LEBANON, OH. -, the leading driver at the final meet at nearby Lebanon Raceway in 2013, is not going to relinquish Southeast Ohio's top reinsman rights without a battle.
Despite the deeper and more talented driver's colony that has descended on the new Miami Valley Raceway, the 35-year-old sulky-sitter vaulted into a tie for third in the dash standings on Wednesday night by winning three of the first four races on the program.
Noble captured the fastest race of the night when he scored with My Brother George in 1:54.3 in a $5000 conditioned pace. The Frank Bellino & Sons-owned gelding, conditioned by Virgil Morgan Jr., bested Major Marcus (Smith) and Truly The Best (Hall) for his 17th career victory.
Driverscored the quickest trotting triumph when he guided Mischievous Jesse to a 1:57.1 tally over Good Friend (Hall) and Kiss Me I'm Loaded (Kyle Ater) in a $5000 conditioned event. The Ohio-sired squaregaiter, now owned by T C Stables and trained by Erik Jaeck Jr., has 26 lifetime wins.
A total of 45 $4,000 claimers dropped into the first elimination round of Miami Valley's Madness in March tournament set to open this Saturday night.
The large response necessitated the use of a preference system outlined in the conditions which rewarded horses and geldings which had already started at Miami Valley with spots followed by the highest money winners in their most recent five starts.
Four fields of ten will go postward for $4,000 purses on Saturday with the top four official finishers in each race advancing to next week's Sweet 16 round for $5,000 purses. In the third week of the Miami Valley Madness tournament, the Elite 8 will race for a $6000 bounty. The Final Four males will advance to the $8000 Battle of the Sexes championship on March 31 to face the four best females from a tandem tournament which will be conducted the next three Sundays.
Submitted by Miami Valley Raceway