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Kyle Ater sweeps Miami Valley series finals

January 29, 2015
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A pair of $15,000 championship races were contested Wednesday night as finals week of the popular Claim To Fame series continued at Miami Valley. The finales for $8,000 claiming mares and for $5,000 claiming geldings were on top and when the smoke cleared it was She's A Ball and Winchester that were crowned champions.
 
Driver Kyle Ater steered both winners, but used completely different tactics in the two lucrative races.
 
Ater sent She's A Ball alertly from her inside post position and cut all the fractions to best Brookletssugarland (Jeff Nisonger) and CC's Munchkin (Greg Grismore) in the mares clash. As the lukewarm 8-5 favorite She's A Ball cruised through fractions of :27, :55.4 and 1:24 before closing the deal in 1:53.3.
 
The winner's championship victory capped quite a night for trainer Deborah Swartz, who had four steeds from her stable visit the winner's circle.
 
She's A Ball was plucked from a $5,000 claiming event in early December by owners Bradley Delaney and Scott Albaugh and has since won five of six races and banked an even $20,000.
 
As second choice in the $5,000 horses and geldings championship, Winchester was wrestled off the starting gate by Ater and watched a :26.4 speed duel develop up front between AK's Livin Large and Corey Road. After a demanding half in :56.2, Winchester was moved into third-over position in the outer flow past the 1:25.1 clocking. The entire field was well bunched at the head of the stretch with Ater swinging three-wide with Winchester full of pace. He gobbled up the tiring frontrunners and was strongest at the finish clocked in 1:54.1.
 
Winchester, who has spent time in the Ater Stable in the past, was claimed by Dan Ater, Kyle's father, for $5,500 last week and returned immediate dividends by winning the $15,000 final. Fortune's Jenna (Josh Sutton) finished second with longshot Momma's Jolt (Jeremy Smith) completing the trifecta ticket.
 
Due to the fact that 50 $5,000 claimers participated in this series, an $8,000 consolation was also carded. Jack Apple (Jason Brewer) bested Spirits Gone Wild (Randy Tharps) and Easton Bound (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:54. Brewer co-owns the winner with William Eltzroth. (Miami Valley)
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