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Lane Of Stone a confident open trot winner

12:22 PM 20 Jan 2021 NZDT
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Lane Of Stone held off It’s A Herbie to win the $22,000 Miami Valley Open Trot, Harness racing
Lane Of Stone held off It’s A Herbie to win the $22,000 Miami Valley Open Trot
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LEBANON, OH. - Lane Of Stone (Dan Noble) surpassed the half million dollar earnings plateau with a convincing 1:54 triumph in Miami Valley's $22,000 Open Trot on Tuesday (Jan. 19).

The five-year-old son of Ohio sire Wishing Stone now has 21 harness racing career wins and $509,052 in earnings, although only four of those victories have come in the last year.

Signal Hill (Brett Miller) beat favored Lane Of Stone off the gate, but Noble persevered until finally crossing over in front after the pair passed the opening quarter in :28.1. Following a sensible second quarter in :29 seconds, Noble let Lane Of Stone trot a little more, reaching the three quarter station in 1:25.2, before thwarting a late-closing effort by It's A Herbie (LeWayne Miller) for the 1:54 score.

Mark Winters Sr. trains the winner, who was a dominant force in the juvenile stakes in the Buckeye state, for owner Harry Horowitz.

Finalists were determined in two Claim To Fame series that had their preliminaries conclude on Tuesday.

Two divisions were contested by $12,500 claiming mare pacers. Glenferrie Bronte N (Billy Mann, 1:54.4) was a repeat winner in 1:54.4 to establish herself as a probable favorite in the $20,000 final next week. Persistant Xample (Miller, 1:53.4, $5.60) captured the other split and will get strong support at the betting windows as well.

The remaining finalists will be Pappy Rocks, Bellini Seelster, Sweet Western, Official Treasure, Corner Pocket, Ideal's Nicole and U'll Learn.

Three groups of $8000 male claiming pacers squared off to determine the top nine money earners in the series, the benchmark for making the $22,500 championship leg. Winners were 14-year-old Montana Pablo A (Trace Tetrick, 1:53.4, $5.20), Believeinyourmach (Kayne Kauffman, 1:54.1, $10.80) and Bettor's Dream (Tyler Smith, 1:54.3, $10.60).

Also qualifying for the lucrative final were Believeinthespirit, Tyber Tyke, Anarchy Hanover, Gallery Opening, Cool Like That and Portrstownchris IR.


Gregg Keidel

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