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WHITE COUNTY FAIR CONCLUDES HARNESS RACING PROGRAM
Carmi, Ill. (Aug. 2, 2006) -- The 128th White County Fair concluded its harness racing program Wednesday, Aug. 2 with 10 races on the program. Several surprises were in store for racing fans, including a break before the start by undefeated Winsome Wyoming that snapped her six-race win streak.
Winsome Wyoming, the outstanding trotting filly owned, trained, and driven by 91-year-old Leo Burns of Albion, Ill. has been the main focus of southern Illinois this summer. The flashy daughter of Wilson Wyoming rounded the turn behind the gate and went off stride, an uncharacteristic move by the freshman. Burns got her back on gait, but spotted the field by an eighth of a mile and could not recover.
Taking advantage of the miscue by Winsome Wyoming was AJ's Little One and Ernest Smith, who posted their fifth win of the year in a time of 2:06.0. JC Lilliane and Mickey Pryor finished second over Tuf's Gift and Buddy Simpson for third.
Carmi-based horse Trendy L was strong in her division of the two-year-old filly pace, posting a comfotable win in a time of 2:05.1 for driver J.D. Finn. The Sportsmaster freshman earned her fourth win of the year for trainer Tim Barbre and owners Ann Schneider, Rick Barbre, and James Hepp. Fox Valley Karisma and Curtis Bradford finished second over Miller Creek Heart and Fred Finn Jr.
The other division of freshman pacing fillies found Darlene and Kelcey Perymond strong at the finish. The duo sat right at the back of Sugar Park and Finn the entire way, finding an opening around the final turn to fight their way home for the victory in 2:04.4. M A Jackie and Clay Simpson finished third.
Heidi's Dancer proved time has been a factor for his season. Piloted by 19-year-old Brian Cotton, the Big Tom gelding earned a new lifetime mark of 2:02.2 in a division of the Egyptian Colt Stakes two-year-old colt and gelding division. The victory was the second of his career for Brian's dad, Phil, who trains. Patrick Gafford owns Heidi's Dancer. Andy Legacy and Freddie Patton Jr. finished second. Leonard Place and Tom Tetrick rounded out the top three.
"This horse has been difficult to get going, but I think he's finally coming around," said Cotton. "He made a big move around these horses tonight and was strong through the wire. We've had to work hard to get him going."
Other winners on the day included Hollys Topaz in the older pacing mares divison for trainer-driver Joe Haught. Kevin T Busch and Greg Powell were winners in the older pacing horse division. Just A Local Chip and Jerry Mims picked up a division of the two-year-old trotting colts while Fox Valley Nixon and Randy Crisler earned the victory in the other division of the Egyptian Colt Stakes event.
The Egyptian Colt Stakes travels to Marion, Ill. for two days of action Saturday, Aug. 5 and Sunday, Aug. 6. Post time each day at the Williamson County Fair is 2 p.m.
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