Delaware, OH — Freshman pacing star Gulf Shores (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) remained undefeated thanks to a 1:56.2 score in the $132,667 Ohio Breeders Championship on Thursday (Sept. 23) at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.
Sling Shock (Dan Noble) and Gulf Shores swapped the lead early lead, but a quarter-pole move by the eventual winner proved to be the winning one. The son of Downbytheseaside cruised to a two-length win over his rival and Vintage Cowboy (Matt Kakaley).
Gulf Shores, a Brian Brown trainee, won for the sixth straight time for Country Club Acres, Diamond Creek Racing and Wingfield Brothers.
Winning Ticket (Aaron Merriman) continued his dominance over his divisional rivals thanks to a 4-1/2-length score in 1:58.3 in the $100,868 (div.) OBC for sophomore trotting colts and geldings.
The Triumphant Caviar colt remains undefeated in Ohio and has suffered just one defeat this season: a third-place finish in the Canadian Trotting Classic.
Winning Ticket is co-owned by trainer Chris Beaver, Steven Zeehandelar, Tim Homan and Jim Burnett.
Lockbox (Chris Page) took the first $50,434 division in 2:00.4 over Double Down K (Yannick Gingras) and Ilikedecupcakes (Hugh Beaty). The Wishing Stone gelding is trained by Ron Burke for the Burke Racing Stable, Purnel & Libby, J & T Silva Stable and Weaver Bruscemi.
Gallant Star used a confident steer by Tim Tetrick and caught Laughagain Hanover (Dan Noble) in the stretch to take the first $54,350 division of the OBC for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings in 1:56.4.
The Well Said gelding won for the fourth straight time for Carl Howard, Larry Wills and Jeffrey Rector. He is trained by Virgil Morgan Jr.
Charlie May cruised to a 4-1/4-length score in 1:55.2 in the second $54,350 division over rival Heart Of Chewbacca (Dan Noble) and Cyclone Union Jack (David Miller).
Don Tiger owns the McArdle gelding. Steve Carter trains, and Dexter Dunn picked up the catch drive from an ailing Brett Miller.
She Knows It All (Tim Tetrick) picked a good time to pick up her first win of the season in the $96,520 OBC for 3-year-old pacing fillies.
The Racing Hill lass went wide into the final turn and passed the tiring leaders to score in 1:55. She paid $30.40 to win.
Foulk Stables and Triple D Stables own the winner. Clarence Foulk trains She Knows It All, who now has two career wins, but earnings of $175,710.