Ellis, Le Drew Thrive In Miami Opening

A view of the Miami Fair racetrack

A power-packed 11-race card opened the 2022 season at the Miami Fair on Saturday (July 9) and the driver-trainer team of Glenn Le Drew and Travis Ellis dominated with five wins on the card. 

Le Drew, who topped the driver's standings at Miami in 2021, piloted all five of conditioner Travis Ellis' winners on the card. The team opened the day with a win by Perpetual ($5.70) and followed a few races later with a win by Buck Rogers ($2.40). They scored their third win on the day with Cartiere ($4.20) followed by a win with Rip It Up ($5.90) before bookending the card with a win by Jay Dees Scooter ($4.30). 

Woodmere Alvin won the featured race on the day, the $5,000 Horses & Geldings Open Pace. Driver Don Howlett sent the Mathew Howlett trainee to the lead from the pylon post and kept all his foes seated through splits of :29.1, 1:00.2 and 1:30.1 in progress to a 2:00.1 victory by 1-1/2 lengths. Don Howlett co-owns the four-year-old Rollwithitharry gelding with Blair Kidd. He won his 11th race from 48 starts, pushed his earnings to $78,585 and paid $3.10 to win.

Don and Mathew Howlett also paired to take the co-featured $4,800 Fillies & Mares Open Pace with Heavenly Evelyn. The seven-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven mare sat pocket to Sheslikefinewine through fractions of :27.4, :57.1 and 1:28.1 before blitzing the pacesetter off the turn and dashing home a head better than Good Day Is Coming closing for second. Sheslikefinewine settled for third. Don Howlett co-owns the winner of nine races and $57,013 with Blair Kidd and Dwayne Taylor. She paid $3.60 to win.

Racing returns to the Miami Fair on Saturday, July 16. 

To view Saturday's harness racing results, click the following link: Saturday Results - Miami Fair.

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