Day At The Track

Former claimer speeds to third straight Open

04:36 PM 12 Mar 2017 NZDT
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There was never an anxious moment for driver Dan Noble as he steered Franzo to his second consecutive sub-1:50 score and third overall on Saturday night in Miami Valley’s $22,000 Open I Pace.
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LEBANON, OH. - Franzo, the former claimer, sped to his third straight harness racing Open victory at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night (March 11), the last two in sub 1:50 miles.

On the heels of his all-age 1:49.1 track record performance a week ago, Franzo shot to the front from his assigned outside post position this week and never looked back.

Driver Dan Noble guided the 5-year-old Rockin Image gelding through fractions of :26.4, :55.2 and 1:22.2 before tripping the final beam in 1:49.4.

The Adam Short owned and trained winner was plucked from a $30,000 claimer six weeks ago and has since increased his 2017 bankroll to $61,535 on the basis of six wins in nine seasonal starts.

My Buddy Ninkster (Tyler Smith) won a tight photo finish with Angelo J Fra (Chris Page) to claim runnerup honors.

As the even money favorite, Franzo returned $4 to his legion of backers.

Gregg Keidel


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