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Midwestern Illinois Racing Association stakes at Brown County Fair

Westbound Darlin establishes a new lifetime record.
While the crowd at the Brown County Fair in Mt. Sterling, Il. eagerly awaited the featured race of the evening, the Taser Gun Pace, Midwestern Illinois Racing Association stakes were raced over the expertly groomed half mile surface.

Two-year-old filly trotter, Mogo On The Gogo, started things off with a bang in the first division with a near track record mile. Gary Rath drove the Valley Victor miss, trained by John Butenschoen, in a 2:04.3 timed mile. That mark was just short of the mark of 2:04 set by Never Flirty in 1997.

Not to be outdone, Westbound Darlin, reined by trainer Nick Prather, streaked to a gate-to-wire 2:04.1 win in the second division.

The Giant Triumph miss now has five of her last six starts for the partnership of Richard Crum and Prather. The win pushed her purse earnings over the $7,000.00 mark, and also established a new lifetime record.

Rick Schrock catapulted Four By Four Mouse off the final turn to reel in Bart Revrac (Adrian Price Jr.) in deep stretch to capture the first division of MWIRA 2-year-old colt trotters. The 2:08 mile was the Valley Victor son’s second win in as many starts.

Four By Four Mouse is owned and was bred by Carol Reynolds of Springfield, Ill.

Bart Revrac gamely finished second, Legend Of Elkhorn with Mike Brink up was third.

Two divisions of MWIRA 3-year-old filly pacers finished respective miles separated by one fifth of a second.

Fluff O Macktic had set a track record in her previous start at the Macoupin County Fair in Carlinville, Il. She nearly accomplished the same feat in the first division Thursday evening.

Nick Prather rushed her from post three heading into the first turn, only to be parked by the Alan Bowen driven Faith Ann. That was the last time the Armbro Mackintosh miss was equaled by anyone. She rumbled through the remaining race calls on the front end, and then stopped the timer in 1:59, three fifths of a second from the 1:58.2 standard of 2004 set by Undeniably You.

Call Me Sugar, driven by Danny Moore, was second, while Faith Ann faded to third.

Heartland Charmer, with Tom Simmons behind, bested Fluff O Macktic’s effort in the very next race.

Alan Bowen raced Finale’s Angel on the front end through fractions of :30.1, 1:00.4, and 1:30.1 with Heartland Charmer (Tom Simmons) in the pocket.

Simmons then moved his charge from the cones, and steadily wore down Finale’s Angel in deep stretch to cross the wire first in 1:58.4.

The sub two minute mile was the 44th in the history of the Brown County Fair.

The brown Kingston filly, also trained by Simmons, is owned by Glen Bauman of Mulkeytown, Ill.

Finale’s Angel was second, a very hard charging Meant To Persist with Mike Cox aboard was third.

Cox finished a narrow second with Life In My Day to Simmons with Houndin The Ladies in the tenth race, a MWIRA event for 3-year-old colt pacers.

Life In My Day led the single file field to the :30.2 quarter call, Toobi See with Tom Walker in the bike sat in the pocket, while Simmons raced his gelding third.

Then not content to race single file, Simmons pulled the son of Armbro Mackintosh on the far turn, and by the time the field reached the half mile mark, was a length on top.

The pace quickened markedly heading up the backstretch, but no one could quite gather enough steam to overtake the leader.

Into the stretch they paced. Houndin The Ladies was all out, with Life In My Day steadily narrowing the gap. The wire came too soon for the latter as the former held on for the win in 2:00.3. Walker and Toobi See were third.

Next up for the eligible 2-year-olds that competed in Mt. Sterling’s two nights of twilight racing is the Downstate Classic for that age group. That card will be held at the Logan County Fair, Sunday, August 6 in Lincoln, Ill.





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