Josh Sutton wins both features at Northfield

01:24 PM 08 Apr 2014 NZST
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Lyons Josephjnr and Josh Sutton
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Rose Run Logan and driver Josh Sutton
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Driver Josh Sutton has been on fire in 2014 and again dominated most of the evening on Monday (April 7) at Northfield Park. The evening's Open Pace and Open Trot were just two of the six successful drives on the night for Sutton.

Sutton, 31, began driving in 2000 and has since garnered 2,336 career victories and is approaching $13,000,000 in purse earnings. He has posted 113 victories so far this year over Northfield's Flying Turns, ranking him second on the local driving ranks, just one victory behind Ronnie Wrenn Jr. Chasing Wrenn and Sutton are: Aaron Merriman (84), David Lake (46) and Robin Miller (45).

Sutton has been driving at Miami Valley on Northfield Park's nights off and he has been winning there as well. He has 140 driving wins so far in 2014, ranking him as the seventh winningest driver so far this year in North America.

Only Aaron Merriman (178), Corey Callahan (167), Ronnie Wrenn Jr. (164), Ron Pierce (157), Brian Sears (146) and Dave Palone (144) have more wins this year than Josh Sutton.

Sutton captured the evening's $9,500 Open Pace with Lyons Josephjnr in the eighth race. Ron Burke trains the five year-old for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. Chris Page was the winning driver.

Lyons Josephjnr (Million Dollar Cam-Lyons Sure Sign-Life Sign) started from post four and was fourth through an opening fraction of :27.1. Sutton tipped the pacer first over and he sustained a successful first-over bid through fractions of :56.1 and 1:25.4. Lyons Josephjnr cleared to the lead in the final quarter and bested his competition by two lengths in 1:54.3 on a very sloppy surface. Completing the race were I Found My Beach, Nathan Feelsgood, Goodnite Goodluck, Hall Of Memories, Forever Good and Kiasma.

Monday's triumph increased Lyons Josephjnr's lifetime win tally to 13 and his earnings to $198,951. He was the race favorite and returned $3.60 to win.

Sutton piloted Rose Run Logan to victory in the $10,000 Open Trot in the evening's 10th race. He is owned and trained by Jeff Hochstetler of Urichsville, Ohio.

Rose Run Logan (Armbro Laser-How Miraculous-Baltic Speed) started from post seven and was parked every step through fractions of :28, :56.4 and 1:25.4. He took the lead in the stretch and completed the mile in 1:55.1. He was ¾-length in front at the wire. The win represents a new lifetime mark for Rose Run Logan. Completing the race were Action-Broadway, Mary's Darvin, Pembroke Snapshot, Sure Thing, Kahoku, Wind Surfer, Hello Carlo and Theraputic.

Rose Run Logan now has 13 career successes and has won seven of eight starts in 2014. Monday's victory pushed his bankroll to $40,198. He paid $5.60 to win.

by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

 

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