At the Delaware County Fair, in Delaware Ohio, Jolene Andrews put both feet on the sulky, as she participated in the Tim Fouts Memorial Amateur Driving Championship. She lives in Antrin, New Hampshire and works for Jim Hardy at the Plainridge Racecourse.
Because of the success she has had driving in the New England Amateur Harness Drivers Club at the track, she was asked to represent the club at Delaware and she certainly did.
She went off as a longshot, but then again not to many people in the midwest know how determined this young lady is, when she gets onto a sulky to race.
They found that out today (Sunday September 19). The field of ten went to post and the starter gave the "go" signal and away they went as Jolene Andrews left out of from the rail which certainly helps quite a bit because of the sharp turns on this half mile track.
She maintained decent positon throughout the mile and when it was over she was able to snag third place with Cottonland Daisy, just getting beat out for second.
For Andrews it was a very proud moment, considering the ability that her opponent`s horses had that her horse lacked.
But then again, the horse doesn`t really know who has what in ability, they just go out an try their best.
The pacing mile was timed in 1:59.2 and won by Armbro Wallstreet with driver Richard Bertrand, followed by Clay Hill King Pin with Philip Bo Sowers for second.
A unique story is that Mr. Bowers has driven in the Plainridge Racecourse amateur races also this year. I guess it doesn`t hurt to drive in the New England Amateur Harness Drivers Club races. It certainly is a long trip back to Antrin, New Hampshire from Delaware, Ohio, but I have the feeling for Jolene Andrews it will be about "two minutes."