My MVP returned to the scene of his biggest career victory on Saturday night and the trip to The Red Mile paid off with a victory. Last year's Kentucky Futurity winner was assigned the outside post 10 in the $5,000 Open but the 4-year-old son of Cantab Hall, driven by Hall of Famer Mike Lachance, had no trouble as he took the lead at the opening quarter and led the rest of the way to score in 1:54.2.
My MVP set fractions of :28.2, :57.1 and 1:26.2 en route to the victory, defeating runner-up Uncommon Night and driver Dewayne Minor--a starter in last year's Hambletonian Oaks--by two lengths. Michigan champion Natural Forces was third for Skip DeMull.
Sent off at odds of 1-9, My MVP so heavily dominated the field that three of the 10 starters went off at odds higher than 300-1: Altesse (367-1), Special Purpose (461-1) and Ginger Tree Wanda (809-1).
Trained by Tony Alagna and owned by Brittany Farms, Joe Sbrocco and Modern Family Partners, My MVP won for the fifth time in 12 starts this year while bringing his seasonal earnings to $52,600. My MVP trotted to his career best of 1:52 while capturing the first heat of last year's Kentucky Futurity, coming back in the second heat to win in 1:53. Overall, MY MVP has a career slate of 38-11-3-7 and earnings of $784,394.