Juanita wins 15th on Governor\'s Day at Harrington
July 25, 2008
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The First State\'s finest horses were in action Thursday at Harrington Raceway competing in the annual Governor\'s Day card during the Delaware State Fair, featuring $620,000 in total purses. The yearly event showcases the top Delaware owned and bred horses, and is headlined by the four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final events for 3 year olds, as well as the $40,000 Governor\'s Cup for aged horses.
The chalk talked in the DSBF events as favorites dominated the events, including talented CR Commando filly trotter, Juanita, who improved to 15 of 17 lifetime with a 1:59.2 five-length romp for owners Jim Morand and Nanticoke Racing. Trained by Les Givens, she\'s earned more than $300,000 in her career. Commando Queen and Kisses On Command rounded out the trifecta.
\"She\'s a very nice filly,\" said Morand, who drove her Thursday. \"We drew well for the final and she did everything pretty much on her own so it was a good day.\"
Givens earned another training win with Man Of Science in the trotting colt final. His son, Brandon, drove the CR Commando gelding to a wire-to-wire win in 2:01.1. Rough Seas was second with Jim and Bob third.
\"I thought if we stayed flat he\'d win,\" said Brandon Givens. \"He\'s a lot better now than he was at Dover.\"
On the pacing side, recently acquired Big Heart (Tony Morgan) cruised to a 1:55 win for new owners Howard Taylor, Mitchell Rosenthal and Robert Feldman. The Mike Hall trainee assumed command at the quarter-mile mark and held off Martiniwitholives and Badlands Big Boy for the win.
Morgan drove Big Heart for the first time in a prep race at Chester on July 13.
\"He was a lot safer this week,\" Morgan said. \"I knew coming around the last turn that if he stayed flat he\'d win.\"
Jim Mcauliffe\'s Dover Dolly (Tim Tetrick) was four lengths the best in the filly pacing final for trainer Bobby Myers. She set all the fractions as Ashleys Lucky Lady and Badlands Power completed the trifecta.
The Myers stable earned a double, by capturing a win the $40,000 Governor\'s Cup with Carter Racing and Myers\' Immortal Quest N, who was a decisive 1:53.1 winner over Heavenly Flight and McCabe Hall. Immortal Quest continued his impressive 2008 campaign as the 9-year-old Sands A Flyin gelding won his ninth race of the year. He has banked nearly $200,000 in 2008.
The Governor\'s Cup features the top Delaware-owned aged horses as Governor Ruth Ann Minner and Lt. Governor John Carney were on hand to present the trophy to winning connections.
Rodney Wyatt\'s Ireneonthemove (Corey Callahan) overcame post eight to win the featured event for aged mares, the $30,000 Legislator\'s Cup in 1:53.2. The Powerful Toy mare made a sweeping three-wide move up the backstretch and drew clear by eight lengths for an impressive score over Betting Machine and Seamstresforthepan.
In the $30,000 Charles Murphy Memorial Trot--the headline event for older trotters--Paul McDougall and WJ McDougall Racing\'s Broke as Usual A (1:56.4, Ross Wolfenden) won by two lengths. Trained by Peter Tritton, the 8-year-old Malhana Gindin gelding has regained top form and won two of his last three races.
The fastest race of the day came in the $20,000 President\'s Cup as Brandon Givens piloted Wayne Givens and Neil Gargiuilo\'s Brian P to a sizzling 1:51.4 victory. The 5-year-old Western Hanover won by five lengths over Battersby N and Kamwood Warrior N. (Harrington)