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Contact: Tammy Knox
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Carmi, Ill. (July 30, 2006) -- Leo Burns, the 91-year-old driver-trainer from Albion, Ill. added another track record to his credentials Sunday, July 30. Burns guided his two-year-old standout trotting filly Winsome Wyoming to victory in the $13,000 Illinois Stallion Stakes.

"She wanted to go," said Burns of Winsome Wyoming. "She's raced hard. I think it's time to give her a break."

Winsome Wyoming remains undefeated in six career starts. The chestnut filly nearly doubled her earnings with the victory, now possessing in excess of $13,000. Winsome Wyoming and Burns crossed the wire in a time of 2:05.0, more than a full second faster than any other two-year-old trotter in the history of the fair. The previous mark was established by Tidy Ellen and Trace Tetrick during the 2005 season in a time of 2:06.1.

Burns shows no signs of needing a break himself. He continues to do all of the training and driving for the filly from his home base at the Edwards County Fair. He is back in to race at the White County Fair Wednesday, Aug. 2 in a division of the Egyptian Colt Stakes.

Earlier in the day, former Carmi White County High School coach Harold Poore swooped the field in the final turn to take home the victory in the first race. Poore guided Shore Is to her first-ever victory. The three-year-old filly won the event by open lengths over the field of six.

Poore was greeted in the winner's circle by the Elite Eight baseball team from CWCHS along with Doug Evans, who guided his team to a state championship in Class A basketball this past spring. Evans was the starting point guard for Poore's basketball team in 1973-74.

Also enjoying a victory during the first round of racing at the White County Fair was the Barbre Family of Carmi. Driven by J.D. Finn, Centcom earned his first victory of the year for Vernon, Rick, Gary, and Erwin Barbre. Tim Barbre oversees the training duties of Centcom, who was only making his second start of the year.

Harness racing resumes at the White County Fair Tuesday, Aug. 1. The final night of racing is set for Wednesday, Aug. 2. Post time is 7 p.m. and will include local high school athletes in action for the Dash For Cash event, showcasing the boys on Tuesday and the girls on Wednesday.

The White County Fair continues through Sunday, Aug. 6. Events include Demolition Derbies, Motocross, and AHRMA Vintage Motorcycle racing. For more information on the White County Fair, contact the fair office at (618) 382-4604.





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