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MORETHAN I DESERVE, a 3-year-old gelding pacer who set a track record at the Decatur-Macon County Fair, and recorded four successive miles over county fair half mile ovals in under 2 minutes, has been named Juneís Horse of the Month by the Illinois Standardbred Owners & Breeders Association in conjunction with: The Big 10, Egyptian, Illini, Mid-West, and Northern Colt Associations; and the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Bureau of County Fairs and Horse Racing.

Owned by Francis Grummel of Orlando, Florida and Deborah Humenai of Orange City, Florida, the Cole Muffler-sired offspring was chosen from nominees that included: 2-year-old colt pacers, Flash Dancing, and Wesmokempeacepipe; 2-year-old colt trotters, Band Star, and Halls Of Gold; 2-year-old filly trotter, Spread The Chips; 3-year-old colt pacer, Mahdi; and 3-year-old filly trotter, Celebrity Mistress.

Morethan I Deserve was defeated once in five starts which included a track record effort of 1:56.1 at Decatur on June 17. He then narrowly missed Illinois Harness Hall of Famer Taser Gunís 1:57 track standard at the Greene County Fair in Carrollton just three days later with a 1:57.2 timed mile.

According to research provided by the United States Trotting Associationís Research Director, David Carr, Morethan I Deserve equaled the record for sub-2 minute miles in a 30-day period over an Illinois county fair track, which was set by Fox Valley Michael in 2002.

The bay pacer, trained by Leo Grummel of Carrollton, Illinois, with his four wins has earned nearly $6,000 for the month, and over $16,000 for the year.





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