Ms. Versatility Final
Classic Martine used her rail position and a perfect drive by Tim Tetrick to win the $121,500 Ms. Versatility Final in 1:54.1.
Classic Martine was hustled off the gate and forced Maven (Yannick Gingras) into the two hole before the quarter in :27.3. Tetrick controlled the field and fractions of :57 and 1:25.1. Classic Martine held off a late rush by Charmed Life (Brett Miller) to win by a neck. Maven held off Bee A Magician (Brian Sears) for the show spot.
Classic Martine is trained by Chris Oakes for the Hauser Bros Racing, S. Oakes, C. Zurich and E. Gold.
Old Oaken Bucket
Sumatra (Brian Sears) overcame a brutal trip to score a hard fought half victory over Datsyuk (Charlie Norris) in the $118,300 Old Oaken Bucket.
Yannick Gingras and Skates And Plates took control of the field just before the quarter mile pole in :28. Sears and Sumatra was forced to the outside to challenge the leader through the half in :56.4 and three quarters in 1:26. Sumatra cleared the field of 10 in the stretch and held off a fast closing Datsyuk and Il Sogno Dream (Aaron Merriman).
Sumatra, the Standardbred champion last year at Delaware, is owned by Joseph E. Smith of Vero Beach, FL and conditioned by Tom Fanning.
David Miller and Lost For Words used a perfect pocket trip to edge UF Larry Alltheway (Dave Palone) in the $58,045 Standardbred for freshman pacing colts stopping the timer in 1:54.3.
The Well Said colt is owned by Country Club Acres, William Robinson, Rick Lombardo and Strollin Stable and trained by Brian Brown.
Doctor Terror and Yannick Gingras surged past Hillary’s Style (David Miller) in the middle of the stretch and held off a late closing Alexa Said (Brett Miller) to win the $51,000 two-year-old filly pace in 1:54.4.
The winner is owned by trainer Blake McIntosh and Stuart McInstosh.
Pinkman (Yannick Gingras) nipped the pacesetting Walter White (Dan Rawlings) at the wire to score a nose victory in the $59,445 Standardbred for freshman colt trotters.
The Explosive Matter colt is trained by Jimmy Takter for Christina Takter, Jim Fielding, Joan McClelland and Herb Liverman. Pinkman broke his maiden in a national season’s b est 1:57.
Ohio Breeders Championship Action on Jug Day for Three-Year Olds
By Conor Golden, Little Brown Jug Publicity Intern
Taking the lead from a three-wide position at the three-quarter pole, it was Diamondkeeper (Matt Kakaley) who swept past the field of seven in the first division of the $59,234 (div) Ohio Breeder’s Championship for three-year old colt pacers.
Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and Larry Karr own the Pine Valley colt. With this win, the brown gelding—trained by Ron Burke—has now finished in the top three in four of his last six starts.
Starting from post position seven, Diamondkeeper started in the back of the field before gaining ground past the halfway mark in :57. As the field went past the three-quarter point in 1:26.1, Kakaley sent the eventual winner past the field and cruised to a six-length victory in 1:55. Hawks Cry Hoboken (Brett Miller) and UF Fast Feelin (Dan Noble) finished second and third.
Meanwhile in the $29,617 second division, Feel the Heat (Josh Sutton) walked away a 4 ¼ length victory in a lifetime best 1:52.4.
The Feelin Friskie brown gelding is owned by Perkins Racing Stable LLC of Hilliard, Ohio, and is trained by Virgil Morgan Jr. Although it looked as if there was pressure coming from Big Bossman (David Miller), Feel the Heat managed to hold the lead for the majority of the race. Big Bossman and Dibs (Matt Kakaley) finished second and third.
Crown Time Keeper (Chris Page) and A P P Panda (David Miller) took the two splits of the $56,084 OBC for three-year-old filly pacers.