Rehab Mountain scores again at Miami Valley
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In the mares heats, Debi's Sign (Josh Sutton) and EE Bay (Tyler Smith) came up with identical 1:56.2 triumphs in the $5000 races. The series promises to produce some exciting racing as just three lengths separated the ninemares at the wire in the first split, and all nine in the second split were within six lengths at the finish. Debi's Sign, sent off at 34-1 odds, closed from seventh at the head of the stretch to nip Luna Hanover (Kayne Kauffman) and She Can Attack (Kyle Ater) and pay $70.40 to win. EE Bay went gate-to-wire as the 2-1 second choice in the betting, holding off Miss HKB (Jeremy Smith) and Bonnie's Beach (Charlie Neff).
Winners in the trio of $12,500 divisions for the $20,000 claimers were Tomitta Bayama (Jeff Nisonger) in 1:53.4, Saulsbrook Astrobo (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:53.3 and Littlebitaclass (Chris Page) in 1:52.3.
Both Tomitta Bayama and Saulsbrook Astrobo used frontstepping style; while Littlebitaclass employed a pocket ride strategy. Tomitta Bayama bested Blue Fin (Dan Noble) and Vincent Vega (Tyler Smith) byjust a half-length. Saulsbrook Astrobo was three-quarters of a length better than Volo (Randy Tharps) with Rusty's No Fool (Greg Grismore) another neck back in the show spot. Littlebitaclass proved a head better than pacesetter Dabestleaderever (Dan Noble), while Fudge (Shawn Barker II), who was claimed from the race, rallied for third.
Racing resumes Wednesday night at Miami Valley when the "Claim To Fame" focus shifts to five divisions of $5000 claiming races for male pacers, plus a pair of divisions for $8000 claiming pacing mares. Post time is 6:30 p.m. (Miami Valley)