Classical Annie and Aaron Merriman took the faster of the two divisions in the $109,200 (div.) Buckette for three-year-old distaff trotters Wednesday at the Delaware County Fair.
The field of six raced in post-position order through the first three-quarters of the mile. The leader Katniss (Yannick Gingras) made a break in stride and was taken into the safety lane handing the lead over to the pocket sitting Classical Annie. The daughter of Andover Hall held off a late rally by Smexi (Corey Callahan) by a neck in a lifetime best 1:54 1/5.
Jim Arledge, Jr. conditions the filly for Laura Baker, John Schmucker and Thomas York, Jr.
The second $54,600 division was won by a fast-closing Speak To Me (Brett Miller), who swooped past four rivals in the deep stretch to win in 1:55 1/5.
Jimmy Takter trains the Muscle Massive lass, who has earned $324,418, for Brittany Farms.
Tipton Teeez Survives Tough Trip to Win the $44,200 Standardbred (2FP)
Tipton Teeez and Yannick Gingras never saw the rail, but still had enough in the tank to win the Standardbred for freshmen filly pacers Wednesday in Delaware.
When the gate’s wings folded, Montrell Teague hustled Miss Me Yet after the early lead, forcing the eventual winner to race on the outside. As the field of nine rounded the final turn, five fillies were within two lengths of the pacesetting Miss Me Yet.
Tipton Teeez gutted out a 3/4 length victory over Rockin Rum Springa (David Miller) and Hug A Dragoness (Matt Kakaley). Miss Me Yet hung on for fourth.
Brian Brown trains the Wester Terror filly for Jennifer Brown and Richard Lombardo.
Beaver Trainees Sweep OBC Two-Year Filly Trot
Trainer Chris Beaver won both divisions of the $98,000 Ohio Breeders Championship Wednesday in Delaware.
Kestrel (Aaron Merriman) rebounded from a narrow defeat in the recent Ohio Sires Stake Championship to score a decisive nine-length victory over Bellesvictoryring (John Konesky III) in 1:58, shattering the stakes record.
The daughter of Triumphant Caviar is owned by Wilbur Stoll Lang and Beaver.
Beaver was back in the Delaware winner’s circle a few races later with Evanora (Ryan Stahl).
The daughter of Pilgrims Taj scored in 1:58 4/5 over the pacesetting Count On Cami (Kurt Sugg). Evanora is owned by Sandra Burnett.
Neely’s Messenger, David Miller Score in OBC
Neely’s Messenger scored a mild upset over I Know My Chip (Chris Page) in the final strides to win the $75,000 Ohio Breeders Championship for sophomore colt trotters in 1:57 Wednesday in Delaware.
Miller is the winningest driver in the history of the Delaware County Fair with 206 victories.
Neely’s Messenger is conditioned by Marty Wollam for Dale and Julie Ann Sweet.