Lil Mephistopheles wins Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity
Lil Mephistopheles rallied from fifth place to win the Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity by two lengths. Act of War also closed and led briefly, but couldn't hold off the winner. Jamoke was third, and early leader Eyebrow Raiser faded to fourth.
Mark Guidry was in town to ride Lil Mephistopheles, the favorite. "He ran really well. It took him awhile to switch leads in the lane but I think that's what made him the winner," explained Guidry. "The second-place horse (Act of War) moved pretty early in the turn. He had the first run. I had to wait for room in the turn but I finally got it. He finally switched leads around the eighth pole and we prevailed."
"He did everything I asked of him," said E.T. Baird of Act of War. "Turning for home I thought we were a winner, but he just got outfooted in the end. I really couldn't ask for much more of him. He settled well and did everything he did in his last race. He was just second best today, but I'm very happy with his effort."
Guidry was asked how he picked up the ride on the winner. "Well, Doc's a good personal friend of mine. He was kind of upset the last time the horse ran. He finished second. He called me when I was in Las Vegas, in the first part of December, and asked if I'd be interested in coming to ride this horse for him in this race. I told him that I'd love to. That's how I ended up on him."
Chris Emigh had one win for the day, aboard Danger Crocodile in the sixth race. That raises his total to 53. Zoe Cadman kept pace with a win on longshot Fleet Boss in the seventh, and third-place jockey Larry Sterling won on G All Day in the third. Randy Meier had three wins, bringing him to 35 for the meet.
Michael Reavis moves into a tie with Hugh Robertson for the trainer's race with the win by G All Day. They are both at 23.
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