Last weekend at Mountaineer was especially emotional for trainer Ben Delong. Not only did the 32-year-old dad saddle a winner on Father's Day Sunday, the first win for owner Ashley McCamish, but on Monday he won another race with a filly he owns himself. That filly is named for Delong's late aunt; Monday happened to be the date of his aunt's birthday.
Penny Lynn was killed in a violent attack by an ex-boyfriend when Delong was just three years old.
“From what I remember of her she always spoiled me and stayed close to me,” said Delong. “Sad day for us that we have made the best of and now we get to watch this filly run and win on a special day.”
The 3-year-old filly Penny Lynn is an Indiana-bred sired by Wilburn. Delong started her half-brother under saddle, and kept up with the dam's future progeny. He went to Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearling sale specifically to look at the filly, not knowing if he would be able to afford her. When she RNA'd in the ring, Delong was able to take her home.
Delong has won 28 races in his training career thus far, earning over $320,000. The win in Monday's $15,000 claiming event was Penny Lynn's second career victory from six starts.
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