Record Broken on First Day Of Harness Racing at Effingham Co. Fair

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Published on August 4 2014 7:35 am
Last Updated on August 6 2014 6:28 am
Written by Millie Lange

ALTAMONT -- Harness racing at the Effingham County Fair started with a bang Sunday afternoon as a new track record was set in the first race of the day.

In the Big 10 3-Year-Old Trot, Division I, Macie Rae burned up the track for driver and trainer Michael Rogers. Macie Rae went the distance in 2:00 3/5, breaking the old record of 2:01.

C. Alan Finn claimed two victories on the day. Finn drove High Stepper to a victory in the ICF 4-Year-Old & Up Mare Trot. The Ray Hanna-trained mare won with a time of 2:03 3/5.

Finn then went the distance behind Just Us in the Free For All Pace. Just Us crossed the finish line for the trainer and driver in 2:01 4/5.

The other races were split between four other drivers. Eric Collier claimed the Big 10 3-Year-Old Trot, Division II behind Bessiebearcat. Collier guided Bessiebearcat to the victory in 2:05 4/5.

Then it was Freddie Patton Jr. in the Big 10 2-Year-Old Filly Pace. Patton, behind Cash You, went across the finish line in 2:05 flat.

The Big 10 2-Year-Old Colt Pace was claimed by Wm. Larry Binkley. Another Hanna-trained horse, Perch's Dream, went the distance in 2:03.

Thomas Graham Jr. was a winner behind Powerful Speed. Graham took Powerful Speed to the win in the ICF 4-Year-Old & Up Horse & Gelding Trot in 2:03 3/5.

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Sunday's Harness Racing Results

Race One

Big 10 3-Year-Old Trot, Division I

1. Macie Rae (Michael Rogers), 2. Bands Giant Star (Freddie Patton Jr.), 3. Lora Lee Breeze (J.D. Finn), 4. Powerful Riley (Vince Espinosa)

Time -- :30 4/5, 1:00 4/5, 1:31 4/5, 2:00 3/5.

Race Two

Big 10 3-Year-Old Trot, Division II

1. Bessiebearcat (Eric Collier), 2. Finnsters (J.D. Finn), 3. Bands Alaric (Vince Espinosa), 4. Finnmaster (Jared Finn)

Time -- :31 3/5, 1:02 3/5, 1:34 3/5, 2:05 4/5.

Race Three

Big 10 2-Year-Old Filly Pace

1. Cash You (Freddie Patton Jr.), 2. Simply Burbon (J.D. Finn), 3. Dakota Run (Michael White), 4. Bp's Got Swag (Harold Finn Jr.), 5. Dakota Awe (Michael Rogers), 6. Ms Grant Eighteen (Martin Woodard)

Time -- :30 1/5, 1:00 3/5, 1:33, 2:05.

Race Four

Big 10 2-Year-Old Colt Pace

1. Perch's Dream (Wm. Larry Binkley), 2. Brookside Robo (Michael Rogers), 3. Going Skyword (Darla Martin), 4. Dakota Rain (Michael White)

Time -- :31 1/5, 1:02 2/5, 1:33 4/5, 2:03.

Race Five

ICF 4-Year-Old & Up Mare Trot

1. High Stepper (C. Alan Finn), 2. Miss Kylie (Dennis Gardner), 3. Skyline Happy (Jared Finn), 4. Sherrys Band (Freddie Patton Jr.), 5. Gumcorner Black (Eric Collier), 6. Old Aunt George (Michael White)

Time -- :30 2/5, 1:00 3/5, 1:31 4/5, 2;03 3/5.

Race Six

ICR 4-Year-Old & Up Horse & Gelding Trot

1. Powerful Speed (Thomas Graham Jr.), 2. Toucan (Darla Martin), 3. Maple Grove Tom (Freddie Patton Jr.), 4. Hong Kong Kwyne (Dennis Gardner), 5. Agent Booth (Richard S. Finn)

Time -- :30 4/5, 1:00 2/5, 1:32 3/5, 2:03 3/5.

Race Seven

Free For All Pace

1. Just Us (C. Alan Finn), 2. Become Legendary (Dane May), 3. Ms Grant Seventeen (Martin Woodard), 4. Nj's Super Charger (Michael Rogers), 5. Paradise Ragtime (Wm. Larry Binkley), 6. Shotgun Bob (Gerald McIntyre), 7. Lil Dudes Mach Up (Harold Finn Jr.)

Time -- :30 1/5, 1:01 2/5, 1:31 4/5, 2:01 4/5.

Monday's Harness Racing Entries

Race One

Big 10 2-Year-Old Filly Trot

Purse: $3,342

1. Fox Valley Darcie (Laderius Whitaker), 2. Bands One Eye Love (Vince Espinosa), 3. Kickinitwithkohler (Jerome Daniels), 4. Bigolwezeweddwess (Dennis Gardner), 5. Shez So Sassy (Michael Rogers)

Race Two

Big 10 2-Year-Old Colt Trot

Purse: $3,096

1. Milo (Dennis Gardner), 2. Honey Creek Band (Jack James), 3. Wilber Gram (Thomas Graham Jr.), 4. Captain Greedy (J.D. Finn)

Race Three

Big 10 3-Year-Old Filly Pace

Purse: $3,265

1. Watchbellspace (Michael Rogers), 2. Syd's Lollipop (Freddie Patton Jr.), 3. Lynrae Jazmin (Kelcey Perymond), 4. Fox Valley Tess (Jerome Daniels)

Race Four

Big 10 3-Year-Old Colt Pace

Purse: $3,312

1. Orphan Lad (Freddie Patton Jr.), 2. Marty Rucker (Michael Rogers), 3. Dune Dude (Dane May), 4. Tower Power (Freddie Patton Jr.)

Race Five

Filly & Mare Pace, Division I

1. First to Arrive (Mitch Finn), 2. Miss Kelley Lynne (Harold Finn Jr.), 3. Tj's April Angel (Jerome Daniels), 4. Towne'sbrightlight (Wyatt Avenatti), 5. Bc's Golden Girl (Ladarius Whitaker), 6. Uneek Shuttle (Dakota Birch)

Race Six

Filly & Mare Pace, Division II

1. Yankee Road (Dakota Birch), 2. Mach Made Her (Lisa Avenatti), 3. Gabrielle Nicole (Richard S. Finn), 4. Night Hostess (Gerald McIntyre), 5. Welcome to Walmac (Michael Johnson)