LEBANON, OH. - The fields are set for Saturday night's $25,000 James K. Hackett Memorial races for both Ohio-sired three-year-old filly and colt pacers at Miami Valley Raceway.
A pair of $7500 elimination heats were necessary last weekend to whittle the nominees down to championship fields of nine of each gender. An impressive first round winner has drawn the outside post position in each final making the races more intriguing.
Despite the nine-hole behind the gate Paydaze On The Way has been installed the lukewarm 5-2 favorite in the filly division on the merits of her 1:56.3 elimination win. Crown Time Keeper (), the winner of the other elimination split, has been tabbed second choice at 3-1 odds.
Second place elimination finishers Fayco Filly () and Friskie's Angel ( ) have been assigned opening odds of 4-1 and 6-1, followed by A P P Panda ( ) at 8-1, the Bill Webb-owned entry of Baby Slider (Kyle Ater) and Mean Fever ( ) at 10-1, God Only Knows ( ) 12-1 and Lady Julie ( ) 15-1.
Friskie Adam (Kyle Ater) got the slight favorite's role at 5-2 in the colts division following his 1:55.2 front-end score in the eliminations. The other elimination heat went to Big Bossman () in 1:55.3, but the talented colt drew the outside post and thus will open at 9-2 on the toteboard.
Chance I Might (), who was beaten just a head by Big Bossman in the elim, has been tabbed the 3-1 second choice, followed by Dibs 7-2, Feelin Speedy ( ) 6-1, Hawks Cry Hoboken ( ) 8-1, U F Fast Feelin 10-1, Two Will Forever ( ) 12-1 and Led Schneppelin ( ) 15-1.
Post time for the 14-race card on Saturday night is 6:30 p.m.with the Hackett championship races carded as the ninth and eleventh on the program.
From the Miami Valley Raceway Publicity Department