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Racing Returns Saturday, October 24



Friday Feature

Hard-knocking ladies rewarded with victories

Hats off to the mares Sparkin Your Fire and Blue Note, who has their pictures taken in back-to-back races here last Friday evening.

The Filly and Mare Open has developed into one of the most contentious divisions on the grounds, and Sparkin Your Fire has now captured three of these events at this session. The 6-year-old goes about her business for owner Peg Hoffman and driver/trainer Gerry Longo.

Because she had been settling for nibbles of late and had an outside post, Sparkin Your Fire was dismissed at a juicy 26-1 last week and was ultra-game getting the job done in first-over fashion in a 1:54 3/5 mile.

Longo, by the way, is still going strong at age 72 and has now made 2,827 trips to the charmed enclosure in his career with nearly $12.5 million in earnings.

Speaking of veterans, less than half an hour after that race, the 13-year-old Blue Note suited up for owner/trainer Rick Cisco and pilot Luke Plano and got the job done in coast-to-coast fashion.

This daughter of Little Steven has earned her $129,000 bank account the old-fashioned way with a 1:54 1/5 mark that was set here last season and she continues to display the desire to show the way home.

Cisco has done a great job keeping this mare on her game and she has certainly become a fan favorite, especially when she turns in performances like she did last week.