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Right Move for Sutton (03/20/13)

Posted Tuesday, March 20, 2013                                                

                                                By Mike Paradise

  When I called Joss Sutton to congratulate him on getting career victory No. 2,000 last Saturday night I didn’t expect the 31-year-old driver to tell me he’s leaving Illinois next month.

  “I’m going to Ohio to drive,” Josh revealed.

  With the Buckeye state the latest jurisdiction adding slots at the racetracks to boost their purses to a much more completive level nation-wide, I assumed that was why Josh was departing.

  It wasn’t.

 “The main reason I’m going to Ohio to drive is that my boy (Braden Arthur) is now 5-years-old and starts school. By living there I’ll get more visitation rights to be with him,” explained Josh.

 “I know Ohio has gotten slots at their race tracks but I’d be going there to drive even if purses were $1,200 on every race. It has nothing to do with the money. My son is the reason I’m going.”

 Good for Josh.

 Money can come and go but your family is forever.

  “I’ve always enjoyed my time driving on the Chicago circuit. I’ve got a lot of friends here but I wasn’t going to pass on the opportunity to spend more time with my boy when he begins Kindergarten.”

  Sutton had only 82 driving wins coming into the 2003 season so he’s put up some very strong numbers in the last 10 years to reach 2,000. The most wins in a single season for the Kentucky native came in 2006 when he had 259.

  Josh’s best years in money won came in 2010 and 2011 when he posted winnings of $2,296,360 and $2,323, 323, respectively.

  Ohio’s Raceway Park (Toledo) opens its meet on April 27. Scioto Downs (Columbus) begins it’s a little more than week later on May 8.

  Trot Feature: Celebrity Hercules looks to start a new winning streak in Wednesday’s feature after the 7-year-old trotter’s ended at five straight last week.

  The Erin Elliott trainee came home in a quick 27.1 but the winner Mischievous Jesse was able to get away with a slow :59 first half and held on by a neck for driver Mike Oosting.

 John De Long returns to the lines of Celebrity Hercules who landed the outside 9-slot in the sixth race “Winner’s Over” trot and opens up as the 5-2 first flash favorite.

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