Sutton wins half the race card (7) at Northfield

02:27 PM 22 Apr 2014 NZST
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Mybrothergeorge and Josh Sutton, harness racing
Mybrothergeorge, one of seven winners for driver Josh Sutton
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Driver Josh Sutton dominated at Northfield Park on Monday (April 21), posting seven winners on the 14-race program. Sutton, 31, began driving in 2000 and has since garnered 2,373 career victories and is in excess of $13,000,000 in purse earnings.

He has posted 140 victories so far this year over Northfield's Flying Turns, ranking him first in the local driving ranks. Chasing Sutton are: Ronnie Wrenn Jr. (136), Aaron Merriman (101), Robin Miller (53) and David Lake (50).

Sutton has been driving at Miami Valley on Northfield Park's nights off and he has been winning there as well. He has 177 driving wins so far in 2014, ranking him as the fourth winningest driver so far this year in North America.

Only Aaron Merriman (211), Ronnie Wrenn Jr. (197), and Corey Callahan (191) have driven more winners this year than Josh Sutton.

Suttons richest win of the night was with Mybrothergeorge, who captured the $9,500 Open Handicap Pace in the evening's eighth race. Barry Langley trains the five year-old for Sagamore Hills, Ohio owner Kathleen Wallace.

Mybrothergeorge (Rocknroll Hanover-Armbro Ophelia-Cam Fella) started from post three and was fourth through the :27.3 opening quarter. Sutton pulled first over and sustained a successful bid despite battling for the lead through middle splits of :56 and 1:24.1. Mybrothergeorge secured the lead at the top of the stretch and bested his competition by ¾-length in 1:53.1. Completing the race were Western Churchill, Nathan Feelsgood, Goodnite Goodluck, Lyons JosephJNR, MA Roy and Aligned Hanover.

Monday's triumph increased Mybrothergeorge's lifetime win tally to 20 and his earnings to $317,500. He returned $7.00 to win.

In the evening's co-feature, Kirty Dream trotted to victory in the $9,500 Open Trot. He is trained by Jeff Hochstetler for Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio owner Mario Caponi. Aaron Merriman was aboard for the winning drive.

Kirty Dream (Cantab Hall-Klelia-Cezio Josselyn) started from post seven and sat fourth through the :27.2 opening quarter before moving first over approaching the half. He remained outside through fractions of :57 and 1:25.2, then took the lead in the stretch and completed the mile in 1:55.1. He was an uncontested 2 ¼-lengths in front at the wire. Completing the race were Pembroke Snapshot, Mythical Hall, Sand Royal Blu, Kahoku, Norma's Rose and Credit Score.

Kirty Dream now has 14 career successes and has bankrolled $208,418. He was the race favorite and paid $3.00 to win.

by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

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