Day At The Track

Mel Mara romps in Quillen prep

11:34 AM 13 Sep 2016 NZST
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Mel Mara has banked more than $171,000 this year and nearly $630,000 in his career.
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HARRINGTON, Del. - Robert Cooper Stables and J&T Silva Stables' Mel Mara (Corey Callahan, $2.20) had an auspicious Harrington Raceway debut in his prep for next week's (September 19) $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial with a 1:50.1 win, while breaking a track record in the harness racing featured $15,000 Open Monday.

The 7-year-old Lis Mara stallion never had an anxious moment in his front end score from post position five for trainer Dylan Davis.

Mel Mara has banked more than $171,000 this year and nearly $630,000 in his career. He has campaigned against many of the sport's top pacers this season and took a career best of 1:47 earlier in the year at the Meadowlands.

The 1:50.1 time established a new track record for aged pacing stallions, which was formerly held by Getitoffyourchest, who set the mark earlier this year on June 20.

Little Ben and Handsome Henry K rounded out the trifecta.

For the second straight start, Carrie Malone and Amanda Malone's Nuclear Dragon ($5.40, Jon Roberts) recorded a new lifetime mark with a sparkling 1:52 score in a $9,000 conditioned pace for trainer Brian Malone.

George Dennis recorded a driving triple. Montrell Teague had two wins.

The draw for 10th annual Bobby Quillen Memorial is Tuesday September 13.

Matthew Sparacino

 

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