Half brother to Walner captures Miami Valley final
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Elmo Blatch (Tyler Lough) was crowned champion of the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial Trotting Series at Miami Valley on Monday (March 12) afternoon, capturing the $22,500 championship tilt in 1:56.1.
The late-blooming 5-year-old half-brother to Breeders Crown winner Walner was three-quarters of a length better than Joyfulntriumphant (Jeremy Smith) with Cassandra AS (Elliott Deaton) garnering the show dough.
Elmo Blatch had a win and a narrow runnerup finish in two preliminary series legs before adding the final to his rapidly developing resume. Very lightly raced as a juvenile, the winner now sports six wins in the last two seasons and a bankroll of $55,672.
Despite drawing the outermost post position (9) in the final, Lough left the gate with alacrity, reaching the quarter on top in :28. After rating a middle half with timing stations reached in :57.1 and 1:26.2, Elmo Blatch erased any doubt about the outcome with a :29.4 closing split. He is owned and trained by David Lough. (Miami Valley)