Noah Cruz Captures Jockey Award On Final Racing Day at Effingham Co. Fair

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Published on August 9 2013 8:09 pm
Last Updated on August 9 2013 8:09 pm
Written by Millie Lange

ALTAMONT -- Thoroughbreds and quarterhorses took the track Friday afternoon at the Effingham County Fair.

Noah Cruz was the man of the afternoon as the jockey claimed five victories and won the Jockey Award. Cruz captured the opening race of the day, the Two-Year-Old, Five Furlongs. Sitting astride River Clam, Cruz trailed Raven Raja but then took command with authority and finished out claiming the victory in 1:03 for owner Gabe Schaffer of Greenup.

Cruz's second victory came in the third race of the day, the Four-Year-Olds & Up, Five Furlongs. This time Cruz rode Paddle Wheel Mary. This one became a battle between Bushler and Paddle Wheel Mary. The pair were side-by-side and crossed the line in a photo finish. The eight-year-old claimed the race with a time of 58 seconds.

Cruz then made it back-to-back victories by taking the next race, the Six Furlongs aboard Line I One. Line I One took the lead at the turn. The three-horse field thundered past the stands with Line I One still in the lead. Pirates On Line moved up to challenge but Line I One pushed into gear and ended up winning by 3 1/2 lengths in 1:15 1/5. The winning jockey then finished out by again taking back-to-back races in the sixth and seventh. In the Thoroughbred OPen, 5/8ths Furlong, Miss Orlando went quickly to the lead despite Southbound Saluki breaking well from the field. Down the backside, the pair were side- by-side but Miss Orlando began to pull away and went in for the win in 59 4/5 seconds with Cruz taking his fourth victory.

The final win came in the Open Half Mile race aboard Ilkos Express. Sleek Pirate broke for the lead but Ilkos Express ahead. Then it was Sleep Pirate who led and then the lead went back to Ilkos Express. The lead exchanged hands four times before Cruz took the Bob Drewes owned and trained horse to victory in 50 seconds.

In the second race of the day, Three-Year-Olds, Five Furlongs, Carl Dodd rode Schwarzkoph to the win in :58 4/5 seconds. Schwarzkoph ended up taking the win for owner Bonnie Holsapple of Greenup.

Race five, the Quarterhorse Three & Up, 220 yards, went to Aces Dash N By Yawl. Mike James rode the 8-year-old chesnut bay to the win in 9.1 seconds.

Shane Collins and Tom Cat claimed the final race of the day, the Open Mile. Tom Cat broke for the lead and led by a neck down the backstretch. Oh My Posh came up to lead past the stands but Tom Cat came back in a big flurry to lead by a neck at the final turn. Tom Cat took over down the homestretch to capture the win in 1:42 2/5 for owner Norm Bishop of Marshall.

EFFINGHAM COUNTY FAIR

THOROUGHBRED RACING

Friday, August 9

Race One

2-Year-Olds, Five Furlongs

1. River Clam (Noah Cruz), 2. Raven Raja (Mike James), 3. Chocalate Raja (Carl Dodd)

Scratched -- JoeGun.

Time -- 1:03.

Race Two

3-Year-Olds, Five Furlongs

1.Schwarzkoph (Carl Dodd), 2. Imer (Noah Cruz), 3. Front Step (Mike James), 4. Extrella  Royal Rap (Shane Collins)

Scratched -- Smart Dallas.

Time -- :58 4/5.

Race Three

4-Year-Old & Older, Five Furlongs

1. Paddle Wheel Mary (Noah Cruz), 2. Bushler (Shane Collins), 3. Tres Riches (Mike James), 4. Mr. Posh (Carl Dodd)

Time -- :58.

Race Four

4-Year-Olds & Up, Six Furlongs

1. Line I One (Noah Cruz), 2. Pirates On Line (Carl Dodd), 3. Late (Shane Collins)

Scratched -- Count Me In Posh.

Time -- 1:15 1/5.

Race Five

Quarterhorse 3 & Up, 220 Yards

1. Aces Dash N By Yawl (Mike James), 2. Callin Kipty, 3. Wings of Mamma's Prayer

Time -- 9.1.

Race Six

Thoroughbred Open, 5/8 Furlongs

1. Miss Orlando (Noah Cruz), 2. Southbound Saluki (Mike James), 3. Evening Surprise (Carl Dodd)

Scratched -- Ruhlmann's Gal.

Time -- :59 4/5.

Race Seven

Half Mile

1. Ilkos Express (Noah Cruz), 2. Sleek Pirate (Carl Dodd), 3. Brazen Clown (Shane Collins)

Scratched -- El Purl.

Time -- :50.

Race Eight

Open Mile

1. Tom Cat (Shane Collins), 2. Oh My Posh (Mike James), 3. Hets Best (Carl Dodd)

Time -- :51 2/5, 1:42 2/5.