Up Front Kellie Jo was victorious in the $9,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Thursday in Northfield Park's fifth race. She is trained by Rob Harmon for owners C. Ed Mullinax and Mark Ford. Josh Sutton was aboard for the winning drive.
Up Front Kellie Jo (Bettor's Delight-Life's Highway-Life Sign) started from post six and was content being mid-pack while her competition carved out fractions of :27.2, :55.3 and 1:25. Sutton called upon Up Front Kellie Jo in the final quarter and she surged to the lead and bested her competition by two lengths in 1:55.2. Completing the race were Clear Character, Y Mach Me, It Must be Magic, Canaco Star, Power Everywhere and Women Rule.
Thursday's win was the 40 career victory for Up Front Kellie Jo and increased her lifetime earnings to $831,347. She was an upset winner and returned $22.40 to win.
Scoring in the evening's feature was one of five wins on the night for Sutton. He also posted victories with Alhambra Bokay ($4.80) in race six, Bluebird Jettart ($14.20) in race nine, Braggin Hanover ($10.80) in race 10 and Doowrah Double ($17) in race 11.
Thursday's victories makes consecutive nights that Sutton has posted five winners. (Northfield Park)