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Ohio breds shine in Scarlet & Grays

September 03, 2011

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BV's Sister rallied past Tom's OK Lady in the final strides to win the $26,400 Scarlet & Gray for older mare trotters in 1:56.4 Saturday night at Northfield Park. The race was one of four for older Ohio breds on the card at the Ohio half-mile racetrack.
Driven by Dan Noble, BV's Sister wore down Tom's OK Lady and Mike Wilder to score by one length, with Laser Lucy and Elliott Deaton third. The win was the seventh of the year in 24 starts for the 7-year-old daughter of Big Victory who is trained by Virgil Morgan Jr. Owned by Ken Sommer, BV's Sister won for the 31st time in 115 career starts, increasing her earnings to more than $541,000.
Don't Blame Her was sent off the overwhelming 1-9 favorite in the $26,400 Scarlet & Gray for older pacing mares and she didn't let her backers down as she cruised to a 4 1/2-length win in 1:52.1. Noble was again in the sulky for trainer Morgan as the 8-year-old daughter of Village Connections easily bested runner-up Forever Lucky, with Wildfire Osborne third.
Owned by Matthew Tolero, Don't Blame Her won for the fifth time in 2011 in 28 starts and for the 38th time in 153 attempts. Her earnings now stand at more than $531,000.
Rompaway Beau scored a 1:56 victory in the $31,400 Scarlet & Gray for older trotting horses for driver Aaron Merriman and trainer Krista Williams. The 5-year-old son of Chip Chip Hooray bested runner-up Rembrandt Spur by 1 1/4 lengths, with Diamond Hunter third.
Owned by Tom Smith's Rompaway Farms of Battle Creek, Mich., Rompaway Beau won for the fifth time this year in 19 starts and for the 31st time in 84 career starts. His career earnings now top the $250,000 mark.
The $32.400 Scarlet & Gray for older pacing horses went to War Boots and driver Ray Paver in 1:52.4. Doc's Yankee and driver Noble finished 4 1/4 lengths behind in second, with Valentowner and Wilder third.
Also trained by Paver, War Boots is a 7-year-old son of Memphis Flash owned by Shirley Mitchell. This was just his second win of the year in 11 starts but 32nd in 123 career starts. War Boots now has career earnings of more than $450,000.
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