Illinois gals take over the spotlight

Hinsdale, IL – The state-bred pacing gals get their opportunity Saturday evening (Sept. 22) to add to their owners’ finances and earn their way to Hawthorne’s Night of Champions, just three weeks away.

On tap are a trio of $25,000 Incredible Tillie series divisions for 2-year-old fillies and a pair of $25,000 Plum Peachy contests for second season ICF staffers.

Fox Valley Sadie is looking for another win at Hawthorne on Saturday. Four Footed Fotos.

First up in the Incredible Tillie divisions is the second race 10-horse field that pits two of the recent ISFCS winners—Fox Valley Taran (Casey Leonard) and Fox Valley Sadie (Kyle Husted).

Fox Valley Taran, from the barn of conditioner Rob Rittof, followed a disappointing performance at Du Quoin where she went off stride, with a game victory two weeks ago in 1:54.4. Fox Valley Sadie was parked most of the way in her ISFCS event and still prevailed.

They’ll be tested by Unhynged Zenzero (Todd Warren), Sour Grapes (Phil Knox), First of Her Name (Travis Seekman), Paradise Tomorrow (Wyatt Avenatti), Dandy’s Ms Swifty (Michael Rogers), Platinum Shark (Kevin Lambright), Amy Mooss (Gary Rath), and Ticktock Ticktock (Cordarius Stewart).

Two races later, Du Quoin champion Sleazy Sister (Casey Leonard) Fox Valley Tasha (Cordarius Steward) figure to receive the bulk of the betting public’s backing in a nine-horse Incredible Tillie division.

Fox Valley Tatum (Kevin Lambright), Adalecia (Jack Killeen), Fox Valley Gina (Kyle Husted), Cupid’s Revenge (Travis Seekman), Sage’s Sandstorm (Gary Rath), Fox Valley Reeva (Cordarius Stewart) and Big Flicka (Juan Franco).

The third “Tillie” group has the other two ISFCS titleholders, Hypeyourbestieup (Travis Seekman) and Fox Valley Tessa (Casey Stewart) taking on Illini Belle (Cordarius Stewart), Somestarsandi (Todd Warren), Karatop Mooss (Gary Rath), Delight Moon (Phil Knox), Fiesty Val (Jordan Patton), Chickabell (Kyle Husted), and Stevie Mae (Kevin Lambright).

Both Chickabell, Hypeyourbestieup, as well as Illini Belle are expected to get the greater part of the mutuel handle.

Chickabell, a winner at Du Quoin for the Husted stable, dropped a neck decision in her ISFCS division despite a 26.2 last quarter. The Erv Miller trainee Illini Belle came a long way to be a head short in her debut a week ago, pacing a 27 flat last panel.

Th $25,000 Plum Peachy series three-year-old splits are events three and seven on the nine-race program.

The Miller stable’s Fox Valley Leah (Cordarius Stewart), victorious in her last seven outings will be a heavy favorite against One R Andis Star (Phil Knox), Senorita Mouse (Kyle Husted), Rona Mae (Travis Seekman), Ashlee’s Lil Angel (Jordan Patton), Keen Kathy (Casey Leonard), South Gate Sally (Kevin Lambright), and Some Dancing Star (Matt Avenatti).

The second Plum Peachy should see three fillies—My Daddys Revenge (Mike Brink), The Magical Woman (Cordarius Stewart) and last season’s Illinois freshman champion Fox Valley Kia (Phil Knox)—get plenty of the public’s wagering dollars.

Fox Valley Cha Cha (Jordan Patton), Can’t Stay To Long (Todd Warren), Dandy’s Showtime (Casey Leonard), Tyler Ty (Robert Smolin), Filly’s Revenge (Juan Franco) and Fox Valley Bustier (Travis Seekman) are the other Plum Peach aspirants.

Heavy “Chalk” Strikes Out: Friday night’s (Sept. 22) Incredible Finale series leg produced a huge upset in the first race when Casey Leonard rallied the Tom Simmons trained JR Strike Three, who paid $41.40, to a nose decision over the overwhelming 1-9 public’s choice Guitar Man (Kyle Husted).

You Can Never Tell (Juan Franco) was third, beaten only a head in the 1:52.4 mile.

The second $25,000 Incredible Finale freshman division saw Gorgeous Big Guy, nicely handled by Todd Warren, make it a winning debut for his new connections with a 1:53.1 clocking.

The 3-5 favorite Fox Valley Julian (Casey Leonard), eighth and last turning for home, came on strong in the lane but was no threat to the Erv Miller trained winner.

Sent off at 1-5 odds, Fox Valley Durham (Cordarius Stewart) didn’t disappoint his many supporters as the Time To Roll youngster pulled away to an easy victory in the third Incredible Finale grouping.

Another Erv Miller trainee, Fox Valley Durham got to the front on the backside and kept pulling away for his fourth win in seven season starts. Redhot Sky (Casey Leonard) came on to take second over Fox Valley York (Kyle Husted), who finished third.

Another Surprise Winner: The Robert F. Carey Memorial series got a lot more interesting after Fox Valley Langley (Travis Seekman) came off a long layoff and ended Fox Valley Landen’s eight race winning streak at 8-1 odds.

It was only Fox Valley Langley’s second season start and his first since the Cardinal in late June, nevertheless trainer Jamaica Patton certainly had last year’s ICF 2-year-old champion ready with a 1:51.4 lifetime best mile. “Langley” came from fifth at the half (:56.2) to mow down the 1-5 favorite by one length and a $19.20 mutuel. Longshot (55-1) Fox Valley Steeler (Mike Rogers) was third.

Fox Valley Patriot (Casey Leonard) triumphed by a comfortable three and a 3-1/2 length in the first sophomore division with a new career mark of 1:51.3. Stable mate Fox Valley Jasper (Cordarius Stewart) was second best.

The winning Somestarsomewhere gelding is trained by the Midwest Division of the Erv Miller stable. Shark Solicitor (Matt Avenatti) took third.

Sent off at 1-5 odds, Fox Valley Durham (Cordarius Stewart) didn’t disappoint his many supporters as the Time To Roll youngster pulled away to an easy victory in the third Incredible Finale grouping.

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