LEBANON, OH. - Despite the outside post position in a scratch-shortened field of seven, Itzaziam trotted to an impressive 1:57.4 score in a $7000 conditioned event at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night. The six-year-old gelded son ofput in two stellar qualifiers at his new home track before notching his first Ohio pari-mutuel win over Cashahallic ( ) and Mama Made Me Blue ( ). Co-owned by James Craparotta and driver Pat Berry, it was the 15th career win for Itzaziam who is trained in Ohio by .
Hunchie (Noble) garnered the lion's share of a $6500 purse offered for conditioned claimers who were non-winners of 10 races and carried $15,000 tags. Gerrie Tucker owns the winner who races out of the Virgil Morgan Jr. stable. Hunchie's 1:56 clocking bested Bullwinkle () and T M Valley Storm ( ).
Racing resumes Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. when the feature will be a full-field $10,000 Open Pace.