Two eliminations for 2-year-old filly trotters were raced, from which the first five finishers will return for this coming Thursday's final.
|Just For Fun was fastest in the 2-year-old filly trot|
Eight freshman filly pacers dropped into the entry box and a prep race was written for the $40,000 final next week. In that one, Southern Party came roaring off the pace at the top of the stretch for a one length, 1:56.2 win and paced her final quarter in :26.2. Mike Cox controlled the throttle of the daughter of Party At Artsplace for trainer Ray Hannah.
Three eliminations for 2-year-old colt trotters were required to fill the program page for next week's $40,000 final. The first three finishers from each elimination and one fouth place finisher, drawn by lot, will return for the Colt Stakes final.
|Semper Fit won for Homer Hochstetler|
Two eliminations for 2-year-old colt pacers concluded opening day at the Illinois State Fair. The first five finishers from each will return for a chance at the $40,000 prize next week.
Sage Ruck turned some heads with his 1:55.4 torching of the Springfield oval. Driven by Todd Warren and trained by Ken Rucker, the son of Sagebrush was a 1-1/4 length, last quarter in :26.2, winner.
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|Darth Quaider (4) got up at the finish|
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