Gotmoneyinmypocket captures Hackett
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Friskie Cruiser (Ryan Stahl), the runner-up in last year's $225,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship for freshman pacers, finished second with Whataboy (Chris Page) completing the Hackett final trifecta. Most of the Hackett finalists are expected back in action next Saturday (May 7) at Miami Valley when it hosts first round Ohio Sires Stakes action for both sophomore pacers and trotters.
In addition to the excitement that first leg Ohio Sires Stakes action will bring to Miami Valley Raceway on next Friday and Saturday nights, anticipation is building for a pair of $100,000 Grand Circuit Stakes on Sunday afternoon (May 8), closing day of the 2016 meet.
The $100,000 Sam 'Chip' Noble Memorial, for the best older pacing mares in North America, is expected to attract Katie Said, Yagonnakissmeornot, Color's A Virgin and Safe From Terror, among others. Katie Said has won two straight $25,000 Mares Opens at The Meadowlands; Yagonnakissmeornot captured the rich Blue Chip Matchmaker final at Yonkers in her last start: Breeder's Crown champion Color's A Virgin paced a monstrous back half to finish third in her seasonal opener on Friday night at Hoosier Park; and Safe From Terror will enter the fray as the local hope following back-to-back wins in Miami Valley's weekly distaff feature.
The $100,000 Miami Valley Distaff Trot has an impressive list of nominees as well, including Smokinmombo, Daylon Miracle, Hannelore Hanover, Churita and 2015 Ohio Horse of the Year Like Old Times.
Stakes trainers are advised that the draw schedule for closing weekend at Miami Valley is: Tuesday (box closes at 9 a.m.) for Friday; and a double draw Wednesday (box closes at 9 a.m.) for both Saturday and Sunday. Online entries are encouraged, or call 513-934-7792. (Miami Valley)