12/17/2016 4:01PM

Mobil Sky outruns favored stablemate in Joshua Radosevich Memorial

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Jake Radosevich wins the stakes named for his late older brother Joshua with the 2-year-old Mobil Sky.

Mobil Sky, despite being the only horse in a field of nine Ohio-accredited 2-year-olds with more than a maiden victory to his credit and the only stakes winner, got far less attention from bettors than his uncoupled stablemate, Lunar Heat, in Saturday’s $75,000 Joshua Radosevich Memorial at Mahoning Valley Race Course.
Returning to a sprint for the first time since scoring in the six-furlong Loyalty at Belterra Park in September, Mobil Sky scored a 12-1 upset while 9-5 favorite Lunar Heat finished off the board after getting used up in an early pace duel.
Mobil Sky ($27.40), a son of Mobil owned by Gerald Silver, was ridden by Jacob Radosevich, whose older brother, Josh, was killed in a racing accident at Beulah Park as a 16-year-old apprentice in 2005. Mobil Sky is trained by Josh’s uncle, Jeff Radosevich.

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Horseplayers were apparently skeptical of Mobil Sky after he was beaten 24 lengths while 10th of 14 runners in the 1 1/16-mile Best of Ohio Juvenile in his most recent start on Oct. 29. But he’s now 3 for 4 sprinting.
Lunar Heat, a distant seventh when he faced Mobil Sky in the Loyalty, dueled with Speedy Mobile through the first half-mile of Saturday’s race, contested on a muddy, sealed track, in 48.19 seconds but faded badly during the stretch run and wound up sixth.
Mobil Sky, fifth at the quarter pole, came five wide into the stretch, got within a head of Risbible at the eighth pole, and drew clear to win by 2 1/4 lengths, completing six furlongs in 1:15.80. Recent maiden winner Mr Giggles rallied to get second and Risible, a maiden making his fourth lifetime start, was third, three-quarters of a length behind the runner-up.
Leona’s Reward scores as favorite in Bobbie Bricker Memorial
Leona’s Reward, back facing fillies and mares after getting trounced by males two weeks ago, collected her second stakes victory of the meet with a front-running daylight score in the $75,000 Bobbie Bricker Memorial Handicap.
A 3-year-old daughter of Parents’ Reward trained by Tim Hamm for Blazing Meadow Farm and Michael Friedman, Leona’s Reward has won four of her last seven starts after beginning her career with 10 straight losses. In addition to the Bricker, restricted to Ohio-accredited fillies and mares, she won the 1 1/16-mile Ohio Debutante in mid-November.
Under regular rider Irwin Rosendo, Leona’s Reward ($5) was sent to the front racing over a muddy, sealed track and was comfortably in front through slow fractions of 25.03 seconds, 50.64, and 1:17.25. The 6-year-old mare Deniro’s Saint, who won last year’s Bricker as the 2-5 favorite, moved up from last of six to fourth and then second, and appeared to be gaining ground turning for home. But Leona’s Reward still had energy in reserve and maintained a clear lead, crossing the wire 4 1/4 lengths in front after completing 1 1/16 miles in 1:53.46.
Deniro’s Saint, second in the Ohio Debutante, was second-best again. It was 23 1/4 lengths back to Leona’s Reward’s uncoupled stablemate, Startin Something, in third. The 8-year-old Startin Something, who won the 2012 running of the Bricker, has finished within the top three in 41 of 61 career starts.