Day At The Track

Art Major mare graduates to top class

05:07 PM 24 Jan 2015 NZDT
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Beat The Beat is owned by Kirk Nichols and William Green
Beat The Beat is owned by Kirk Nichols and William Green
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LEBANON, OH. - Beat The Beat took a major leap in class Friday night at Miami Valley, tackling harness racing open mares for the first time in her career, and acted like she had been there all along. Following just her sixth lifetime win in a conditioned claiming event last week, the five-year-old Art Major mare was forced to graduate to the $16,500 Mares Open and responded with a 1:55.4 triumph at odds of 15-1.

Driver Kyle Ater took advantage of Beat The Beat's inside post position to get away midpack as a front-end duel developed between Stucklikeglue and Rev Me Up, the winners of the weekly distaff feature the last two weeks. With the pacesetters racing wheel-to-wheel through early fractions of :27.1 and :55.4 an outer flow began to form down the backside. A Sham Of Amber and Buckeye Thea lined up behind Rev Me Up on the outside while Beat The Beat and the others waited for racing room following Stucklikeglue on the inside. Coming out of the final turn Ater angled the winner to the far outside as the rest of the field fanned out for the stretch duel. The longshot winner was freshest and strongest in the lane as a host of closers in the ten-horse field made their final bids. A Sham Of Amber raced gamely for a second place finish with Hoponit third, Muy Caliente fourth and Stucklikeglue holding on to collect the minor spoils.

Beat The Beat is owned by Kirk Nichols and William Green. She is trained by Dan Ater, Kyle's father. Her seventh lifetime trip to the winner's circle boosted her career earnings to $85,870.

Gregg Keidel


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