Shebestingin, Maven set Miami Valley records
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A double shot of Grand Circuit action was on display Sunday evening at Miami Valley Raceway, as the Ohio oval hosted the $50,300 Sam ‘Chip’ Noble Memorial and the $60,000 Miami Valley Distaff.
Shebestingin became the fastest performer in the history of the track when she toured the strip in 1:50.4 for driver David Miller. The Joe Holloway trainee survived a first-over trip en route to wearing down the tempo-setting favourite, Yagonnakissmeornot. That foe was second best, with Jerseylicious taking home third prize.
The four-year-old daughter of Bettors Delight-Armbro Tussle, who is owned by Val Dor Farms, Ted Gewertz and L And L Devisser LLC, is now 2-for-2 to start the season after going 12-for-19 last year. The 16-time winner boosted her bankroll to $716,602 with the victory.
Maven was a cut above the rest in the $60,000 Miami Valley Distaff. The Jonas Czernyson pupil was a front-stepping winner in a track record clocking of 1:53.3 for driver Yannick Gingras.
Rockin With Dewey parked Maven past the quarter in :27 before Maven worked her way to the lead. She proceeded to carve out middle panels of :56.4 and 1:26.1 before using a :27.2 closing quarter to win in going away fashion over Rockin With Dewey. Maven’s stablemate, Dorsay, took home the show dough.
The five-year-old daughter of Glidemaster-M Stewart, who will now prepare for a trip to Europe to participate in this year’s Elitlopp, kicked off her 2014 campaign in fine form for owner William Donovan of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The 26-time winner lifted her lifetime earnings to $1,457,759 with the win.