Fusion Man cops top trot at Miami Valley

03:51 PM 22 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Fusion Man holds off challengers at Miami Valley Raceway
Photo by Brad Conrad
LEBANON, OH. - Despite a four-month layoff, Fusion Man started his 2014 campaign in impressive fashion Friday night capturing the $9000 Open Handicap Trot at Miami Valley Raceway.
 
Leading driver Tyler Smith, who will miss the Saturday session at Miami Valley to compete in the Legends vs. Phenoms drivers challenge at The Meadowlands, sent the five-year-old son of Valley Victor directly to the front and gamely held off Cashahallic (Jim Pantaleano) and Mama Made Me Blue (Dan Noble) in a three-horse photo finish.
 
It was the eleventh career victory for the winner who is trained by Tyler's father Jeff Smith and owned by Tdtrot LLC of Florida. His 1:56.1 clocking was just one-fifth of a second off the track trotting record established in the first six weeks of the five-eighths mile oval's inaugural meet.
 
The win was one of three on the night for Tyler Smith who also scored in both halves of the early daily double with pacer Gigaro and trotter Unfazed. Kayne Kauffman, who is second in the dash standings, kept pace with three tallies of his own behind pacers Cowboy Cal and Bluebird Ideal and the trotter Treasurer John. Scoring doubles on the program were Dan Noble, Randy Tharps and Josh Sutton as only five drivers combined to win all twelve of the Friday night races.
 
by Miami Valley Raceway
 
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