Northfield Park’s special Thursday live card featured seven $20,000 Ohio Sire Stake splits as 2-year-old colts and geldings contested their first legs.
Three trotting splits saw sire Master Lavec defeat Chip Chip Hooray 2-1. The opener was taken by trainer-driver Jim Dailey and Deep Chip ($7.20), who moved three wide at the five-eighths pole to post a 2:03 win over a track listed "fast" despite rain for most of the day. Sired by Chip Chip Hooray, from the Supergill mare Ceremonial, Deep Chip defeated Alot Like Kevin and A Dinger for owners Kathy Ratcliff and Jerry Zossel.
The second trotting leg went to Joseph Muscara’s Master’s Cook ($4.40), a Master Lavec colt from the Pine Chip mare Cupcake. Kyle Ater drove the Virgil Morgan Jr. trainee, who led at every call to remain undefeated in his young racing career. The 2:03.1 mile got him to the wire ahead of pocket-sitting Look N Rhap and My Dads Memory.
The evening’s final trot went to another Master Lavec colt, Master In Charge, in 2:02. Out of Take Charge Lady, Master In Charge gobbled up leader Sun Of A Victory in deep stretch for driver Chip Noble and trainer Scott Mogan. The winner is a homebred owned by Frances Schloss. Nordic Victory got the show money.
Four different pacing sires were represented in the winner's circle. The first pacing event of the evening saw Western Rocky ($5.40) and Jack Dailey lead at every call as the Western Spirit-Ideal Onyx-Ideal Society colt posted a 1:58.3 win. He repulsed a mild bid from Osborne’s Yankee, who broke in the final turn. Summer’s Overtime closed well for place money and Somethingsgotagive was third. Joe Essig trains the winner for James Erichello and Terry Green.
Noble Thought ($7.20), a Nobleland Sam colt from the Jate Lobell mare Gentle Thoughts, got up in the final strides to defeat pacesetter Sadies Legacy in the second pacing split. Charles Morgan trains the winner for Billie and Jerry Haws. Say Rich was third.
The third of four pacing events saw Michael Cimaglio’s homebred Sadie’s Dreamboat-Gamsterdam colt Nicoles Dreamboat ($3.00) wire the field in 1:57.2. Kurt Sugg drove the winner for trainer Brian Brown. He defeated Four Hoof Drive and Uncle Josh.
Medoland Mac ($17.40) survived an inquiry in the nightcap as he posted a 1:59.2 win. Templar Knight had led the entire mile, but made a break in the final turn and several horses went wide to avoid the breaker. A son of Nuclear Siren from the Mattcando mare Wanida Jean Tup, Medoland Mac is owned by breeder Tammy Hoovler, Carl Anders and Dick and Elizabeth Brandt. J Cruise was second and Whole Lot Of Fun finished third. (Northfield Park)