Grove City, OH — For three days (June 10-12), the fine folks of Paulding County finally had near pitch-perfect weather and horsemen were rewarded with an array of impressive miles over the half-mile oval.
With many of the juvenile trotters and pacers making their initial appearance in front of a crowd, it wasn’t about the times but rather the performances beginning in the very first race on Monday (June 10), when Johnny Kearns’ 2-year-old filly T Degenengold (by Pet Rock) and trainer-driver Jeff Nisonger dominated the Ohio Fair Racing Conference field in 2:08.4 by 18 open lengths.
Timestorm, a 2-year-old trotting gelding by Stormin Normand, won by 31-1/2 lengths in 2:11.3 with trainer-driver Kent Hess in the sulky for Ted Boschma of South Lyon, Mich.
Herecomescharlie B (by Full Count) and 55-year-old breeder-owner-trainer-driver Dan Veneir of Pemberville, Ohio, drew away from the rest of the OFRC 2-year-old colt trotters in 2:12.4 by 13-3/4 lengths.
Twenty-two-year-old driver Pierce Henry got the seat behind owner-trainer Robert Brook’s two-year-old filly McBrooke (by McArdle) and paced off to a five-length win in 2:11h.
On Tuesday (June 11), the hits just kept on coming as the Mike Conklin-trained Cousin Louie (by Big Bad John) glided to a mile in 2:07, nine lengths over the other OFRC 2-year-old pacing colts.
Several of the 3-year-old colts had some tight and exciting finishes, as a lot of them continued last year’s form.
Wednesday’s (June 12) program had a few hard-fought and fast miles. The Le Van Stables Inc of Woodstock, Ohio’s Rocking Megan L (by Pet Rock) and co-owner Hank Le Van rocked the 3-year-old OFRC pacing fillies with a mile in 2:01.3, and Ron Randall’s Officially My Way (by Art Official) took the second division in 2:02.1 for Ed Greeno Jr. Suzanne Bates’ I’m McCited (by McArdle) and Duke Sugg grabbed the third OFRC division in 2:02.4.
The Spring Haven Farm Ladies Driving Series event was won by Emily Hay with her 7-year-old mare Royal Delta.