Celebrity Hercules sets 1:54.4 Running Aces mark
June 13, 2013
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A newcomer showed up for the $8,500 Open Trot at Running Aces on Wednesday night at Running Aces and immediately flexed his muscles in an awesome 1:54.4 all-time, all-age track record performance.
Celebrity Hercules, a powerful-looking 7-year-old gelding in terrific form, was content to sit fifth to the halfway station before driver John De Long pulled his favored charge to the outside and wore down his distinguished competition to win going away. Shelby County (Rocky Stidham) was eight lengths behind with Mack's Molly Hall (Nick Roland) third to cross the finish line.
Celebrity Hercules is owned by Dandy Farms and trained by Erin Elliott. It was his 22nd career victory, good for over $371,000 in lifetime earnings. The winner has not missed the board in 2013 with eight wins, four place finishes and two show finishes in 14 starts. The 1:54.4 clocking smashed the old Running Aces trot mark of 1:56 established by Rompaway Brandon in 2011.
The win was one of three for former local driving champion John De Long, who also visited the winner's circle with I'm Blue Too and Firstclassalltheway. Defending dash champ Nick Roland fashioned a driving double behind Country Jewel and Andrew Ole Boy. (Running Aces)