Wichita Lineman reaches line first in Harrington feature
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Harrington Raceway's 74th season of live harness racing returned Monday on a beautiful spring evening.
Michael Horn and Alex Rice Jr.'s What A Treasure ($11.80, Corey Callahan) won the opening race of the meet with a strong front-end score in 1:55.2 in a $7,000 conditioned pace.
The featured race was slated fifth in the card, a $10,000 Open event for pacers.
Race favorite Sicily assumed command from post four, where he set fractions of 27.1, 56.3 and 1:25, while Slick Tony battled first-over and Wichita Lineman awaited in the pocket. As they reached the stretch, Sicily faded, while perfectly positioned Wichita Lineman and driver Mike Cole surged to the lead and held off a game Slick Tony for the 1:53.3 victory. Proper One rallied for third. Owned and trained by Gary Simpson, it was the 20th career win for Wichita Lineman ($27.40), a 7-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding.
Tim Tetrick had three wins on the card. (Harrington)