Day At The Track

Elite Awards equals Harrington track record

06:12 PM 16 Oct 2013 NZDT
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Elite Awards - pictured in record-breaking action
Elite Awards - pictured in record-breaking action

HARRINGTON, Del. - Three $20,000 divisional eliminations of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts went postward on the 15-race Harrington Raceway program Tuesday.
The final division featured a showdown of two local pacing heavyweights and previous elimination winners, Hawker and Elite Awards, who had previously not met in their limited previous on-track performances with eight total starts combined between the pair.

When the dust settled, the showdown was as advertised as Karen Walls' Elite Awards ($4.20, George Dennis) came away victorious in 1:55, equaling the track record for 2-year-old pacing geldings (Shaving Mug).
The Powerful Toy gelding, sat behind slight favorite Hawker, who set fractions of 29, 57.4 and 1:27. Elite Awards gathered momentum and tipped to the outside to edge clear in deep stretch for a half-length win over a game Hawker.

It was the third win in four lifetime starts for Elite Awards and trainer David Rearic.
Cavalli Pazzi Stables' Casino Bags Carlo ($2.40, Vince Copeland) was a popular winner in an earlier division. The Roddy's Bags Again gelding blew by the leaders late to prevail by three lengths over a late charging Bohemia. It was the second career win for "Carlo", who is also trained by his driver Copeland.

The remaining division was held off the wagering program, as Daryl Bier, Christina Haislip and Charles Dombeck's Solace (Bier) held off Above The Storm in a tight photo finish in 1:56.4. It was the first career win in three lifetime starts for Solace and trainer/driver Bier.

The top eight point-getters in the DSBF 2-year-old colt and gelding ranks will return to compete in the $100,000 final on October 22.

In the overnight feature Tuesday, North State Street Stable's Monochromatic ($3.20, Corey Callahan) notched her 45th career win in 1:53 for trainer Dylan Davis.
Drivers Jim Morand, George Dennis and Ross Wolfenden each had three winners on the card.

By Matt Sparacino


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