Illinois-bred two-year-old trotters were the focus on Sunday evening (June 18) at Hawthorne Race Course, as the fillies were competing in the Fox Valley Flan Stakes and the colts and geldings in the Kadabra Stakes.
Race 3 was the first leg of the Fox Valley Flan and 11 juvenile trotters lined up behind the gate. The evenly matched bunch had E L Miss Kaibra as a lukewarm choice at post time. The favourite made the lead and covered the opening quarter in :32.2. On the backside, E L Miss Kaibra was headed by Fox Valley Persia through a half in 1:02.4. On the turn, E L Miss Kaibra and Fox Valley Persia continued to battle, as they passed three quarters in 1:32.3. In the lane, E L Miss Kaibra faced a fresh challenge from Good Design and couldn’t hold the foe off. Good Design and driver Kyle Wilfong won by a half length over E L Miss Kaibra. Lous Silver Star finished third. The final time for the mile was 2:02.1. Good Design is owned by Lynn Wilfong and trained by Brett Wilfong.
Race 5 was the first leg of the Kadabra Stakes for Illinois-bred two-year-old colts and geldings and a full field of 10 lined up. True Detective was favoured and was driven by Casey Leonard. Cruzen Cassi got away to the early lead and she covered the quarter in :32. On the backstretch, True Detective moved to take over and trotting to the half-mile pole in 1:02.4. On the turn, Legal Entry moved to challenge True Detective, and the two were head and head through three quarters in 1:34. In the lane, True Detective repelled the bid of Legal Entry, but Cruzen Cassi came back again to get up on the wire for driver Jared Finn. True Detective finished second while Freddie Da Fox was third. The final time for the mile was 2:03. Cruzen Cassi is owned by James Rine and Charles Doehring and trained by J D Finn.
(Hawthorne Race Course)