2003 Wa. Co. Fair Review: Wednesday, September 10, 2003
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.
|Norse Comer and Sugg lead the pack
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.
|Over The Wire and driver Kurt Sugg
(far left) fly up the backstretch
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 Parks top trainer, Bob Belcher brought
SECRET HARBOR to town and made it no secret that he meant to win.
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.
|Secret Harbor (far left)
hung three-wide to quarter-pole
|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.
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.
|Happy Tooter and Bruce Sturgeon look
Secret Harbor and Greg Grismore in the eye before Race 8
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.
|Striking Linda sitting second,
followed by Perfect Husler, third, driving to the quarter-pole
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.
|Striking Linda sitting inside left,
Perfect Husler sitting outside right at three-quarters
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.
|Sterling Spur and driver Bill Irvine
lead the way to the three-quarter pole
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.
|Striking Chic and driver Jon Wengerd
before Race 11
An overall recap of Wednesdays 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