Illinois conceived and foaled horses took centre stage on Saturday afternoon at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds as the ten-race program consisted entirely of stakes races.
The richest race of the day was the $35,000 Shawnee for freshman trotting fillies, and undefeated My Miss Caroline (Dave Magee) put on another dominating performance, winning by nine and three-quarter lengths in 1:59.2 after leading through fractions of :29.2, 1:00.2, and 1:31.1. Red Victress (Jared Finn) was second and Fox Valley Mesa (Marcus Miller) finished third.
Trainer Robert Taylor also co-owns My Miss Caroline, a Psychic Spirit-Miss Clara T filly, with partners La Bella Vita Stables and Kevin Dixon. My Miss Caroline has won all six of her trips behind the gate, and she has put away $67,500.
The Erv Miller trained entry of Cotton Candy (Dave Magee) and Mystical Victress (Marcus Miller) was 2-5 in the $20,000 Time Dancer for three-year-old pacing fillies, but their stablemate, Rolldownthehiway (Brandon Simpson), who was not part of the entry, won the race in 1:51.1 at odds of 36-1.
She cut the opening quarter in :27, then yielded to Rev Me Up (Brian Carpenter), who hit the half in :55 and three-quarters in 1:22.2. Rolldownthehiway then came back on in the lane to emerge with the win with Rev Me Up back in second and Cotton Candy in third.
Erv Miller also co-owns Rolldownthehiway, a daughter of Cole Muffler, with partner Tanah Merah Farms LLC. This was Rolldownthehiway's first win from 12 starts this year and her ninth career victory. She has now banked $56,693 in 2010 and $124,294 in her life.
Wolf Creek Pass (Brian Carpenter) won the $20,000 Pronto Don for three-year-old male trotters by a length and a quarter in 1:55.1. He worked out a second-over trip and then trotted a final quarter in 28 seconds to get the win over Super Sonic Flash (Richard Schrock). Big Bucks (Brandon Simpson) got third.
Gerald Hansen trains Wolf Creek Pass, a Psychic Spirit colt, for owner Steve Poore. Wolf Creek Pass has won four of his 11 starts this year and he has nine career triumphs. He has now pocketed $23,505 this season and $36,267 in his lifetime.
Fox Valley Click (Dale Hiteman) rolled to the lead from first-over in the stretch and held sway from there to score by two lengths in 1:56.1 in the $20,000 Windy Skeeter for sophomore trotting fillies. Southern Maebelle (Brian Carpenter) was next, followed by Claires Rose (Dave Magee).
Joel Smith trains Fox Valley Click, a daughter of Vaporize, for owners Paula Smith and James Runyan. She has won three times from 16 trips behind the gate this year and she has five career tallies. She has now stashed away $40,779 on the campaign and $70,356 in her time on the track.
The Director's Award for two-year-old pacing fillies was conducted in two $17,500 divisions. In the first split, heavily favoured Pardon (Dave Magee) grabbed the lead past the :28.4 opening quarter. She would go on to hit the half in 59 seconds and the three-quarters in 1:27.4 en route to a four length win in 1:54.4. Mikki Mack (Todd Warren) was the runner-up and Juxa Sister (Marcus Miller) finished third.
Dirk Simpson also trains Pardon, a Richess Hanover-Rose Dawson filly, for owner-breeder Richard Balog. Pardon has now won all eight of her starts and she has pocketed $75,056.
In the other Director's Award tilt it was bettor's choice Mystical Mj (Marcus Miller) getting the win by half a length in 1:54.1. Fox Valley Touche (Dale Hiteman) came in second after battling with the eventual winner through the lane and Nina Coleada (Todd Warren) took third.
Erv Miller trains Mystical Mj, a Sportsmaster-Pacific Sister K filly, for owners Mystical Marker Farms LLC., Kenneth Duffy, and Michael Anderson. Mystical Mj, who was bred by Fox Valley Standardbreds and sold for $27,000 at the Land Of Lincoln Sale, has two wins from six starts and earnings of $37,706.
A $10,000 County Fair Championship for sophomore trotting males was won by Fox Valley Flare (Todd Warren). He won by six lengths in 1:57.2 after leading through panels of :28.4, :58.2, and 1:28.1. Brenttalkliketonto (Ronnie Gillespie) was second and Smoken Homer (Jared Finn) finished third.
John Roberts trains Fox Valley Flare, a Vaporize colt, for owner Christine Koeppen. Fox Valley Flare has won all five of his 2010 efforts, and he has seven career victories. He has now put away $8,557 in 2010 and $18,426 in his lifetime.
Bettor's choice Bypass (Todd Warren) got up in the stretch out of the pocket to win the $10,000 County Fair final for three-year-old pacing fillies by a length and three-quarters in 1:53.3. Nice Big Star (Dale Hiteman) was the runner-up after she led most of the way, and Party Til The Am (Dave Magee) got third.
Tom Simmons trains Bypass, a Richess Hanover filly, for co-owner/breeder Carol Rieken and co-owner Melvin Schoneweis. Bypass was winless in an eight start two-year-old campaign, but this year she has two wins from 12 attempts. She has now earned $12,798 in 2010 and $16,348 in her life.
An $8,000 stake for aged trotting horses and geldings was won by Mystical Banker (Jamaica Patton), who won by 14 and a quarter lengths in 1:57 after stepping off splits of :30.1, :59.4, and 1:29. Valley Warrior (Dale Bartley) and Outrageous Speed (Michael Pryor) were the other competitors.
Nick Giberson trains Mystical Banker, a six-year-old Valley Victor gelding, for owner L&L Devisser LLC. This was his second victory from three attempts this year and his 12th career win. He has now earned $8,000 in 2010 and $172,823 in his life.
There was also an $8,000 trotting stake for aged mares on the card, and Miss Vickie (Dave Magee) was the winner by four and a half lengths in 1:57 off a pocket trip. D Lee More (Marcus Miller), who was in front through fractions of :28.3, :59, and 1:29.1, had to settle for second and Southern Victoriak (Jamaica Patton) was third.
Trainer Robert Taylor also co-owns Miss Vickie, a four-year-old Valley Victor mare, with partner Kevin Dixon. Miss Vickie has now won twice from 16 tries this year and she has 14 career victories. She has now put away $21,060 this season and $298,679 in her lifetime.