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Big day for McCown at Painesville fair

July 24, 2018

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Cameron McCown won three of the seven races on Tuesday’s (July 24) Lake County Fair card at Painesville, Ohio, including both $15,000 splits of the Buckeye Stallion Series for 2-year-old filly trotters.

McCown took the $6,000 opener with 2-year-old pacing filly Always Be Special for Joe Paver, coming from last at the half in 2:01.4. Trainer Paver shares title to this The Panderosa-sired filly with Pearl and Dennis Paver.

In the first Buckeye Stallion split, McCown moved Ilianora first-up at the 1:04.1 half and rolled home in 1:01.3 to hold off Foolmegypsy by a head in 2:05.4. Ladycallstheshots was third. Illianora, a Broadway Hall filly, is co-owned by her breeder, Sandra Burnett. She won for the second time in four starts and has now banked $10,558 in her young racing career.

McCown was back in the winner's circle in the second Buckeye Stallion heat as he steered  the Wishing Stone filly Precious Diamond to a stalking 2:08.2 win. Precious Diamond sat in the pocket and capitalized when leader Twentyfour K Magic made a break rounding the final turn. She held off a hard-charging Supreme Lady to pick up her first career win. Dakota Dawne, like the winner a Chris Beaver-trainee, finished third. Trainer Beaver co-owns Precious Diamond with the Ohio trio of James Gallagher, Mark Schwartz and Steven Zeehandelar.

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