Up Front Kellie Jo hippityhops to fifth straight win

05:14 AM 22 Apr 2014 NZST
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Up Front Kellie Jo, harness racing
Up Front Kellie Jo and Josh Sutton win fifth straight
Photo by Brad Conrad

LEBANON, OH. - Up Front Kellie Jo hopped into Miami Valley Raceway on Easter Sunday and hopped out with her fifth straight open mares harness racing victory in the Buckeye state, the first four coming at Northfield Park.

The eight-year-old Bettor's Delight mare is obviously as sharp as ever, despite her advanced age of eight, as she prevailed over Y Mach Me (Kyle Ater) by a head in 1:52 and Bazooka Terror (Randy Tharps) who was a half-length away at the wire.

Driver Josh Sutton left like a bunny who had backed into a porcupine and got the lead in less than an eighth of a mile despite being assigned the outside nine-hole. The favored winner raced unchallenged through moderate fractions before stepping on the gas at the three quarters station.
 
Although she responded well, the others did make the race quite interesting and were closing furiously at the finish. Up Front Kellie Jo is owned by Ed Mullinax and Mark Ford and trained by Rob Harmon.
 
The triumph was one of three for Sutton on the holiday program. Jeremy Smith and Dan Noble also fashioned driving doubles on the nine-race card.
 
From the Miami Valley Raceway Publicity Department
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