers completed the second half of the early double which returned 36.80 for every two dollar combination. Owner Clinard Racing from Mount Sterling Illinois had two wins on the night when both Boo Bugg and Kansas Wildcat won races seven and nine one is trained by Donna Lee-Ozment while the other one is trained by Tom Simmons in that order,Kansas Wildcat had the fastest mile of the evening with a 1:53.2/5 performance. Drivers Sam Widger (Devachan-Bruce Pacitti, Village Mascot-Bob Phillips, and John Drew-Walter Haynes Sr) and Trace Tetrick (Successfully Rich-Joel Smith, Boltin Bride –Erin Elliott, Storm’s Image-Clark Fairley) both had driving triples in the evening while Tom Simmons (Utopianne, & Kansas Wildcat) and Kim Roth (Crazy Dan & Apache Jake) both had training doubles. Speaking of doubles both Josh Sutton and Casey Leonard had driving doubles, Sutton steered home both of Clainard Racing winners while Leonard guided home both of the Roth trainees.


Sunday Bobby “Rollin” Smolin stole the early show by urging home three of the first five winners in Mr Do Well for trainer Steve Weiss, and both Lori Rose & It’s Mary Time for trainer Bob Phillips in races one, three, and five. In Newcomer Series action Playmate Advizer and Del Chupp shocked the betting public by starting the pick five with a 77 dollar winner the gelding is trained by Leo Grummel for the Chili Day Stables of Carrolton Illinois. In Race four the second division of the series seen a bridge jumper in full effect when someone bet over eleven thousand to show on Captain Ramius in the seven horse field, there was never an anxious moment for the bridge jumper as “The Captain” turned a pocket trip to a two length pocket rocket score, the trotter is owned and trained by Hosea Williams. Yet another dead heat occurred in race five when It’s Mary Time (Smollin-Phillips) and Free Parking Behind (Sutton-Perrin) tied for the victory. In race six the last leg of the pick five only Grand Freedom had four tickets live to him but when Khadcam (Marcus Miller) paced the fast mile of the evening stopping the clock in 1:56 it Once again caused a carryover of over 6600 dollars for the Wednesdays night card the pacer is trained by Greg Farina. Veteran distaff mare OG’S Marie D notched win number 21 in her career as driver Sam Widger was able to out sprint his seven over matched rivals in 1:57.1/5 giving the reins men his second of three wins on the card, the mare is trained by Kathy Vaughan. In race ten Widger notched his triple when he managed to get home on top with Linda and Bruce Pacitti’s Linda Big Sugar to key a high five that returned 1295 dollars for a dime, Bruce does the training The racing week came to an end when Trace Tetrick and the mare he owns Ima Parkin Opps reached the wire first for the eleventh time in her career, the six year old Park Place mare is trained by Tom T Tetrick.


That has been the recap of racing in Illinois for last week.