Dave Miller appreciated the return to Thursday night racing as he scored six wins on the card. Two of those wins came in the Super Bowl Trotting Series which got underway Thursday night.
The first of the Buckeye "Super Bowl” triumphs was Donatella Hanover, sent off an even money favorite, she ranged up on the outside into the final turn, swooped to the lead and trotted strongly trough the stretch to score in 1:55.3 for trainer Jimmy Takter. Donatella Hanover is owned by Christinatakterandthekids.
Miller’s "other” score in the trotting series came with Ray Hall, who broke in his previous start but had no such trouble tonight leading from start to finish in 1:54.4 and winning by just over one length. Ray Hall is owned by Bruce & Patricia Soulsby and The Wall Bros. Stable.
Earlier on the card, Home Turf took his division of the Super Bowl by one length, holding off Cocotier in 1:56 for John Campbell. Trained by co-owner Noel Daley for Mirva Bogucki.
The most impressive winner in the first round of the Super Bowl trotting series was Time To Quit. Patiently handled by Yannick Gingras, Time To Quit moved smoothly to the lead on the far turn, opened up willingly in the stretch and was wrapped up coming to the wire, holding off Dough Dough in the process.
Time To Quit appears the horse to beat in the series for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Philip Collura, trained by Ron Burke. Round Two of the Super Bowl will be contested Thursday, January 16th with the final set for Wednesday, January 22.
Live Handle showed a 23-percent increase compared to this same night last year, while the export yielded a 21-percent increase, resulting in a total handle increase of 21-percent over 2013. (Meadowlands)