DuQuoin State Fair promising edge-of-the-seat horse racing
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Possess The Magic tops World Trotting
Derby filly eligibles
SPRINGFIELD -- The richest
2-year-old trotter of 2006, the filly Possess The Magic, leads a
list of 40 eligibles to the World Trotting Derby filly division to
be contested on Aug. 31 at the DuQuoin State Fair.
The daughter of Self Possessed won nine of 13 starts and was second
three times last season. That was good enough to bring her bankroll
to $697,450 at the end of 2006.
Possess The Magic capped her season with a convincing 1
3/4-length victory over Pampered Princess in the $600,000 Breeders
Crown at Woodbine Racecourse in Toronto, Ontario.
Two starts earlier she had become the fastest 2-year-old trotting
filly in harness racing history with a 1:54:4 win on The Red Mile
track in Lexington, Ky.
The star filly is owned by her breeder, Brittany Farms of
Versailles, Ky., which is operated by George Segal of Chicago. She
was trained by Ron Gurfein and driven by Mike Lachance.
Possess The Magic could have competition in the filly division of
the World Trotting Derby from several of the best 2-year-old
trotting fillies of the 2006 campaign.
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Gerri's Joy, winner of the $357,000 Merrie Annabelle last summer,
is also among the eligibles. She won three of her eight starts last
year and ended the year with a healthy bankroll of $394,223.
Falls For You, winner of the late-season classic Goldsmith Maid
for freshman trotting fillies, is also being pointed at the World
Trotting Derby filly race. She defeated Gerri's Joy by four lengths
in winning the $410,000 Goldsmith Maid.
Michelle's Angel is another top first-season star from 2006
hoping to show up ready to do battle in DuQuoin. She earned $232,692
last year while winning five of her 14 starts.
With so many of the best 3-year-old trotting fillies in North
America eligible to the World Trotting Derby, the 2007 renewal could
be one of the most exciting in the race's history.
DuQuoin State Fair news release received from the
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]