The all-age track record was equaled not once, but twice, on Saturday night at Miami Valley Raceway--and neither record-setting performance came in the featured $10,000 Open I Pace, although the standard for four-year-olds did also get shattered in that race.
Spill The Beans was the first to tie Lookinforadventure's 1:51.4 record clocking when he bested a field of conditioned pacers chasing a $7000 purse. Leading driver Kayne Kauffman secured the pocket from the innermost post position and sat chilly behind pacesetting Lonesome Attack (Dan Noble) through fractions of :28, :55.2 and 1:23.1. Halfway down the stretch a seam opened along the pylons and the five-year-old son of Tell All took advantage of the opportunity to nail Lonesome Attack by a neck in the final strides. Jetstream Friskie (Kyle Ater) got the show dough following the lightning-fast mile.
Chris Short conditions Spill The Beans for owners Michael Goldberg and White Bridle Racing.
Two races later a full field of ten $10,000 claimers lined up to compete for $7,000 and when the smoke cleared Bursting Blaze (Chris Page) had joined Lookinforadventure and Spill The Beans as co-track record holders. When the six-year-old son of The Panderosa reached the wire in 1:51.4 he had a neck advantage over Mikes Hope (Kyle Ater) and Just Fred (Dan Noble). The Thumbs Up Stable claimed Bursting Blaze five weeks ago for $6,500 and now have two wins, a second and a third with their new prized possession being trained by John Kina.
Can He Go (Greg Grismore) captured the Open I pace, lowering his own track record for four-year-olds to 1:52.4. The Virgil Morgan Jr. trainee, owned by Majs NY Inc., Gerrie Tucker and RBH Ventures Inc., was a length better than longshot Tidewater Tomahawk (Shawn Barker II) at the wire with the entire field of nine within five lengths at the finish. Man He Can Skoot (Dan Noble)was third.(Miami Valley)