Thisbigdogwilfight showed his teeth on Saturday night at Balmoral Park in the $10,000 free-for-all handicap pace, shrugging off a stretch challenge on his way to a 1:52.1 score.
Driver John De Long had Thisbigdogwilfight on the point from the outside post six in the event, and Thisbigdogwilfight showed the way through panels of :27.3, :55.3, and 1:24.2.
In the stretch, pocket-sitter Fort Silky (Marcus Miller) took his shot at Thisbigdogwilfight, and looked him eye-to-eye at one point. Thisbigdogwilfight showed his resolve, though, and re-opened his lead, eventually winning by two and three-quarter lengths. Fort Silky had to settle for second and Sign The Prenup (Todd Warren) came in third.
James Eaton trains Thisbigdogwilfight, a seven-year-old gelded son of The Big Dog, for owners Redbud Stable and Michael McNeely. Thisbigdogwilfight has now won both of his 2010 starts and he now has 37 career victories. He has now put away $8,248 this season and $729,450 in his lifetime.
In other news from the Illinois oval, driver Mike Oosting scored six triumphs on the 14-race card. Oosting bagged the first event with Ars Star [1:55.2] for trainer Erin Elliott; the third contest with Nothingfornothing [1:54.4] for trainer Tom Simmons; the fourth tilt with XFL [1:53.4] for trainer Anthony Munoz; the fifth dash with Fox Valley Adios [1:56] for trainer Paul Stafford; the tenth race with Fox Valley See Ya [1:56] for trainer Otto Arriaga, and the 12th race with Lady Lakers [1:54.2] for trainer Douglas Hamilton.