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2003 Wa. Co. Fair Review: Wednesday, September 10, 2003
Horse Norse Comer
Norse Comer and Sugg lead the pack up the backstretch
The Wooster trainers rebounded Wednesday after having a rough day at the races Tuesday. Kurt Sugg got things started out on the right foot by taking his two year old trotting filly, NORSE COMER, out in the first race and promptly crushing the competition, winning in 2:04.1h by eight lengths over second place finisher, DUXELLES and driver Don McKirgan while LILTING LILY and Ben Miller finished third.
Horse OverTheWire
Over The Wire and driver Kurt Sugg (far left) fly up the backstretch
Kurt Sugg tried to make it to the winner's circle again in the third race with his three year old trotting colt, OVER THE WIRE, but had to settle for second place as the pocket sitting horse, STILLBROOK and driver Ron Steck popped out at the three-quarter pole and couldn't be caught as Sugg's horse had to go the long way around the track pulling first over at the half and then going three wide up the backstretch to finish second by five lengths over SANDUDE and McKirgan. Other local trainers in the third race did not fair as well. Jon Wengerd's horse, JESSE COY, made a break behind the gate and couldn't make up the ground finishing seventh. Ron Wagner's horse, I'M CHASER, was simply overwhelmed by the speed in the race and finished sixth.

The eighth race featured the three year old colt pacers and everyone knew the 12-year-old track record for pacers of 1:561, held by the horse AWLSUM and driver David Miller was is in jeopardy with the entry of SECRET HARBOR . Northfield Park’s top trainer, Bob Belcher brought SECRET HARBOR to town and made it no secret that he meant to win.

Secret Harbor hung-out
Secret Harbor (far left) hung three-wide to quarter-pole
Getting Greg Grismore to drive he fired the In The Pocket colt straight to the top from the far outside post position, number six, and despite getting hung three-wide to the quarter-pole in :281 he got the top and never looked back, went to the half-mile in :574, and the three-quarters in 1:27.
CloseUP Secret Harbor
Secret Harbor getting the lead in Race 8

Grismore then opened the horse up and let him strut his stuff with a last quarter-mile timed in :284 winning by more than five lengths in a record breaking time of 1:554. SURF SAM and driver Jamie Dunlap were second, while SHARED CUSTODY and Dan Ross got up for third.

Scoring Horses
Happy Tooter and Bruce Sturgeon look Secret Harbor and Greg Grismore in the eye before Race 8
Local trainer Sharry Starner's horse, HAPPY TOOTER, was not at all happy as he had the misfortune of drawing in the 3CP division with SECRET HARBOR . Starner's horse finished sixth after being overwhelmed by the speed in the race and finding himself blocked from advancing his position down the lane by tiring horses in front of him.

Quarter-Pole Action in 9th
Striking Linda sitting second, followed by Perfect Husler, third, driving to the quarter-pole
The ninth race had local trainer John Catrone's two year old trotting filly, STRIKING LINDA, and Kurt Sugg's filly, PERFECT HUSLER, making bids for the winner's circle only to be denied. STRIKING LINDA driven by Jon Wengerd got away in the garden spot behind CINDERELLA'S FAITH, with PERFECT HUSLER and Sugg falling in behind third.
Three-Quarters Race 9
Striking Linda sitting inside left, Perfect Husler sitting outside right at three-quarters
They stayed that way until the backstretch where Sugg pulled and followed the cover of EDITH'S IRISH ROSE who had pulled first over at the half and was grinding her way toward the lead. Sugg followed Don McKirgan and EDITH'S IRISH ROSE past a tiring CINDERELLA'S FAITH, to get second place while STRIKING LINDA and Wengerd made a break in the last turn but recovered enough to hang on to fourth place.

Horse Sterling Spur
Sterling Spur and driver Bill Irvine lead the way to the three-quarter pole
Race eleven had the three year old colt trotters of local trainers Dee Hotton and Dan Miller taking the stage. However, Miller's charge, HELLO SPEEDY, had stage fright and made a break behind the gate and never got into the race finishing a disappointing seventh. Hotton's horse, STERLING SPUR driven by Bill Irvine, took the spotlight by going straight to the top off the gait and tried to stay there, but alas JUST CALL ME IKE and Greg Grismore stole the show in the stretch winning by a head in 2:02h. The horse TIGLON and driver Jimmy Smith took the show spot.

Horse Striking Chic
Striking Chic and driver Jon Wengerd before Race 11
Race twelve saw John Catrone send his other two year old trotting filly, STRIKING CHIC, postward. However, she was overwhelmed by the speed in the race and finished sixth. FLAWLESS LILY won for driver Don McKirgan in 2:04.4h, SHE STRIKES was second, and JJJ CHILLIN finished third.

An overall recap of Wednesday’s races saw four divisions of the 2FT with NORSE COMER taking the blanket trophy for her winning effort of 2:04.1h. Other divisional winners were: LAST FLICKER in 2:07.1h, EDITH'S IRISH ROSE in 2:08.1h, and FLAWLESS LILY in 2:04.4h.

The 2FP had three divisions and winners BEACON HILL MISTY and KATZ ON FIRE had to flip a coin for the trophy as both paced in 2:01.1h. The filly SIX SHOOTER won her division in 2:03.4h.

3CT had three divisions with blanket winner STILLBROOK trotting in 2:01.4h, while JUST CALL ME IKE trotted in 2:02h, and DAWN'S FLY BYE in 2:02.3h.

There were only two divisions of the 3CP and SECRET HARBOR took the blanket and new track record home with him for his mile in 1:55.4h. While JOMARY took the other division in 1:57.4h.

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Last Updated: September 14, 2003; 12:55 PM EDT