Sam Noble III found himself in a familiar spot on Monday afternoon, the winner's circle at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Noble guided ML Cupcake to a hard earned 1 3/4 length victory over Photo Memory (Jim Dailey) in 1:59 4/5 in the first division of the Ohio Breeders Championship for harness racing freshmen trotting fillies.
ML Cupcake and Photo Memory were both hustled off the gate and battled for the early lead. Photo Memory cleared to the lead just past the quarter in :30 and passed the half mile station in 1:00 3/5. Count Your Credit (Marty Wollam) pressured the leader past the three quarter pole in 1:30. Noble angled the eventual winner off the rail and sprinted home in :29 4/5 for the victory.
Thelass is trained by Scott Mogan for William Johnson II and Douglas Millard.
With the victory, Noble now has 96 career wins over the Delaware oval. The winning time was just 1/5 off the stakes record of 1:59 3/5.
In the second $19,711 division, J. D. Wengerd made an aggressive move with Minnie Spur just past the half mile station and cruised to a two length victory over Striking Lass (Robin Miller) in 2:01.
The victory was Minnie Spur's third in 12 seasonal starts. The daughter ofis owned by Robert C. Sidley of Painesville, Ohio and conditioned by Mike Medors.