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Callie’s Passion Adds to Callie Witt’s Legacy

The memories of Callie Witt were once again rekindled in the winner’s circle Aug. 9 when another horse named after the late exercise rider prevailed in the fifth race at Horseshoe Indianapolis.

The win by the 3-year-old Callie’s Passion  came on the heels of a July 29 victory by Callie’s Grit  in the 12th race at Saratoga Race Course.

In paying tribute to Witt, who died in a tragic April 2022 fall, trainer Joe Sharp and owners Brad Grady and Carl Moore decided to name some fillies after her. Callie’s Grit’s win at the Spa was the first victory by one of those fillies.

The first to race was the 3-year-old Callie’s Passion, a daughter of Outwork   who was claimed May 19 by owner Matthew Leander Lampe and trainer Lance Rutledge for $30,000 in her third career start. Wednesday’s 7 1/2-length win in a maiden special weight race at 14-1 odds was the filly’s third start under the banner of Full Circle 2020.

Just like the victory by Callie’s Grit, Wednesday’s race was originally scheduled for turf and moved to the main track.

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“It’s been a good two weeks for (Callie’s) string of horses,” said Tim Witt, Callie’s father.


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