Karen Walls' Elite Awards ($2.40, George Dennis) was the fastest of three $20,000 divisional Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) winners for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings Tuesday at Harrington Raceway after a 1:56.3 triumph.
The Powerful Toy gelding was positioned second-over as Forced Passage set fractions of :28.3, :58.4 and 1:27.4. Elite Awards appeared headstrong at times but gathered momentum under confident urging and surged three wide near the top of the stretch and cruised to an open-length win over Casino Bags Carlo and Bohemia. Trained by David Rearic, it was the second win in three career starts for Elite Awards.
Winbak Farm's Hawker ($2.10, Jeff Fout) won his division in 1:56.4. The Artzina gelding never had an anxious moment in his wire-to-wire win for trainer/driver Fout over Solace and Art Retreat.
In an early non-wagering division, Lloyd Gilmour's Above The Storm (John Wagner) prevailed in 1:57 over Glow Again and Go Big Spinder. A son of Gamblers Dream, it was his first career win in six starts for trainer Jim Coughlin.
In the $19,000 Mares Open, North State Street Stable's Monochromatic ($3.40, Corey Callahan) notched her 11th win of the year, matching her total from 2012, with a 1:52.4 victory over Lorrie Please and Scarlet Pandemic. The 8-year-old Dream Away mare, ‘Mono' was the pacesetter in her 44th career win. She has banked more than $170,000 in 2013. (Harrington)