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First Up back in Plainridge winner’s circle

October 02, 2020

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After winning two consecutive starts at Plainridge Park, First Up finished seventh at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono only five days ago. But she returned to The Ridge on Friday and picked up where she left off, winning the $17,500 featured winners-over pace for fillies and mares. 
Driver Shawn Gray sent First Up right to the front and had the race in full control from there. After getting to the half in a tepid :57 flat, First Up hit the gas and went back-to-back :27.3 quarters while putting away a challenge from That’s Incredible (Drew Monti) and then cruising home to a two-length win under a line drive in 1:52. 
It was the fourth win of the year for First Up ($3) who is owned by the Jesmeral Stable and trained by Sheena Mcelhiney. 
Gray also won the $15,000 condition for distaff 4-year-olds and under with the promising 3-year-old filly Odds On Algorithm ($5.60) who came first-over and took the lead past the half and then closed out the mile by a length in 1:52.4, which was just three-fifths off the track record. Odds On Algorithm is owned by The Green Machine Stable and is trained by Alicia Gray. 
Shawn Gray ended up the day with a driving triple, outpacing Bruce Ranger who won two. Trainers Sheena Mcelhiney and Alicia Gray both scored two wins apiece as well. (Standardbred Owners of Mass.)
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