PARIS, ILL. — Michael Rogers was in the bike for three winners in harness racing on Tuesday at the Edgar County Fair.
Post time was delayed an hour in order to prepare the track following overnight rains. Good racing ensued on the program.
Rogers drove NJ’s Big Deal to his third win in in the final race of the day, winning in 1 minute, 58 seconds.
NJ’s Big Deal is trained by John Fletcher and now has won 22 races and nearly a quarter of a million dollars in earnings. The 4-year-old had won a race in 1:54 in its last outing.
Tinkers Damn has won 37 races and was second, while 19-race winner Helen’s Place Girl took third.
Rogers opened the afternoon action driving 2-year-old pacer Fox Valley Roxanne to its first win, leading all the way in its third start.
Macie Rae won for the fifth time in eight starts in the second race, with Rogers driving the 2-year-old trotter. He also trains the filly named for his daughter.
Mathew Avenatti was the driver behind Towne’sbrightlight in the third race in the good time of 2:05.2. He’s the son of veteran Chrisman horseman David Avenatti, who is the owner and trainer of the 4-year-old pacer that won for the second time.
Mathew Avenatti has been driving for about a year and now has driven three winners. He will attend Indiana State University next month.
Cash The Check, a 3-year-old trotter, won for the first time in 18 starts in the fourth race with Clark Fairley in the bike.
Seven heats of racing are on today’s card. Post time is 1 p.m. CDT.
2-year-old pace, $6,472 purse
Results — Fox Valley Roxanne (Michael Rogers), Sheriff Joe, Go Run N Tell That, Going Sumwhere, Party On The Lake, I’m All Track, 2:10.1.