Kurt Sugg drives 5 winners at Painesville
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Racing action kicked off at the Lake County Fair in Painesville, Ohio, on Tuesday (July 23) with nine races, five of which were won by driver Kurt Sugg.
His wins included the $3,500 Forest “Pappy” Cone Memorial — a Signature Series event — along with the richest event of the day, a $10,100 trotting event for 3-year-old fillies. Earlier this month, Sugg went over the 4,000 career win mark.
In the Cone Memorial, Sugg steered his trainee Star Chip, owned by Rebecca Sugg, to an easy 2:02 win, her eighth of the year. The 8-year-old gelded son of Chip Chip Hooray and Star Sneakers has now banked just under $340,000 in his career. It was his second Signature Series win of the year. Riverdancing Diva was second and Rockinthepines finished third.
In the sophomore filly trot, trainer Marty Wollam called on Sugg to drive Ladycallstheshots, a daughter of Uncle Peter from the SJ’s Caviar mare Caviar For The Lady. She cruised to a 2:04.2 win, her first this year. She is owned and was bred by Acadia Farms of Canfield, Ohio. D J Miracle finished second, with And Up We Go taking home show money.
Sugg also easily took the opener for 2-year-old pacing fillies with Pat Holden’s Miss Tressa, who was an impressive 2:01.3 winner for trainer Wollam. He also won the second division of the freshman filly pace, this time piloting Don Hoovler, Jeery Sommers and Mike Medors’s Yankee Cruiser filly Medoland Carmen to a 2:04.3 win. To wrap things up, in the nightcap, Sugg won the maiden trot in 2:07 with 2-year-old trotting gelding K J Chuck. Scott Woogen owns the Steve Cross trainee.--By Keith Gisser for Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association