Wednesday’s (March 12) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from The Meadows, Dover Downs and Miami Valley Raceway.
G Momma repeats in Meadows series
Washington, PA --- Despite leaving from post seven, G Momma rolled to her second straight victory in Wednesday’s Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot at The Meadows and stamped herself as the horse to beat in the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. Mystical Melody and Baby K, each piloted by Aaron Merriman, took the other $15,000 second leg splits.
G Momma roared to the front for Mike Wilder and widened her lead on the sloppy surface, scoring in 2:00.1. Donato’s Peach was 4-1/4 lengths back in second, with Treasure Coins third. Paul Corey trains G Momma, a 4-year-old daughter of SJ’s Caviar-Strike Ten, for Howard Kaufman, Joshua Kaufman and William Eltzroth.
A seven-race maiden who broke stride in her series debut, Mystical Melody seemed an unlikely candidate for victory and was dismissed at 10-1. But she followed cover beautifully and moved confidently through the stretch to score in 2:02.1, a length better than Hierarchy. Early leader Fashion Glide finished third.
Clay Faurot, Jr. conditions Mystical Melody, a 4-year-old daughter of Muscle Mass-Winning Tribute, for Chelsey Wibert.
Brett Miller and Wilder each drove four winners on the 15-race card while Merriman fashioned a triple.
-- Evan Pattak
For the third consecutive start, Tina Clark and Joe Clark’s Baximum came on strongly to win the $20,000 Open Handicap Trot over a sloppy track on Wednesday at Dover Downs. Baximum began his move after the first half-mile. Daryl Bier ushered the Cantab Hall-Bax Machine veteran up on the outside in mid-backstretch, picking up steam to go into the lead approaching the final turn and then waltzed home in a 1:55 mile. I’m So Striking (Eddie Dennis), last turning for home, dashed home to finish second with Struttin Conway (Ron Pierce) taking the show payoff. Baximum, conditioned by Bobby Clark, has assembled a 2014 record of five of seven in the money and won $34,290 in purses. His career bankroll is $457,014. After making a misstep last time out, Jailhouse Juice returned to the winning track, disposing of eight rivals for a 1:54.4 victory in the $15,000 Winners Over Trot. Trainer-driver Toby Lynch got the Jailhouse Jesse-Wine Cup gelding to the top and he stayed there for his third win of the year. Ideal Revenue (George Dennis) came from far back to edge Six Gun Hall (Allan Davis) for second. Toby Lynch and his son Jason own the winner of $27,365 this year and $100,952 lifetime. Corey Callahan drove three winners on the card.
Miami Valley Raceway
Driver Kyle Ater had a hot hand at Miami Valley Raceway on Wednesday night, ignoring frigid temperatures and strong night-long wind gusts to notch four wins for four different trainers on the 11-race program. The 37-year-old reinsman's opening effort was an indication of what was to come as he guided heavily-favored Lama Blue Chip to an impressive maiden victory in the night's first contest. Owned by L A Express Stable and trained by Ater's father Dan, the 3-year-old Art Major colt was making his first local appearance following three uneventful starts at the Meadowlands to begin his career. Ater returned to the winner's circle following the fourth race when he guided He's The Bomb to a narrow 1:58 victory over Southbound (Shawn Barker II) and Cam's Best Kiss (Jeremy Smith). It was the tenth lifetime victory for the Jate Lobell gelding owned by Watermark Farm LLC and trained by Jeff Smith. A pair of back-to-back longshot triumphs completed Ater's grand slam in the eighth and ninth races. Mischief Man took advantage of his second tier start to top a full field of $5,000 claimers at odds of 8-1. Ater guided the Jody's Cam gelding to his 26th career win with a 1:57.2 clocking to best favored Canaco Run (Chris Page) and I Scoot For Cash (Barker). Victor Gray Sr. and Victor Gray II share ownership of the winner and entrust the training to Tyler Tinch. A race later, Harvard's Z Tam was dispatched at odds of 9-1, despite Ater's hot hand, and fronted Chip Of Art (Smith) and Panhellenic (Randy Tharps) to the wire in 1:58.1. Harry Groves conditions the 29-time winning son of Electric Yankee for Patrick Groves. Coincidentally the final three wins for Ater all came behind 7-year-old geldings.