Miami Valley invader takes mares open
January 31, 2015
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Shine N Shimmer slid into town Friday night and captured the $16,500 Mares Open Pace at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:52.3, just two-fifths of a second off the track record for aged pacing mares despite 26 degree temperatures and gusting winds.
Driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr., the 2014 national dash champion, pushed the 7-year-old American Ideal mare right to the front when the wings folded and was able to maintain the lead through fractions of :27.3, :56.3 and 1:24.1. The winner, shipping in from the east coast where she earned $95,413 with eight wins in 2014, beat Igottafeelinfran (Dan Noble)—the winner of last year's Ohio Sires Stakes championship for older mares, making her first seasonal start—and Metro Shopping (Tyler Smith), who got the show dough. Jim Ellison trains now trains Shine N Shimmer for the partnership of Dandy Farms and Howard Taylor.
She paid $8.80 to win.
Earlier on the program, the $8,200 championship final of the "Claim To Fame” series for $5,000 claiming trotters was contested. Upset winner was JW's Jasmine (Kyle Ater), who topped King Trut (Josh Sutton) and Pacific Wave K (Ken Holliday) at odds of 14-1. The winner got away third as Beauregret carved wicked trotting fractions of :27.2 and :56.1 to the half. Ater came first-up headed to the three-quarters where his nine-year-old mare stuck a head in front in 1:25.4. Her :30.3 final panel was enough to garner the championship for the pride of the Baron Racing Stable and trainer George Anthrop. (Miami Valley)