Day At The Track

Kauffman returns with wins at Miami Valley

10:46 AM 02 Apr 2019 NZDT
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Voyage To Paris captured the Robert J. Brown Memorial Series championship at Miami Valley on Monday
Conrad photo

LEBANON, OH - Driver Kayne Kauffman returned to the sulky on Monday afternoon (April 1) at Miami Valley Raceway, one week after a most unfortunate harness racing accident in which he injured his back and knee.

"My leg feels OK, but my back is tightening up a little," he said after his second drive of the day-a win behind A Sham Of Amber, a pacing mare from his own barn.

"I'll be fine," Kauffman explained, "but I might wait a couple more days before I drive any serious pullers."

Three races later, Kayne steered Voyage To Paris to an upset triumph in the $20,000 championship final of the Robert J. "Skeeter" Brown Memorial series for green trotters.

Although the winning sophomore son of Dontyouforgetit wore a choke plate under his chin and his connections are contemplating throat surgery, he apparently didn't 'pull' too hard as Kauffman sat chilly in the pocket throughout the mile until taking full advantage of a tired and drifting pacesetter to zoom past on the inside to victory.


Kayne Kauffman, returning after a week off due to injury, is greeted in the winner’s circle by OHHA rep Brett Merkle, caretaker Mikayla Pollock, Racing Operations Manager Helen Carlo and Race Secretary Gregg Keidel. (Conrad photo)

Monday Nite (Randy Tharps) finished just a neck behind following a similar ground-saving trip behind Voyage To Paris. Call Me Thefireman (Dan Noble) grabbed the show dough as the entire field finished within six lengths of each other at the wire.

Voyage To Paris is owned by Stephen Richard and Lana Pollock and trained by Jim Pollock Jr. Following a two year old campaign when he earned $27,000, the winner has now won twice in 2019 and added over $18,000 to his coffer.

 

Gregg Keidel

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