BIT OF A LEGEND TAKES OUT $US150,000 QUILLEN MEMORIAL
Former top Kentuckiana Lodge pacers, Bit Of A Legend and Christen Me, starred at the Harrington programme at Delaware on Monday, US time (Tuesday, NZ time).
The former had another great North American payday for the Harry von Knoblauch stable, trainer Peter Tritton and driver Jordan Stratton, taking out the $US150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial.
The eight-year-old Bettor’s Delight entire worked around the first turn to take the lead, trailed briefly at the end of the opening quarter, then was out and running again to take control of the front end.
After getting a breather through the second quarter, Bit Of A Legend was full of running coming off the final turn, dashing clear.
He won easing down by a length and a half from Mach It So and All Bets Off in 1:52.2 (10ths) for the mile, pacing his final quarter in 27.2s (10ths).
Bit Of A Legend sits fourth this year among the top aged winning pacers in North America after his latest big win.
He has raced 21 times in 2017 for seven wins, four seconds and three thirds, for $US485,320 in stakes.
Nine-year-old entire Keystone Velocity, a 1:48.4 (10ths) winner on a 1000m track this year, is the top USA aged pacing earner this year, with $US656,482 banked from seven wins and two placings in 16 outings.
Meanwhile, former two-time Australasian Grand Circuit champ Christen Me resumed after a let-up to win the $US17,500 open pace.
Raced by Richard Pollucci from the Jim King jun stable, Jordan Stratton also picked up the catch-drive on the former Kiwi.
After settling fifth from the seven gate, the nine-year-old Christian Cullen-Splendid Dreams gelding moved out in the open beginning the final lap, improved to third at the three-quarters mark and led throughout the run home, winning as he liked by a length and a half in 1:53. He finished off with a closing 400m in 27s.
Christen Me had resumed winning a qualifier at Harrah’s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1:53.8, on September 12.
Another ex-Kentuckiana Lodge pacer to deliver over the weekend was Major Bubbles, who led from the seven gate at Harrahs Philadelphia on September 15 to win in 1:51.8 (10ths).
Major Bubbles (7g Art Major-Miss Bubbles) was too good in a $US8500 pace.