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Mako Sica sets record

August 16, 2004
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Mako Sica went right to the front from post one and never relinquished the lead en route to a Review Stakes and national season’s record 1:51 mile for 2-year-old gelding pacers at the Illinois State Fair Monday evening (Aug. 16) in Springfield.



In the first race of the first twilight racing card in the history of Grand Circuit racing at the Illinois State Fair, Andy Miller drove the son of Badlands Hanover to his fourth straight victory and fifth in six starts for owner Lloyd Arnold. Miller’s brother, Ervin, is the trainer.



The Arnold-Miller combination was back in the winner’s circle after the program’s last race, the second division of the Review Stakes 2-year-old filly pace. This time Andy Miller rallied Arts Bid in the stretch for a nose victory over Righteous Renee and Dave Magee in 1:54.3. Lloyd Arnold bred the daughter of Artsplace who has two wins in as many starts.



In the first division of the freshman filly pace, Red Hot Dame emerged from a pack of fillies in the lane to take the victory in 1:56.1. Owned by Dean Davis and Frank Dettore, the daughter of The Panderosa scored her first victory in five starts for trainer Kurt Sugg.



In the Review Stakes 3-year-old filly trot, Bramasole, in only her second start of the year, scored a 1:54.3 victory with Eric Ledford in the bike for owner James Jesk and trainer Seldon Ledford.



The fastest mile of the evening went to Constant Change in the Illinois State Fair Colt Stakes for 4-year-old and up horse and gelding pacers. The 6-year-old Cole Muffler gelding held off Taser Gun with a 1:49.4 mile, a stakes record. Trained by Tom Simmons, the winner is owned by Benita Simmons, Hunt Harness Horses Inc. and Helen Logan.

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