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Nine millionaires for Ben Franklin elims

05:08 PM 05 Jun 2008 NZST
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Mypanmar Mister Big Special Report Southwind Lynx Boulder Creek Total Truth Mr Feelgood Artistic Fella - Meadowlands Pace WESTERN ACE
Mypanmar - A millionaire 7-year-old son of The Panderosa
Mike Lizzi Photo
Mister Big - Seen here winning the 2007 US Pacing Championship
Photo by Michael Lisa - Lisa Photo, Inc.
Special Report - claims a Presidential series race at the Meadowlands
Southwind Lynx - 2007 Oliver Wendell Holmes
Photo by Michael Lisa - Lisa Photo, Inc.
Boulder Creek - 2007 Ben Franklin Pace Final
Total Truth - 2006 North American Cup Final
Mr Feelgood - Seen here winning the 2006 Little Brown Jug - Heat One
Artistic Fella - Meadowlands Pace - 2006 Meadowlands Pace Final
Photo by Michael Lisa - Lisa Photo, Inc.
WESTERN ACE - Shown here winning The Wilson Final
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Seventeen of harness racing’s greatest pacing stars – including nine millionaires - have been entered in two $50,000 eliminations for the Ben Franklin stake at Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack on Sunday, June 8. The first four finishers in each elimination will return for the rich $500,000 Franklin final on Sunday, June 15.

In the first elimination, Brittany Farms, Lindy Farms, and John Fodera’s Mr Feelgood, currently the top rated older pacer in harness racing and a winner of $1.16 million lifetime, will open on the board as the 2-1 favorite in an eight horse field. The five-year-old son of Grinfromeartoear has won half of his 14 races this year, including a victory in the $284,000 Graduate at the Meadowlands on May 17.

Mr Feelgood will leave the gate from post six . The trainee of Jimmy Takter will be handled by Andy Miller.

The other millionares in the first elimination are: Mypanmar, Mister Big, Total Truth, and Boulder Creek. Palone Ranger, Won The West, and Spin Rate round out the field.

Joseph Alborano’s Artistic Fella has been made the 2-1 morning line choice in the second division. The five-year-old Pacific Fella stallion sports 22 wins from 43 lifetime starts with career earnings in excess of $1.81 million. Most recently, the Steve Elliott conditioned horse was narrowly beaten at the wire when he finished second in the $200,000 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park on May 24.

Artistic Fella will start from the second tier in post nine in the nine horse field. He will be guided by Tim Tetrick, who has been in the sulky for all of Artistic Fellas five outings this year.

outhwind Lynx, Western Ace, and Special Report are also millionaires entered in the second elimination. Completing the field are Ghee’s House, Sharky Osborne, Took Hanover, Tivoli Hanover, and Radar Installed N.

The photos are of all the nine millionaires in this series

All told, the 17 entrants in the two eliminations for the Ben Franklin have amassed $19 million in lifetime earnings.

Sunday’s 13 race slate of racing action at Chester will get underway with a first post of 12:25 p.m.

Don Bielak

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