LEBANON, OH. - Not only did father/trainerand son/driver sweep the Open I and Open II mares features on Sunday night at Miami Valley Raceway, but they stamped their stable as the one to beat in the distaff final of the Madness In March tournament for minimum claimers as well.
Holiday Shopper captured her third victory in five local tries in the $10,000 Open I event closing from 5-1/2 lengths off the leader at the head of the stretch to triumph over Addys Way () and That's My Girl G ( ) in 1:55.1. Owned by Drs. Robert and Randall Hutchison, the winning seven-year-old mare now has amassed 22 lifetime tallies and a bankroll of almost $330,000.
The same connections surprised the Open II field when Upfront Miss Major pulled a 1:56.4 upset over Artie's Last Party () and The Shoe Fits ( ). The five-year-old mare was sixth and moving at the halfway point and took command in the final strides to reward her backers with a handsome $29.80 mutuel return.
Rock Ann Rolling established herself as the favorite in the 'Madness' elimination tournament by winning the fastest of two $5000 quarter-final splits in 1:56 over Taylors Artist () and May Street Bon ( ). owns the six-year-old lass who now has back-to-back elimination week wins.
The Brewers will have a coupled entry in the $6000 female final next Sunday as their Boiler Heidi Ho finished second in the other division to C L Life Road (Pat Berry) with Tips Girl () getting the show dough. Following next week's race the top four mares will advance to face the top four males from a tandem elimination bracket in an $8000 'Battle of the Sexes' on March 30.
Submitted by Miami Valley Raceway