Last weeks feature winner, Up Front Kellie Jo was up to the task again in the $10,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Thursday (March 27) in Northfield Park's tenth race. She is trained byfor owners C. Ed Mullinax and . has been in the bike for the consecutive victories.
Up Front Kellie Jo (-Life's Highway- ) started from the second tier and was sixth through the :27.3 opening quarter. Sutton pulled Up Front Kellie Jo second over approaching the half. She remained in the cover flow through fractions of :57 and 1:25.3 before taking the lead in the final turn and eventually besting her competition by 2-lengths in 1:54.3. Completing the race were Y Mach Me, Power Everywhere, Miss Two Punch, Canaco Star, Sweetheart Dance, Eradikate, Clear Character and Bluebird Jettart.
Thursday's win was the 41 career victory for Up Front Kellie Jo and increased her lifetime earnings to $836,347. She was the race favorite and returned $4.40 to win.
by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park