Ideal Danny kicked off his cover at the head of the stretch and sprinted home to a career-best 1:53.3 victory in the Review Stakes-Little Pat for 2-year-old colt pacers on the first day of Grand Circuit racing at the
Andy Miller was in the bike as Ideal Danny sat behind the pace setting Gordieisanartist and Kurt Sugg through fractions of :26.4, :56.3 and 1:26.1 before swooping to victory. Most Remarkable and Dale Hiteman finished second in the three-horse field.
Ideal Danny, a homebred son of Western Ideal is owned by D R Van Witzenburg and trained by Ervin Miller. The victory was the coltís third in as many starts.
In the Review Stakes 2-year-old filly pace, Pascalís Wager and Dave Magee split horses in deep stretch and scored a neck victory over Hillary and Hiteman in 1:54.1. John Butenschoen trains the daughter of Dragon Again who scored her first victory in three starts for owner Blackfoot Farms.
In other Review Stakes action, Emma rose lowered her career mark to 1:55.2 in the 3-year-oldfilly pace for driver Brent Holland, trainer Erv Miler and owners Mystical Marker Farms and Jack and Peggy Hood; and Big Boy Lloyd scored a career-best 1:54.1 in the 3-year-old colt and gelding trot for driver Michael Oosting, trainer Ken Rucker and owner James Ingram.
A national seasonís record for aged trotting mares was equaled and a stakes record was set when Speed N The Tunnel captured the Illinois State Fair Colt Stakes for mares 4-year-old and up in 1:53. Speed N The Tunnel knocked one-fifth of a second off the stakes record she set at last yearís fair. Brett Wilfong trains and co-owns the 5-year-old Armbro Tunnel mare with his father, Lynn.