Day At The Track

Gutsy victory for Up Front Flor Ida

10:35 AM 26 Oct 2019 NZDT
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Up Front Flor Ida, harness racing
Up Front Flor Ida holds off the field
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DAYTON, OH - Up Front Flor Ida, the current Ohio Sires Stakes older harness racing pacing mares champion, turned in another gritty performance at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday (Oct. 25) winning the featured $17,500 Open Mares Pace.

Driver Kayne Kauffman, who has guided the 4-year-old daughter of Woodstock to a majority of her ten seasonal victories, took no prisoners on this occasion.

Despite firing to the front in :26.4, Kauffman asked Up Front Flor Ida to repel constant challenges throughout the remainder of the 1:52.3 mile. After leaving longshot Youlookhot on the limb through middle fractions of :54.4 and 1:23.3, eventual runner up and show finishers Rosemary Rose (Josh Sutton) and Allbeastnobeauty (Dan Noble) came charging through the stretch.

But Up Front Flor Ida dug down deep and prevailed by a neck over the two betting favorites. She paid $11.80 as the public's third choice. Tim McKoy trains the winner for Kevin McKinney and Virginia McKoy. Her bankroll has grown to $170,800 in 2019 and almost $300,000 in her career.

From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

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