THE Best of Ohio 2016 at Mahoning Valley Race Course
The stars aligned in the sky and on the track at Mahoning Valley Race Course for the Best of Ohio. Odds are against 70-degree weather in that part of the state on October 29, but Mother Nature uncharacteristically brought a warm steady breeze and sunshine throughout the afternoon. It was a coming out party for two Juveniles who put in dominating performances in their divisions, while the races for older horses were all decided in dramatic fashion. The day provided bettors with full fields in almost every race and had the 2nd highest total purses nationally, behind only Belmont Park. The off-track handicappers responded in kind by putting $787,357 through the windows on the totally Ohio-bred program.
The Best of Ohio series was kicked off with the Sprint, that was won for the third consecutive year by Rivers Run Deep #10. Sent away as the 4 to 5 favorite, it was no walkover as he was part of three-horse photo at the wire. (Rivers Run Deep outside Justalittlesmoke & Candy Bites). He had two strikes against him coming into the race. One of his rare off-the-board finishes took place in his only previous start at Mahoning and he drew the outside post in a field of ten. “There was some pretty good speed inside of me and they kept me parked outside all the way around,” said jockey Albin Jimenez who had won three of the last four races on the son of Ready’s Image. “ (more…)
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