HARRINGTON, Del. – George Leager's Slick Tony ($9.20, Russell Foster) was a 1:51.4 winner in the $20,000 Open harness racing feature Monday at Harrington Raceway.
The 4-year-oldstallion overcame post 8, with a confident first over brush that saw him clear tiring pacesetter Sicily near the half-mile and open up multiple lengths on the field.
Slick Tony overpowered his rivals from there and won by five lengths over Ideal Kiss and Q's Cruise. It was the 28th career win in 62 starts for Slick Tony, who is trained by his owner. Not only was "Tony" the scourge of his sire stakes at 2 and 3, but quickly he has become a force on the Open circuit, where most of his 10 seasonal wins have come.
The win could be a prelude to a appearance (stay tuned) in next week's September 16 $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial., the marquee event of the season at Harrington, featuring some of the sport's top pacers. The field will be drawn tomorrow (Tuesday).
Foster joined Ross Wolfenden, Tony Morgan and Art Stafford Jr. with driving doubles on the 13-race card.
by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway