Lebanon, OH — The curtain went up on the 2022 Buckeye Stallion Series at Miami Valley on Sunday (May 1), featuring 99 sophomore Buckeye-sired fillies split into 11 divisions — six for pacers, five for trotters. Each event carried a $17,500 purse, making the total BSS bounty for the day $192,500.
Factory Girl (Tony Hall) won the first pacing split in 1:53.2, beating Fantasy Life (Chris Page) by a long neck. Bowery (Brett Miller) finished third, giving daughters of Downbytheseaside a sweep of the trifecta. Steve Walters trains Factory Girl, who earned the second win of her career and more than doubled her lifetime earnings, for the Lone Wolf Stable and Tar Heel Racing.
Sleepwithoneyeopen (Dan Noble) led Nevada Rock (Tyler Smith) and Pronto Tonto (Austin Hanners) across the finish in the second division. The 1:54.3 score was the second ever for the daughter of Well Said, who Clarence Foulk trains for the Foulk Stables and William Hartt. Sleepwithoneyeopen earned $21,050 in her winless freshman campaign, but has a pair of wins in four starts this year.
Prancing Queen (Noble) notched the fastest win with a convincing upset in 1:52.1 over Mrs Teachy (Hall) and Love Me Hill (Miller). Scott Cox trains Prancing Queen, another daughter of Downbytheseaside, and co-owns her with Jason Ash and B.C. Parent. The quick clocking lowered the winner’s best winning time by four full seconds.
Allnight Micki (Mike Wilder) led the second sweep of the top-three board finishes by topping Seaside Flirt (Noble) and Mermaid By The Sea (Cam McCown) in a 1:54.1 mile. It was the third career win for Allnight Micki, whom trainer Tim Twaddle owns with the Micki Rae Stable and was bred by Hanover Shoe Farm. The winner’s lifetime bounty has swelled to $63,157.
When You Kiss Me (Tyler Smith) was dispatched as a heavy odds-on favorite and did not disappoint. The Arthur Blue Chip filly, a recent private purchase by the Bet The House LLC Stable, bested Coach Keri (Miller) and Party Cruiser (Peter Wrenn) in 1:53.2. Jeff Smith trains When You Kiss Me, who now sports four wins and four place finishes in her first nine tries.
The final pacing division was captured by Spitting Image (Page) with a 1:53.3 front-stepping score over Ocean Music (Noble) and McWitched (McCown). The Yankee Cruiser lass now shows three wins on the season and a bankroll exceeding $58,000 in her young career. Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC bred and still own Spitting Image.
The first of five trotting divisions proved to be the fastest when Alana Hill (Miller) lowered her lifetime mark to 1:55.4. The Virgil Morgan Jr. trainee beat Sweet On Pete (Wilder) and LB’s Legacy (Noble) for her sixth win — the first five as a 2-year-old, when the daughter of What The Hill earned $50,000. GC Gold Racing, Walnut View Farm and J.J. Schlabach co-own Alana Hill.
Gracious Triumph (Don Irvine Jr.) was an upset winner over Rosanna (Miller) and Madame Madelyn (Trevor Smith) in the second split. Trainer Rosy Weaver and Heartland Acres co-own the daughter of Triumphant Caviar who broke her maiden in this event, clocking 1:59.3 and returning $35.60 to her mutuel backers.
I’ll Annie Up (Page), sired by Uncle Peter, lived up to her favoritism in the third division by beating Toscano Girl (Noble) and Onetwoskipafew (Anthony Macdonald). With her third win in the books, the Ron Burke-trained winner has banked $65,350 in her initial 10 lifetime starts.
Lady Is Great (Wilder), a daughter of Creatine, was an upset winner — largely due to an outside post position draw. Lady Is Great’s 1:58.2 triumph over Queen’s Future (Mller) and favored Miss Cowboy Star (Page) equaled her previous best. Matthew Burkholder trains the Acadia Farms homebred.
Trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. got his second BSS win when Lady Camryn (Mitch Cushing) got the best of Wegothatsright (Hall) and Flawless Wish (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:58. Joyce and Richard McClelland bred the daughter of What The Hill, who was making her 2022 debut after winning $58,455 as a freshman.
Racing at Miami Valley resumes Monday (May 2), when Buckeye Stallion Series trotting colts and geldings will take center stage. Post time is 4:05 p.m.