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Go Girl Glide turns the tables at Ocean Downs
Friday, August 25, 2006 - by Jim Whittemore, publicity director, Ocean Downs

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Berlin, MD --- The 4-year-old Go Girl Glide raced well last week at Ocean Downs, but finished second to Whitesville Tag, a four-time winner at this meet, by less than two lengths. And Whitesville Tag had won the first two legs of the Alan Myer Memorial Series, but on Thursday night the Yankee Glide mare went wire-to-wire and trotted the mile in 2:022 and beat the 2-5 favorite, owned and trained by Gary White.

It was the first win this year for Go Girl Glide, driven by Mickey Goldin and trained by Louis DuBrel and owned by DuBrel and Robert Leslie Smith.

“She’s always been a fast filly, but she’s never had her head together,” Smith said after his horse’s impressive second career win. “Tonight she did. It was good to see.”

Go Girl Glide won once in nine starts last year and had been zero for 11 this year -- until Thursday’s win.

“Louis and I bred her. We’ve struggled through the first three years, but she’s a nice filly. She’s a Yankee Glide and they always have speed. We were hopeful.”

The Alan Myer Memorial Series Final will be raced on Thursday, August 31, in which Go Girl Glide and Whitesville Tag will battle again.

“I’m looking forward to meeting him next week,” Smith said.

Charles Perry, Jr. on Thursday posted a driving triple with fourth, fifth, and 10th race wins. Perry trains and drives the 9-year-old Western Playboy for owner Brian Roland of West Grove, Penn, and the Western Hanover gelding won his third race this year in what was his 25th start.

“He raced pretty good. That’s the first time he’s been on the front end in a long time. He kind of liked it. He likes this track. He had a great year last year (seven wins in 36 starts). I think he won four in a row here,” Perry said.

Perry’s fifth race winner was the 5-year-old Captain B. The Go Get Lost gelding owned and trained by William Fletcher of Oak Hall, Va. has now won four times at the current meet.

“He’s a trotter that’s really come around. He beat some nice trotters tonight (going off at 11-1 and paying $24.80, $8.20, $3.20). He’s getting a lot better with age, that’s for sure,” the Suffolk, Va. driver said.

The 6-year-old Rose Run Elliott won the 10th race with Perry holding the lines, and also produced a handsome return for his supporters, paying $18.20, $5.40, and $4.60 across the board. The gelding posted his first win in more than two years and after three consecutive second place finishes.

“He’s been knocking at the door. The owner (Gary Schlegel) is happy,” Perry, who has 15 wins at the meet, said.

The 4-year-old Island Zorro won Thursday’s ninth race for driver-trainer W. David Hill III, who logged his 13th driving win and eighth training win at the 40-day meet. The Lightening Speed gelding owned by Robert Moore of Delmar, Del. has recorded four wins this year at the Ocean Oval.

Raymond Robinson, Jr. held the lines in a win by the 3-year-old One Wild Ride and posted his 19th driving win at the meet. A seventh race victory with the 4-year-old Ideal Attack was driver Mark Gray’s ninth at Ocean Downs this summer, and resulted in impressive payoffs across the board of $28.60, $13.00, and $3.80. A 5-8 Exacta returned $180.20 and the 10-Cent Superfecta of 5-8-1-6 paid $828.56.

Post time at Ocean Downs is at 7:35 p.m. (EDT). Live racing at the Ocean Oval will continue through Sunday, September 3. Admission and parking are free at Ocean Downs; for further information call (410) 641-0600.

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