Gray's horse wins first major race

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Hilo, a four-year-old Grinfromeartoear gelding owned by Paul Gray of Pugwash, N. S., won his first major free-for-all race Sunday by capturing the $7,500 Johnny Conroy Memorial at Truro Raceway.

Hilo, a four-year-old Grinfromeartoear gelding owned by Paul Gray of Pugwash, N. S., won his first major free-for-all race Sunday by capturing the $7,500 Johnny Conroy Memorial at Truro Raceway. Danny Romo drove the Ontario-bred pacer to a one and one-quarter length decision over Dance Hanover (Gilles Barrieau) with the mile in 1:56.3.

Lakota Hall, in rein to Walter Cheverie, was third ahead of Drinking Games and Porthill Alf.

The victory was the third straight for Hilo and his ninth in 19 starts this year, but his first against invitational class company.

Dance Hanover, a four-year-old Astreos gelding, set the pace from the rail with fractions of 27.3, 56.4, and 1:26.4, but couldnt hold off Hilo, who was tipped three-wide at the three-quarters and cleared to the front in mid-stretch.

The 1:56.3 clocking was two-fifiths of a second off the winners lifetime best, taken at Charlottetown Driving Park earlier this year.

Gray, a veteran standardbred owner, says he plans to keep Hilo in the Maritimes for a few more starts before sending him to Montreal to continue his campaign.

John Conroy Jr., son of the former Maritime harness racing great, was on hand to make the cooler presentation.

(Atlantic Post Calls)

Geographic location: Pugwash, Ontario, Hanover Charlottetown Driving Park Montreal

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