In The Grippers started her 2014 harness racing season just as she finished her 2013 season by dominating her Ohio Sires Stakes rivals.
Friday at Miami Valley driversent the big trotting filly to the front at the start of her $40,000 OSS split and she led at every post. The 2-5 favorite won by 5-1/4 lengths in 1:58.4 over Anniesbluejeanbaby and Mclean.
Herres Stable LCC owns the daughter of Steven One, who is trained by Virgil Morgan. It was her first start of the year after several qualifiers.
Two races later, Page and Morgan scored another victory in a $40,000 OSS split when Fayco Filly sat behind God Only Knows for much of the mile and then zoomed past the pacesetter to score a Â¾-length win in 1:56.
APP Panda got the runner-up money while Lady Julie finished third. God Only knows faded to finish fourth. Fayco Filly scored her first win of the season in a trio of tries.
The winning pacing filly paid $7.40 to win and is owned by Marital Property LLC.
Crown Time Keeper kept her 2014 slate perfect with her third win in as many tries. The odds-on filly overtook the early leader Friskie's Angel to post a two length win in 1:56.2 for driverand trainer .
The OSS winner was bred and is owned by Esther Crownover, a longtime patron of harness racing in Ohio.
Crown Time Keeper had previously won the elimination and final of the James K. Hackett Memorial Pace at Miami Valley.
Turbochargedroxie stepped to the front of the pack in her trotting split for driverand they went on to score an easy 3-1/4 length win over Sandys Victory and Emery Jean. trains the trotting filly for Joyce McClelland, DM Stables LLC, Dean Davis, and William Rufenacht.
As the heavy favorite, Turbochargedroxie paid $2.20 and tripped the timer in 1:59.3. She's now got a first and second in second races this year.
Dean A. Hoffman for the Ohio State Racing Commission