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10/21/2009 3:17 PM -
The draw for Harrington Raceway’s signature event, the 3rd Annual $322,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial for free-for-all pacers, was completed Wednesday afternoon as part of a banner Monday program that will offer nearly $1 million in total purses.
Drawing the coveted rail was Foiled Again, owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Jjk Stables, the 5-year-old Dragon Again gelding may be the favorite coming off his impressive 1:51 win in his elimination leg last week for trainer Ron Burke.
Superstar pacer Mister Big, owned by Joe Muscara, drew post 4 after winning his elimination in 1:53 and is on the brink of $4 million in career earnings. He would reach the milestone with a top three finish in the final. He is closing in on the career earnings record for pacers, currently held by Gallo Blue Chip, who won $4,260,959 in his illustrious career. Mister Big will be looking to defend his title as the 2008 Quillen champ.
The high caliber field of eight boasts an impressive lifetime bankroll of approximately $10 million.
Joining Foiled Again as part of a Burke-trained entry is McCedes, who was third in his elimination. Completing the field are Francis Azur’s Blueridge Western (Tim Tetrick), Larry Stalbaum and Mike Sorentino’s Four Trumps A (Stalbaum), Strollin Stable, Bill Robinson and James Koehler’s Won the West (David Miller), Thomas Hill’s Lucky Man and Gerrie Tucker and Keep the Dream Going’s BB Torio (Ryan Anderson). Final driver changes and morning line odds will be available by Thursday afternoon. The race is slated 10th on a the stakes-packed 15-race program, which will have include four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final events for 2-year-olds.
The race is named in memory of Quillen, who aside from his legislative duties, was also a popular member of the community who was a long time member of the Harrington Raceway and Delaware State Fair Board of Directors and always looked out for the best interest of horsemen.