07/08/2009 12:00AM

Driving Snow takes $200K Oliver in season debut


Driving Snow was kept midpack in the field of nine by jockey Miguel Mena before rallying in the stretch to win the $200,000 Oliver at Indiana Downs Tuesday evening.

Trained by Darrin Miller, Driving Snow made his 2009 debut in the Oliver, winning by three-quarters of a length. Miller now plans to run the 3-year-old in the Grade 1 Secretariat at Arlington Park on Aug. 8.

Longshot Quite a Handful was second, two lengths in front of the favorite, Jack Spratt, in third. Driving Snow returned $9.40 to win and ran the mile over a firm turf course in 1.36.20.

Heza Wild Guy continued his turf dominance over Indiana-breds when defeating 10 others in the $70,000 added A.J. Foyt. An 8-year-old trained by Bernell Rhone, Heza Wild Guy was kept just off the early pace before rallying in the stretch to win by 2 1/2 lengths. Jockey Tommy Pompell had a ground-saving trip on Heza Wild Guy and the outcome was never a question in the stretch of the mile and a sixteenth turf event. Unreachable Star was second, with Royally Luckey two more lengths back in third. Heza Wild Guy ran the mile and a sixteenth in 1.42.80 and returned $4.60 to win in his second consecutive A.J. Foyt win.