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OLE' BLUE EYES TO POST PARADE ONE LAST TIME
"My Ideal Towne Chicago Is, My Ideal Towne......."
CRETE, Illinois -- On Saturday, November 8, 2003, Balmoral Park will be retiring another Illinois-bred favorite Ideal Towne, who will lead the horses to the post for the 8th race on the evening's card (set to go off at 10:00 pm CDT) for the last time. Ideal Towne's shoes will be removed for the last time and the last winner's circle picture of his glorious career will be taken. Post time for Balmoral Park is set to start at 7:40 pm CDT.
Ideal Towne's final race was September 13, 2003, during Balmoral Park's 2003 Super Night card where he left at the top of his game. He came off the pace in style in 1:50 flat (equaled a stakes record) with Brent Holland in the bike. Ideal Towne entered the history books as one of two horses in the history of the State of Illinois to win this prestigious race in back to back years (2002 and 2003). His career was culminated with a four-race win streak at Balmoral Park in 1:51.2, 1:51.4, 1:51.1 and 1:50 flat.
Current owners Richard Elmore and Dennis Pietranduono purchased ideal Towne in a private sale on February 11, 2002. Ideal Towne will be standing stud at Cottonwood Farm in Big Rock, Illinois, for the 2004 breeding season. Stud fee is $2,000.
"When the lights go on, he knows what to do, a great will and determination, a big heart. I saw it when he was a 2-year-old. He (really) takes care of himself," stated co-owner Dick Elmore before his triumphant last win in 1:50 flat. "Ideal Towne was one of the greatest Illinois-bred pacers in history, (and) was (an) extremely versatile performer who could cut the mile, or come from behind.
"He was intelligent, took care of himself and did everything that was asked of him," Elmore continued in a recent interview. "I believe that he will be an outstanding sire and pass these qualities (on) to his offspring."
"He's all blood and guts, he has a heart, he's such a professional, not a push button but as close as it gets," confided co-owner Dennis Pietranduono before the back to back Dan Patch win in 2003. "Brent (Holland) (has always known) exactly what to do with him, he does what Jimmy (Ellison) tells him to do. Brent loves the horse and the horse knows him. The horse has great instincts and has more patience than most horses during a race.
"We had bought him as a stud prospect and he lived up to everything we could have hoped for. He's Chicago's horse. We all like to see Illinois-breds beat the best (previously beating Gallo Blue Chip and Color Me Best) and he did that as well as any of them. He always walked into a paddock like it was his," Pietranduono reiterated recently. "He was a world-record holder as a 2-year-old on a 1/2 mile track and held the 2-year-old track record simultaneously at both Maywood Park and Balmoral Park. He was also the only Illinois-bred horse to ever win the prestigious Berry Creek Invitational at the age of 3 at The Meadowlands (in New Jersey)."
Ideal Towne is a 7-year-old horse, Ideal Society-Ms Indiana-Abercrombie who was foaled on April 13, 1996. His final career stats and earnings were as follows: IDEAL TOWNE p.2, 1:52.1, 3,1:51.4, 1:49.2 (83 26-15-10 $753,937). For more information contact: Eric M. Poders by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile phone 847-530-2222 or his contact owner Dennis Pietranduono at 708-499-5516.
Ideal Towne Retirement Party Starts on Super Night
If timing is everything, September's championship harness racing schedule at Balmoral Park could be ideal for one popular veteran of Illinois racing.
Seven-year-old Ideal Towne, considered one of the top Illinois-bred pacers of all time, begins what may be his swan song from racing this month.
The defending champion opens from the rail in Saturday night's $125,000 Dan Patch Pace Final in the 12th of fourteen title races at Balmoral's annual "Super Night".
Ideal Towne has won three in a row in four starts this year, including an impressive elimination win last week. His owners hope this month will begin a retirement party into a valuable stud career after this fall.
"We want to repeat in the Dan Patch and win that American National Final (Sept 20), which he hasn't won yet," stated southsider Denny Pietranduono, who along with Dick Elmore, bought Ideal Towne in a private sale nearly two-years ago. "We hope his stud value will increase if he comes out of these next couple races well. We may bring him back a few times before the year's out, but that's up to the horse."
Sired by Ideal Society out of the Abercrombie mare Ms Indiana, Ideal Towne, who won over $100,000 last year in just ten starts, is the only Illinois-bred to have won the $300,000 Berry Creek at the Meadowlands as a 3-year-old. He held the 2-year-old track record at Maywood, held the track record at Balmoral until Yankee Cruiser broke it last year and has been a steady upper echelon pacer in his older years.
"He doesn't come out of the gate as hard as he used to," admits longtime trainer Jim Ellison, "but (driver) Brent (Holland) knows when to use his speed. We feel better about having the rail too. He's best with 10-14-days rest in between races, but he's feeling good and ready for Saturday."
One of the reason's Ideal Towne has been racing like a spirited colt lately is, he's got a girlfriend.
"He likes being around the mares," says Ellison. "He's especially sweet on this mare Yankee Orkin, who wasn't producing much (in races) until we put her in the stall across from his. Since then, she's won four straight and hasn't missed a check in four months. He wants to know where she is all the time."
At that moment on the phone with Ellison, a hearty horse nay was heard in the backround.
"That's him!," Ellison laughed. "They just brought Yankee Orkin in from the field. He's quite the lady' s man. We keep them close before their races."
If Saturday's Dan Patch is a figurative race to the stud barn, the winning choice seems clear.
Trying to unseat Ideal Towne Saturday night will be such older stand-out pacers as Fox Valley Devious, No Hassle, Quick Yankee and Fox Valley Chris.
Early first post time for the $1.5-million live card Saturday at Balmoral is 7pm.