Day At The Track

Ohio Sires Stakes action at Miami Valley

06:46 PM 03 May 2015 NZST
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The roan son of Pine Valley, Gray Camo Chief Talkalot Neely's Messenger Upfront Chip Daddy Ardyne Ace
The roan son of Pine Valley, Gray Camo
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Chief Talkalot notched his first seasonal victory
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Neely's Messenger wiring his field in 1:57.1
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Upfront Chip Daddy bursting to the front in midstretch
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Ardyne Ace running his winning streak to three straight
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LEBANON, OH. - Ohio Sires Stakes action continued Saturday night at Miami Valley Raceway with four $40,000 divisions for Buckeye-bred harness racing three-year-olds, two for pacers and two for trotters. Gray Camo and Chief Talkalot captured the pacing splits; while Neely's Messenger and Upfront Chip Daddy were victorious in their first leg trotting divisions.

Gray Camo (Chris Page) topped Roaddog Jess James (Kayne Kauffman) and Rock N Randall (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) in an impressive 1:53.3 mile. The roan son of Pine Valley, co-owned by trainer Ron Burke with partners Bruscemi, Suda and Melillo, scored his first seasonal win in three tries and increased his bankroll to $116,229 in just 11 career starts. Page used a gate-to-wire strategy to successfully lower Gray Camo's best race record by over a full second.

Chief Talkalot (Jim Pantaleano) also notched his first seasonal victory, although he was entering the race off a pair of strong runnerup finishes in a James K. Hackett Memorial elimination and the final over the last two weeks. After getting away third at the pylons during the opening quarter, Pantaleano moved his Feelin Friskie colt to the front just past the quarter and gamely held off two-year-old O.S.S. champion Western Coby (Wyatt Irvine) to gain the narrow 1:55.2 triumph. Rocky Express (Randy Tharps) also made a strong bid in the stretch and finished third. Brian Brown trains Chief Talkalot for the partnership of Stewart, Robinson, Mondillo and Cheatham.

Neely's Messenger (Dan Noble) started where he left off last season, wiring his field in 1:57.1 as the odds-on favorite. The defending O.S.S. freshman champ, owned by Dale and Julie Ann Sweet, won at initial asking and for the eighth time in nine tries over two seasons, increasing his incredible bankroll to $235,945 in those nine starts-all in Ohio. I Know My Chip (Chris Page) finished second just three-quarters of a length behind with Cooter Dunn (Louis Bauslaugh) garnering the show dough. Al Manke III conditions the son of Neely Dunn.

Upfront Chip Daddy (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) sat the pocket throughout before bursting to the front in midstretch to beat heavily-favored frontrunner Kick A Lot (Kurt Sugg) and No Whip Chip (Dan Noble) in 1:57.3. It was the first stakes win for the son of Chip Chip Hooray, who was unraced at two. He is owned by Up Front Racing LLC and Mark Ford and conditioned by Kelly O'Donnell.

A $17,050 Open Pace was also featured on Saturday night with Ardyne Ace (Dan Noble) running his winning streak to three straight at Miami Valley including the final two opens of the local 2015 season. The 1:51.2 score was the nine-year-old geldings fourth in six seasonal starts and increased his 2015 earnings to over $30,000. The lifetime winner of over $400,000 is owned by David Ehrenberg and Daniel Fawcett and trained by Jim Pollock Jr.

The final program of the Miami Valley meet is Sunday afternoon when a pair of lucrative Grand Circuit stakes races for older mares will be featured, as well as World Record attempts at the distances of 5/8th s of a mile and 1-1/4 miles. Post time is 3:00 p.m.

Gregg Keidel

 

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