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Oldford scores in 1:54 at Delaware

12:33 AM 24 Sep 2020 NZST
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Amateur driver Steve Oldford winning with Missle J
Chris Tully photo

DELAWARE OH --"He was a handful and all I did was steady him and let him ramble," Steve Oldford said citing Missile J's stunning 1:54 triumph in The Fouts Memorial at Delaware, Ohio on Sept. 20. "He's got a big engine and sometimes a mind of his own so instead of looking for a hole when the gate sprung I just steadied him and he did all the rest."

Oldford was referring to his stunning 1:54 harness racing victory at the home of the Little Brown Jug at the  in a race that featured top amateur drivers from various US amateur clubs in what has become an annual event.

"After starting from the five-hole little did I realize that I was going to get the fastest ride of my life on a double-oval," Oldford added.

At the quarter Daniel Jones and Cyclone Alvie wouldn't relinquish the lead when Missile J came calling and the two trotters got locked in a speed duel by that marker in :27.1 And with Oldfield's charge in command they zipped by the half in :54.4.

From there it was literally 'ballgame' as the 7-year-old American Ideal gelding opened daylight on his competitors and finished some six lengths ahead of Noah Z Tam who was driven by Jazmin Arnold. Tony Ciuffetelli garnered the show dough with The Smidge.

Owned by Black Magic Racing LLC and trained by Todd Luther Missile J returned a $3.40 win mutuel

by John Manzi

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