Racing at the Magic Mile

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By WSIL Sports

DU QUOIN -- The sounds of race day mean big business for Amy Quint

"The money draws the trainers and the horses here to Du Quoin," the Benton native said.
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Quint has been in racing for more than 20 years and has high hopes for her newest horse at the $30,000 Director's Award race. Since buying Southern Party, a two-year old filly, she's a perfect 5-0.

"She just keeps finding a way to win," Quint said. "She digs in and wins every time."

Harness racing at the Magic Mile draws hundreds of people to the state fair every year. One reason is the chance to win big. Fans can place their bets and gamble on their favorite horses.

"You just hope your horse gets a good trip and has a lot left for the last quarter to come down the stretch."

Quint likes coming to Du Quoin because she doesn't have to travel very far, giving her friends and family a chance to see the races.

"I have a lot of people here watching her today so I'm kind of nervous," she said. "I'm not used to being in my own backyard for the horse races."

Ron Knupp from Anna also enjoys being close to home. He's traveled to more than 30 races this year with his horse, Gentle Janet.

"It's a great race track," Knupp said. "For guys like us you would never get a chance to get a horse on a quicker track."

Unfortunately the local horses didn't hold up Saturday. Southern Party finished fourth while Gentle Janet came in ninth. Although Quint and Knupp left disappointed, the chance to race at the Magic Mile is always special.

"It's a thrill," Knupp added. "I mean I'm retired, and I got into horses after I retired from teaching and coaching but it's fun."
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