Under a beautiful fall sunshine blue sky, eight finals were raced for 2 and 3-Year-Olds at Sports Creek on Sunday afternoon (October 5).
Each final carried a purse of $9000.
The horses earned their way into the finals by racing at the county fairs around Michigan with the highest purse earners entered to compete.
The 3-Year-Old colt pace was won by the John Grozenski-owned and Judy Roegner-trained Johnny G That Me.
Brad Kramer drove the 1.56.4 winning Admiral’s Gallery son to victory.
3-Year-Old pacing filly April’s Raider won her division for owners Norma and B. D. Brown and trainer Jack Hatung.
Kim Pluta drove thefilly to a 2.01 victory, boosting her winnings to over $25,000 this season.
Karen Greengard’s Celebrity Cruise captured the trotting colt division in a new record timing of 2.01.
Trainer/driver Tom Wantz cruised to a 2¼ length win.
3-Year-Old trotting filly First Position won her division for owner William Roberts and driver/trainer Ray Kinney.
Thisfilly’s 2003 earnings went over the $30,000 mark.
Off Keel, an Admiral’s Galley 2-Year-Old pacing son, won his division for owner/driver Scott DeMull, Deborah Quillan, Margaret Mason and Linda Cox.
The 1.59.1 victory recorded a new mark for the roan colt.
2-Year-Old pacing filly Yawning shocked the betting public by winning her division.
This Edgar Turner, Stephen Bardon and Mike Sweeneydaughter paid $229 to win, $36.40 place and $11.40 to show.
Jeff Sweeney drove the 2.02.2 winner.
2-Year-Old trotting colt Thunder Boomer won his division for owners Scott and Tracy Galloway and driver Larry Smith in 2.03.3.
2-Year-Old filly trotter Giselle won her race for owners Wayne and Jean Carter and driver Carl Putnam Junior.
This Davanti daughter has earned over $24,000 this season.
In other action, a Michigan Pari-Mutuel Preview was contested and 4-Year-Old pacing mare JoJo Cadet turned in a winning performance in 1.56.2 for driver Larry Stalbaum.
Next Sunday, eliminations will be featured for the $65,000 (estimated purse) final to be held the following Sunday, October 19.
The Creek hosts this 4-Year-Old Mares Pace and also the 4-Year-Old trotting horses as part of the 25th Michigan Pari-Mutuel Stake programme.
In all, seven horses took new records, over $80,000 worth of purse money was distributed and Jeff Sweeney recorded a driving double on the successful Sunday afternoon programme.
Courtesy Of Billy Perkins, Racing Secretary, Sports Creek Raceway