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Alexa’s Power strong horse in $230,700 Jugette

10:40 AM 20 Sep 2018 NZST
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Driver Tim Tetrick raises his whip in triumph after winning the Jugette with Alexa's Power
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Lots of smiles in the winner's circle to celebrate Alexa's Power winning the Jugette
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Alexa’s Power proved to be the strong horse Wednesday as she overpowered pacesetter Strong Opinion at the top of the stretch to capture the 48th annual $230,7000 Jugette at Delaware, Ohio.

The classic grand circuit event for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies saw the 19th race feature began with betting favorite Youaremycandygirl and driver Yannick Gingras going off-stride at the start of the race and was never in contention.

Strong Opinion and driver Chris Page go right to the front from post one with Alexa’s Power and driver Tim Tetrick grabbing the two-hole spot as they sped to the opening quarter mile in :26.4.

Then coming to the half mile marker, driver Tim Tetrick came out from the inside in post two and sit there as no one was coming from behind to force him to go on as they went to the half in :55.2. E Dee’s Well Said (Jim Pantaleano) at 62-1 odds, filled the gap behind Strong Opinion.

Going to the three-quarters in 1:22.4, Strong Opinion was still in command with Alexa’s Power stalking them on the outside. Then in the stretch, Alexa’s Power and Tetrick wore down Strong Opinion and went on to win by one length in 1:51.2.

E Dee’s Well Said came on for second place with Strong Opinion third.

“I had about 100 ideas flowing through my head behind the starting gate,” said winning driver Tim Tetrick. “I saw Yannick’s (Gingras) horse (Youaremycandygirl) make a misstep and I didn’t want to fall too far back so we went to the two-hole and figured to outmuscle most of them from there.

“She really raced her butt off today,” Tetrick said. “She was just super.”

Sired by Somebeachsomewhere, it was the 9th win in 15 starts this year for Alexa’s Power. She is trained by Jim Campbell and owned and bred by Jeffery and Michael Snyder of New York, NY. She paid $3.80 to win.

“This is my first Jugette,” said winning trainer Jim Campbell. “It’s so exciting. We’ve had a really good year with Alexa all season, Timmy has driven her since her first qualifier. We have had a lot of fun and this win is the best.”

Jim Campbell did say that they had made an equipment change on Alexa’s Power, adding a pull-down bridle that she was using for the first time today.

This year’s Jugette was named in Memory of Hall of Fame Communicator, Laverne A. Hill.

To see the 2018 Jugette replay go to https://youtu.be/emEv23NX-io

On Thursday is the $627,000 Little Brown Jug for the colts with two elimination divisions followed by heats until one horse has won twice.

By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

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