The second day of the Grand Circuit meet at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield showcased four Review Stakes divisions and a pair of State Fair Colt Stakes sections.
In the $27,500 Review for freshman male trotters, Ax Man (Brandon Simpson) put up panels of :30, 1:03 and 1:35.4. He then trotted a final quarter in :26.4 to win by a length and three-quarters in 2:02.3. Audition (Dave Magee) was second and Mr Jim Dandy (Marcus Miller) came in third.
Peter Wrenn trains Ax Man, a gelded son of Tom Ridge, for owners Melanie Wrenn and Eugene Oldford. Ax Man has two wins from four starts and earnings of $27,900. Ax Man was bred by Steve Stewart and sold for $26,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Ax Man is the fourth foal out of the Pine Chip mare Shavings, who is out of Anamosa Hanover ($538,942).
Three sophomore colt and gelding pacers went behind the gate in the $15,000 Review, and Arts Fav Won (Brandon Simpson) went all the way to win by six and a half lengths in 1:56.1. Draw Poker (Dave Magee) was next, followed by Nothingfornothing (Tom Simmons).
Dirk Simpson trains Arts Fav Won, a gelded son of Artsplace, for owner Jodi Siamis. This was his fifth win from 15 efforts this year and his sixth career victory. He has now banked $12,004 in 2010 and $13,561 in his life.
Race favourite Ellamakailey (Travis Seekman) also went right down the road to win the $15,000 review for three-year-old filly pacers by a length in 1:55.2. Hot Little Number (Brandon Simpson), Reflexonofperfexon (Richard Schrock) and Coleheartedwoman (Jamaica Patton) rounded out the finishing order.
Joe Seekman trains Ellamakailey, a Park Place filly, for owner Steven Leita. She has now won four of her 12 attempts this year and she now has ten career victories. She has now pocketed $23,258 on the campaign and $53,490 lifetime.
Two fillies lined up in the $15,000 for two-year-old trotters, and Queen Jane (Travis Seekman) got up off the pocket trip to triumph by three-parts of a length in 2:06.4. Caviars Delight (Mike Brink) was the runner-up after cutting the mile.
Todd La Fountaine trains Queen Jane, a daughter of Chocolatier, for owner Lawrence Gray. She broke her maiden in her second start, and she has now put away $7,500. Queen Jane was bred by Moni Market Breeders and Joie De Vie Farm LLC. and sold for $15,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. She is the fourth foal out of the Malabar Man mare Meadowbranch Queen, who is out of the great Peace Corps ($4,137,737).
In the $8,000 State Fair Colt Stake for aged trotting horses and geldings, favoured Mystical Banker (Jamaica Patton) looped to the front past the :28.2 opening quarter, and he would lead the rest of the way en route to a six and three-quarter length score in 1:55.2. Battleshoe Vic (Buddy Simpson) was the second-place finisher and Kan Target (Dave Magee) came in third.
Nick Giberson trains Mystical Banker, a six-year-old Valley Victor gelding, for owner L&L Devisser LLC. This was his first victory from two attempts this year and his 11th career win. He has now earned $4,000 in 2010 and $168,823 in his life.
Ms Maggie (Marcus Miller) won the $8,000 State Fair Colt Stake for aged pacing mares by three-quarters of a length in 1:50.4 after she made a quarter-pole move to command. Fox Valley Absolut (Robert Smolin) snagged second and My Heart Was True (Brandon Simpson) took third.
Erv Miller trains Ms Maggie, a seven-year-old Richess Hanover mare, for owners Geis Enterprise LLC. and Bert Hochsprung. Ms Maggie has four wins from 25 trips behind the starting gate this season and 24 career triumphs. She has now stashed away $65,585 in 2010 and $484,945 in her time on the racetrack.