Harry Von Knoblauch Stable's Bit Of A Legend N ($4, Jordan Stratton) won the 11th Annual Bobby Quillen Memorial in 1:52.1 Monday at Harrington Raceway.
Trained by Peter Tritton, the 8-year-old Bettors Delight stallion never had an anxious moment in his wire-to-wire win over pocket-sitting Mach It So and All Bets Off, who rallied well for third. It was his seventh win of the year and 40th of his career.
The annual event celebrated the memory of former long time Delaware legislator Bobby Quillen, who was a regular at the racetrack and was a member of the Board of Directors at Harrington Raceway and the Delaware State Fair.
Two $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund events for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings were contested in their first leg of stakes action.
Heavily favored Transitioning Joy ($2.40, Montrell Teague), a Barber Pole colt, did not disappoint his backers in the first division. Owned by Joy and George Teague Jr., "Joy" set all the fractions in his 1:54.3 narrow win for trainer Clyde Francis over Slick Tony, who was a game second, and Friendsrforever. A photograph was needed to separate the top two. Transitioning Joy is a son of Barber Pole.
Jim King Jr.'s Evolution Tour ($3.80, Victor Kirby) won the second division in 1:55.3 over America First and Fulla Nitro. The Roddy's Bags Again gelding set all the fractions in his decisive win for his owner/trainer.
Richard Pollucci's Christen Me ($6, Jordan Stratton) won the overnight feature, a $17,500 Open event for trainer King Jr. in 1:53.