Up Front Kellie Jo increases win streak to four
Northfield, OH --- For the fourth consecutive week, Up Front Kellie Jo was up to the task in the $10,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Northfield Park.
|JJ Zamaiko photo|
|Josh Sutton piloted Up Front Kellie Jo to a 1:52.3 win on Thursday.|
She is trained by Rob Harmon for owners C. Ed Mullinax and Mark Ford. Josh Sutton has been in the bike for all four victories.
Despite being assigned the outside post, Up Front Kellie Jo (Bettor's Delight-Life’s Highway) fired off the gate and went to the lead. She stayed well in hand and never experienced an anxious moment, while posting fractions of :27.2, :56.4, 1:24.3 and 1:52.3, just two-fifths of a second off the track record. She was an uncontested 2-1/4 lengths in front at the wire.
Completing the race were Power Everywhere, Y Mach Me, Sweetheart Dance, It Must Be Magic, Special Lady D, Here And Now and Seascape Hanover. Clear Character was scratched.
Thursday’s win was the 43rd career victory for Up Front Kellie Jo and increased her lifetime earnings to $846,097. She was the race favorite and returned $3.60 to win.
-- Ayers Ratliff
Saratoga Casino and Raceway
Class dropping Coach Cal (Camluck) put in a big effort on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway en route to his first victory of the year. The Allan Johnson-trained pacer was coming off an improved third at Monticello when he drew the rail in Thursday’s $4,600 conditioned pace. Austin Siegelman piloted the 5-year-old pacer to a win in 1:54.4, one of the fastest miles of the season thus far at Saratoga. The favorite Aled Hanover (Shawn Gray) came up second best while Memory Game (Billy Dobson) finished third. Coach Cal returned $8.90 to win for his wire-to-wire effort.