Miami Valley readying for seventh season

Lebanon, OH — Miami Valley Raceway management and racing officials are busy preparing for the kickoff of their seventh season on Jan. 3, 2020.

Condition sheets for the first week of racing have already been posted to the United States Trotting Association website, and late closing series nomination forms are available at the Miami Valley website under “Forms.”

In addition to nomination forms for the January Claim To Fame series, February events include the Bill Dailey Memorial, Howard Beissinger Memorial Trot and Survivor Series. Late February and March will feature Lebanon Legends series for pacers and trotters that are non-winners of two, four or six pari-mutuel races. The popular James K. Hackett Memorials for sophomore colts and fillies on both the pace and trot are also scheduled for April.

The Miami Valley website also provides ship-in application forms, waiver of liability forms, purse authorization forms and information on race office hours and phone numbers.

“We anticipate slightly higher purses for the overall meet with an estimated purse account in excess of $14 million,” stated Race Secretary Gregg Keidel. “Business remains brisk at Miami Valley, horse supply should be good again this year, and I see no reason we won’t have our biggest and best season so far.”

A pre-meet qualifying session is scheduled for Dec. 30 at 12 noon. Trainers are encourage to enter the qualifiers online or call the Miami Valley race office from 2 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 28.

Opening week will feature a trio of enhanced $30,000 Open events: one for male pacers, one for female pacers and one for trotters. Due to the New Year’s holiday, a double draw for Jan. 3 and 4 will be conducted on Dec. 30 following the initial qualifiers, with the box closing at 2 p.m.

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