Two Illinois State Fair Stakes eliminations and three State Fair Stakes prep were on the go on Sunday at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield after Saturday's card was postponed due to heavy rains.
The $4,500 eliminations were in the three-year-old colt and gelding pace division.
Iam Bonasera (Cole Muffler) won the first elimination by two lengths in 1:52.4 off a second-over trip. Dave Magee drove Iam Bonasera for trainer Erv Miller and owners John Carver, Mystical Marker Farms LLC., Jack Hood, and Peggy Hood. Finishing second was Delco Willobee (John De Long) and taking third was Fox Valley Barbosa (Brian Carpenter).
The other elimination was won by Voomerang (Mike Oosting), who won by a head in 1:52.2. Roger Welch trains Voomerang for owners Jesse De Long, William De Long, and William Patrick De Long. Cooperstown Kid (Todd Warren) was the runner-up in this elimination with Power Of A Moment (Marcus Miller) back in third.
Mystical Victress (Marcus Miller) won the $4,500 prep for the sophomore pacing fillies by three-parts of a length in 1:53.2. Erv Miller trains the winner, a daughter of Sportsmaster, for co-owner/breeder Mystical Marker Farms and co-owner Peggy Hood. Mystical Victress's stablemate Cotton Candy (Dave Magee) was the runner-up and Leanmean Normajean (Dale Hiteman) got third.
Powerful Speed (Todd Warren) kicked home in 27 seconds off a second-over trip to win the prep for the three-year-old trotting colts and geldings by a length and a quarter in 1:56.4. Trainer Thomas Graham, Jr. also co-owns and bred the victorious Powerful Emotion with Jerry Graham and J.D. Graham. Run And Tell Pap (Mike Cox) snagged second and Dutch Commander (Mike Oosting) took third.
Kfspictureperfect (Dirk Simpson) was victorious in the prep for the three-year-old trotting fillies by two and three-quarter lengths in 1:59.4. Race favourite Powerful Bella (Marcus Miller) was next, followed by St Louis Holiday (Art Gregory, Jr.). Brett Wilfong bred, owns, and trains the victorious daughter of Armbro Tunnel.