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Miami Valley kicks off 8th season with Sunday matinee

January 02, 2021

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Miami Valley Raceway will commence its eighth season of live harness racing on Sunday (Jan. 3) with a 14 race program starting at 2:05 p.m. The matinee is the first of 87 cards scheduled between now and May 3. The southwest Ohio five-eighths mile oval will host 2:05 matinees on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays each week, and feature 4:05 twilight programs on Fridays and Saturdays.

The 2021 season will kick off with a $30,000 claiming pace for a $15,750 purse in the first race, one of two such events on the card. Other highlights include a $13,500 conditioned claiming pace for non-winners of ten races carrying $40,000 claiming tags and a $12,600 conditioned trot for non-winners of $6000 in their last four starts.

Secret Threat (driver Trace Tetrick) has been installed the 2-1 morning line favorite in the initial race by oddsmaker Rick Stevens-Gleason, followed by Never Say Never N (Josh Sutton, 5-2) and Hal N Sammy (Tyler Smith, 5-1). When the second division of $30,000 claimers step onto the track, Itsgoodtobedaking (Brett Miller, 3-1) will be morning line favorite, getting a slight nod over Voracity (Tetrick, 7-2) and Modern Rock AS (Jason Brewer, 9-2).

Loutenant (Dan Noble, 3-1) is the early favorite in the top condition/claimer, getting top billing over Upfront And Gone (Brandon Bates, 7-2) and World On Edge (Sam Widger, 9-2).

It's A Herbie (LeWayne Miller) will open the betting at 2-1 in the top trot of the day.  Whether Or Not Fi (Tetrick, 3-1) will also get strong consideration, as will Muscular Babe (Kyle Wilfong, 9-2).The month of January will feature nine separate "Claim To Fame" series for horses of varying values, ranging from $8,000 to $30,000, divided by sex (pacers) and gait.  Nomination forms can be downloaded at: Home - Miami Valley Gaming then clicking Racing/Horsemens Information/Forms.  Deadline for receiving nominations is January 5.
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