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WAYNE COUNTY RESIDENTS FARE WELL AT THE WHITE COUNTY FAIR
Carmi, Ill. (Aug. 1, 2006) -- Wayne County was well-represented during the second night of harness racing at the White County Fair. Four of the six races on the card were won by Wayne County horsemen, placing four different drivers in the winner's circle, including three divisions of the Egyptian Colt Stakes.
Tom Tetrick of Geff, Ill. returned to Carmi with his solid trotting filly Tidy Ellen. The duo established a new track record for two-year-olds last season. Another year of experience has proven even better for Tidy Ellen.
"She's a nice little race mare," said Tetrick, who earned his third straight victory with the filly. "She tries really hard and is good gaited. She's been a lot of fun to race."
Tetrick owns the filly with his family, including his wife, Mary Alice, who was present in the winner's circle. His sons, Trace, and Tom T. are also part-owners of the filly who now possesses in excess of $29,000. Tidy Ellen completed the mile in 2:05.4. Fox Valley Aryanna and J.D. Finn finished second. Dancers Ice and Clay Simpson finished third.
In addition to his win as a partial owner of Tidy Ellen, Tom T. was the winning driver of the first event with Papparika Pete. "T" guided the six-year-old to victory for trainer Kandi Schooley. The win was his first of the year for owner Joann Smith of Dowell, Ill. Time of the mile was 2:03.3.
Trenton Watson was back in the winner's circle with his standout three-year-old trotting gelding. Go Merrily Along increased his win streak to six in a row, crossing under the wire with only slight urging from Watson. The High Falls trotter is co-owned by Watson's mother, Brenda. Prairielandharmony and Freddie Patton Jr. finished second over Adam Gram and Tom Graham Jr. for third in the mile recorded in 2:04.4.
Fairfield native Clay Simpson used a similar drive with Where's Bubba to place him back in the winner's circle. Simpson swung three-wide around the final turn to get the best of Dak Gram and Graham Jr. in the final strides at the finish in a time of 2:05.3. The three-year-old gelding earned his second career win for Simpson in a tight photo.
"He's coming along," said Simpson. "He's always shown potential. It's just taken him some time to get going, but I think he's going to be alright now."
Where's Bubba is named after Simpson's oldest son, Anthony. His youngest son, Cody, was always asking "where's bubba." The name was perfect for the son of Spectacular Deal.
The fastest mile of the night was recorded by Sizzlin Megan in the three-year-old filly division of the Egyptian Colt Stakes. Dane May, owner, driver, and trainer, guided the filly around the track in a time of 2:02.0, recording her third win of the season. The daughter of Big Tom increased her bankroll to more than $9,000 with the victory over Tinkers Damn and Michael Knicley. M A Judy, owned and trained by Floyd Taylor of Fairfield, Ill., finished third for Simpson.
The White County Fair continues with one final night of harness racing Wednesday, Aug. 2. Ninety-one-year-old Leo Burns of Albion, Ill. is scheduled to drive his standout filly, Winsome Wyoming, during a division of the two-year-old filly trot. The fair will also host two demolition derbies, motocross, and AHRMA Vintage Motorcycle racing during the remainder of the fair, which concludes Sunday, Aug. 6. Parking is free. For more information regarding the White County Fair, contact the fair office at 382-4604.
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