The Bethinator, Malnificent, J M Jet Set share Miami spotlight

Lebanon, OH — The Bethinator, despite being the youngest mare in the field, won the $22,500 Mares Open Pace on Friday (Jan. 22) at Miami Valley Raceway. It was the 4-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere’s fourth win at the top level in her last six tries on the Miami Valley-Hollywood Dayton circuit.

The Bethinator proved her dominance over more seasoned distaff company in Miami Valley’s Mares Open Pace on Friday night. Conrad photo.

Driver Tyler Smith set sail early and was determined to dictate all the fractions with the razor-sharp odds-on favorite. The outcome was never really in doubt, as The Bethinator coasted through the mile in fractions of :27.3, :55.4, 1:23.3 and 1:51.4. Although all nine of her challengers had career earnings over $200,000, she has just reached $147,309 for the Megan Rogers Racing Stable. The Bethinator is trained by Nelson Willis.

Sharing the Friday spotlight were a pair of lucrative Claim To Fame series finals. The finalists in the $20,000 claiming split for mares chased a purse of $30,000, while the male $12,500 claimers went for $25,000.

Malnificent (Trace Tetrick) proved her faithful right when she fronted the distaff field in 1:52.4 and returned a $3.00 win mutuel. Owned by Ira and Brian Wallach Racing and trained by Tyler George, the winner bested Duck Duck Dragon (Chris Page) and M E Radar Girl (Tyler Smith).

J M Jet Set (Dan Noble) got the best of an evenly matched field of hopefuls in the male division, winning in 1:53 over Franzo (Sam Widger) and Armabluechipboy N (Kayne Kauffman). All nine finalists had won a heat of the series in the past two weeks. Noble’s wife, Christi, conditions and owns the 11-year-old winner, who now sports 40 career wins and over $400,000 in lifetime bounty.

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