LEBANON, OH. - Big Bossman and Friskie Adam scored impressive harness racing triumphs in a pair of $7,500 elimination heats on Saturday night to determine the finalists for the $25,000 James K. Hackett Memorial at Miami Valley Raceway next weekend (April 26).
Driverleft alertly with Big Bossman in the first split only to yield to Chance I Might ( ) nearing the quarter mile marker. Content to sit the pocket through moderate fractions, the pride of the Parent Racing Stable and trainer found a seam along the pylons in the stretch and nailed the frontrunner in the final strides of the 1:55.3 mile.
Other Ohio-sired sophomore pacers who garned spots in the championship were third place finisher Dibs (), UF Fast Feelin ( ) and Led Schneppelin ( ), who was the quickest of the two fifth place finishers (1:56.3) to earn the final spot in the final.
Friskie Adam was clearly the best in the second division posting a 5/1/2 length victory for driver Kyle Ater, trainerand owner Dr. Jerry Maloon. The heavily favored son of was never pressured during his 1:55.2 mile and appeared to be on cruise control at the finish.
Feelin Speedy () crossed the line second followed by Two Will Forever ( ) and Hawks Cry Hoboken (Noble) who all qualified for the impending championship race.
A $9,000 Open I pace was also presented in front of another full house of racing fans on Saturday and Royal Outlook () made his return to Miami Valley a happy homecoming notching a 1:52 score by a length over I Found My Beach (Grismore) and Justified (Hall).
It was the fourth consecutive Open I win at Miami Valley and sixth victory in seven local starts, interrupted only by a three week stint at Hoosier Park which resulted in one additional triumph. The razor sharp winner is trained by Terry Deters and owned by David Hudson, a former professional hockey player.
Racing resumes on Easter Sunday night at Miami Valley with a 6:30 p.m. post time.
From Miami Valley Raceway Publicity Department