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Sophomores have their turn at Springfield, Ill.
Sunday, August 12, 2012 - by Timothy Jones, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

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Springfield, IL --- Day two of racing at the Illinois State Fair featured eliminations and preps for sophomore trotters and pacers on both sides of the sexual fence.

Through My Eyes lowered her mark on Saturday
Through My Eyes (Dean Magee) captured a prep for Illinois conceived and foaled filly pacers with a lifetime-best, 1:52.1-timed mile. Party Hangover (John De Long) and MJ’s Bid (Mike Oosting) battled nose-to nose on the front end to the three-quarter mark, in 1:25.1.

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
The sixth race, carded as an elimination for 3-year-old filly trotters became a prep for next week’s final when the Dirk Simpson trainee Magical Band was a judges scratch. The 2012 division leader, Maevy Gravy, and regular pilot Marcus Miller made short work of their task with a gate-to-wire, 1:55.3 win and new lifetime mark.

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
Heavy eighth race favorite Vaporstar, in rein to regular pilot and Harness Racing Living Hall of Fame member Dave Magee, raced on the point at every call in another prep race battle, in this instance for sophomore colt and gelding trotters.

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.

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