Day At The Track

Longwell and Shetler win $100,000 Connors

02:52 AM 13 Jul 2013 NZST
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Hazel Park, MI - Longwell and harness racing breeder/owner/trainer/driver Dan Shetler were able to grind out an impressive first-over victory against pacesetter Sir James (Mark Headworth) in capturing the $100,000 William C. Connors Memorial Saturday at Hazel Park.

The race is named after the late Hall of Fame Race Secretary and is for three-year-old trotters.

The eighth race feature started off with Powerful Poe and driver Todd Warren going to the early lead but that was short lived as Mark Headworth had Sir James on the move and they took command of the field before the opening quarter mile in :28.1.

The field raced Indian-style to the half mile marker in :58.2 and it was then that Dan Shetler started Longwell first-over in the backstretch. They bided their time moved up from fourth to third and after the three-quarters in 1:27.4, Longwell had nearly collared Sir James before the stretch drive.

As they came down the stretch Sir James had had enough and began to fade as Powerful Poe started to shoot up the passing lane but it was Longwell and Shetler who were much the best, pulling away at the wire for a one and one-quarter length victory in 1:57.1. Powerful Poe was second with Voodoo Victor (Robert Dinning) third.

Sired by Yankee Glide from the Malabar Man mare, Minbar, it was the second win this year for Longwell. The homebred colt is owned by Dan and Jo Anne Shetler of Indianapolis, IN. The $50,000 winner's share of the purse raised his career earnings to $118,053.

By Steve Wolf

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