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« on: September 02, 2013, 07:32:21 AM »

mike always writes a good column

25th consecutive edition of Illinois Super Night
06:44 AM 02 Sep 2013 NZSTComment (0) Tweet Share Email Print Back to USA homepage Entries Results   Jim Curran driving Shady Veil in the last Ann VonianThe Illinois powerhouse Big Tom  With Super Night less than two weeks away I decided to do some researching on the Illinois gala evening of harness racing that began at old Sportsmanís Park in 1989.

Only one horse has ever won the same Super Night stake three consecutive years and that was Clark Fairleyís King Johnnie who captured the then Dan Patch (now the Tony Maurello) in 2005, 2006 and 2007 with Tim Tetrick.

Mystical Victress can be the second horse to turn the trick if she can win the Lorna Propes (formerly the Ann Vonian) a third straight time with a victory on September 14th in the pacing stake for ICF fillies and mares age three and up.

Another victory in the Propes would make the Erv Miller trainee the only horse to nail down four consecutive Super Night championships. Mystical Victress also won the Grandma Ann Final as a 3-year-old for Indiana owners Mystical Marker Farms and Peggy Hood.

You might remember that Mystical Victress was the heavy favorite to win the $250,000 Filly Orange in Blue Final back in 2009 but ended up second best that September night to the John Butenschoen trainee Fox Valley Oracle.

The first horse to win a Super Night Championship as a 2, 3 and 4-year-old was the Illinois powerhouse Big Tom when he campaigned for the Joe Anderson Stable at the end of the last century for owners Tom Lewandowski, John Leahy and Anderson Racing Stables.

Big Tomís 1997 Orange and Blue crown was taken at Sportsmanís Park, the last year of harness racing at the Cicero, Illinois track. The illustrious pacer prevailed in the Pete Langley Memorial Final when it was then raced the first time at Balmoral Park in 1998, overtaking his chief rival Taser Gun in the late going (See Photo). The next year Big Tom drew off in the Dan Patch showdown.

Lavern Hostetlerís Gosox was the first pacer to capture back-to-back Super Night championships. The Ideal Society colt won the Orange and Blue Colt Final on the first Super Night in 1989 at Sportsmanís and followed with the Langley title in 1990.

Broadway Preview was the first colt or gelding pacer to win the same Super Night stake in back-to-back years when he took the Dan Patch crowns in 1995 and 1996 at Sportsmanís.

Shady Veil was the first mare to do it when she triumphed in the Ann Vonian in 1997 and 1998. Interestingly she did it on two different racetracks with two different drivers.

Jim Curran (See Photo)drove her in the last Ann Vonian to be decided at Sportsmanís in í97 and Randy Jacobs was at her lines in í98 when Super Night was switched to Balmoral.

Last yearís Super Night handle of $1,767,268, while more than $1 million below the record $2.9-plus million of 2000, did reverse a disturbing trend. It was the highest since 2009 and $150,000 higher than 2011.

This year is the 25th consecutive edition of Super Night. Those all so important stake elimination races for the festive evening will be contested next Saturday on the Crete, IL big track.

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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2013, 09:20:45 PM »

The original, as opposed to the version posted above, can be found here:
http://www.harnessillinois.com/node/1317
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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2013, 09:52:32 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2013, 10:05:24 PM »

The original, as opposed to the version posted above, can be found here:
http://www.harnessillinois.com/node/1317

can you define "version" ? Is that similar to literary license ?
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« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2013, 06:25:08 AM »

The original, as opposed to the version posted above, can be found here:
http://www.harnessillinois.com/node/1317


Yes Janine , Thank you for showing me things haven't changed and Sam is still protected.
What I wrote was innocent , non abusive and the truth yet it was taken down.

I'll see you all in another couple of months.

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