Buckeyes vs. Hoosiers challenge on Saturday
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Morning line oddsmaker Myles Linderman gives a slight nod to the Buckeyes squad to repeat. Ohio drivers have been assigned slight morning line favoritism in four of the events, with Indiana reinsmen favored in the other two. The contest races consist of a NW 4 PMs condition/claimer, and one each of a straight $8000, $10,000, $12,500, $15,000 and $15,000-$20,000 claimer.
The visiting Hoosiers will be captained by leading driver Trace Tetrick, who will be joined by Sam Widger, Ricky Macomber, Tyler Smith and Andy Shetler. Dash leader Josh Sutton will captain a Buckeyes squad that includes Kayne Kauffman, Jeremy Smith, Dan Noble and Peter Wrenn.
In the first contest race, the condition-claimer, driver Tyler Smith will be guiding lukewarm favorite Dark Horse, who has been assigned 5-2 starting odds. Betorluckythangood (3-1, Kauffman), Eddie Eddie Eddie (7-2, Tetrick) and J B's Hero (9-2, Sutton) should also get public support.
Pipecreek Yankee (5-2, Sutton) will open as the favorite over Putnams Attack (3-1, Kauffman), Lexington Avenue (7-2, Jeremy Smith) and Showdown At Sun Up (9-2, Tetrick) in the second leg, an $8000 claimer.
Strange Hanover (5-2, Tyler Smith) gets the early nod over Jetstreamdonttouch (3-1, Macomber), No Hable (7-2, Shetler) and Poison Oak (9-2, Widger) in what looks like the Hoosiers best chance to pile up a ton of points in a single race, this $10,000 claimer.
When the $12,500 claimers come on the track, Lieutenant Steve (2-1, Wrenn) will attempt to live up to his morning line favoritism over Onesportonly (3-1, Kauffman), Electric Lad (7-2, Sutton) and Restless Native (9-2, Tetrick).
Smiling Terror (5-2, Dan Noble) will try to top the $15,000 claimers, but will get a stern test from Chipchompinchampin (3-1, Shetler), Frass Bluegrass (7-2, Widger) and Every Play Counts (9-2, Kauffman).
In the contest clincher, a $15,000 to $20,000 claiming handicap, Prince Bayard (5-2, Sutton) gets the opening nod over Sunday Poker (3-1, Jeremy Smith), Flashy Trick (7-2, Noble) and Mach My Point (9-2, Wrenn).
The six race "Buckeyes vs. Hoosiers Drivers Challenge" will be contested as races 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 on the 14-race program. First race post time is 6:15 p.m. (Hollywood Dayton)