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Loyal Opposition queen of Brown County Fair
The Cole Muffler daughter raced from post six in the second tier, with five on the gate and two other trailers, the herd of rumbling pacers jammed into the first turn. Gold Dust Mike, driven by Tom Simmons led the way on the cones, Rick Schrock piloted Walter Brown parked, but head-to-head with former. Loyal Opposition, with trainer Ervin Miller in the bike, maintained her pocket position racing third, and Storybook Legend driven by Nick Prather raced fourth, but alongside the great mare.
The traffic jam untangled itself as the field straightened out to head up the backstretch, heading for the quarter on the Mt. Sterling half miler. Gold Dust Mike remained on top, with Walter Brown’s nose on Simmons’s helmet, and Loyal Opposition two lengths back in third.
Miller spotted the opportunity to spring Loyal Opposition from her covered trip on the rail just past the quarter pole and heading into the far turn. “Was third, now second, now first,” called track announcer Ed Teefey as the lanky mare dropped to the rail. She then led the field to the half reached in :59.3.
The World Champion then idled like a top fuel dragster on cruise control through the final half of the mile. Storybook Legend made a game effort, racing first over heading into the first turn the second time around, but was unable to make much headway.
Loyal Opposition opened up three lengths on the field heading to three quarters and raced alone to the wire. Time of the mile, 1:56.4. A very game Walter Brown was second, and Gary Rath rallied The Long Goodbye for third.
Following the trophy presentation in the winners circle, Miller commented, “She felt good tonight, she was her old self. That was something she hadn’t had lately. I could tell she wanted it tonight.”
“We’ll race her at the Illinois State Fair and then decide where to go with her from there.”
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