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Papa Ray scores in Harrington debut

May 20, 2013

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Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi's Papa Ray ($7.40, Jim Morand) made his Delaware debut a winning one Monday by capturing the $18,000 featured Open Pace in 1:52.3.
Trained by Ron Burke, the 4-year-old Village Jolt stallion mounted his attack second-over behind Beavercreek Artist towards three-quarters as pacesetter Fissato set fractions of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:24.2. Papa Ray then tipped three wide at the top of the stretch and surged by to prevail by a length over Mojo Terror and Beavercreek Artist.
It was his fourth win of the year and was part of a driving double for Morand.
In the last race on the card, 71-year-old driver Walter Layfield Jr. scored his second straight win with 3-year-old pacing colt Getitoffyourchest. Owned by David Banks, the Tell All-sired colt led most of the way in an impressive five-length triumph in 1:54.3.
Tony Morgan had three winners on the program.  (Harrington)
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