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Red Mile hosts qualifiers

March 08, 2004
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Although he is the richest pacer in harness history with more than $4.2 million in earnings, 2000 Horse of the Year Gallo Blue Chip had to take a back seat to his new stablemate Armbro Animate in a qualifier at The Red Mile Tuesday morning (March 9).



Both horses are trained by Mark Ford and owned by Martin Scharf, with Armbro Animate being a $90,000 mixed-sale purchase last January. Adios winner and Meadowlands Pace runner-up Armbro Animate, with Yannick Gingras flying in from New Jersey to climb into the sulky, won the qualifier in 1:58, besting Gallo Blue Chip--who made an uncharacteristic break near the half for Pete Foley--by a neck.



Gallo hasn't raced since finishing seventh in the Presidential final Jan. 24 at the Meadowlands. Prior to that he had opened up 2004 with three straight victories, including scores in the opening two rounds of the Presidential. He has been under the care of The Red Mile-based trainer Foley since March 1.



The Scharf-owned Brandon's Cowboy, third in last year's Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Colt Pace, won his qualifier in 1:58 with Dan Shetler Jr. driving. Shetler also directed Deena Frost, Sampson Street Stable and Jerry Silva's 3-year-old colt pacer All My Life to a 1:59 score.



The lone trot among the four qualifiers went to 2003 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Filly Trot runner-up Delmartha. Shetler guided the Jack Gray Jr.-owned Delmartha to a wire-to-wire 2:01.4 victory.
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