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Olympics sets world mark

September 22, 2004

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Olympics trotted to a new world record for 3-year-old filly trotters on a half-mile track with a 1:54.3 effort in the first of two $60,620 Buckette divisions at the Delaware, Ohio fairgrounds Wednesday afternoon.

Driver John Campbell made a quarter-pole move out of third and moved to the front where Olympics led the rest of the one-mile distance. Godess Of Chaos finished second for David Miller with Have You Ever and Ron Pierce third.

The time better the previous world mark set by Sturdy Lori in 2002 at Northfield Park by one-fifth of a second. A daughter of Muscles Yankee owned by Lee and Linda DeVisser, Olympics won for the third time in 10 starts this year, also setting a career best.

Bramasole received a gift of sorts in the second Buckette split when she inherited the lead at the top of the stretch when the even-money favorite Self Indulgent, who had led the entire way, suddenly went offstride. The pocket-sitting Bramasole, directed by Eric Ledford, took charge and went on to the 1:56.3 victory. Keystone Secret and Ron Pierce took second. Self Indulgent crossed the wire third but was moved back to sixth for the extended break down the stretch; Quiet Charm and Chip Noble were placed third.

Bramasole and Ledford won a Standardbred division last year at Delaware, making the daughter of Muscles Yankee two-for-two over her career at the Ohio half-miler. That was her only winning effort in five attempts, while this year she is now two for three. Bramasole trotted to her career mark of 1:54.3 at Springfield, Ill., in a Review division Aug. 16. Ledford's father, Seldon, trains for owner James Jesk.
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