DSBF finals highlight Governor’s Day races at state fair

Jamie’s Renegade leads Go Sandy Go to win the $100,000 purse in the Ben Stafford Jr. Memorial during Governor’s Day races at the Delaware State Fair in Harrington on Thursday. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

HARRINGTON — Harrington Raceway’s richest program of the season, the annual Governor’s Day program at the Delaware State Fair, was contested Thursday, highlighted by four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund finals for 3-year-olds as well, three of which were won by driver Russell Fos-ter, and program fixtures like the $40,000 Governor’s Cup for older horses.

Blazing Bobby Sox with jockey Art Stafford Jr. crosses the finish line to win the Governor’s Cup at the Delaware State Fair in Harrington on Thursday.

The day showcases many of Delaware’s top horses as every horse on the program was either fully Dela-ware owned or bred.

In the Governor’s Cup, Arthur Stafford and Arthur Stafford Jr’s Blazing Bobby Sox ($2.60, Stafford Jr.) was a 1:50.1 winner over Options Are a Dream and Silver Fox J. Driven by his trainer, the 7-year-old Panderosa gelding was a decisive front end winner to boost his seasonal earnings in excess of $100,000.

Gov. John Carney was on hand and presented the trophy to the winning connections.

The first DSBF final was for filly pacers as Deborah and Jamie Bozman’s Jamie’s Renegade ($2.20, Foster) scored a 1:53.1 win over Go Sandy Go and Gracefully Forgiven. The Pacific Renegade filly remained un-beaten as a 3-year-old in five starts and started the Foster hat trick of DSBF finals.

Gov. John Carney presents the the Governor’s Cup trophy to Blazing Bobby Sox’s owner and family.

Foster doubled up in the filly trotting final with Shirley Shand and Serendipity Stable’s Star Sapphire ($5.60) with a 2:01.4 win over Vandalous and Press Pass. Race favorite Déjà Vu Blue made a break near the start and finished fourth. Trained by Tui Stone, Star Sapphire notched her seventh career win. The Anders Blue-stone filly has now banked more than $230,000 in her career.

Foster notched a triple in the pacing colt final aboard favorite Slick Tony ($2.60), who cruised to an easy win over Evolution Tour and America First. Owned and trained by George Leager, the No Spin Zone-sired colt led wire-to-wire in achieving his 15th career win in 19 starts.

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