|Through My Eyes lowered her mark on Saturday|
Through My Eyes raced fourth and covered on the rail nearing the same mark when her cover broke stride, creating a seam from the rail to the middle of the track. Magee decided on that option and steamrollered to the wire and the aforementioned timing, the last quarter in :26.2.
Through My Eyes is owned and trained by Louisiana resident Herman Wheeler.
|Maevy Gravy went wire-to-wire against filly trotters|
Rubys And Pearls (Rick Schrock), the 2011 division champ finished 2-½ lengths in arrears, second, as Fox Valley Velvet (Dave Magee) completed the top three finishers. The Northern Kid mare is trained by Erv Miller for the Obermeier and Quaid Stable partnership.
|Vaporstar was a popular winner in his division|
The son of Vaporize and Mike Brink trainee cruised to the wire, timed in 1:57.3, with a last quarter of :27.3. The winning margin, over Recollection (Kyle Wilfong) was two lengths, and Fox Valley Steffen (Dale Hiteman) finished an additional one-half length back, in third.
Vaporstar is owned by the owner-lessee partnership of Fox Valley Standardbreds, Harold Carter and Joshua Carter, respectively.
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|Ice Scraper came from off the pace to win|
Eleven entrants headed postward in race 11, an elimination for colt and gelding pacers. The first ten finishers qualified for the $40,000 Illinois Colt Stakes final. Ice Scraper and driver Kyle Wilfong ground out a winning journey in which they were parked fifth through a :56 half-mile, led by NJ’s Big Deal (Dave Magee).
Wilfong tugged the right line of the Yankee Skyscaper-sired colt, barreling three-wide off the final turn and into the stretch. Into the duel he paced alongside Urawomanizer (John Roberts) and early leader NJ’s Big Deal.
At the wire, the Mike Brown trainee was 1-¼ lengths better -- timed in 1:50.3; last quarter a sparkling :26 -- than the second place finisher, Urawomanizer. NJ’s Big Deal completed the trio by finishing third.
Ice Scraper, owned by Connecticut resident James Behrendt, paid $19.60 to win.