Champions Night a Possible Sisters Act
Having sisters crowned state-bred stake champions on the same evening is obviously a real longshot occurrence however it is a possibility when Hawthorne hosts its Night of Champions on Saturday, August 4.
The two-year-old trotting filly Judy Luns won an opening round division of the freshman Star Slinger series last Tuesday and one night later her three-year-old sister Mogo On The Gogo followed suite by capturing the opening leg of the Fox Valley Evita series. Both fillies are daughters of Valley Victor out of the Super Ben Joe broodmare Writtenonthewind and were bred by Judy and Henry Lunsford.
The sister’s initial round triumphs have already earned both fillies starting berths in their own stake championships. The leading money earners after two rounds of each of our eight Illinois bred series come back for their respective $50,000 Finals a week from this Saturday night.
Thursday night Mogo On The Gogo (2-1) looks to repeat her winning 1:58.2 performance in last week’s $12,000 second round of the Fox Valley Evita. She’ll will leave from post three in the third race single division and Dave Magee is back to guide the John Butenschoen trainee with $39,817 on her season card and a two-year bankroll total of $134,493 for Chicago, IL owners Blackfoot Farms.
In her first season Mogo On the Gogo was a five-time winner, including the Sarah Myers Final at Balmoral. She won the Trotting Filly stake at the Crete, IL facility earlier this season.
Driver Brent Holland liked what he saw from Judy Lums in her winning debut last week for the Roger Welch Stable. The youngster came from about nine lengths behind to outclose the first field she ever faced with a 2:02.3 clocking.
“Judy Luns is a tender filly,” You have to do everything real soft with her. You don’t want to do anything real fast with her but she’s a real quick filly. She’s nice to drive and she trots well.”
Also on tap Thursday night is the next leg of the Gumcorner Lad Series for ICF sophomore trotting colts and geldings. Steve Searle’s L F Topaz, who was the second choice in the wagering, came from eighth place to notch a head victory in 1:58.2 over Spunky Vic, with No Jokin’ third, beaten less than a length in that series opener.
All three youngsters are back in action in the second leg. No Jokin’ (2-1) and L F Topaz (5-2) are the first race six-horse division favorites, while Spunky Vic (5-2) heads up the second race seven-horse split.
L F Topaz made only one start at a fair track as a two-year-old but he came out ready in his second season, wining in 1:59.2 at Balmoral in early February in the gelding’s second outing as a sophomore. Another son of Valley Victor, he lowered his mark by a tick in a June 6 conditioned trot, also at Balmoral for Searle, who shares ownership of the trotter with Ron Johnson of Princeton, IL.