LEBANON, OH. - With Miami Valley Raceway still in its first week of live racing it is not surprising that a pair of track records were established Wednesday night. It is surprising, however, how impressive the clockings were in light of temperatures that had dipped to about 12 degrees (near zero with the wind) when the races went to post.
Rehab Mountain clocked the fastest trotting mile in the young history of the five-eighths mile oval winning the $9500 Open Handicap in 1:57.1 to best Baby Blaze () and Boy Meets Girl K ( ) by just over four lengths. trains and drove the gelding to his 19th career triumph in 71 starts, increasing his bankroll to over $166,000. The late-blooming trotter won ten times in 2013 and is now one-for-three in 2014 for the B6 Racing Stable.
The standard for pacing mares was lowered to 1:54.4 when Artie's Last Party () bested Bazooka Terror ( ) and Eve Marie Seelster (Kyle Ater) in a $7000 conditioned event. Owned by Steven Herrick, the five-year-old mare won for the tenth time in her life.
Holiday Shopper tripped the timer in 1:55 in an $8000 Open Mares event. The father-son trainer-driver team of Jeff andhad the seven-year-old mare in prime shape for her initial 2014 voyage in which she bested Julie Lou ( ) and Dazzling Diana ( ). It was the 20th career tally for the winner who is owned by Drs. Robert and Randall Van Hutchison.
, and all scored driving doubles on the 11-race program.
Racing resumes tonight (Thursday, Feb. 13) with the normal 6:30 p.m. post time.
Submitted by Miami Valley Raceway