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Loyal Opposition will now race from PP6 at Brown County Fair
The field is set for the Taser Gun Pace Thursday, August 3 at the Brown County Fair in Mt. Sterling, Il. Loyal Opposition, originally slated to lead the post parade, will now wear number pad six, and race from that post.
Trainer Ervin Miller had been toying with the idea of giving the three-time Dan Patch award winner a prep start before heading to the Aged Mare pace at the Illinois State Fair.
“The folks over in Mt. Sterling have done a great job with that track and fair. It’s probably the best county fair racing surface in our State. If it wasn’t that good, I would not even consider taking her there,” Miller said.
“She’s pretty good on a half mile track, and from her training miles, she seems to be on the right track again. She always seems to come up with little problems this time of year that we need to address, but she seems headed in the right direction again and we’ll see what happens.”
Speed Superintendent Ed Teefey, in addition to announcing Loyal Opposition’s start, also said that the original purse estimated at $18,000.00, will now be guaranteed with the eight starters, thus establishing a new mark for county fair purses in the Prairie State. Teefey also estimates, that other than the Delaware County Fair in Delaware, Ohio, no other county fair can boast of a starter with over $2.7 million in lifetime earnings. Loyal Opposition will start in the second tier, with five entrants on the gate, and two other trailers.
The field and post positions are as follows:
PP1 Gold Dust Mike, 6-year-old Kingston gelding with a 1:52.2 lifetime mark and earnings exceeding $89,000.00. He is trained by Donna Ozment and owned by Hornet Racing LLC of Mt. Sterling, IL. Tom Simmons drives.
PP2 Storybook Legend, 4-year-old Expensive Scooter gelding with a lifetime mark of 1:52.3H and earnings of $53,000.00. Driven and trained by Nick Prather, he races for the ownership of Elmore’s Race Horses LTD of Rushville, IL.
PP3 Walter Brown, 5-year-old Armbro Mackintosh gelding, lifetime mark of 1:50 and earnings exceeding $253,000.00. Pam Coleman of Altamont, Il. trains for Barbara Mc Bee of Linden, Indiana. Rick Schrock will drive.
PP4 Tin Cup Too, 4-year-old Nuclear Legacy gelding, lifetime mark of Q1:56.3M and earnings of almost $6,000.00. Gene Williams trains for owner Donald Huddleston of Palmer, Il. Brandon Simpson will be in the bike.
PP5 The Long Goodbye, 4-year-old Cole Muffler gelding, lifetime mark of 1:53.2 and nearly $83,000.00 in purses. John Butenschoen trains for the partnership of Stephen Mc MacKin, Siegfried Lechner, and Eugene Schick, all of Illinois. Gary Rath will drive.
PP6 Loyal Opposition, 6-year-old Cole Muffler mare, lifetime mark of 1:48.4 (World Record) and earnings exceeding $2.7 million. Breeders Crown Champion, three-time Dan Patch Award winner and two-time Illinois Harness Horse of the Year. 2005 U.S. Harness Writers’ Association Trainer of the Year Ervin Miller conditions and will drive for owner Daniel Waxman of Ancaster, Ontario.
PP7 Ramalamadingdong, 9-year-old Cole Muffler gelding, lifetime mark of 1:54 and earnings of almost $80,000.00. Kenneth Carr trains for owner Michael Gee of Arcola, Il. Stacey De Rousse will drive.
PP8 Cole Swift, 4-year-old Cole Muffler gelding, lifetime mark of 1:54.2 and purses earned of nearly $44,000.00. Brett Ballinger trains and will drive for South Of The Tracks Racing of Brimfield, Il.
In addition to the signature event, Mid-Western Illinois Racing Association races for both sexes and gaits will compete for purses of $12,000 (est.). A free carnival on Thursday from 6 – 10 p.m. sponsored by the Farmers State Bank of Mt. Sterling, and a beer tent located north of the grandstand with a mutuel window and monitor, will premier at this year’s fair.
On Wednesday evening, 2-year-old Mid-Western Illinois Racing Association pacers and 3-year-old Mid-Western Illinois Racing Association trotters will take center stage on the lightning-fast half-mile oval. On Thursday evening, 2-year-old Mid-Western Illinois Racing Association trotters and 3-year-old Mid-Western Illinois Racing Association pacers will go postward, and the final race under the stars will be the signature event, the Taser Gun Pace.
Mt. Sterling, Ill. is located approximately 65 miles west of Springfield, Ill. on U.S. Route 24. For more information, including driving directions, call the Brown County Fairgrounds at (217) 773-3939, or the speed office at (217) 773-3930.
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