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Illinois Festival of Racing Preview
annual Illinois Festival of Racing takes place today. Six races worth an
estimated $125,000 each ($100,000 added plus $25,000 IB), featuring the best
These races feature a number of former stakes winners. We’ll just mention some that have scored in a stakes race over the last two years or so.
THE ILLINI PRINCESS HANDICAP (8 Nominations). Fillies and Mares, going a mile and a sixteenth.
Defending champ Dundalk Dust was the upset winner in 2010. She was racing on dirt for the first time, which was the only reason that she got away at such a great price ($12.40). In her very next start Dundalk Dust surprised again, this time in the Grade 2 Fall City Handicap at Churchill. It’s been a different story this year, she hasn’t been able to find the winner’s circle, but that could change with the return to the track of her first “big” victory.
Seans Silverdancer is another that
could return to form. She won her career debut here in last fall and followed
that up with a dominating victory in the Debutante to close out the year. She
never fired in her only other dirt start, in
Peyote Patty never won on a fast dirt track but she’s a multiple stakes winner and she is always right there. On or off the lead, she’s a legitimate threat.
THE SUN POWER STAKES (11 Nominations). Two-year-old Colts and Geldings, going six furlongs, are the stars of this show. We get a couple of stakes winners in here but most are still learning.
Twelve Hundred dominated in his first two races, including the Prairie Meadows Juvenile Mile but was given the difficult task of taking on graded stakes company in the Arlington Washington Futurity in last and doing it from the 13 hole. He faded after pressing the pace. But, he’s turning back in distance and moving back to state breds.
Rocket Professor won both of his starts at Fairmount, including the Troy Our Boy, and did it fairly easily. We’ll find out today if he can compete on this circuit.
THE SHOWTIME DEB STAKES (12 Nominations). There are no stakes winners among this field of eight 2-year-old fillies going six furlongs but there will be after this race
THE POWERLESS HANDICAP (14 Nominations). Fillies and Mares, going six furlongs.
Chance might be better on Polytrack but she won the Showtime Deb here last fall
and she finished second in the Pretty Jenny here in the spring. She reeled off
three dominating victories at
Hope won the Isaac Murphy at
Cruise scored in the Governor’s Lady here in the spring. She’s always capable on or off the pace. Kathleen L is winless this year but she did score in last year’s edition of this race. All six of her victories came on this track.
Tomato gets an honorable mention. She hasn’t won in a couple of years but has
eight local victories combined with over $312,000 in
THE LIGHTNING JET HANDICAP (14 Nominations) 3-yr-old and up going six furlongs.
This is one great race.
Operator is a lightly-raced 7-year-old but when he runs…Wow! He crushed the
field in the White Oak Handicap at
River Bear, the winner last year, always seems to get up for the big races. He hasn’t raced since June but He does thrive off layoffs.
Capt. Bullet Bob won the Texas Zing at Fairmount by 40 lengths. But, he had only one rival.
THE BUCK’S BOY HANDICAP (13 Nominations). 3-yo and up. One and one sixteenth miles
has been off since June but this former $5,000 claimer has been something else,
layoffs included. He won 11 of his last 19 races, three of last four, including
Power wired the field in the
Bran is a five-time local winner, He’s been lightly raced this year but he did
win a stakes race at Fairmount in August. He took the