PARIS, ILL. —
It was Ladies Day in harness racing at the Edgar County Fair on Wednesday.
Female drivers drove three of the seven winners on the card run in mild, sunny conditions.
Darla Martin was in the bike for 3-year-old trotter Powerful Felix in the first race of the day. She is the trainer for trotter that got its first win in 14 starts.
She also was the driver for 3-year-old pacer Queen Beatrice, winner of the third race. The filly has won three of its last four starts and has four career wins.
Cassidy Melloy was behind LW Jaynie Flyer, winner of a free-for-all trot. She owns and trains the 7-year-old trotter that now has won 32 times, twice this season.
Melloy is 22 years of age and established a record for county fairs in her first season of driving at the age of 17.
David Martin was the driver 3-year-old trotter Dreaming of Lori, winner of the second race, winning for the first time this year and for the fourth time in 26 starts in two years. David Martin is the owner and trainer of the filly.
BC's Southern Bell won one division for 3-year-old pacers. Michael Johnson of Martinsville was in the bike for the filly winning for the fifth time and for the second time this year.
Other drivers of winners were T.Tetrick and Earl “Tony” Avenatti Jr.
Tetrick owns, trains and drives 8-year-old pacer Boodro, winning for the 12th time and for the second time this year.
Avenatti and sister Lisa Avenatti are owners of 5-year-old pacer Mach Made Her, winners of seven races.
Harness racing is slated Saturday evening at the Clark County Fair at Marshall. Post time is 5 p.m. CDT.
3-year-old trot, $3,207 purse
First division — Powerful Felix (Darla Martin), Bands Invicta, Agent Booth, Majestic Emotion, 2:08.
Second division — Dreaming of Lori (David Martin), Fox Valley Shout, Riet's Kid, Zanny, 2:09.4.
3-year-old pace, $3,268 purse
First division — Queen Beatrice (Darla Martin), Kittitas, Incredibly Sporty, Uneek Shuttle, 2:04.1.
Second division — BC's Southern Bell (Michael Johnson), Cruisin' The Nile, Hoot-N-Nanny Sue, Little Miss Kathy, Maybe There's Hope, NA.
Free-for-all pace, $750 purse
First division — Boodro (T.Tetrick), Yankee Road, Nonsuit, Grannie Annie, Quick Panic, 2:03.2.
Second division — Mach Made Her (Earl Avenatti Jr.), You Can Raise Up, Hoosier Chatter, Leah's Hero, Harmony Oaks VIP, 2:01.1.
Free-for-all trot, $1,000 purse
Results — LW Jaynie Flyer (Cassidy Melloy), Fox Valley Sienna, Dafforize, 2:02.2.
Football: Sheppard promoted on ISU staff
Indiana State head coach Mike Sanford announced Wednesday that he has promoted assistant coach Brian Sheppard to offensive coordinator. Sheppard also coaches the Sycamore quarterbacks.
Previously, Sheppard was the Indiana State passing game coordinator in addition to his role as the quarterbacks coach.
Sheppard came to Indiana State from Willamette University, where he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
In Sheppard’s first year at Willamette, the Bearcats finished the 2012 season with a record of 8-2 while breaking numerous school records and concluding the year as one of the most prolific offensive teams in NCAA Division III.
As a team, Willamette ranked 10th nationally in total offense, amassing 4,981 yards and 55 touchdowns. The Bearcats had 3,550 total passing yards with 37 touchdown passes at a 64-percent completion rate, ranking fourth in the nation in passing.