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Model Legs, Punks Embrace win $100,000 DSBF Finals

Sunday, December 06, 2009  By: Marv Bachrad


Dover, DE --- Model Legs and Punks Embrace posted decisive victories in $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund Finals on a rainy, then snowy, Saturday (Dec. 5) at Dover Downs. Brad Hanners recorded his 4,000th win whileCorey Callahan made the winner's circle four times.


Callahan moved Model Legs out of third after the half and then jetted past pacesetter Winbak Patty to take the lead. When Fran Luck broke stride, confusion was caused, enabling Model Legs to open up a huge lead on the way to a 1:58.3 victory in the DSBF filly pace final. A pair of longshots, 88-1 Badlands Kate with Tony Morgan, and 77-1 Top Land closed to take second and third places, respectively.


George Teague trains and co-owns Model Legs with Badlands Racing. It was her fifth victory in six career starts. The daughter of Badlands Hanover-Modelaag now has earned $92,500 in her first season of racing.


In the $100,000 freshman trotting finale,Ron Pierce, noting that Emily Do (John Wagner), one of the major contenders, was off stride at the start, left with Punks Embrace for a good early position with Chocolate N Roses, driven by Mike Merton, moving from the outside post at the start into the lead before reaching the first quarter.


Heading to the half, Pierce took out to engage the leader and then took over. From there to a 2:02.2 finish, Punks Embrace proved the best.


It was the Super Punk-My Embrace filly's second straight impressive victory for Paul Wojtowicz, training for owner Marvin Meyer. Punks Embrace now has won $66,702 this season. Chocolate N Roses finished second with Miss Snazz and Jim Morand third. Emily Do was never a factor.


Jim Morand drove Louie Paglierani's New Manhattan to a 2:00.1 victory to win a $20,000 DSBF filly pace consolation. Master's Halo finished second for Eddie Davis, Jr. with Let's Get Fizzical and Ross Wolfenden collecting show money.


Brad Hanners won the 4,000th race of his career when he piloted Latest Buzz to a 1:56.3 victory in the 11th race on Saturday night for trainer Josh Green and owners Tom Kelly and Margaret Mancini.


The 37-year-old Hanners, a native of Washington Court House, Ohio, has been driving Standardbreds since 1989.


His best season came in 2005 when he steered 478 horses to the winner's circle, while his mounts banked $4,741,481.


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