Finalists in another pair of Claim To Fame late-closing series were determined during the Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 23) matinee at Miami Valley Raceway.
Tammysmist swept the two preliminary legs in the split for $12,500 claiming mares, positioning herself as the likely favorite in next Tuesday’s $22,500 championship final.
Tyler Smith piloted the 7-year-old Western Maverick mare to a 1:56.3 score for owner Doug Neely and trainer Larry Clabaugh. It was the 10th triumph in the last year for Tammysmist, who eclipsed the $150,000 lifetime earnings plateau with the victory.
Others who qualified for the final were Marissa, Melanies Sharkette, Likeafireballshot, Well Wishers, Party Rockin, Cheekie, Schmatie and Rosie Kit.
Giovanni and Guns An Roses tied for the most earnings in the division for $8,000 male claimers. Both enter their $22,500 championship on two-race win streaks; and both will be racing for new owners as they were collared via the claim box.
Giovanni will go postward for new owner Brian Witt and trainer Larry Finn; while Guns An Roses now carries the banner of owners Greg Samples and Ross Leonard and races out of the Tyler George barn.
The balance of the field will include Goldstar Lambeau, Royal Cam Hall, Spunky Monkey, Latenite Trick, CC’s Desire, Star Guitar, Anarchy Hanover and Incredible Joey. (Miami Valley)