Thursday's Harness Racing Results


Published on August 9 2012 2:34 pm
Last Updated on August 9 2012 3:17 pm
Written by Millie Lange

ALTAMONT -- For Effingham County fans, the race of the day at the Effingham County Fair harness racing Thursday was the Amateur Driving Race where Altamont's Pamela Coleman drove Walter Brown to victory.

Coleman, who also trains Walter Brown, took the 14-year-old to the lead and led from start to finish taking the win in 2:03 2/5. Walter Brown, who is stabled at the Effingham County Fair, broke his own record for oldest race horse to ever win at the fair as well as tied the fastest mile of the day with Fox Valley Slammer. Earning over $320,000 and winning at the Illinois State Fair, Walter Brown lives in the northwest corner barn where, according to race announcer Carl Becker, he doesn't like anyone coming into his space including a raccoon and a possum that he's taken care of for invading his stall.

Since the Amateur Driving Race begin in 1996 at the Effingham County Fair, Coleman is one of very few women who has ever won.

Richard Schrock picked up two victories on the day behind the sulky. Schrock took Fox Valley Slammer to a win in the first race of the card, the Open Pace, Division I. Trailing behind BC's Bad Cat, Fox Valley Slammer came on down the stretch to win in a photo finish in 2:03 2/5. Second went to Bc's Bad  Cat.

Schrock then captured the fourth race, the Non-winners $1,000 Lifetime Pace behind Night Bolter. Queen Beatrice was first away but Private Ashley bulled to the front by a length at the half.  Private Ashley still led with a wall behind at the final turn. With pacers coming from everywhere, Night Bolter came on to win in 2:06 2/5.

In the other two races, Richard Finn and Harold Caughran were the winning drivers. Finn took Seekin For Glamour to victory in the Open Pace, Division II in 2:09 2/5. Caughran won the Non-winners $1,000 Lifetime Trot behind Chief's Last Hoora. The four-year-old was first away and had a two length advantage before finally finishing in 2:12 2/5 by a length and a half.

The Driver's Champoinship went to Mike Brink for his first ever title at the Effingham County Fair.

Thursday was the final day of harness races at the fair. The thoroughbreds and quarterhorses take the field Friday with a noon start.

Effingham County Fair

At Altamont

Race One

Open Pace, Division I

1. Fox Valley Slammer (Richard Schrock), 2. Bc's Bad Cat (Michael Johnson), 3. Ogs Worthy Anthony (Jimmie West), 4. Yippy (J.D. Finn), 5. Fox Valley Blitzen (Dane May)

Time -- :29 3/5, 1:01, 1:32, 2:03 2/5.

Race Two

Open Pace, Division II

1. Seekin For Glamour (Richard Finn), 2. Frontier Lady (J.D. Finn)

Scratched -- Kiowa Creek Rocket, Richard Traci

Time -- :31 4/5, 1:04 1/5, 1:36 2/5, 2:09 2/5.

Race Three

Non-winners $1,000 Lifetime Trot

1. Chief's Last Hoora (Harold Caughran), 2. Modjeska (J.D. Finn), 3. Emotional Force (David Martin), 4. Kyndall (Darry Birch)

Time -- :33 1/5, 1:05 2/5, 1:39 3/5, 2:12 2/5.

Race Four

Non-winners $1,000 Lifetime Pace, Division I

1. Night Bolter (Richard Schrock), 2. Private Ashley (Ronnie Gillespie), 3. Incredibly Sporty (Darla Martin), 4. Queen Beatrice (Gary Easley), 5. Lighten My Wealth (Randall Finn)

Scratched -- Loyz Kingpin.

Time -- :32 1/5, 1:05 3/5, 1:36, 2:06 2/5.

Race Five

Non-winners $1,000 Lifetime Pace, Division II

1. Sweet Sweet Rosco (Ronnie Gillespie), 2. Sculpture Of Clay (Jimmie West), 3. Chanel Daisymae (Jonathan Piperakis), 4. Partyatbartsplace (Darla Martin), 5. Slapyomomma (Scott Foster)

Time -- :29 4/5, 1:01, 1:33, 2:04 1/5.

Race Six

Amateur Driving Race

1. Walter Brown (Pamela Coleman), 2. Bring It On Kaajay (Jeremy Cavitt), 3. Yankee Road (Dakota Birch), 4. Jds Personalstatis (Pete Procopi), 5. Princess Abigail (Gene Birch)

Time -- :30 4/5, 1:01, 1:32, 2:03 2/5.