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« on: July 01, 2007, 12:57:39 PM »

from June 26, 1963 Harness Horse.

Lloyd's Demon in Proximity Invitational

Lloyd's Demon, sharp as a tack in his seasonal debut, captured Friday's $7,500 Proximity invitational handicap trot before a crowd of 12,125. Driven by Harry Burright, the Demon Hanover stallion raced in fifth position to the halfmile mark to start his big move on the backstretch. Senator Frost, even money favorite, confidently driven by Dick Buxton, allowed Lloyd's Demon to go to the front before reaching final turn.
 Once on top, Lloyd's Demon opened up a commanding lead to win easily by two lengths from the fast closing 39-1 outsider, Louise Seiter, that bad a three-length advantage over Abbeyup, the third horse. Senator Frost tired in the homestretch to wind up fifth beaten slightly more than five lengths. Lloyd's Demon was timed in 2:03, the clocking tieing the meeting's record set earlier in the evening by Careless Hanover.
 Careless Hanover, one of the strongest candidates for such important stakes as the Hambletonian, Yonkers Futurity, and Kentucky Futurity, trotted the fastest mile of the Chicago season when he won Friday's sixth race in 2:03. The Star's Pride colt, driven by Joe Marsh, Jr., won by six lengths from Money Tree for his second straight victory at this meeting and his fifth triumph of seven starts this season. The colt was formerly named Instant Hanover, and was marked in 2:04 2/5 by Frank Ervin before being sold for a substant I al sum at Harrisburg last fall to Beatrice Tomicic of Grosse Pointe, Mich.
 James Norris' Spring Hill Farm entered the harness racing sport Wednesday night by claiming one of Sportsman's Park's most consistent pacers, Gallant Star, from owners Don Busse and Mary Jane Stehmann. Gallant Star won the race, a $4,000 claiming pace, for his third straight victory at this meeting and his fifth triumph out of 16 starts this season. Don Busse, the winning driver, widened in his lead in the driver standings by two over Harry Burright.
 Robert Williams, who is also making a strong bid for leading driver honors scored a double victory winning the sixth race with favored Bernie Anderson and the ninth race with Andy Anderson. The latter was timed in a speedy 2:033/5. He also reined Knight Deposit home in the same time to win Tuesday's co-featured pace.
 Linda's Nugget, driven by Chris Boring, was a lucky horse to win Tuesday's Ladles Night featured pace before a large throng of 11,088. The chestnut pacer had a two-length lead turning into the homestretch, but appeared a ready prey for Mighty Lass challenge when the latter locked wheels with Aldora and lost all chance.
 Linda's Nugget battled on gamely to the wire, though unable to resist Greve's closing bid to succumb by a nose. Greve, however, went offstride crossing the finish line and had to be disqualified and placed second. Eddie Towne finished third three lengths behind the embattled pair. Time for the mile was 2:04 3/5.
 Mighty Lass on the strength of her recent second place finish to Princess Maud was installed a 3 to 5 favorite, but for the interference suffered at the head of the stretch most likely' would have won the race.
 For her owner, Frances Banks, and her trainer Stanley Banks, it was farewell to Mighty Lass after the race as the five-year-old Mighty Way mare was claimed for $10,000, a record price at a Chicago area harness track, by K & T Stables of Elgin, ILL.
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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2007, 01:06:51 PM »

I wish I was around for the glory days of racing. In today's world where I live, one could literally set off a bomb in any track except Arlington and not really hurt too many people. Thanks for all the history about the game. The names of horsemen and horses are a bit before my time but I know a few guys who really enjoy going through memory lane via your threads.


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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2007, 01:08:31 PM »

from Aug 1960 Hoof Beats and Raceway RoundUp

SPEED, AND MORE SPEED, highlighted the Fox Valley Trotting Club meet operating at Sportsman's Park in Cicero, Illinois. The final two nights, Friday and Saturday, produced 13 miles in less than 2:05, and five of these in less than 2:02.
Chicago harness racing fans were brought to their feet Saturday, July 9, when Lester Alford's pacing star, Vicki's Jet, driven by Joe Marsh Jr., captured the featured $5,000 Invitational pace in 2:00.1, which was the fastest time recorded in Chicago this year. Vicki's Jet, a four year old Ross Hanover-Vicki Volo colt, had the rail position and used it to good advantage is he took the early lead and was never headed. The Michigan invader cut his own mile in 28.3, 59.1, 1:29.4 and finished up the race under no urging although he pulled well away from the remainder of the field and won by himself.
Earlier the same evening, Jack and Joyce Hankins' aged pacer, Dr. Hyslop, took a new record of 2:01.4 in winning a B pace, as he came from far back and sprinted a terrific last eighth, just getting to the top at the wire.
Friday, July 8th, produced a new track record for three year olds formerly held by Torpid at 2:02. Roxburgh Bob, a Phil Bob-Little Francis Abbe gelding, won his seventh race of the season, a NICA pace for three year olds. Don Busse drove the gelding to the new mark of 2:01.3 for the race which he won handily. Just a race earlier, Abbe Margaret, driven by Gene Riegle, also won in 2:01.3. The sixth race on the program was won by the five year old Josedale Lincoln with Dwayne Pletcher doing the honors as the gelding took a new mark of 2:01.4 for the mile.
On June 22nd, teamster Billy Shuter was involved in a spill before the regular racing program. Driving in a colt race, Billy suffered a fractured right knee and was sidelined indefinitely. Bill was well on his way to what promised to be the finest season of his career, although at this point, Billy is healing rapidly and getting around quite well on crutches to supervise the training of his charges.
Racing Secretary, Stan Bergstein, inaugurated Claiming races on a large scale at the Fox Valley meet and is pleased to note that they have met with success. There were eighty﷓one claimers staged during the meet and a total of six horses claimed.
Horsemen have been quite favorable to the claimers for the most part and cooperated to the fullest in making this program a success. Racing Secretary Bergstein says that he can't measure the pressure has been taken off him with the advent of the claimers.
The final six days of the Fox Valley meet were on a definite high note as they closed out with a Chicago area betting record of $2,436,532 for the week. The meet itself shattered all previous local records as it wound up with a total handle of $12,115,500 for the thirty﷓two days; the nightly average was $378,609, a thirteen per cent boost over last year. Attendance averaged 7,210 off a total of 235,710 people which added up to a boost of a little more than ten per cent.
Fox Valley prexy, Delvin Miller, was very happy with file results and pointed out with a smile that "we're really giving Chicago Downs something to shoot at."
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