Local and area harness racing stables enjoyed success at the Decatur-Macon County Fair over the weekend, led by a wire-to-wire victory for a first-time starter from the barn of Altamont trainer Ray Hanna.

Sweet Baby Jane, owned by Hanna in partnership with Richard Courson, of St. Peter, led from start to finish in taking her division of the Illinois Big Ten Colt Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies on Saturday afternoon. Hanna was in the race bike, as he drove the filly to a score in 2:10.1 to grab nearly $1200 from the $2388 total purse.

Hanna also sent Fox Valley Odessa to the track for a runner-up finish in the Big Ten three-year-old filly pace, while Newton’s John David Finn trained and drove Snow Tunnel to a second-place effort in a division of the freshman filly trot.

Saturday’s action concluded with a triumph by Little Joe Score in the Free For All Trot for DuQuoin-based owner Gene Milleville, formerly of Altamont.

On Friday, trainer-driver Larry Finn, of Newton, went wire-to-wire in a division of the Non-Winners of $1500 Pace with Loyz Party Girl, shortly after finishing second in the Big Ten three-year-old colt trot with Loyz Trot’n Legend. Both horses are owned by Jackson Loy, of Beecher City.

In other action, owner-driver Jared Finn, of Newton, finished second in a division of the Big Ten three-year-old filly trot with Brilliant Passion, while his father, J. D., trained and drove Fox Valley Aryanna to a runner-up finish in an $8000 division of the Downstate Classic sophomore filly trot.

The local racing scene moves next to the Jasper County Fair, in Newton, where the $12,000 Big Ten two-year-old pace will headline the opening card on Sunday at 1 p.m.

RACING NOTES: Altamont-based Standardbred nursery Fair Meadow Farm enjoyed a huge weekend in Chicago, as a pair of farm graduates posted impressive wins in stakes competition at Hawthorne Racecourse.

Condi, owned by Shawn Nessa and Becky Hottes, of DuQuoin, won the $45,000 World Series on Friday for two-year-old filly pacers, while Chicago-based One Park Place captured his division of the Jimmy Sunshine Stakes for freshman pacing colts on Sunday in 1:54.1—the fastest two-year-old mile in North America this year. Both pacers were bred and raised at Fair Meadow’s local facility.


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