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Mykindachip steps up in Miami Valley feature

12:33 AM 12 Jan 2015 NZDT
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Mykindachip and Kayne Kauffman hold off the field
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LEBANON, OH. - Mykindachip stepped up to the open ranks for the first time at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night and stepped away with an impressive 1:52.1 win over six worthy rivals, all of whom finished within 1-1/2 lengths of each other at the wire.
 
The exciting finish should have come as no surprise as the seven horses had combined to win 163 races and well over $2 million in their noteworthy careers.
 
Dispatched as the odds-on favorite on the merits of a 1:53.2 tally in the top conditioned class last week, driver Kayne Kauffman was hellbent on putting Mykindachip on the front end when the starter's wings folded.
 
Firstclassallthway (Dan Noble) had similar aspirations, however, resulting in a speedy :26.2 opening panel duel. Once Mykindachip finally cleared he sailed through fractional clockings of :55 and 1:23.1 before holding off a cavalry charge in the stretch to secure the victory on another very cold night in southeast Ohio.
 
Rockin Finish (Randy Tharps) rallied from sixth at the head of the stretch to finish three-quarters of a length behind the winner while Firstclassallthway held on for third. Mykindachip is a six-year-old son of Art's Chip owned by Carl Atley, trained by Dan Dubeansky, and now sports career earnings just a shade under $400,000.
 
Two divisions of the first leg of the "Claim To Fame" series for $12,500 male pacers went postward Saturday as well. The winning time in each $10,000 split was an identical 1:53.
 
Jade Mountain (Kauffman) captured the first division in gate-to-wire fashion, besting Starven Darven (Greg Grismore) by three-quarters of a length with Ally-Con (Noble) garnering the show dough.
 
Tiza Mojo, shipping in from Chicago, copped the second division for driver Chris Page, holding off Bettor Win (Kauffman) by a half-length with DVCFlyingfrenchman (Brad Irvine) finishing third. Both winners were trained by Jeff Brewer, although Tiza Mojo will have a new conditioner next time out as he was one of four horses claimed out of the two races. The others were Starven Darven, Bettor Win and E R Pacman.
 
Racing resumes Sunday afternoon at Miami Valley with a 3:00 p.m. post time. Featured will be three $12,500 divisions of the first leg of the "Claim To Fame" series for $20,000 claimers.

From Miami Valley Media Department

 

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