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Curly Top sets OBS record at Delaware

September 20, 2009
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Curly Top trotted to a stakes and national season’s record 1:55.2 to win her division of the $43,234 Ohio Breeders Championship for 3-year-old filly trotters on opening day at the Delaware, OH Fair. Striking Lauren captured the second division in 2:00.1.
 
The victory was Curly Top’s 12th of the season in 22 starts and increased her 2009 earnings to $74,210 for owner-trainer Jerry Lighthill of Wauseon, OH.  The daughter of Emilie Angus also captured the $80,000 Ohio Sire Stakes Championship at Northfield Park.
 
Driver Aaron Merriman moved Curly Top into an early lead and never looked back, beating Rose Run Keepsake by 3 ¾ lengths with Get Chipped third.
 
Striking Lauren, driven by Ray Paver, moved from third at the top of the stretch to edge Mini Marvelous and Mocha Jo for only her third victory of the season. The Chip Chip Hooray filly is owned by trainer Danny Collins of Columbus, Jerry Sommers of Pickerington,OH and John Rhoads, Jr. of Circleville, OH
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