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"Awesome" Trot Wednesday

Frank Chick's Awsome Valley ($13.40, Russell Foster) was a 1:55.4 winner in the $16,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway.

 Awsome Valley took the lead at the opening quarter mile in 28.1 seconds as I Like My Boss relinquished in second.  The 1-to-5 favorite, Wind Of The North, got in gear in second over position behind Theresademoninme while the leader marched to the half-mile in 58 seconds and three-quarters in 1:26.4. Awsome Valley drew away from his rivals in the stretch for a dominant win over Theresademoninme and I Like My Boss. Wind Of The North was fourth.

 It was the 39th career win for Awsome Valley, a son of Valley Victor who is trained by Kevin Lare.

 The first race on the program was marred by an accident as One Special Pop fell past the half-mile mark and unseated his driver, Brandon Henley. Henley, was taken to a nearby hospital for further evaluation. No further information was available on his condition at the time of this writing. 

 In the sub-featured $11,000 Open II trot, Jonathan Newman's Here's The Magic ($6.60, Allan Davis) was 1:56.4 winner for trainer Josh Green in his first Harrington start after competing most of the summer in New York.

 On the undercard ($10,000 trot), Louis Catana and Vincent Bradley's Sunset Mike ($11, Tyler Davis) had an auspicious local debut with a 1:57.3 triumph for co-owner/trainer Bradley, who recently acquired the 4-year-old trotter from the Indiana racing circuit.

 Davis and Foster each had three driving wins.