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Contact: Timothy M. Jones for the Brown County Fair
FIELD SET FOR TASER GUN PACE
The field is set for the 2007 Taser Gun Pace. The race hosted by the Brown County Fair for Illinois breds 4-years-old and up – and with a purse estimated at $18,000 is considered the richest and fastest event in Illinois county fair history – will be featured Thursday, August 2.
Constant Change, a two-time winner of the Fair’s signature event, will attempt to capture his third Pace title. The Cole Muffler-sired gelding will take on six rivals and for the second consecutive year the field will include a mare.
Owned by Hunt Harness Horses, Inc., Helen Logan, and Benita Simmons, the Tom Simmons trainee won his first Taser Gun Pace title in 2003. In that contest he led every step of the mile, stopping the timer in 1:54.1.
In 2004, an early miscue in which he broke stride behind the starting gate proved no detriment as he won for the second consecutive year. His gallant effort was timed in 1:55.4.
Now nine years old, with lifetime earnings of nearly $600,000 and a mark of 1:49.4, Constant Change was a recent winner at Hawthorne Racecourse on June 30, timed in 1:51.1. He will race from post position 5.
Kissmekissmekissme, a four-year-old full sister to world champion Mini Me, will attempt to follow the hoof beats to the winners circle of the great mare, and 2006 Taser Gun Pace champion, Loyal Opposition.
Owned by White Birch Farm of Allentown, New Jersey, and trained by Carrollton, Illinois native Hart Walker, the striking bay with a white strip on her face and white rear leg stockings brings a lifetime mark of 1:52.4 and purse earnings of nearly $275,000 to this dance.
The daughter of Incredible Finale returns to Illinois following successful starts in the Silk Stockings elimination and final at Monticello Raceway in Monticello, New York. In the latter she was runner-up to 2006 Dan Patch award winner, Darlin’s Delight.
Of her six 2007 starts, she’s headed to the winners circle on three occasions, finishing second or third once each. Kissmekissmekissme races from post 2.
Third Day, owned by the Redbud Stable, Philip Rock, John Johnston, and William Johnston III, is another Cole Muffler-sired gelding seeking a Taser Gun Pace title. Trained by Jim Eaton, Third Day brings earnings of over $152,000 lifetime earnings and a race mark of 1:50.4 into the race.
As a three-year-old in 2006, this horse hit the board in 20 of 30 starts earning over $125,000. He scorched the Balmoral Park mile surface in September of 2006, timed in 1:50.4.
A model of consistency, the now four-year-old has been in the money in four of seven starts. A 1:51.3 winner at Hawthorne Racecourse the first week of July, he will race in this contest from post 6.
Hot N Sporty, a world champion at two, is entered in the fray for the ownership of John Carver, Bert Hochsprung, and the Ervin Miller Stable, Inc.
A winner of nearly $250,000 lifetime, Hot N Sporty equaled Lucky’s Z Tam’s then-world mark of 1:50.2 in the 2005 Illinois State Fair Colt Stakes pace final.
The Sportsmaster-sired gelding from the very productive broodmare, She’s Redhot, hit the board in eight of 17 starts as a three-year-old for then owners Jim and Donna Crebs. He streaked to his sophomore mark of 1:50.4 at Balmoral Park in June of 2006.
With 2007 earnings of over $55,000, the four-year-old has hit the board in 11 of 20 starts. He has won one of his last two starts and also two qualifiers since a change in ownership and now racing from the barn of trainer Ervin Miller. His latest win on July 14 at Hawthorne Racecourse was timed in 1:51.4.
The big bay races from post 3.
Post positions for the entire field are:
POST - HORSE – DRIVER – TRAINER – LIFETIME EARNINGS & RACE RECORD
* Finished 2nd to Loyal Opposition in 2006 Taser Gun Pace
Post time for the August 2 contest is 7 p.m.
Mt. Sterling, Illinois is located 65 miles west of Springfield, Illinois on US 24. For more information, please contact Speed Superintendent Ed Teefey’s race office at 217-773-3930, visit the Fair’s web site at http://www.browncofair.com, or call the fair office at (217) 773-3939.
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