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July 11, 2014

Thoroughbreds complete race card at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Ill. — Thoroughbred races were on Friday’s card to wind up four days of Illinois racing at the Martinsville Agricultural Fair.

Horses owned by Bart Baird and Lance and Stacey Holsapple won all six of the thoroughbred races on the card with two other features run for ponies and mules.

Bart Baird is the son of Martinsville native Dale Baird, the winningest trainer of all time. He brought three horses from West Virginia for the occasion. They ordinarily run at the Mountaineer track.

Brad Hollingsworth was in the saddle for all three winners.

Trailhead edged Rav’n Raj in a five-furlong race for Illinois-bred 3-year-olds, winning in 58.2 seconds.

Autumn Splendor edged Imer in a photo finish in another five-furlong race for 4-year-olds and up, winning in 58 seconds.

The third Baird win appropriately came in the National Road Derby, the Dale Baird Memorial. King Fest edged Burnin Tomcat Tom owned by Norm Bishop of Marshall, Ill., winning the longer race in 1:47.

The Derby also will be run at Greenup and Marshall and if King Fest wins two more times, Baird will receive a bonus.

The Holsapples are from Greenup and have dominated racing at the Martinsville site in recent seasons.

Fabled Legend, owned by Lance, won a race for 2-year-olds. Stacey’s winners were Eurita’s Gold and Tres Riches. Shane Collins was the jockey in all three races.

Eurita’s Gold put on a late charge to best Line I One, which led most of the 6-furlong race for 4-year-olds and up.

Marshall, Greenup and Martinsville are three of the four fairs still to have thoroughbred racing in Illinois.

Friday’s results

Illinois-bred 2-year-olds, 4.5 furlongs — Fabled Legend (Shane Collins), Devilish Whirl, Prize Bound Saluki, Raise The Wire, 56.0

Illinois-bred 3-year-olds, 5 furlongs — Trailhead (Brad Hollingsworth), Rav’n Raj, Joegun, River Clam, 58.2

Illinois-bred 4-year-up, 5 furlongs — Autumn Splendor (Brad Hollingsworth), Imer, Schwarzkopf, Hey I Know You, Upper Clash Posh, 58.0

Illinois-bred 4-years-up, 6 furlongs — Eurita’s Gold (Shane Collins), Line I One, A Nickel Outlaw, Front Step, 1:17

4-furlong open — Tres Riches (Shane Collins), Paddle Wheel Mary, Southern Dreamer, 53.0

National Road Derby — King Fest (Brad Hollingsworth), Burnin Tomcat Tom, Lover, 1:47

• Thursday’s card — Two traditional races that have been run at  Martinsville for more than 40 years were on Thursday’s nine-race program, the final day of harness racing at the fair.

Big Bill Breeze, owned and driven by Nick Prather, won the Great Midwest Trot to gain its 11th career win and fourth of the year.

Purse for the Great Midwest Trot was more than $7,000.

Fox Valley Van, driven and trained by veteran Great Midwest driver Tom Simmons, won the Great Midwest Pace for its third win of the season and fourth in two years.

Purse for the Great Midwest Pace was more than $9,000.

Prather was a double winner. He is the trainer and driver of 2-year-old trotter Jazzie Mermaid.

Whoopedemagin, 3-year-old trotter owned, trained and driven by Cassidy Melloy, won an open pace in 1 minute, 59 seconds, the top time of the day. It was the first win of the year for the trotter and second in two years.

Thursday’s results

Great Midwest Trot, $6,021 purse — Bill Bill Breeze (Nick Prather), Finnmaster, Finnster, Lil Willie J, Rushville Lady, 2:02.2

Great Midwest Pace, $$7,148 purse — Fox Valley Van (Tom Simmons), Call Me Muddy, Amazing Summer, April May Dune, 2:04.4

4-year-up mare trot, $1,300 purse — Fox Valley Sienna (Matthew Avenatti), Miss Kylie, High Stepper, Fox Valley Shout, Skyline Happy, Sherrys Band, 2:01

4-year-up colt trot, $1,250 purse — Hong Kong Kwyne (Dennis Gardner), Powerful Anthony, Maple Grove Tom, Balanced Game, Powerful Speed, 2:04

2-3-year-old open trot, $1,500 purse, Division 1 — Jazzie Mermaid (Prather), St Elians Fire, Cantab Ashley, Image Of Justice, Gonna Fly Now, 2:07.3

Division 2 — Morgans Majestic (Ladarris Whitaker), Missy’s Misfit, Hoosier Jared, Ohio Jessie, 2:04

2-3-year-old pace, $1,500 purse , Division 1 — Fifty Spender (Clay Simpson), Dakota Run, Dolly’s Girl, Hoosier Heather, Sweet Dune, Teaka Gram, 2:08.3

Division 2 — Lotta Richess (Clark Fairley), Dakota Snow, Musta Binda Devil, Fifty Buttercups, Life On The Row, Star Gram, 2:04.0

Division 3 — Whoopedemaginjosey (Cassidy Mellow), Scoot’n Pacific, Arubadoo, Dont B Fussy, Mythical Way, M A Foxie, 1:59


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